I recently assembled a Power Girl cosplay with pieces from Amazon and gave it a little steampunk twist. Power Girl, also known as Kara Zor-El, is the cousin of Superman, but she’s probably more known for her amazing cleavage window than her awesome power. I posted on Facebook about it being really hard to get the size of the circle cut just right and was surprised at how many had advice and input. Apparently, this is a hot topic.
Collecting the Power Girl Pieces
The reason I went with the steampunk angle is because I already had a wig that would work. Power Girl has short light blond hair, usually worn in a straight bob. I happen to have a platinum Marilyn Monroe type wig so that’s the one I used for the costume.
Besides the standard long sleeved white leotard with aforementioned boob window, I added goggles, a standard red cape, blue satin gloves, red leather waist cincher, belt, lace choker, petticoat bustle and white thigh high stockings.
All items used in the Power Girl costume that can be purchased are tagged on my Amazon page, along with a full ready-made costume in case you want to go that route:
Click here for Power Girl Cosplay Pieces an Amazon
The Crafty Part
While most of the outfit was assembled, I had to get crafty on two parts. First, I had to cut the hole into the leotard. For that, I started with a small horizontal cut to see how the material stretched when it was put on. Then I cut a smaller hole and put it on again. I proceeded to do this about five times, progressively making a larger opening until it was just right.
That was the part that took the longest, and the more I stared at it, the more I wanted to mess with it. My frustration with getting it just the right size led to a post on Facebook, which ended up with over 100 comments with people weighing in on the exact size or process I could use. The funny thing was I had already cut the hole, and didn’t ask a question, but everyone seemed to have taken it was a request for advice. I’m not complaining as it was pretty entertaining, and nice to know so many people are ready to jump in and help me with my cleavage questions.
The other part I made was the gold domes that are on the belt and top of the cape. For these I went with a favorite of mine- furniture sliders. These always come in handy for cosplay and come in many different sizes. It’s extra convenient that they have a sticky back, so I was able to spray paint them metallic gold and then just stick them on. I used the small 1 inch size. Click here to find furniture sliders on Amazon.
The belt pieces on the costume are old belts I already had. The blue gloves are elbow length, but I folded them down to the length I wanted them. The white fluffy bustle is a short petticoat tucked up under the waist cincher. The red leather waist cincher used to be on Amazon but I couldn’t find the exact one to tag anymore.
The parts not shown are the white thigh high stockings and blue kneehigh boots. The do have plenty of blue boot options on Amazon, but I got mine from a friend (@AMHcosplays) that had ordered a custom pair that was made too big for her. She passed them on to me, inspiring this cosplay. And then in 99% of my photos, you can’t see the boots! lol
Check out the gallery of my Power Girl cosplay photos here:
About the Author
Candy Keane is a digital content creator and long-time cosplayer, most well-known for being on the cover of the Star Wars documentary Jedi Junkies. After making costumes professionally for over a decade, she now writes about about geek culture and mom life, and continues to cosplay for fun, while sharing her love of costumes on Instagram @SewGeekMama. Her first children’s book, I’m Going to My First Comic Convention, was published in 2020 and won a Story Monsters Approved award for Excellence in Literature.
Categories: Cosplay, Cosplay Costumes, Culture, Tutorials
Great work on the cosplay costume. Damn, Llving the pics…so many good poses. You look so sexy in every pic, well endowed like the real PG.
Hahaah would love to know about the cleavage stuff.
Oh there is a whole discussion about the proper size of the cleavage “window” on my Facebook page. Just look for the Power Girl post with the comic book image. http://www.Facebook.com/sewgeekmama