My 13 year old daughter is 5’10” and still growing. We decided we were going to attend the first ComicCon to come to our town. She wanted to be a woodland elf, like in Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. As we started working on her costume, though, she decided that adding a steampunk aspect would be better. So, the woodland elf became the steampunk elf.
We started with green leggings she already had. Adding to that, I found a vest-like light green shirt at Goodwill. We put that over a black camisole for modesty. I had purchased a green wool cape from Cracker Barrel many months before when it was on sale for $10. We cut that up to make a jacket, with a long pointed hood. I added a lighter green ribbon along the edges for a more steampunk look.
Dad’s old belts got cut up and hot glued together to make a leg brace. Added to that was an old purse, cut up for its’ pocket. I had a length of leather look fabric that was cut into a “corset”, to which we added grommets and a length of red ribbons.
The top hat was, by far, the most difficult, but also the cheapest to make. I cut up a cardboard box. Literally, a cardboard box. I rolled it until I could get it into an oval shape, cut a brim and masking taped it all together. Remember that leather look fabric I mentioned earlier; guess what we glued all over that cardboard hat? The goggles were a dollar store set of safety goggles and a set of magnetic tins. We used see through binder dividers to make the lenses green. Rub n’ Buff to get the colors going, and a big package of random gears, cogs, and wheels.
I had previously purchased a wooden bow and arrow set, and the Rub n’ Buff came out again. She took all the fletching off the arrows and added gears and cogs instead. A cardboard tube covered in foam sheets and attached to the aforementioned belts made the quiver. Some Mom makeup magic, and we had the tallest elf imaginable. We had a great time and she had many pictures taken at the ComicCon.