Toph Bei Fong - Avatar: The Last Airbender





Toph is the awesomest character from this show. Therefore, a cosplay must be done. There was no doubt in my mind from the first moment she appeared.

A very comfy and fun cosplay! Very popular, too: I have never received so many hugs in any costume. Possibly put together. Also, cosplays with pants are just the best. THE BEST.


Top & Trousers - Made of cushy green stretch knit. The top was cobbled together from a kimono pattern and a shirt pattern with fluttery sleeves. It ties with green ribbon to keep the kimono closed.
The trousers are made from a gaucho pants pattern, but the fabric was a bit stretchier than the pattern allowed for, so I will probably add a drawstring or waistband elastic to keep them from sagging before wearing Toph again.

Surcoat - The fabric I used was a pale yellow flannel-backed twill, which is soooo soft. I basically drafted the pattern for this myself, and it was a bit of a nailbiter. It took some trail and error, but it turned out alright in the end. The inside is lined, mostly self-lining. The clasp on the bodice is a strong magnetic clasp, spraypainted bronze. Even through 4 layers of interfaced fabric, it still clamps with it's mate sewn secretly on the inside.
The front panel does have a tendency to drift off to the side, though, so I have to tug it back into place when people ask for photos.

Shoes - NONE. HAH. But really, I wear a pair of tan flip flops when walking around con, and kick 'em off for photos. It might not be accurate, but I have this thing about walking into public restrooms barefoot...

Belt/Bracers - Made of synthetic brown leather. Tough to sew, but looks great. The green fabric is the same as the top and pants. They all close with strips of sew-on Velcro in the back. The yellow edges are made of bias tape, folded over and stuffed. The studs on the belt were half-ball cover buttons, stripped of their shanks, spraypainted bronze, and then glued down.

Wig - Most crazy wig work I've ever done! I was nervous to start, but I followed a great tutorial by RavenHedgehog on DeviantArt (who is a fantabulous cosplayer on here as well, under the name makeshiftwings).
Basically, it's a hand-carved foam headpiece, wrapped in loose extensions and sewn onto a short, shaggy-banged wig.
The bangs are very hard to see though, I often had to hold them out of the way to watch presentations or see where I was going.

Makeup/Accessories - Other than painting my brows black, not much makeup is needed for Toph. I just used mascara and some foundation.
For her headband (which I keep calling a tiara in my head), I used two layers of craft foam, solidified with a few coats of watered-down Elmer's Glue, then sewed on the biggest pompoms I could find. It stays on with a strip of black elastic to hold it around the wig.


vallon posted on 18 August, 2011 - 09:28
cool i love toph she was the best

LemonPanda posted on 18 August, 2011 - 10:01
toph<3 looking forward to seeing this complete not enough avatar cosplays out thereeee~ :3

KawaiiKira posted on 18 August, 2011 - 21:40
Your Toph is looking awesome and you look just like her! Can't wait to see her finished ^^

nanahara posted on 18 August, 2011 - 22:13

TheManOfManyFaces posted on 26 August, 2011 - 08:52
This is absolutely AMAZING! I really like it and you did an amazing job :3 xx

JustPeachy posted on 26 August, 2011 - 13:53
It looks like you walked straight of the screen! Very nice work :D

Taldur posted on 1 October, 2011 - 21:49
:O this is amazing ^^ Love Toph and this does her justice, great work :D

Pippin4242 posted on 15 October, 2011 - 04:20
Absolutely fantastic! I can't believe how you made the wig - how did that even work?

dan-dan posted on 20 March, 2012 - 16:45
wow that looks really good

Littlegeeky posted on 22 May, 2012 - 12:58
Wow you make an amazing Toph!

Fables posted on 6 July, 2012 - 22:25
Adam linked me to this and I must say you look A-mazing! I love it, very very well done on just everything <3

Caranth posted on 12 April, 2014 - 19:30
You look amazing - and that wig is absolutely fantastic

Ashy-kun posted on 31 March, 2015 - 23:29
^o^ You make such an adorable Toph.