When Sara Cosplays came to me with the idea to do Elizabethan versions of Anna and Elsa’s Coronation gowns, I immediately jumped on the chance to collaborate with her. And let’s be honest, Anna is my spirit princess – clumsy, silly, defiant, and always trying to be the best sister she can be.
Sara’s vision paid off: we won Best in Show at Awesome Con 2018 with these beauties and I couldn’t be happier with who I get to share that victory.
The designs are each our own, we coordinated on everything from fabric choice to the type of stitch the embroidery is done in. Sara styled both wigs and I made the snoods with an historically accurate 14th century netting technique (you can see that technique on the blog). Every component of our outfits was hand-drafted, except for Sara’s gloves – I made those from a pattern.
The corset is a traditional Elizabethan design made from suede, canvas, and cotton with full stays (literally: zip ties ya’ll), the skirts are made from taffeta, satin, and shantung. Each panel is appliqued, embroidered and beaded. I honestly couldn’t feel my right pinky at the end of this build… I’m all better now – so no worries. The chemise is made of handkerchief linen with snowflake buttons. Anna’s necklace is sculpted from Primo, baked and then painted; the ring to attach to the velvet was inserted prior to baking. And we even painted our shoes!
Here are some base stats for Anna:
Total Number of Beads: 4,500
Beading/Embroidery Time: 113 hours
Total Time to Complete: 190.5 hours
I love this cosplay so very much and hope you do too!