Elizabeth, Bioshock: Burial at Sea Waistband Tutorial

Elizabeth, Bioshock: Burial at Sea Waistband Tutorial

Sometimes the simplest parts of a cosplay can give you the most trouble! I wanted to share this in case anyone else was having the same problem I was having. The waistband on Elizabeth’s skirt in the Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea DLC is kind of unusual in that the belt “hides” in the waistband, as you can see here.


I tried a few different methods until I finally got help from my friend Tasuki Kama who drew me this awesome diagram tutorial. Please like his cosplay page if you found this helpful! The design is kind of impractical because of the way the belt is threaded through the waistband. At first glance, it seems simple, but it actually works a bit awkwardly.


SKIRT copy

The belt doesn’t show in the back, so it’s a little tricky, but this worked great for me. I ended up having to cut the belt into pieces and sew it into the waistband.

I’m really happy with my final cosplay. These photos are from Pensacon, the first time I wore my Burial at Sea cosplay. LEONHART.cosplay cosplayed with me as Booker DeWitt, complete with air grabber.





I updated my Burial at Sea cosplay for Geekonomicon in 2016. My makeup was done by Alex Rage this time, and I was a bit more of a beat up Liz this time. I fitted the shirt to fit more closely (you can see the difference in my previous photos) and added a corset underneath for that curvy, hip-swinging noir dame effect.



I also finished my Old Man Winter plasmid this time. Sculpting him was really fun. I used a combination of translucent and opaque Sculpey polymer clay on top of a blue glass bottle base.

Here is close up of the finished Old Man Winter vigor, with Mr. DeWitt showing it off for me. Unfortunately the glittery snow effect doesn’t show very well in this photo! I stamped a few snowflakes into the paint that aren’t showing here, too. He was a lot of fun to paint.


Good luck with your own Elizabeth cosplay and pencil skirt!

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