Costume :Anya
Variant :Learn To Do It Waltz
Source :Anastasia
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Kitacon IV (2012)

Costume Photos



London Expo, October

In the dark of the night

Tent skirt


daylight colour reference



Costume Information

Cost : £40
Time Taken : 1 week

I miss some of my older cosplays, so I paid Anastasia another visit. This time though I thought I'd try out one of her dresses that doesn't get cosplayed too often, and that is the Blue Dress that Dimitri gives her before they go to meet Sophie. I already had the necklace from the first time I cosplayed her (for a bit of cardboard and some foam it's done very nicely), so the hardest part of the cosplay was already sorted.
I've chosen the version that she wears on the boat when they are learning to waltz so that the bow can match (the bow could then be re-used as an accessory for when little sis wanted to do town dress Ariel, ironic as I've been mistaken for Ariel so many times while wearing this costume).
Just something really quick and simple to give me another costume to wear while I worked bigger projects, but I have ended up wearing this costume to Kitacon, Nemacon and October Expo in London so it's taken over Ringo as my go-to favourite. Decided not to use my Ringo wig in the end, as I was ordering a new wig for Rika/Juliet, and it doubled as the perfect Anya wig.
Note: a perfectly scallop hemmed underskirt does not cope well with accurate black leggings... static-proofing won out over accuracy, although cold weather quickly changed my mind so I'm working on a second underskirt to solve the problem.
The underskirt itself actually turned out to be the most difficult part of this costume as the embroidered scallops around the hem took forever, compared to the rest of the costume which got pulled together in less than a day.
Will definately wear this again, and now I've gotten the idea in my head to make more Anastasia costumes, maybe next trying to re-make her orphan gear complete with scarf and hat.


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I like it, did you make it yourself? :)

by Siouxsie James on Sunday, 15 January, 2012 - 16:33
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Yes I did. I make all my costumes.

by Teacup_Erinyes on Sunday, 15 January, 2012 - 16:55
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Oh wow, this is my favorite of Anya's dresses! I never thought I'd see it cosplayed! Looks really amazing, hope I get to see it in person =D

by KiraraYumi on Sunday, 15 January, 2012 - 17:26
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Looks amazing! I love this dress you look awesome :D

by BabemRoze on Sunday, 15 January, 2012 - 17:33
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looks fantastic so far!!! Cant wait to see this in person at Kita!!!

by FuriePhoenix on Sunday, 15 January, 2012 - 20:05
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I love this, Anastacia rocks

by otakugirl on Monday, 16 January, 2012 - 12:17
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OMG! I love this!

So happy you're doing it at Kitacon too as hopefully then I'll be able to take photos of you!

by NakedSalad on Wednesday, 18 January, 2012 - 13:33
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I totally flipped out when I saw you in this!
You even had the necklace!
Was too shy to tell you at Kita. xD

You made a perfect Anastasia! So, so gorgeous! <3

by NakedSalad on Tuesday, 17 April, 2012 - 19:53
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Thanks NakedSalad! I totally fangirled you when you were wearing your Ivy anyway, you should have come and said hi.

by Teacup_Erinyes on Tuesday, 17 April, 2012 - 19:57
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this was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I absolutely loved it!! Wish I took a photo of it actually!

by FuriePhoenix on Tuesday, 17 April, 2012 - 20:00
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Wish you had too Furie... only found one so far. :( May bring it to Expo with me for the Friday.

by Teacup_Erinyes on Tuesday, 17 April, 2012 - 20:03
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This looked gorgeous at Kita! Great job :D

by BlueberryTale on Tuesday, 17 April, 2012 - 20:05
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Ah I remember that I saw you as Anastasia but didn't know it was you! You looked beautiful!! <3

by Pandora-Chi on Tuesday, 17 April, 2012 - 20:14
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I saw you at Kita and thought you looked amazing

by SamanthaKaiba on Tuesday, 17 April, 2012 - 20:27
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you looked stunning in this cosplay

by nanahara on Tuesday, 17 April, 2012 - 22:06
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LOVE THIS FILM! and you've REALLY brought her to life, you just need to get yourself a Dimitri! <3

by Athora.x on Wednesday, 18 April, 2012 - 15:03
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Bring to expo and I'll take photos!!! And I agree with Athora.x you definitely need yourself a Demitri

by FuriePhoenix on Wednesday, 18 April, 2012 - 19:34
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Thanks for all the lovely comments everyone. I will bring it along for the Friday of Expo.
And yeah, I need a Dimitri... waltzing with a Dragonage cosplayer was hilariously inappropriate.

by Teacup_Erinyes on Wednesday, 18 April, 2012 - 20:21
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XDDDD!!! Maybe I should do a Demitri cosplay one day LMAO considering all my mates seem to love me as a dude lol

by FuriePhoenix on Wednesday, 18 April, 2012 - 20:32
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Not going to lie, that would make my year. You pulled off Roxas so well I never realised it was you.

by Teacup_Erinyes on Wednesday, 18 April, 2012 - 20:57
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You look amazing!

by puzzledpenguin on Saturday, 3 November, 2012 - 17:24

You make a fantastic Anya. You really suit that shade of blue as well. Really great cosplay. :)

by Pudding on Thursday, 8 November, 2012 - 21:18
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Looks lovely!

by InfiniteJester on Thursday, 8 November, 2012 - 21:30
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Awww, you make a really nice Anya and it's nice to see this version cosplayed ^^

by Tsuchinoko on Monday, 12 November, 2012 - 01:49
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Aaaw, looks so lovely! <3

by LittlePidgey4 on Monday, 12 November, 2012 - 11:54
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You make a beautiful Anya. Really nicely done :)

by yuubalu on Monday, 12 November, 2012 - 14:49
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I love the necklace, it's gorgeous! The dress is perfect too - you suit Anya so well :)

by Freyarule on Friday, 16 November, 2012 - 19:25


WIP shot (Posted 10th April 2012)

Just posting the image I did have before as progress here rather than in the main gallery.
So, this costume is really basic, the top drafted from a T-shirt I own with similar arm cuffs and the skirt a simple 3/4 circle both made from cotton jersey. The underskirt/tent is a 3/4 circle made from white cotton muslin and hemmed with a scallop stitch, cut down to give a neat edge. The collar facing and cuffs are both basic white cotton, invisibly stitched onto the main garment.
The bow is made from the same fabric as the dress, with a craft foam insert to give it the bold shape and attached onto a hair tie for ease.
Really simple costume, but one I really love wearing and really comfortable even after a full day.