Pictures by @ordinaryobsession
Cosplay and editing by me
I am terribly impatient when it comes to sewing, so I thought “I’m going to buy the base clothes and do some stuff that forces me to do slow work which really requires patience” and... I didn’t hate every second of it, but many seconds of it haha
So first of all I looked at many existing Nina cosplays and tons of fanart to see how other people interpreted the Kefta. The rule of thumb seems to be base dress + an added long-sleeved coat/Kefta and a black belt. After some trial and error I found just the combination I wanted online. Then I looked at a lot of high fashion and traditional slavic (military) clothing and decided gold embroidery, fancy trims and soutache is the way to go.
I wanted to keep the base dress relatively simple because you can’t see most of it, so I only added the gold trim to make the neckline more interesting and some wedding-dress lace for the aesthetic.
For the outer dress I really wanted to emphatise the whole heartrender thing without it getting too tacky. Enter the giant tacky heart consisting of... I think around 10 different kinds of beads I added to the back based on this heart brooch I found on etsy. The soutache hearts were more of an afterthought. Speaking of soutache: It was my first time doing something with it and turns out pinning it down was an even bigger challenge in patience than the big heart. I originally wanted to sew it all down by hand but decided even my patience challenge has limits which is why it looks a bit wonky in places but whatever.
The last big thing is the hand embroiderered leaves on the neckline. They go all around the collar and took some time to do as well.
Overall my whole plan was Red! Gold! Fancy! Feminine! and I think I definitely succeeded with that
“It’s not natural for someone to be as stupid as he is tall, and yet there you stand.”
Nina is an extremely expressive character and I didn’t want to just stare blankly into the camera while looking pretty but transport some of that expressiveness. So have some more of my “sitting in front of a beige wall with weird shadows” series - pulling faces edition
Today is the release date for King of Scars!! To celebrate the end of a long wait I actually did a full makeup and costume test for my girl Nina before Katsucon!! 💕
I have never been more in love with a character, she is just so good and important to me 💕I was a little nervous about how this would turn out because it kind of highlights everything I'm self conscious about in regards to my face and body, but I can't even begin to describe how happy I am with this whole look and how comfortable I feel in my body for once!
Thank you so much to @lbardugo for creating Nina Zenik, and I hope your tour for KoS goes well!!! 💕
Also the character I'm portraying is plus-size and is white but I'm not! I'm just cosplaying my queen, it does not mean anything at all
Also like a fancier kefta? A winter fete kefta? I-
Okay I fucking hate self slander and yes I never called myself looking even a bit less good but *deep breathes* I gotta call myself out on this, I don't look even a little good in red! And this is the nicest dress I've got! And I didn't even buy it myself! And-
And yes that thing in my hand in the first and last pic is supposed to be blood