A cosplayer by the name of Mandy crafted this Red Sonja costume at home for under $200. She describes the process:
I made this costume myself- everything combined ended up being under $200, which is not bad if you’re particularly intense about costuming like me. The “metal” bikini is a black push-up bra and black panties with plastic circles sewn together, sewn on to the garments, and individual circles glued to fill in the spots for a more “chain mail” look (took. fucking. forever.) Bottom is custom fit to me with brass rings sewn at sides. Gloves are made by me, as are the thigh cuffs. Wig bought in a place called X-Tensions in NYC. Sword from Halloween Adventure in NYC. Boots bought from a cheap Mandee’s-type place in the east village. Makeup is Clinique foundation, Revlon liquid eyeliner, Cover Girl blush, Make Up Forever lashes, Benefit concealor, Hourglass lipstick in “Icon”, Maybelline eye shadow, Urban Decay body shimmer, Make Up Forever pearl powder.