Series: Avatar: The Last Airbender, Legend of Aang
Character: Princess Azula
Debuted At: Anime Expo 2011
Details: Sheila had always wanted to cosplay with her brother, Chez Santa Maria, and he had always been interested. When Avatar came out, they watched every episode that came out and deeply connected with the series; being raised in martial arts and having a sibling relationship. They decided to cosplay their favorite characters, Azula and Zuko; brother and sister, as brother and sister.
The base of the outfit was made from a black dress. The dress was cut into panels on the bottom, and lined with craft foam painted gold. A maroon top was cut and brown sleeves and red cuffs were sewn to it. The pants were regular maroon sweat pants, stuffed into maroon boots. Black socks covered the shoes, to change their color. Craft foam was used to make the belt buckle (a bought gold belt was used as the base) and craft foam was also used for the knee guards.
The entire breastplate armor and shoulder pauldrons are all one attached set. It's all layers of craft foam, sealed and painted accordingly.