Costume :Lara Croft
Variant :-Retired-
Source :Tomb Raider Anniversary
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo October 2011

Costume Photos


Full Costume Shot


Where does this lead?

Lara Croft

Reference Collage


Costume Information

Cost : Approx. £60
Time Taken : A few days work in total

Tomb raider was one of the first games I really got into, I used to play it on my old family PC but thankfully it moved onto console making it easier to play (for me anyway lol) Lara is one of my favourite characters of all time and such a fantastic female lead, proving that girls can kick ass!

Worn at: MCM Expo October 2011


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Hellz yeah!

by FairyPorchQueen on Thursday, 8 September, 2011 - 01:27
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The shorts look pretty awesome. Way to go with budget cosplaying!

by Sammykins on Wednesday, 5 October, 2011 - 13:04
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Progress is looking really good :) Looking forward to complete version :D

by gaming_goddess on Thursday, 20 October, 2011 - 21:25
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I approve :D nice job

by JakeX on Tuesday, 1 November, 2011 - 23:22
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LOVE it, looks fantastic
totally gutted i didn't get to see it in person :P

by callmemilo on Wednesday, 2 November, 2011 - 02:16
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You look fantastic!

by Kacela on Thursday, 3 November, 2011 - 23:14
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Nice cosplay really suits you. Wow is that all your own hair?

I still love playing this game. ^^

by Ranma1-2 on Wednesday, 9 November, 2011 - 17:35
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Thanks ever so much everyone <3 I've got some room for improvement even though you'd think this would be a simple costume...its not! lol
@Ranma1-2: I sooo wish it was all my own hair haha unfortunately I had a clip in extension, its funny as it didn't look a very good colour match to my own hair in reality haha

by ElegantAura on Friday, 11 November, 2011 - 00:59
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Clip on extensions ftw..somehow the colour match looks great in the pics. ^^

by Ranma1-2 on Friday, 11 November, 2011 - 01:15
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Fantastic Lara :D

by Sephirayne on Wednesday, 21 December, 2011 - 22:35
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great Lara! I love the game for ages !

by Feena on Friday, 23 December, 2011 - 10:51
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Awesome pictures! you have an increadibley unnatural small waist like Lara has! what's your secret!? xD awesome job on the costume too, epsecially the top! it looks perfect! :)

by Athora.x on Tuesday, 6 March, 2012 - 23:36
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Awesome Lara. You look great ^^

by Sephirayne on Wednesday, 7 November, 2012 - 07:59

To-Do List

Dusky green topHighComplete
Tan shortsHighComplete
Buy and alter pair of gunsHighComplete
Buy hair extensionsMediumComplete
Black fingerless glovesMediumComplete
Black belt & holstersMediumIn Progress
Tan bagMediumIn Progress
Tan lace up boots (to buy)MediumPlanned
Long socksLowComplete
Buy Hazel contact lensesLowComplete

Shopping List

Dusky green, rib knit vest to modify£3.99Bought
Brown Shorts to alter£3.85Bought
Dark Auburn Hair Extension£7.00Bought
Black Leather Fingerless Gloves£5.00Bought
Pair of Plastic Guns£7.00Bought
Gold Buckle Commission by Frederica La Noir£10.00Bought
Hazel Contact Lenses£16.00Bought
Swivel/Trigger Clips£5.65Bought


Nearing the final showdown! (Posted 20th October 2011)

These past few days I've been sewing like a demon and am finally nearing completion of this costume. However i don't have many full days left to work propery so this will end up being a race to the finish as usual haha

I finally found some swivel/trigger clips for the holsters to attach to the belt; they were soo difficult to find but ebay saved me!
I'm still awaiting the arrival of my fabulous Belt buckle that I commissioned from Frederica La Noir (do check out her CI page, its extremely amazing!!!) and I also had a go at making my first ever backpack,as i just couldn't settle on buying one that looked nothing like laras haha Not that my redition will actually look very accurate but its quite satisfying to be making it at least ^_^
Oh and my guns are all painted and ready for action! I just hope they don't get confiscated on route to expo or anything haha

Time to get kitted out (Posted 4th October 2011)

First off, this costume was not as 'simple' as i originally thought, although lara's outfit is more or less two simple garments; getting hold of accurate looking garments like these was not easy. However I'm finally getting things together, I started out looking for boots online but wasn't happy with what i could find so settled for a pair i already own, along with some long white socks.
I wasn't prepared to make shorts from scratch so I searched the web (mainly old ebay) for the most accurate shorts i could find...but in the end I've settled for a pair that keeps in my budget and have modified them by removing the pockets,studs and re-hemming. The top was a suprising find while I was out and about shopping in the highstreet and just came across a vest in the perfect rib knit fabric in duck egg green! However the vest wasn't the correct shape/style for lara so I bought the largest size and used the material to make it from scratch myself.

So far so good, but now it'll be onto the accessories, of which one I'm having commissioned; the belt buckle! as I fail with making such things in a short amount of time. I'm looking forward to getting hold of some pistols though, which i'm obivously going to buy and modify (wouldn't know where to start on making guns haha) Can't believe expo is the end of this month! Time catches up way to fast for my liking!