Since I first read the Keepers of the Lost Cities series, I’ve wanted to do a cosplay for it. I always thought I would do an original design cosplay for the character Oralie, a member of the elf council. Then author Shannon Messenger released this art she had commissioned of Sophie Foster, the main character.
And I thought to myself, hey that looks easy, I could probably make that. I was half right. I could make that, but it was not easy. There was no pattern for this dress, so I had to try to alter a pattern I found. It only partially worked. Then I realized that I had cut some things wrong, but didn’t have enough fabric to recut them entirely… it was messy.
The cape pattern was simple, but I had to alter it as well to make it the length I wanted. And then my fabric wasn’t as wide as I needed it to be, so I ended up having to cut some of the pattern pieces into pieces and cut them out and then sew them together.
The only thing that went together the way I expected was the pin. In the books, Sophie Foster wears a pin with her adopted family’s crest on it. Sophie is wearing it in the image I was referencing, but it’s hard to see. Luckily, Shannon Messenger previously posted a drawing where the crest was more detailed.
I’m dying a little inside because Shannon Messenger is coming on her book tour to my state for the first time ever… and I’m going to be in Florida. I can’t complain too much because I’ll be at Disneyworld, but I am disappointed that I won’t get to show her my cosplay.
If you haven’t read this series yet, definitely give it a try! It’s one of my favorites.