|Time Taken :||10-15 hours|
|*This costume is now retired*|
Jill is starting to become a signature character for me I think...
Out of all her alternate costumes this is the one I liked the best and I thought it would be nice to do a version that's very rarely cosplayed. She even has handcuffs XD
Just a bummer I can't find any more detailed reference shots or even original design sketches. A bit of artistic license will apply here I think.
I got the skirt from a school uniform shop ^^' School uniform brands tend to go by waist sizes for the senior girls skirts and I'm quite slim so can still find one that fits me! This was the best place for me to find a plain, straight navy skirt so who cares if it was made for a 15 year old XD The skirt didn't have belt loops on it though so I had to make some myself (see journal).
I brought a belt with the buckle type I needed from a stall in Camden market but the leather had a funny green tint to it so I got another belt a similar size and got the buckle taken off and put on the more suitable strap.
The shirt is a style called "pilot shirt" which is worn by pilots (duh), police and general security workers. It was a bit of a struggle to find a female fit one in the colour "police blue" but I got there in the end. I had to make the sleeve cuffs white (see journal) and change the blue buttons for white ones. This shirt has epaulettes on each shoulder which Jill doesn't appear to have in the references but seeing how all police shirts have them I think we can safely assume for realistic/ authentic purposes that she would have them also. She has a white blob on the left side of her shirt collar. I have no idea what this is so again I went with the artistic license and brought a collar insignia pin with the letters "P.D." (Police Detective).
I brought a pair of navy blue court shoes from ebay.
The S.T.A.R.S. patches I got from Blue Tiger Trading on ebay again.
I brought a navy peaked cap similar to what police and traffic wardens ect use and glued on (I didn't sew it because the hat had a hard material inside to keep it's shape which I couldn't get a needle through)the S.T.A.R.S. patch. I got a super glue stain on it -_- fail. I managed to remove most of it with super glue remover but it still left a light mark.
Jill has a gold-brown mark above her left shirt pocket which there was some debate over what it was (damn graphics). I thought it looked like a name badge but someone else said it was a RPD badge that the regular Raccoon cops wear. Lycan however found out that it IS a name badge and it says:
So back to ebay I go and I found a seller who engraves name badges and got one made. It arrived within 2 days of ordering, I was impressed! Think it looks really good =D
I brought some Viper standard handcuffs as I didn't really want a cheap fancy dress plastic set that would look tacky and might fall apart. Although not police issue (I don't think) they are proper cuffs used by other security staff and are solid metal and pretty heavy! I also got a holder for them that won't obscure them from view.
Ebay was my friend again for the radio (an ex-police issue).
I made the nightstick/ baton myself (see journal).
I shall be using the handgun I use with my other Jill cosplays as well as my First Aid spray!
I'm wearing the wig I originally used for my S.T.A.R.S. Jill cosplay as I'm getting a new one for that with the hair parting the other way (stupid Remake changing it).
Oh and I finally have a S.T.A.R.S. messenger bag yay!
This looked like a simple and quick cosplay but the little alterations actually took longer than I thought. This has taught me to never make assumptions about time needed lol I also learnt that fabric glue is my friend and super glue on fabrics is not. I really liked the artistic license I had with this cosplay while still keeping the main details accurate.
I first wore this cosplay to the May 2010 London MCM Expo. It was comfy and I had no issues with it apart from the baton sometimes slipping out from under my belt. It wasn't highly recognisable due to not many people playing the game in the alternate costumes but those that knew the character Jill liked it anyway and others just thought I looked a convincing police officer =p
I re-wore this at Amecon 2010 where I managed to get some decent photos which I was happy about as I'm still waiting for the photos from a shoot I had at Expo. (EDIT - I never recieved these from the photographer)
I also wore this at Bunkasai 2011
Worn for the last time to London MCM Expo May 2012. I had photos taken by Quinzel, Bento Dan and PaperTiger.
|Samurai Edge hand gun||Medium||Complete|
|P.D. collar insignia pin||Low||Complete|
|Police blue Pilot shirt||£12.25||Bought|
|Buckle exchange service||£0.60||Bought|
|Half metre of navy fabric||£2.98||Bought|
|Textile adhesive (fabric glue)||£1.99||Bought|
|Super glue remover||£1.49||Bought|
|10 white buttons||£1.00||Bought|
|P.D. collar insignia pin||£3.66||Bought|
|Gold engraved name badge||£1.35||Bought|
|Night stick ring holder||£3.42||Bought|
|Navy court shoes||£9.95||Bought|
|S.T.A.R.S. beret patch||£5.00||Bought|
|Navy peak service cap||£23.92||Bought|
|Viper standard handcuffs||£4.95||Bought|
|Leather handcuff strap holder||£6.53||Bought|
|Ex police Motorola radio||£10.00||Bought|
Police nighstick/ baton (Posted 28th May 2010)
I started off with a good old broom handle which was sawn to a more suitable length and the ends sanded down (one end has a rounded tip). I did a base coat of black matt spray paint then I did a few layers of black acrylic craft paint over the top. Black electrical tape was wound around near the top to make the grip similar to what I've seen in a US nightstick reference photo.
Skirt belt loops (Posted 28th May 2010)
The most suitable skirt I found didn't have belt loops on it so I've had to add those myself. I was so lucky to find some fabric in an almost identical colour and weight to the skirt. I cut rectangle pieces out and folded them in half sealing them with fabric glue (my new best friend). The I sewed the ends over and stitched the home-made loop to the skirt. I did 6 in total, 2 at the front, sides and back. They didn't all come out the same size somehow despite using the first one as a template lol but I don't think people will be paying too close attention.
Shirt (Posted 28th May 2010)
Started off with a police blue Pilot shirt. First I sewed the S.T.A.R.S. patch onto the right sleeve and then I had to make the ends of the sleeve cuffs white. There's not a great selection of fabrics in my area and the white materials seemed too thin so thought the blue would still show through. Then I had the idea to buy another shirt in white (got one from a charity shop) to cut up and use the material in that as it would look more natural as it's "shirt cotton" if that makes sense lol A few broken needles later and I achieved the look I wanted.