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 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
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
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 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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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??
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