Zatanna - DC Comics


London MCM Expo Oct 2009

Best Performance - London Expo Sat 24 Oct 2009




Zatanna - from DC comics, first seen in an issuse of Hawkman.
I Love her look. :) So decided to have a go cosplaying her.

Costume construction:
see journal for progress and pics.
Top Hat - made mostly from cardboard and brim from a cheap hat.
Tail coat - Picked up a nice dress coat from the charity shop which I converted into a tail coat. Sounds easy, it wasnt!
White shirt - made from white material left over from Mytho's shirt. Used own pattern.
Briefs - made from black satin. Used playboy bunny costume pattern.
Tights - Medium mesh fishnets from eby.
Shoes - 'Chicks' patent black high heels 4 1/2 inch. Yeah my legs were feeling this pair!!

Cosplay Events:
First cosplay - LFCC July 09
..Wore the costume first time for LFCC in July 09. It wasn't finished like I wanted, some things were rushed just to get it wearable, and some parts were completely missing eg no waist coat, so I had to improvise and wore a black waist cincher. Still had a great time though.

Second cosplay - London Expo Oct 09
If I can get a place in Sat masquerade I have a performance idea.. and I need to make some special 'magic' props for it. ;)

Update: Woohoo! We won Best Performance in Sat Masquerade for our stage performance. Lunar Kitten and Ailsa-chan were my 'lovely assistants' on stage, thank you guys, you were great.
The giant hat magic trick didnt quite make it onto stage, but we still had fun and the other tricks worked. :P

Here is our performance on Youtube (FF to about 6 mins)
vid credit - Tonyo

and here we are back up for the winners awards (FF to about 6 mins )
vid credit - Tonyo

Costume re-vamp - March 2011
Costume currently being re-worked and improved. It was never quite finished like I wanted and it deserves to be, so its getting some more love. ^_^
Underbust corset is now in progress, improvements will be added in journal.
Re-vamped costume looking likely for Kitacon April 2011. :)


Lady-Aira posted on 2 April, 2009 - 12:06
O.O whoa... thats pretty awesome!! I want those boots X3

Captain_Marvelous posted on 2 April, 2009 - 12:07
I ALMOST DIED!!! This is amazing, you are a godly creautre one of my all time fave characters in DC!!! more :) you look great already :P

Missytetra posted on 2 April, 2009 - 12:19
You will look gorgeous, just look at those legs O__O You are one of my favourite crossplayers, I have to say that NOW!!! And I can't stress it enough. I love the character and the costume and I think you will look grand. Also, I personally prefer boots for the classic ringmaster look, but I reckon the shoes will look a lot better in honesty because it is more accurate and shows all that lovely fishnet ^^ So if your legs won't get too cold, I'd go for shoes <3

PKNIVES posted on 2 April, 2009 - 12:30
*dies* Amazing likeless! Sadly I don't know the character - But I suddenly want to! Looking incredible as always.

Ranma1-2 posted on 2 April, 2009 - 13:57
Thanks guys. ^^, Zatanna doesn't get cosplayed much. I don't know why..she's classy and sexy. (comes from the Batman comic stories). The costume doesn't look too difficult to make either, and you can have lots of fun with variations, I've seen her with thighboots, kneeboots, shoes, (but always with fishnets). colours too - some outfits have a splash of red, or blue or yellow. Boots or shoes - Thanks for your thoughts on that Missytetra. It's such a hard choice. Yeah I'm leaning toward the shoes, for that vintage comic character look.

Captain_Marvelous posted on 2 April, 2009 - 14:02
Actually Zatana first appeared in the Hawkman comics ^^ related to Nicolas Flamel if memory serves :P and seeing you doing a DC character really makes me want to do Green Lantern *urges self to lose a bit more weight to not look stupid in spandex* either way this is something im going to pathetically go on cosplay island every day *new pics of Zatty new pics of Zatty* dont let me down :) LOL another great choice and make lol

Ranma1-2 posted on 2 April, 2009 - 14:16
ha ha ha, ..every day!... :P I gotta finish some of these other half done costumes first! ^^

Captain_Marvelous posted on 2 April, 2009 - 14:18
sorry about last comment I let the first of it be wrote by comic book geek luke I dont often let him out O_o but yeah still waiting up on prince mythos :) lol still dont worry about it, im terrible for putting up half finished

Neko-Chan posted on 3 April, 2009 - 19:24
Oh. My. Gosh. THEM LEGS! Please PLEASE Were this soon, im a huge batman fan and i'd love to see this finished in person! ;D So amazing! <3

Ranma1-2 posted on 4 April, 2009 - 10:35
Thankies. ^^) She might be done for Bristol Comic Expo in May 09 - depending if someone does Silhouette for the Watchmen group who are going.

KhaosKreator posted on 5 April, 2009 - 09:57
I think the shoes look better than the boots. Not that they don't both look fabulous, but there's somthing about a lot of fishnet leg that gives a big impact. Tab

Ranma1-2 posted on 5 April, 2009 - 19:46
Thanks Tab, another confirmation. Yep tis gonna be the shoes then. ^^)

Anime_Angel posted on 3 May, 2009 - 13:56
Woh I sure am shown very well on the video rather than just in the background lol Yeah that was me as cute as ever^__^ and as for this costume, how the hell can you look great in these costumes lol lolilol

Ranma1-2 posted on 3 May, 2009 - 23:49
Ahh you are famous now. :) How do I look great in these costumes??..I seem to have been born with womens legs. :P

Captain_Marvelous posted on 3 May, 2009 - 23:50
yeah they match my womans hair :P *must convince GF to do this since advent of your comment lol*

Ranma1-2 posted on 3 May, 2009 - 23:54
Yes, keep the pressure on :P ..BUY some fishnets for her so there's no going back! :D

Captain_Marvelous posted on 3 May, 2009 - 23:56
she can wear some of mine ^.^

Ranma1-2 posted on 4 May, 2009 - 00:04
Oh. There's really no excuse then. This can be a closet cosplay for her. ..Don't forget to post the pics up when you're done :D :D :D

Ranma1-2 posted on 4 May, 2009 - 00:14
Oh btw - update ... this is now ON for London Film & Comic Con in July. ;) There is a growing batman group so get your green lycra suit ready and join the fun. :)

Fables posted on 8 May, 2009 - 18:26
Haha, I hope you know you convinced me to do this costume also ;) Bloody Top Hats! Thanks for the ongoing comment-age on my Peach Costume, We're thinking of using some fairly strong plastic coated wire to make a hoop at the base of the skirt, then I'm gonna spiral it up the skirt so it has form.. it sounds really wierd on paper but we planned it out and it seems to work... So I guess we'll see!!

Fables posted on 8 May, 2009 - 18:28
And I forgot to mention, those heels are adorable :3 Good luck with the tailcoat!

Ranma1-2 posted on 8 May, 2009 - 22:26
Woohoo - result! :P Another Zatanna, that can only be a good thing, and I can't wait to see you in fishnets. :D ..I'm going back to Princess talk skirts. :)

Taffeta_Rose posted on 28 May, 2009 - 17:03
Looking awesome! Definitely a good costume for showing off those fantastic legs!

Ranma1-2 posted on 28 May, 2009 - 18:32
Thanks ailsa-chan. Yep I think this costume will turn a few heads. :P

AmethystEyes posted on 3 June, 2009 - 22:28
Sexxyyyy! I'll have to keep an eye out for you at the con.

Ranma1-2 posted on 4 June, 2009 - 00:22
Aww thanks AmethystEyes. I'm working on the magicians top hat at the mo.. Are you cosplaying at LFCC?

AmethystEyes posted on 4 June, 2009 - 13:51
Sadly not, it was a last minute decision to go so I don't have time to put together something appropriate because of exams and lovely stuff like that.

Ranma1-2 posted on 4 June, 2009 - 21:36
Nawwww. ...How about re-cylcle that white Lab coat of yours again, why not? ha ha ha with a bit of creativity Ema Skye could easily be Dr Pamela Isley... :p There's a growing DC group going to LFCC. So far we should have PVC Harly, Batman Returns Catwoman, and Zatanna (or purple comic version Catwoman if Zatanna isn't ready in time). I think there are some others going too.

FairyPorchQueen posted on 14 June, 2009 - 19:11
ARGHGHGGHGHGH i cant wait for this cosplay and i cant wait for LFCC! i have to have it off for work ill cry if they dont let me! :(

Ranma1-2 posted on 16 June, 2009 - 12:34
Only a month now.. :) yes get your leave booked, I wanna see your Catwoman in person too.

Lunar_Kitten posted on 16 June, 2009 - 18:25
You've probably decided by now - but I would say go with the shoes rather than the boots. But then I'd have to say that wouldn't I ... you know, being so envious of those fabulous legs of yours that deserve to be shown off =^_^=

Kaka Extreme posted on 16 June, 2009 - 18:40
my god i want thoughs pins of yours! i am jealous!!! lol but agree with lunar kitten, shoes!!! you need to show off those gorgeous legs of yours!

Ranma1-2 posted on 16 June, 2009 - 19:15
Thanks Lunar_Kitten. Yes you're right. It is going to be shoes ..for maximum fishnet legginess. ^_^

Ranma1-2 posted on 16 June, 2009 - 22:11
Kaka Extreme already have your own gorgeous legs! ;)

HotshotShan posted on 13 July, 2009 - 09:13
The hat looks so good O_O keep at it! :D

Ranma1-2 posted on 13 July, 2009 - 09:45
Thanks Xephios, ..1 week left now till LFCC, mild panic on the horizon. :D Oh No ..I've been here before.. But I promise more all nighters. I will get this done in normal time! ^^

KhaosKreator posted on 13 July, 2009 - 10:28
Awesome hat! I commend you ingenuity! Tab

Ranma1-2 posted on 13 July, 2009 - 10:59
Thanks Tab. ^^ ..Coming from our resident hat-meister himself! I take this as a real compliment. If you're impressed it def passes inspection. :D There was a real vintage Top Hat at the market but cost £50! That's a lot more than I wanted to pay, so I had a go at making one. I suspect mine weighs a tad more than a real one, but yeah it will do the job with the style I wanted. :) As I suspected there's a lot more to hat making than people think!

Captain_Marvelous posted on 18 July, 2009 - 19:47
thanks for comment the guns are no problem, props are like the only thing im good at, theres just not much point since there is such a strict weapon ban at fuyucon :( and im morbidly impressed at the top hat it looks totaly pro O_o aghh make me one!!! lol

Ranma1-2 posted on 20 July, 2009 - 18:39
Wow weapons Ban! Sounds harsh.. Thanks for the comment about me hat. ^__^ Yeah I think this got most of the construction time spent on it. I ran out of time for the rest in the end - but I managed to get the costume at least wearable so I could cosplay at the London Film and Comic Con like I wanted. But no waistcoat, so I used a waist cincher instead. (I'm sure this must have lost me comp points also!) Poor Sean..he was one of the costume judges, I imagine he was aghast at the finishing on the tailcoat! =P srsly I was so rushing the night before that I just cut and iron on hemmmed the bottom edges. If you're reading this it was nice to meet ya Sean. ;) Hopefully I should have a couple of pics that were taken at the show, if I can track down the girl with the camera. Tommorow I will stick the costume on again just to get some good pics of it to upload for you all. Oh btw for a pucka looking (but cheap to make) Top Hat you can follow my how to in the journal. I'm sure you can do it. Any specific questions just ask. :)

Anime_Angel posted on 20 July, 2009 - 20:52
thanks, I am more than pleased to have the helmet signed aswell lol Yeah I'll seeya at October Expo, just be sure you finish your costume before then or you'll miss out on quiter alot lol

Captain_Marvelous posted on 23 July, 2009 - 16:54
WOW really impressive ^.^ it looks like Zatanna from crisis on infinate earth as she dosent have a waistcoat just a opera dress shirt ^.^ so its still a zatanna the waistcoat is a more modern look. im very impressed ^.^ this one for me is your best so far.

Black-Cat-1 posted on 23 July, 2009 - 17:28
saw you there! =] your cosplay was amazing

Kaka Extreme posted on 23 July, 2009 - 18:47
omg! i maybe unfinished as you say but hell you still look amazing in it!!!

Ranma1-2 posted on 23 July, 2009 - 19:31
Ow guys you really are too kind to me. Luke that is just a waist cincher.. I had to wear something to pull the shirt in neatly under the bust and also cover the join between shirt and briefs. I have now finished the shirt properly - now has its sleeves on and I've sewed the tucks in the front to make it very fitted - something you can't see on these pics. I think Zatanna needs to have that boobs out front look, and I'm getting it now the shirt has been tailored. ^^ I'll go stick a shirt pic in the journal to show what I mean.. :)

FairyPorchQueen posted on 23 July, 2009 - 19:48
This is looking amazing so far! eeeeee i cant wait to see it all finished! the briefs look very good! are you wearing it in october id love to get a picture with you as catwoman

Charlie-Bear posted on 23 July, 2009 - 20:19
Aww wow not only a fab choice but you look fantastic as her =] I wish I had legs like yours. You look fabulous <3 I love how you made your tophat, if it wasnt for the progress pics of it I'd of guessed it was store bought! Well done! 8D

Ranma1-2 posted on 23 July, 2009 - 23:09
Thanks for the lovely comments ^__^ FairyPorchQueen - I prolly will not have Silk Spectre II finished for October Expo so I am now thinking of finishing Zatanna properly and doing her for one of the days. That gives me three months to make the other costume and finish off this. The briefs - Thanks, it means a lot. I put so much into making them. I wanted the briefs to look like outerwear rather than knickers or even a swimsuit, so they are made from a stiff black Satin, (mind you this stuff frays like nothing I've seen before - so every seam had to be overlocked on the machine or it kept unravelling). The pattern I used is the bottom half from a proper playboy bunny costume. They have eight panels. Also this is my first attempt at putting an invisible zip, (it's at the back). I'm really pleased how it came out, cos I bought the special invisible zip foot specially. Special-Pleb Thanks - yes the Top Hat had the most time spent on it. I just didn't want to settle for the cheap fancy dress looking hat, but the real ones are way expensive. So this was a great solution. Really chuffed how it turned out.

No thanks posted on 24 July, 2009 - 06:43
Rushed version or not you still look absoloutly stunning sweetie! I dunno how you do it xD you look amazing no matter what! can't wait to see the finished version though hun! <3

Ranma1-2 posted on 24 July, 2009 - 10:46
Aww thankies Charlotte. ^^

Fables posted on 24 July, 2009 - 17:04
I need to thank you for this costume, it's inspired me so much to do Zatanna for myself. I've been eagerly awaiting a full picture forever! I'm happy to say you didn't dissapoint! Just thought I'd let you know, your top-hat journals are being put to good use ;) And as for the Seras and Walter shots, luckily for us half of Hull is 'Old Town', by the river. Theres only really one Argos and the rest is all solicitors so as long as you avoid lunch break you're pretty good for people. Theres also a really big church slap in the middle of the marketplace, and since its sorta touristy people didn't really bat an eyelid when we took photos there :) (Phew, long comment..)

Ranma1-2 posted on 24 July, 2009 - 17:29
I think you'll do a fantastic job as Zatanna Fables. ^_^ Oh I'm glad you are making your own hat. I shall be on the lookout to see when it is done. I almost didn't put my pictures up though cos I know the final look of the costume I am going for is a lot more near the artwork. I'm still enjoying perfecting it. ^_^

Sephirayne posted on 24 July, 2009 - 19:26
It was such an honour to see this in person and to finally meet you. You looked absolutly stunning and have amazing legs. Looking forward to seeing more of your cosplays in person in the future. XXX

Ranma1-2 posted on 24 July, 2009 - 21:32
Aw likewise Sephy, I really enjoyed meeting you. Thanks for your compliments. ^^ I'm missing out on the big party at Aya, but hopefully shall see you in Oct. This time I'm gonna try and get in a hotel..driving down to docklands and back twice over a weekend is very tiring.

OrgXIII-Namine posted on 26 July, 2009 - 12:38
8D you looked so epic hun and twas so awesome to see you again ^^ Sorry that I didnt get a chance to take pics of you ): but I am hunting the web for you :) Can't wait to see you again at oct expo with our epic sailor moon group :D

Ranma1-2 posted on 26 July, 2009 - 22:04
Thankies ^_^ Pics - I just wanted something to show how it looked on the day. I expect there are only be these two, but thats ok. Actually there were some people I noticed taking pics without asking me, maybe they were too scarred to ask.. tbh I was a lil dissapointed not to finish the costume in time for the show yet again! So I will wear it again when it is finished properly and get more pics. Yay looking forward to Sailor Moon epicness, ^^ ..Maybe I should start NOW to make sure Galaxia is finished in time! :D Going for some hols in Dorset then when I come back I'll go buy the material. Lots of Gold shiney-ness. ^__^ And I have a big sword prop planned too.

FairyPorchQueen posted on 26 July, 2009 - 22:22
Im glad you went with the heels and not the boots they look perfect :) Such a great character for you!

Ranma1-2 posted on 27 July, 2009 - 11:01
Thanks. If you are doing Catwoman for October Expo it would be really nice to have some pics together. :)

ArcherPlusle posted on 27 July, 2009 - 13:19
OMG! I saw you at the LFCC! Nyaheeen! Awewsome cozzie by the way!

Captain_Marvelous posted on 30 July, 2009 - 15:11
Agh me and Faye were watching Superman the 1970s one and we thought that you looked like Margot kidder the woman who played Lois Lane :)

Ranma1-2 posted on 31 July, 2009 - 15:17
Thanks Plushie. ^__^ Ah Luke, someone else said exactly the same thing about Margot Kidder. I can see what you both mean. :) Lois lane would be a simple ordinary clothes cosplay to do. I wouldn't mind cosplaying her. I'm not sure if people would know that I was cosplaying her at a con though unless I told them. I have just been 'dared' to do one of my female cosplays at our club stand at the town & country show that is coming up end of Aug ...if I did, Lois might be the one. ^^

Fables posted on 31 July, 2009 - 21:10
... Maybe you should be in our DC heroes/villains group for May Expo next year?? :)

Ranma1-2 posted on 31 July, 2009 - 23:28
Yes, I just saw the DC thread. :)

Ranma1-2 posted on 10 September, 2009 - 23:31
Update - just to let everyone know - I have decided Zatanna is going to be my Sat cosplay for Oct Expo. So I will be perfecting the costume.. and I have a nice peformance idea, if I can get a place in the Sat masquerade. ;)

HystericalDame posted on 11 September, 2009 - 10:34
I'll be sure to see the Saturday masquerade :3 I didn't know you were at LFCC, I'd have kept an eye out otherwise xD

Ranma1-2 posted on 12 September, 2009 - 10:27
Yes :) I was at LFCC but only on Sun. Most of the time I spent hanging around the cosplay area. The costume was wearable but it wasn't really finished like I wanted it. A lot of things had been badly rushed and some things were missing. So for Oct Expo (Sat) it will be properly finished. I'm not sure I could wear those 4 1/2 inch heels all day though. Might have to bring my lower heels for walking about generally and then change into those killer heels for the masquerade. :) I also plan to have some 'magic' props with me - which I will need for the performance. ..I can't wait! ^^

KhaosKreator posted on 14 October, 2009 - 10:20
Haha, this is going to be an awesome masquerade. Me and Xae are doing a magic show on the sunday as Ed and Al from FMA. Can't wait to see you! Tab

Ranma1-2 posted on 19 October, 2009 - 21:46
Aha, back online :) It's been 'all hands to the pump' trying to get the two costumes ready for the weekend and I still need to make my props for the 'magic' performance. Tomorrow I'm laying off Galaxia to make sure Zatanna is ready to go on Sat - even if it means sewing bits of Galaxia in the Hotel room on saturday night. (I sincerely hope not! Last two shows I had no sleep the night before ¬_¬ ) Oh wow so another Magic performance to come from your cosplay too. I look forward to that and to seeing you too. :) Hopefully I shall see more of people to talk to this time, since I'm in a hotel so I should be around for longer.

FairyPorchQueen posted on 26 October, 2009 - 13:09
You made a great Zatanna! and great performance ^__^ i wish i could have seen your costume on the sunday! i have a few pics of my catwoman up. Really nice meeting you finally! haha

Ranma1-2 posted on 26 October, 2009 - 14:08
Oh Emmy, thanks, it was really nice meeting you too. ^_^ haven't heard yet then - you missed Nothing on Sunday! cuz I Epic Failed with Galaxia! T-T I couldn't get the two costumes and props finished in time. I only just managed to get Zatanna ready for the masquerade show - After I registered in at the cosplay desk I spent Saturday down in the car park working on the costume and magic props all day. I just about managed to get into makeup in time to go on stage when we were announced - and I had to ditch the main (huge) trick last minute because it wasn't 100 percent ready to go. (spent so much time on that too). So we ran the performance without the main huge trick (- if you were thinking the performance seemed to be over very quickly) Wow, but I was so thrilled when we were given the best performance award, cuz I thought I'd blown my chance. Oh but Sunday I was such a big let down to the Sailor Eternals group. :( I didn't go in costume at all, I was pretty gutted that I had failed to get Galaxia wearable. And I missed your Catwoman again!!! I shall go to see your new Catwoman pics.

FairyPorchQueen posted on 26 October, 2009 - 14:35
OH no thats so sad :( its ok though there is may ^__^ and you will be warmer too! i still think your performance was great! and congrats on the win, well diserved!

Ranma1-2 posted on 26 October, 2009 - 14:40
Thank you. Yes Maybe May for Galaxia then. :)

Wildeth posted on 26 October, 2009 - 14:45
You look amazing <3

Ranma1-2 posted on 26 October, 2009 - 14:47
Aww thank yooh. ^__^

Zaiburst posted on 26 October, 2009 - 15:05
Hi Steve, was good chatting with you on Saturday. Well done on the costume and performance (caught some of it on my sister's video).

Lunar_Kitten posted on 26 October, 2009 - 15:33
Yay for Best Performance! It's great that you still won even though you didn't get to do the finale to the magic trick (that would have been fab). Thanks for asking me to join you on stage and assist you in your act - twas fun =^_^=

Ranma1-2 posted on 26 October, 2009 - 16:36
Zai - you looked sub-zero man! :D Really nice talking with ya. Leeeeeeenaaaaaaa. Woohooooo Yayyyyyy we won ha ha ha ha ha ^^ I'm still chuffed for us. Pier was like 'Yeah I knew you'd win.' As if.. So I asked how did she know? She said 'Cuz when you told me the routine I thought it sounded good.' ^_^ She's a smarty pants. btw she's Storm in my Poison Ivy pics if you wanna see her - she only did it for the party though.

Taffeta_Rose posted on 27 October, 2009 - 14:16
Congrats on your prize, you looked super sexy as always. Good to see you again.

Ranma1-2 posted on 27 October, 2009 - 15:13
Thanks Ailsa, you mean 'our' prize ^_^ as I said to Leena I couldn't have done it without you guys. I managed to see a vid of us on youtube yesterday so I could see what you were doing behind me during our performance. You were brill magicians assistants, especially as I hadn't given you guys any rehearsal. (I won't leave things that late ever again.) Shame I couldn't use the large illusion in the end, (left in the car because of time) but still it was a lot of fun up there together, and best of all people loved what we brought to the show. Winning was the icing and cherry on top. :D Thank you again for saying yes and doing this with me.

Captain_Marvelous posted on 27 October, 2009 - 22:26
needs to see more pics :) and yeah it was very scary ^^ people loved it in the end though :) my fave part of the con ironicly and I only wore it for 2 hours

Ranma1-2 posted on 28 October, 2009 - 01:51
Your wish is granted. ^^) Nert just uploaded his pics, and they are prob the only ones, so here they are, taken during the performance and winners lineup at the end.

No thanks posted on 28 October, 2009 - 12:02
I couldn't find you this expo! i really wanted a picture with you too ._.

Captain_Marvelous posted on 28 October, 2009 - 13:11
aww you look awesome!!!!!!!!!!!! the topper is amazing well dones all round! ps: yeah just nerves and the fact I thought i would look horribly draggish

Ranma1-2 posted on 28 October, 2009 - 23:16
Aww Charlotte..sorry babes. I missed most of the show myself cuz I was tucked away in the carpark sewing all day! Next time I shall make sure the costume is ready before the show weekend. ..and I won't try to make two costumes at the same just doesn't work out for me. :S Ryuk, Ha thanks for Not mentioning the missing fishnets (long story) and the still missing waist coat (more of the long story) We had fun up there though. Yes nerves can parylise you if you listen to those fears. You have to push through and btw no one thinks you look draggish. so here is our performance recorded by Tonyo on Youtube (FF to about 6 mins) and here we are back up for the winners awards (FF to about 6 mins ) Enjoy ^__^

Captain_Marvelous posted on 29 October, 2009 - 00:03
Yay the videos where amazing ^.- and hooray for us guys who can walk better in heels than women can :P lol well done :) ps: I wouldnt harsh you out for not having fishies or waistcoat :P theres more chance of me getting miffed about you putting zattana from the batman comics, she first appeared in hawkman comis :P but still you were stunning ^.-

No thanks posted on 30 October, 2009 - 13:45
OH MY LAWD! The bunny is too cute<3! Aw looks so fluffy too! >3<

Ranma1-2 posted on 30 October, 2009 - 14:04
Yep bunny's very fluffy and soft. I couldn't help giving her Eskimo kisses (rubbing noses) on stage. ^_^

Lunar_Kitten posted on 31 October, 2009 - 18:03
You were so protective of that bunny! It was adorable!

Ranma1-2 posted on 31 October, 2009 - 18:27
Can you blame me though? :D

Lunar_Kitten posted on 31 October, 2009 - 19:16
Not at all =^_^=

Bambi. posted on 22 January, 2010 - 10:25
I know you've had like a million comments on this anyways but what one more ^.^ You actually look amazing sugar! Proper match :) xx

Ranma1-2 posted on 22 January, 2010 - 17:27
Thankies hun. ^_^ The tailcoat was actually quite appaulingly sewed (big visible handstitching) ask anyone who saw it up close :P and I ripped my good tights just as I was changing for the masquerade so had to change quickly into my standbys. tbh I was dissaponted how the costume turned out. But I still enjoyed cosplaying Zatanna.

Bambi. posted on 22 January, 2010 - 19:05
Aw no way! I fully wonder have remembers to bring spare tights haha!. You do look awesome though :) xx

tattikat posted on 3 October, 2010 - 23:44
Wow, just, wow! I remember watching the masquerade and thinking quite the same actually ^^ I adore Zatanna,and in a way,I think you were the kickstarter for my own zatanna cosplay lol. Noone can rock those fishnets quite like you though!

Ranma1-2 posted on 4 October, 2010 - 00:10
Aww *gush* You're much too kind. I am actually still dissapointed about my Zatanna costume.. I never got to finish it properly. It was such a rush job..and it deserved more. And I never got my waist coat done. Should be a white waistcoat of course. But thanks hun. I'm so pleased it inspred you to go for it. Zatanna is great to cosplay. Oh yeah fishnets ftw. ^_^

Progress Journal

30th October 2009

Magic hat and bunny.

Here is my lil bunny. I found her in a charity shop. I call her Flossy ^_^ ..and the finished magic hat prop. I thought people would like to see what she looks like close up - she's so cuuuuute. ^__^
Don't ask me how she manages to hide in the magic hat @_@ ...she's just a little star! ..anyway, a magician never reveals her secrets. ;P

30th October 2009

Magic hat and bunny

I didn't want to wreck my top hat so I made a seperate one just for the bunny out of hat trick. Slightly smaller, made out of cardboard and covered in black paper card. In the background you can also see the bunny. I found her in a charity shop. I call her "Flossy". ^__^

23rd July 2009

Finished Shirt

To make the shirt I drew the main shapes using one of my nice fitting shirts to get a pattern from. Then I cut out the shapes and drew a new shape for the stand up collar. Trying to keep seams and collar edges shirts are really involved!
Then I put my bewbs on and pinned the shirt so it fitted neatly around the bust - then sewed them in on the machine.
Ta da - finished shirt.
(Note buttons up on womans side ;) )

15th July 2009

15 July 09

Final adjustments made to my second rough (made using Playboy Bunny pattern) now it fits me snug.

Pic shows the rough inside out and with original pattern pieces layed in position so I could transfer these alterations onto them (red).

14th July 2009

14 July 09

Take 2!
Since I just found an authentic pattern for the Playboy Bunnny costume I started the briefs over again. I scaled up the pattern pieces and printed them out. Made up a new rough using these pattern pieces.

Test fitting
Since I'm not a curvy woman the flare over the hips is too big so I've adjusted the side seams to be more straighter. Also taken the bum in, now the rough is starting to fit right. :)
Resume tommorrow.

13th July 2009

13 July 09

(Gotta get a move on with the costume - only 1 week left to get it finished for LFCC!)

Briefs/pants/bottoms what dya call these?

So for the briefs I am making some in like black satin. The material I got is quite heavy and even has like a soft flock on the reverse side, so I won&#039;t need to line it. (You really can&#039;t beat seeing and feeling the material you are buying in a rag market.)
For the styling I am using the panneled Playboy bunny costumes as ref. (Want to make a proper Playboy Bunny costume some day.)

Here is the rough pattern I have made. Basically just pin some spare material on me and draw with a biro. Cut and pin the material until it looks right and fits exactly.
e gads, these legs are Very high cut..hope I&#039;m not gonna regret this! Time to transfer these shapes onto the black satin material.

12th July 2009

12 July 09

Finished Top Hat, (just needs inner white lining glued in)

The trim around the brim is made from the waistband elestic off two pairs of knickers. The elastic had the right look so I cut it off pinned the two pieces together, held them streatched between a skirt coat hanger and sewed them together with the machine. Just for good measure the elastic trim has been glued to the brim - don&#039;t want it pinging off.

12th July 2009

12 july

Hat is now covered in black satin, glued on with Evostick PVA.
The decorative hat band (ribbon) has taken about 5 attempts.. nothing so simple as sticking a piece of ribbon around it. Because the hat shape is fluted where it meets the brim as well as at the top the ribbon just would not lie flat. I tried various methods of making something that would look right. After a number of failed ideas this is the method which worked. - I made a paper template for the hat band, (it turned out to be a gentle curve). I used this template and cut the shape out a piece of thick iron-on interfacing. I then lay some shiney black lining material face down on the ironing board and lay the interfacing on top with sticky side up. Then I turned over the black material and ironed it down onto the interfacing. This produced a curved shiney black hat band fitted nicely to the shape of the hat.

8th July 2009

8 July 09

Sanded smooth, and coated with PVA to seal the filler, cardboard, and the original black material (is it felt or plastic, I cant figure out).
The hat is now ready to be covered.

26th June 2009

Top Hat progress..

I applied some filler to smooth out the steps at the top, now has the fluted shape I was after. Using a lollipop stick and some of this 'Lightweight Coving Adhesive' (left over from a DIY job, this stuff is meant for securing the lightweight polystyrene type coving) - I found it is an excellent lightweight filler for cardboard. It is easily sandable, sticks really well, is premixed and dries really fast (so doesn't soak the cardboard).

The filler is now being left to dry thoroughly, then I will sand it to a smooth finish.

26th June 2009

Top Hat progress..

I bought some thick white paper card from the art shop.

I drew an elipse on the pc the right size, printed it off and used it to cut out a stiff cardboard top the right size and shape.
I wrapped a cardboard cylinder around it and glued with pva
I added a second layer on top of that to make the hat sides more rigid.
I added more bands of paper card around the top to build out the fluted shape at the top - getting progressively thicker in steps.
I added another stiff cardboard top overhanging the edges - using the same elipse shape slightly bigger.

26th June 2009

Top Hat progress..

..first off I sliced the top of the hat off at the headband position, as you can see.
The hat seems to be made from a tough plastic coated with black flock. The brim is the right shape so I'm keeping it as a base and will be adding my own shaped Top onto it.

26th June 2009

26 June 09

This is how the fancy dress shop £4 top hat looks.
It isn't the shape I'm after so I've done some alterations...

19th June 2009

19 june 09

Went to town yest and got some more basic material - black satin to make the high cut 'Playboy' style briefs with (the test pic is just black lycra).
And I've been puzzling over what colour/fabric to make the waistcoat out of.. I bought some grey bridal satin and some shiney silver 'showbiz' stuff to experiment with.

Also, my mum got me a Top Hat from a fancy dress shop. It was amazingly cheap but the shape looks more James Bond OddJob than magician.. :S and I want a vintage looking magicians Top Hat! So I am going to use this as a base to build my own Top Hat on.

2nd April 2009

2 Apr 09

Started getting the pieces together.

I found a nice dress coat in the charity shop - this will do nicely to make the tail coat with. In this pic it is simply buttoned up around the back for effect.
It is actually a very dark blue, (in keeping with the artwork).

Fishnets - the diamond net pattern in the artwork is larger than standard fishnets but smaller than modern fence-net tights. I searched quite hard to find these. They are called 'Medium Net Tights' by Silky, and look spot on to me. They don't have a back seam so I'll probably wear them over a pair of sheer black seamed tights - cos I really want to ramp up the 50's glamour. *_*

I'm quite looking forward to having a go at making my own top hat. ^^