Zatanna Zatara
DC Comics

5th July 2011: Complete Here's how it all looks together, not a bad job I think.

5th July 2011: Top Hat Black wool top hat. I really wanted a satin one but they were out of my price range sadly. I wish it was a little taller also but it does the job I guess.

5th July 2011: Cane Purchased from ebay. Black hardwood shaft with a silver plated handle.
I wanted this so I could re-create a drawing by Adam Hughes and someone pointed out I might need the help in those heels XD

3rd July 2011: Tailcoat The tailcoat was bought from www.borntodance.org.uk. I couldn't afford a proper one (that along with the fact most are made for men) so I was left with choosing either a fancy dress or dance wear one, I figured one made for dancers would be more hard-wearing.
When it arrived it was sooo creased 0_o I've ironed it since but fear it creasing easily during wear. It's made from 100% polyester and tbh feels a bit cheap but it looks the part. Oh and it has shoulder pads, they feel odd, not sure if I should take them out.

3rd July 2011: Bottoms and fishnet tights I got some "big knickers" from Peacocks lol, they're tummy control briefs and the material is quite thick although I will wear extra underwear underneath them (need something under the fishnets anyway). I bought some bikini bottoms to wear over the top but they were cut too low on the leg. I might find another pair but tbh the matt look of the briefs match the tailcoat better even if originally I wanted a satin-look pair.

I went for regular sized fishnets in the end as Adam Hughes doesn't tend to draw Zee with wide-net ones like other artists do.

2nd July 2011: Wig and make-up test Got some photos wearing the wig now that it's finished and also had a make-up test. I'm wearing concealer, foundation, powder, black eyebrow pencil, liquid eyeliner on my top lid and just under my lower one, brown eye shadow, mascara and a lip gloss in a sorta purple shade (in some lights it looks pink and others brown... it's odd). I did get red lipstick but it looked awful on me and in one of Adam Hughes drawings she has a slight purple colour on anyway so I hope it looks ok.

2nd July 2011: Wig styling complete Cut the side fringe in, I think I cut it a bit too short but I'm not a fan of having hair covering my eyes lol

1st July 2011: Progress so far Here's how everything looks at the moment.

The shirt is a boys (age 14-15) formal shirt with a wing collar. They don't make this style of shirt for ladies hence why I had to get a boys one (an adult man's size would have swamped me).
I've got my much loved triple gel bra on in an attempt to achieve a more Zatanna-sized bust XD

The bottoms are temporary just for this photo, it's actually a swimming costume with the top half bunched under the corset. I will be getting some bikini bottoms instead.

30th June 2011: New shoes Wanted a pair with higher heels so bought these from Barratts. I actually hate pointy toed shoes lol but Zee wears them so ah well.
My feet will be killing at the end of the day ^^'

27th June 2011: Flower brooch For the lapel of the tailcoat. Cheap ebay job.

25th June 2011: Wig Bought from a UK seller on ebay as it looked pretty much perfect. However I thought it already had a pre-styled side swept fringe but it was just the way the seller tucked the strands to one side in the photo, bah. I shall have to cut one in without destroying it... Made of Kanekalon and feels nice but malts a bit. Has a skin top side parting.

25th June 2011: Gloves White cotton masonic gloves. The original pair I bought were too big but luckily I managed to find some ladies fit ones.

2nd May 2011: Wand Bought a cheap plastic wand from a fancy dress shop. Nothing exciting but the white tips can be pulled off leaving a hollow tube so I'm thinking of sticking some flowers in it for a photo or something.

28th April 2011: Underbust Corset My favourite store to buy corsets from (Corsets Boulevard) was having an Easter sale so I decided it would be the best time to pick up my underbust for this costume. I opted with a cream corset as it looks that colour in some references and it will help break up the white of the shirt.

This corset is fully steel-boned (steel busk and spiral steel), made from satin and fully lined in cotton with waist tape. The laces are strong enabling tight lacing, I can reduce my waist size by 2-4 inches (laces not pulled tight in photos).

I love CB's corsets, I have bought 3 from them in the past and they are an absolute bargain considering the quality. Will certainly be ordering more in the future to increase my collection!

13th March 2011: Shoes Picked up a pair of black patent high heels from the Marks and Spencer outlet, managed to get an extra 25% off also as they have a slight scuff on one of the shoes. Bargain!

I thought these were the perfect style for Zee but now I'm thinking the heel should be higher perhaps...

9th January 2011: Reference images Art by Adam Hughes.


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FairyPorchQueen - 10th January 2011
I'm looking forward to seeing your progress on this! She's one of my favourites!

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Leonie Heartilly - 10th January 2011
I hope I don't disappoint then!

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Fables - 15th January 2011
<3 I love Zatanna so much! Good luck, it'll be cool to see when it's done ^^,

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Captain_Marvelous - 15th January 2011
Wicked! I think every girl regardless of weather or not they are DC fans should do Zattana :) im sure you will look fabarooney! and regardless of weather or not you like other DC im getting a photo with you at lfcc when im green lantern :P

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Leonie Heartilly - 15th January 2011
It's not that I dislike comic heroes, they've just never really caught my attention before (apart from the big films like Batman etc). But I work in a comic shop so I cannot avoid it! lol I am watching Justice League the animated series and learning ;)
But so far I love Zatanna's character ^^ And yes photos!

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Ranma1-2 - 14th March 2011
Glad to see youre doing this. Dont worry about pulling off her sexy look, I think you will do just fine. ^_^
I would say though - if you are ok walking in higher heels, def go for some killer heels. I would use the lower shoes as backups in case feet get tired on the day or if there is a lot of walking to get to the cosplay event. But for photos killer heels. ;)

I also agree with you on AH artwork, love his stuff.
I never got to finish my Z costume like I wanted to, but I am putting that right at the mo, likely re-wearing improved vers for Kita. :)

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Leonie Heartilly - 14th March 2011
If funds allow and I find a suitable pair I will prob end up getting some higher ones. I have a really high pair already that I can walk in so I should be fine hopefully =) Would like the re-create the shot of her standing with the cane (drawn bt AH).
I look forward to seeing your re-vamp at Kita ^^

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Ranma1-2 - 14th March 2011
Oh great. Killer heels ftw. ^_^

Yes, cane..I only noticed that recently. Also never noticed she has a cape too. I like the idea of an extra layer, for travelling and when it gets cold. (and could also double up for steampunk costumes). I might have to make me one of those. :)
Best wishes with your re-creating pose idea, Im sure it is gonna look fab!

I look forward to seeing your progress. And in summer Im hoping to get down to LFCC too so I should see your Z cosplay for real. :)

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Quinzel - 28th April 2011
Ooh Zatanna! With the exception of Harley Quinn, I've always preferred the Marvel girls but there's no denying that Zatanna is a great gal to cosplay.
The corset is gorgeous; you're going to rock this.

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Fables - 28th April 2011
I love love love that corset! You're going to look amazing, I can't wait~

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Newdles - 28th April 2011
This looks set to be made of extreme awesome! Have fun making it :-)

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sjbonnar - 28th April 2011
This is looking great ^_^

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eternal_aranel - 28th April 2011
Zatanna! :D

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Leonie Heartilly - 28th April 2011
Woah so much interest in this! 0.o I hope I can pull her off okay!

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FusionRose - 28th April 2011
Wow, Can't wait to see this hun, you'll look awesome x.

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FairyPorchQueen - 2nd May 2011
Corset is perfect!

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RevolverKitty - 4th May 2011
The corset is gorgeous hun, cant wait to see the finished product :)

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Leonie Heartilly - 4th May 2011
Thank you ladies!

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Freyarule - 4th May 2011
Oooh that corset looks nice, I'll have to look into that store if I ever need one :D

Yay for AH! I adore Adam Hughe's art :D

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Leonie Heartilly - 5th May 2011
I deff recommend them!

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Ranma1-2 - 14th May 2011
Net tights test - Leonie I agree with you, the mesh size on those looks big. I searched a lot when I did my Zatanna costume and the ones that I think are the best match are called Medium Fish net - eg http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/New-Black-Medium-Net-Tights-Size-Medium-36-42-/270687053068?pt=UK_Hosiery_Socks&hash=item3f0634a50c
Wear over a normal pair of sheer black for the exact Zatanna art ref look.
Or if you are lucky you can find tights that are sheer with a fish net pattern added. I only saw those once though.
I'm really looking forward to seing you do this. :)

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Leonie Heartilly - 14th May 2011
Thanks for the link, those do look better =)

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Moonchild - 1st July 2011
LEGS <3
Progress is looking great! Can't wait to see in person ^^

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Frederica la Noir - 1st July 2011
Whhhoooosh! this is amazing stuff! Can't wait to see :) xxx

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Quinzel - 1st July 2011
Love the progress - this looks great on you.

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Leonie Heartilly - 1st July 2011
Thank you ladies =D

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FusionRose - 1st July 2011
The progress is coming along nicely, looking forward to seeing this finished x.

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sjbonnar - 2nd July 2011
This is looking amazing so far!

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Mangamad - 2nd July 2011
I see what you mean. lol XD

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Ranma1-2 - 2nd July 2011
This is looking Amazing! I cant wait to see it for real. :) ..umm I hope its gonna be there on Sat..cuz I've booked my coach ticket for Saturady now.
New shoes - love these. ^_^
What are you doing for the topper?

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Leonie Heartilly - 2nd July 2011
Thanks for the comments everyone!

Ranma1-2~ I thought you would appreciate the higher heels ;) Yes I am wearing this the Saturday and I have a top hat on it's way (only a wool one sadly, satin ones are expensive and I didn't want to make it).

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Dragonkid01 - 3rd July 2011
I ♥ Zatanna Zatara can't wait to see it will be awesome

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Ranma1-2 - 3rd July 2011
Eeeeexcellent. ^_^ see you there.

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gaming_goddess - 5th July 2011
Looks so sexy! Really love this - can't wait to see this for real!

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Leonie Heartilly - 5th July 2011
Thanks hun! Looking forward to seeing you =3

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Moonchild - 5th July 2011
Ahh this looks soo good! You have such an amazing figure!
Really looking forward to seeing you at LFCC ^^

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Leonie Heartilly - 5th July 2011
The corset hides my tummy... lol

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Ranma1-2 - 6th July 2011
Darn, that is Soooo sexy! This is how I wish mine had turned out. Well done Leonie you look FAB!

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Eloraborealis - 6th July 2011
You look amazing, can't wait to see this at LFCC! :D

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sjbonnar - 6th July 2011
You look lovely ^_^

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Freyarule - 6th July 2011
It suits you so well! :)

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Zelvyne - 6th July 2011
Looks wonderful - wish I could see it in person.

And wow, I don't envy you those heels =p

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Leonie Heartilly - 6th July 2011
Thank you for all the nice comments everyone ^^

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sjbonnar - 8th July 2011
You look fantastic.

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CrystalNeko - 10th July 2011
You -really- suit Zatanna! You look fantastic in all your photos!

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Ranma1-2 - 10th July 2011
I saw you walk past twice on Sat - and you looked totally FABulous! but I wasnt in costume yet ..and then later when I was changed I didnt see you :( ..Pics together would have been great. I did find a Batman and a Harly and very briefly a Riddler with Penguin. Havent found any pics to share yet though.. :S
I hope you do Z again sometime..you really looked Amazing!

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sjbonnar - 11th July 2011
Suited her so incredibly well. Well done!

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Leonie Heartilly - 11th July 2011
I'm glad you like her!

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Pandora-Chi - 12th July 2011
Oh my god! I saw you at LFCC and thought you looked familiar but I'm stupid for not figuring it out! *wacks self* You looked really pretty in this cosplay! Suits you so well! :)

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ElegantAura - 12th July 2011
You make a wonderful Zatanna! Amazing work ^_^

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Plasticsharkattack - 13th July 2011
THIS IS SO. EPIC. :)

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FairyPorchQueen - 13th July 2011
Well i must say you make a MAGICAL Zatana!

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BabemRoze - 13th July 2011
Looks amazing!

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Zaiburst - 13th July 2011
well done, you really suit her!
and those legs! wow :D

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Leonie Heartilly - 13th July 2011
Gosh thank you so much for all the positive feedback everyone! I didn't think she would be this popular!

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shawlax1 - 17th July 2011
great costume =]

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Solaria - 20th July 2011
Seriously you suit this so much *3* Black hair looks really good on you too! Such a lovely Zatanna <3

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Leonie Heartilly - 20th July 2011
NavigatorxNami- Thank you! I actually love having my hair black, I used to dye it that all the time but my family complain that I'm "too pale" for it and it makes me look "washed out". Bah. I shall be dyeing it again soon lol

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Dragonkid01 - 26th August 2011
you look so magical az ♥ Zatanna Zatara

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Leonie Heartilly - 26th August 2011
Thanks ^^

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WarriorTeddy - 5th September 2011
I recall seeing you on the saturday of the con, and saying to myself 'that is one hot Zatanna' :D

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MattDark - 13th October 2011
Been getting back into comics recently, so its sweet to see a great comic-book cosplay. And one thats not often done either!
Very nicely done

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Leonie Heartilly - 13th October 2011
I'm glad you like it =)

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Angelphie - 1st November 2011
Awesome costume and you look fabulous in it!

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MattDark - 1st November 2011
So glad you wore this again for expo. Glad I got to see it in person.
(Just wish my camera hadnt decided to die)

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RevolverKitty - 16th January 2012
So in love with you in this outfit, you look absolutely amazing! :D

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Leonie Heartilly - 18th January 2012
Thank you for all the positive comments! It's great to know this costume is liked a lot by people =)

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Anonymous - 5th March 2012
hay hun, sorry to spam and I dunno if you're planning on doing this costume (which is epic btw!!!) to May expo but there's a Batman/DC meet up on Saturday and it'd be awesome if you could come??
http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/forum?c=showthread&ThreadID=7143
if you know anyone else that might be going that'd be interested please direct them to the forum post. Thanks!

but honestly, I frigging love this costume, hope I can get a shoot with you nect time you wear it =]

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Leonie Heartilly - 8th March 2012
My costumes for May aren't set yet hun but I might be wearing this for LFCC again this year so don't really want to wear it to Expo too. I'm glad you like it so much though! x