Making the costume: Supergirl (Helen Slater & Matrix / Supergirl combo) (Posted 21st September 2013)
Supergirl (or Kara Zor-El if using her Kryptonian name) has had a million different outfits over the years, so for this cosplay I decided to do a mash up of my own two favourites. Helen Slater (who played Linda Lee/Supergirl on screen) and the Matrix character (aka Supergirl) from the 52 comic series. I choose both these portrayals of Supergirl simply because I like their outfits.
I'm really not a fan of the bright red that is normally associated with Supergirl and I don't think it suits her style. Her costume should have a rich look about it and it was for this reason I went with velvet instead of spandex. I transformed a blue bodycon dress into a leotard, a burgundy maxi skirt into a mini, a child's dress up hooded cloak into a detachable cape (by sewing clasps on it), cut out a men's Superman teeshirt logo and superglued it onto the chest. By using shiny gold hair bands I was able to add the gold band where needed, IE superglued onto the boots, stitched onto the skirt. And there you have a very simple, cost effective cosplay for anyone to try. Also, the boots are knee high and fold over, so should I want to wear them casually again I can just fold over the gold band and no one has to know they're made for Supergirl. Voila! A happy closet cosplay :)