Costume :Eleanor Josephine Aylward
Variant :Everyday wear
Source :Steampunk (original)
Progress :Complete
Worn At :KitaCon 2010

Costume Photos

A Victorian summer

Shall we gentlemen?


Costume Information

Cost : £60
Time Taken : 1 week

I originally had another Steampunk character on here but thanks to the help of Sjbonnar & Clone I was able to re-write her story and create a whole new character as well as design her outfit. I'm so pleased with her and can't wait to cosplay her. I already have a commission on her rifle "Rose".
Eleanor Josephine Aylward:

Sex: Female
Age: 21
Occupation: None
Hobby: Shooting, entering contests
Status: Widow

A practical woman with a smart head on her shoulders. Don't let Eleanor's lady look fool you, she's as elegant as she is dangerous. At one time she was very happy and care-free, yet always keeping a smart head on her shoulders. After the untimely death of her husband after only a few years of marriage she changed, becoming rather un-emotional and hasn't been able to move on from his death.

She began her life in a lower middle class family, her mother was a seamstress and her father worked in a rifle factory. Her old brother also worked in the same factory as her father. She began working when she was six, helping her grandmother sell flowers in the market. Many people would stop and come over, who can't resist a cute little girl with a basket full of flowers and tight, red curls? Unfortuently her grandmother died of old age when she was 10 so Eleanor had to find other work. Her father had heard that the boss of the gun factory he worked at was looking to hire more housing staff so Eleanor went to go work in the Aylward manor at the age of 11. The young master of the house, (still don't have a name for him yet but he's 2 years older than Eleanor) fell for Eleanor straight away yet couldn't show his true feelings while his parents were around. Afterall it wasn't very gentlemanly to fall for your housing staff. The years past and Eleanor and (I don't have a name damn it... lets call him Bob for now 8D) finally got together when she was 18 and he 20. His parents had tried to get him together with many other ladies but non he liked more than Eleanor. Her late husband was a huntsman and both are from Winchester. In order to spend more time with him she took up being a marks (wom)man, becoming a precision shot and a keen sniper, beginning with simply shooting down fast agile birds. She was the first woman ever to compete in a sharp shooting event, not only to qualify but to go on and win the competition. This found her many adversaries among the gentry and earned both her and her husband respected status in the hunting community. Unfortuently her husband was killed by a rival marksman who was attempting to eliminate the competition for a very prestigious upcoming event.

Her rifle is light but deadly, and she has dubbed it "Rose" due to this. It has a telescope on the top and a suppressor on the end so the enemy does not detect were she it. A beautiful weapon made of a mix of wood and brass, a gun which was modified by her late husband. Although if she runs out of bullets or has to contend in close quarter battle she has a sneaky revolver hidden on her leg beneath her dress. She has nothing wrong with her vision but wears glasses to improve her sight, making it easier for her to shoot. If she ever needs to shoot a far away target her glasses are also equipped with magnifying lenses she can pull down for more distant shots.


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I like this very much! :D

by Manga Girl on Monday, 28 December, 2009 - 19:55
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LOL *looks at the eyeglass, looks at the Telescopic Diagnostician* Hmm...LOL

by sjbonnar on Monday, 28 December, 2009 - 22:44
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I know as soon as I coloured it in I was like "...... oh sh**"
Sorry hun, that'll be edited out don't worry ^_^

by Littlegeeky on Tuesday, 29 December, 2009 - 01:29
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You don't have to do that you silly thing. I just found it amusing LOL

by sjbonnar on Tuesday, 29 December, 2009 - 15:43
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But I like her new design now ^_^ Plus I get to wear glasses...
what is it with me and glasses (I love to wear them)

by Littlegeeky on Tuesday, 29 December, 2009 - 15:50
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Oh I was looking forward to seeing your steampunk design! Steampunk is always cool and I really like your design! 8D

by Skah-Tala-Kai on Friday, 1 January, 2010 - 15:13
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wow come to kitacon, i really would love to be in an en mass steampunk pic, there seems to be a really healthy crowd going this year :) i have a new top hat specially for the occasion :P

by Captain_Marvelous on Wednesday, 6 January, 2010 - 11:30
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Ryukredapples: I'm going to try my best! I really want to try and get it done for Kitacon XD

by Littlegeeky on Wednesday, 6 January, 2010 - 12:04
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if you need any help with weapons or props on budget, drop me a line ^.- my goggles cost about 5 pound *the ones in my tobias lestrade shots* if your on a budget that is

by Captain_Marvelous on Wednesday, 6 January, 2010 - 13:03
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Thank you hun, I'll drop you a PM if I need any help ^_^

by Littlegeeky on Wednesday, 6 January, 2010 - 13:55
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Can't wait to see this all done ^_^ And glad to help!

by sjbonnar on Friday, 12 February, 2010 - 23:03
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Love this!!


by letmelive on Saturday, 10 April, 2010 - 16:45
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I'm so loving this. It suits you so well =)

by Bambi. on Saturday, 10 April, 2010 - 17:10
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Loving the new tiny hat shots :)

by Captain_Marvelous on Saturday, 5 June, 2010 - 15:53
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You did a great job on this! :)

by Alias Cosplay on Saturday, 5 June, 2010 - 17:34

To-Do List

Puffy sleeved shirtHighComplete
Rifle (commissioned)HighComplete
SkirtHighIn Progress
Wasit corsetMediumIn Progress
Derringer with leg strapMediumIn Progress
Scarf thingLowIn Progress


Just some improvements (Posted 26th May 2010)

Just done a few improvements with Eleanor. I made a new skirt and used the old one as an extra layer and made it into a bustle. Also got some new boots which I'm also going to use for my Sophie cosplay in the future. I don't know whether to wear my jacket with it or make a scarf thingy for it. Also got a strap for my rifle so I can carry it on my back ^w^ Enjoy

Done! (Posted 22nd March 2010)

Not exactly as I thought it would turn out but I like it. Can't wait to get my rifle from Clone ^w^

Started but such a looong way to go (Posted 11th February 2010)

I finished the bottom part of the cosplay... just the rest to go. The rifle is in safe hands thanks to my friend Clone (the most awesome prop maker EVER!!!!) I might end up buying the shirt rather than making it. Skirt will have to be made unless a miracle happens and I find one! Wig has been dispatched so I should get that soon (taken a month just to send) Wasit corset I hope to buy from ebay soon. I'm not too sure what to do about the Derringer with leg strap? Everything else is minor things... I just hope I get it all done DX