Avatar Korra, of the Southern Water Tribe, is the current incarnation of Raava's Avatar and the immediate successor of Avatar Aang. Talented, driven and headstrong, Korra is a martial arts prodigy who mastered fire, earth, and water bending by age 17. Korra's stubborn and aggressive personality, however, repeatedly hinders her ability to master airbending and fully embrace the spiritual aspects of the Avatar role. By book four Korra is suffering from the after-effects of trauma, questioning her abilities and relationships; her recovery leaves her more compassionate and emotionally balanced.
Korra is such a fantastic central character, and I love The Legend of Korra's depiction of the original Avatar Wan, the spirit world, and the exploration of post-traumatic healing. When I decided to cosplay Korra, I gravitated to the darker color scheme and shorter hairstyle Korra wears during Book Four, reflective of the very personal story arc her character undertakes. The hardest part of this costume was Korra's signature blue top; at first I thought I'd go the leotard route for it, but eventually decided I should make an actual shirt but fit it tightly enough that it retained the smooth, form-fitting look. I found a twill that was very close to the correct shale blue and used McCall's 3008 cheongsam pattern, altering it slightly to create a long-waisted shirt top rather than a dress but retaining the side-zipper closure. I took the top in at least three times to try to get it as close to a leotard-looking fit as possible, and I kept shortening the arm openings to create more of a athletic look. Once I was satisfied with the shape, I closed the arm openings with white bias tape and attached the collar.
Once that hurdle was complete the rest was easy; the pants are a simple elastic waist/elastic cuff pattern made from a dark navy fabric found in the bargain bin, while the waist wrap is a dark brown bottom weight fabric I had in my scrap pile. The waist section is fully lined with interfacing, and a strip of fun fur is sandwiched into the bottom hem. The top seam is covered with a dark blue scrap piece and snaps closed at the front. The emblem buckle was made with two layers of worbla and painted with blue acryllic and silver rub n' buff, then sprayed with clear coat and attached with Velcro. The sleeves are elbow-length navy gloves with the fingers cut off and edges serged. Blue bias tape is secured around the forearms with snaps. Finally, the boots are the actual ones that the creator of Korra Tweeted as being the ones he referenced when designing Korra's uniform for Book 4. They are officially the most comfortable pair of shoes I have worn for a costume yet. I love them!