ABC’s Once Upon A Time has some of the best costumes on TV today. It is like each episode in the Enchanted Forest is filled with amazing creations and I want to make all of them! Recently I was given the opportunity to make one of my favorites and had a great time recreating the Evil Queen’s look for a production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods at Act Theater (North Andover, Massachusetts). The costume was created for the character of the Witch after her transformation and was achieved with prefabricated and handmade items. The purchased items were primarily found on Amazon, but you can also find them at other online stores, local costume shops, or thrift stores.
Getting the Look:
Corset and Undershirt:
I chose a corset of black spandex and more flexible boning than would normally be worn for this costume. The corset was purchased from Amazon for $22.
Should your future include more cosplay events, a well made black corset is a wise investment for your costume closet, if you have the budget. Look for a custom made corset on Etsy…a corset maker will ask you for very detailed measurements and offer a variety of options.
I added a lace lined tank top under the corset. This is available at a variety of stores.
I used McCalls pattern 6818 for the jacket with fabric purchased at Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts, which now carries a great selection of cosplay fabrics year round. Since I was only making one small adjustment to the pattern I primarily followed the pattern instructions. If you are struggling with the pattern I recommend this tutorial from Dear Creatives, which has more detailed instructions and pictures that you may find helpful.
When creating costumes for a small theater company, it is important to make costume pieces as versatile as possible, so I modified the jacket and added a waist band between the upper jacket and the lower skirt and then sewed the two pieces together, so that the jacket could be worn separately for future productions.
The closures on the jacket were purchased from JoAnn’s but these are also available at a lower price on Amazon.
For the collar I used a two –part tutorial which requires an old lamp shade. To add bling to I purchased a spool of rhinestone mesh, attached with a hot glue gun. The collar was then applied to the jacket with a basting stitch and upholstery thread to support the weight of the piece.
Leather/ Faux leather Leggings
Faux Leather Leggings* from Amazon were selected due to budgetary constraints. High waist leggings were selected, as appropriate for the cut of the jacket.
Heeled Knee High Black Boots
The black boots came from the theaters costume closet. Here is a link to a similar pair.
I hope you enjoy my take on the look and have a fantastic time bringing out your inner Evil Queen!