Karina Lyle
Tiger and Bunny

Cosplayer: Pandora-Chi

Variant: Normal/casual wear

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

17th April 2012: Karina ref This was the main ref that I used :3

8th April 2012: Boot covers I despise making boot covers with a passion and the experience to make Karina's did not lessen my hatred one bit XD Ok I didn't have to sew them but my annoying attention to accuracy bothered me if I didn't ^^; Her set of covers were a tad more tricky than Mai's cos one 1, extra little details like the buckle and straps were included and 2, the fact how her base shoes were flat slippers with a small heel and not a pair of boots, did make it a little more difficult to get it to fit right to my legs.
I wanted to make a little flap at the front of the boots to cover that centre seam but I couldn't get the shape right so that it would lie smoothly so I abandoned the idea. The back of these are done terribly cos of zip insertion problems so please do not take any note of them from behind! ><

22nd February 2012: Hat redone I didn't know whether to laugh or cry when I found this out but there was something about this cosplay that made me feel really uneasy but had no idea what... then it suddenly hit me when I looked at the reference pic again and what I made - I sewed the triangle thing upside down DX I had a moment of panic cos I thought I had to remake the hat all over again but then I calmed myself and realised all I had to do was quick unpick everything and sew it up again XD In the midst of this, I checked to make sure my dress was ok and it was :D I swear if I sewed my dress wrong I woulda screamed!! >< Thank fully it took no more than an hour to redo and so glad I did not bondaweb everything which I was planning ^^;;

22nd February 2012: Jacket wip 2 Happy with the choice of fur this time, I remade everything again whilst almost pankicking that I only had a few days to finish DX It took longer than I wanted it to and never in my life do I recall a cosplay that had to require so much hand basting XD The most trickiest things about this jacket was the collar construction and the band at the bottom - the most tedious thing was to make bias tape DX It's soooo messy but I am beyond caring with the jacket ^^;; I'm just happy that it's got the right kinda shape and the collar is all so soft XD

19th February 2012: Jacket 1 draft So I begun the jacket - cutted out all the pieces, sewed them together, made up the collar pattern from left over bed sheets and half way through, I decided to remake it XD
1, I didn't like the darts curving round the bust area for the jacket and 2, the fur that I had purchased for the collar was malting awfully >.< at this time I was searching for what I had in the house that I could perhaps use as a substitute - the closest thing I had was felt which I decided to try and use anyways and it didn't look right so I had choice but to go out to get some nicer quality fur DX

17th February 2012: Wig complete First 2 photos show the before and after images :3 Also, including what it looks like with the hat cos I like it that much XD

16th February 2012: Hat complete :3 wig wip Decided to make the hat today and though there are imperfections, I quite like it - it hasn't got the exact shape I want but it's really cute <3 <3

Along with the hat, I decided to re-use my straight Alice Lidell wig and curl it to match Karina's wavy hair. Though it isn't the most perfect wig, I neither had the time nor money to buy a new one for her so this one will do for now since it is the right colour that I need - still have to cut the bangs though

16th February 2012: Arm warmers Since I couldn't do anything about the zip until I go out again, I decided to concentrate on the others things - made the arm warmers in about 3 hours or so :3

15th February 2012: Dress semi complete.... After finally sewing bias tape along the neckline, sleeve edge, ruffles and triangle applique, I finally thought, yes! I'm making progress! I've got a dress!! .... but then it was just my luck with this cosplay that as soon as I placed it on the dress making dummy to take a photo of, the zip freakin broke!! 3$*$nd&g£@ >:( GAH!! It was just one nightmare after another with this damn thing!!! Though it's not exactly gonna take me a lot of time nor cost me much to buy a new one, the point is, I have to start all over again to install a zip!! RAGGGGGGGE!!!!!!! ><

11th February 2012: Under the bust ruffles The next annoying bit of this dress was to create (as it says in the title) the ruffles which are shaped around the chest - I was actually quite nervous about this cos I have a thing about dresses with a line outlining the bust region cos normally, it never fits XD but using my dress making dummy, it's all good in the end - also for an extra little detail, I decided to rouge up the centre :3

7th February 2012: Dress decoration prep I actually made a start on this way back in January but I had a major problem with the dress from day one so I decided to come back to it later DX I brought a pattern which was basically a fitted pencil dress and I thought it'll be perfect - unfortunately, this dress pattern involved sewing a lapped zip at the back which meant the back panel had to be split in half and then sewed together which I didn't want for preference as I wanted a side zip instead. However, when I tried to sew the back panel as being one, it was seriously baggy and it didn't fit to my shape at all so I stressed out about it and left this cosplay alone cos it wasn't my priority at the time...
After a long thought, my solution was to alter a pattern I had already - however, it was a shirt pattern which meant I had to extend it and place my own darts where it was needed – after much trial and error, I finally got the shape and thus could actually start on the ruffles and triangle appliqué! … which was a pain in itself DX

11th January 2012: Necklace The first thing I decided to make a start on was the necklace cos it was the easiest and less expensive part of the outfit XD Karina's necklace is not very clearly drawn thus it can be interpreted in many ways ^_~ The way I see it, they're green gem like beads. The white glass pearls were an extra touch I decided to add :3

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InfiniteJester - 8th August 2011

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BakaBakaRangers - 8th August 2011
Tiger and Bunny is definitely getting a lot of love XD Be great to see it! Can't wait :D

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KiraraYumi - 8th August 2011
Wow, that is a mega cute outfit! Can't wait to see in made real! 8D

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Ino - 11th September 2011
Yay Karina! Her outfit is definately super cute, I think you're going to look brilliant! :D Also, thank you so much for your kind words on my Bunny-cha - I mean Barnaby. <_<

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j_mercuryuk - 26th October 2011
So cool. Love her outfit and you'll make such an awesome costume :D

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Pandora-Chi - 26th October 2011
Thanks so much for the encouraging comments everyone :) I'll try to make this as best as I can and not delete her :) I really wanna try my best to ban myself from that when I add a costume XD

@ Kila - heeeell yes indeed - hopefully! XD
@ kirarayumi - it is soo soo damn cute!! I really can't resist -^^-
@Ino - no worries on the comment, you deserve it - the preview shot looked so good! and thank you! ^^ lol bunny-chan XD

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BladeyCakes - 5th January 2012

...in other words, do want to see, plz 8D <33 T&B is amazing!

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SamanthaKaiba - 16th February 2012
sorry to hear about all the problems...Im sure its going to look amazing...good luck with this ^_^

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FuriePhoenix - 16th February 2012
though i dont know the series, this is a really cute looking character!

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Pandora-Chi - 17th February 2012
@ samanthakaiba - I so hope I can get through to the end without any more drama XD... even if there is, I hope it's minimal XD and aww thank you :3
@ Furiephoenix - I know right?! It's so cute but my goodness the dress is so tedious... ¬.¬ Still I'm liking the fact I'm making progress XD

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JustPeachy - 22nd February 2012
You make such an adorable Karina!! I will be on the lookout for you at Hyper for piccys ^-^

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Natsumi - 22nd February 2012
Looks really good! You look really cute in this costume it suits you muchly. :D

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Saffron - 23rd February 2012
You look perfect! and the boots look fine to me :)

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LemonPanda - 24th February 2012
fff!~ omg you look so good in thissss~ :'D outfit really suits you!~ wigs perfect too!~ looking forward to seeing mroe photos! >]

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Marisa-Chan - 26th February 2012
Such an awesome Karina! Was awesome to see you :D

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SamanthaKaiba - 26th February 2012
you look great in this

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lilkimmi27 - 26th February 2012
never seen the series but you looked awesome :D great job

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Saffron - 26th February 2012
uuuu you looked so beautiful <3 was a pleasure to meet you :')

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Manticore Arts - 2nd March 2012
Omg! Why didn't you say I! I saw you twice with Adam (tiger) and was like- You were aweomse as Carina! Well Done love!

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sarmander - 2nd March 2012
Ah! That was you~~~ =D Hehe, you make such a lovely Karina, I was so excited when I saw you at Hyper Japan!! My face------> *____*
Thankyou for crediting me in your photo too, that's super thoughtful of you! Um...do you mind if I borrow it for my Ivan page? XD;;; *has no recent photos*.
Gee, I hope you're able to do this again sometime~

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sarmander - 3rd March 2012
YAY thankyou~! =D
OH...well....I don't want to force your hand or anything, especially if you have other plans, but, well, if you're stuck for things to do at Kita I'll be re-wearing Ivan and I'll be hanging out with a Keith. Even if not, I hope to see you at Kita anyway~ ^___^V

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Ino - 3rd March 2012
Your Karina costume is wonderful! You suit her very well~~

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j_mercuryuk - 3rd March 2012
Really nice Karina. It suits you so well and the dress looks fabulous.

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KiraraYumi - 3rd March 2012
I saw you in this at Hyper, very briefly! 8D You were talking to someone though so I didn't say anything xP
You looked really awesome as Karina! Still can't get over how cute this outfit is, and you did it complete justice! x3

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Pandora-Chi - 3rd March 2012
Thank you so much everyone ^^ I had fun wearing her and will do so again in the future - I still wanna make boot covers even though I despise the process XD

@ Manticore - aww thank you and I wasn't sure if it was you that I passed ... it only hit me when I saw u on stage which was brilliant and congrates again :) x
@ Sarmander - Don't worry you're not forcing me cos I'm actually stuck for one more outfit for Kita anyways and was considering to drag up Karina lol But if I don't, I'll hopefully see you there as Ivan again with Keith 8D xx
@ Kirarayumi - I didn't know you were at HJ! And aww bless, u shoulda came up to me cos I haven't spoken to you properly but there are other cons so we could always meet then :) And aww thank you for the comment x

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Captain_Marvelous - 12th March 2012
I just love it! my tiger would love to get shots with you! :) very awesome cosplay!

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CrystalNeko - 21st March 2012
You make suuuuuch a cute Karina <333
I seriously need to watch this show now D:

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lumpyspacepanda - 19th April 2012
I'm not overly familiar with Tiger and Bunny but you did look completely adorable in this when I saw you at Kita :3

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Manticore Arts - 19th April 2012
Woman! I new I recognised you! DAMNIT ELLEN! Why!! You so cute for! My Kotetsu screams to stroke you ^_^

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Eloraborealis - 20th April 2012
I love your Karina, it's just so cute! Lovely photos and cosplay! :D

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Solaria - 22nd April 2012
So jelly of your karina youre soooooo gorgeous I wish i could pull off Blue rose to do with you xD;
Loved seeing you at Kita <3333

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Lozzie - 24th April 2012
This is amazing! I've only just watched this show so now i can appreciate how beautiful you look! The costume is so well made too! Im gonna be cosplaying Kotetsu for Ame, shame we couldnt get photos together ><

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Anonymous - 4th May 2012
Yaay Karina! I was so excited to see you at Kita(´∀`*)
You looked amazingly cute and cheerful, just like Karina!
Shame I didn't have enough time to wonder around at Hyper Japan to find you though><