|Time Taken :||Around 7 hours|
|*This costume is now retired*|
"My name is Alice. And I remember everything"
I love the Resident Evil films so wanted to do a Project Alice cosplay. This seemed the easiest and the most recognisable (even if I'm not a fan of red).
"Alice was once an Umbrella security operative placed at the mansion to protect the Hive's emergency entrance. Alice was married to Spence Parks; however, it was revealed to be a fake in order to protect the secrecy of the Hive's existence. Though working for Umbrella, it's revealed she was willing to expose Umbrella's experiments to bring the company down. She was trying to help Lisa Addison smuggle a sample of the t-Virus out of the Hive in order to help their cause. Alice had access to "security codes, surveillance plans, the works"; everything Lisa needed to pull off the plan and escape with the virus. However, her plans were foiled by Spence Parks who had his own personal agenda to retrieve the t-Virus and sell it on the black market. After the outbreak in the underground lab, Alice and Matt Addison remain the only survivors of the incident"
~Please see my journals for more details on the construction of this costume as well as progress photos~
The dress, jacket, skirt and boots were bought on ebay then modified/ altered.
The (first) wig, hotpants and ring were bought from ebay.
The newer wig was bought from a wig store online.
The handgun was a toy one re-used from my first Jill cosplay with the orange blaze tip painted over.
I first wore this cosplay the London Film and Comic Con 2010 as it was from a film and simple enough to put together in a short time. I wasn't recognised as much as I thought I would be as people kept confusing me with the character Caprica Six from Battlestar Galactica. But I did spot some other Resi cosplayers so some people knew who I was lol I had to be careful when sitting on the train due to the stupidly short skirt and my feet were hurting by the end of the day but nothing fell apart at least haha.
*OCT 2010 EXPO UPDATE*
I felt more comfortable in this costume now it had the jacket and a better wig but I would still like to get the dress re-made. My friend (whose name is Alice funnily enough) took quite a few photos of me as she's practising her photography so I should have some better shots of this costume to upload soon. We found a corridor that looked a bit like an Umbrella lab but it had no public access =( Boooo. I was late for the big Resident Evil shoot and it was really funny coming down the stairs while the photographers shouted to the other Resi cosplayers "Alice is behind you!" XD Then an arguement over the films vs the games started *rolls eyes* lol
I wore this again at Kitacon III for the Saturday night rock party. Had some awesome photos taken by Pouncy in his studio as well =)
Worn for the last time to LFCC 2012 with PaperTiger as Rain and Kungfurob as Matt. Tried to dirty/ bloody myself up a bit this time and I was really happy to have a mini group together for Alice's last outing.
|Alter mini skirt||High||Complete|
|Burgundy shorts/ bikini bottoms||Medium||Complete|
|Watch film again for "research"||Low||Complete|
|Burgundy lycra hot pants||£7.60||Bought|
|Plain gold ring||£6.99||Bought|
|Rene of Paris "Bianca" wig in Strawberry Swirl||£42.25||Bought|
|Black faux leather zip-up jacket||£14.99||Bought|
|Hammerite metal paint in Smooth Silver||£6.48||Bought|
Jacket- Alterations part two (Posted 29th October 2010)
The zips on the jacket I bought are a bronze colour whereas Spence's are silver... so naturally I wanted to change that. It would of been a pain to find replacement zips the right size (as there's some on the sleeves and pockets also) so I decided to paint them. I asked on the forums what sort of paint to use on metal (as didn't think acrylic would do the job) but sadly no-one replied. Thankfully I thought to ask Lycan who does custom paint jobs on airsoft pistols and he suggested Hammerite metal paint. I found a small tin in Wilkinsons and got to work.
I carefully painted each "tooth" which was fiddly work. It's not the neatest job but I didn't totally botch it up at least lol I'm really pleased with how the paint has covered with a single coat and the zips still work! I wasn't expecting that (thought the paint would jam the zippers) so that's a welcome bonus. I also painted over the poppers on the collar.
The only thing off with the jacket is that the popper button and snaps (whatever you call them) are meant to be the other way round on the collar. But it can't be perfect I guess.
Jacket- Alterations part one (Posted 24th October 2010)
Started making alterations to the jacket today to make it more accurate. I removed the chest pocket flap and the other half of the popper underneath it. One of the collar poppers was also removed as well as the little studs by the chest pocket and the zipped pockets.
Removing these meant you could see where the material was torn/ frayed so I covered those edges up with black marker pen (which shows a bit but better than the beige colour it was before). But the bigger holes still looked obvious so I used the pocket flap to cut up little bits of the material and glue it over the holes. Now from a distance it looks a lot better =) Again I had to tidy up the edges with marker pen.
On close inspection you can see what I've done but overall I'm happier with the way it looks now. Just the zip colour to sort out!
New wig (Posted 3rd October 2010)
I thought my old wig was too bright a shade of blonde and also had no skin top parting so I wanted to get a better one. This is one of my fav Alice cosplayers: http://www.cosplay.com/costume/159968/ and I managed to find the name of her wig on one of the photo captions. It's made by Rene of Paris which is an expensive "designer" wig brand. The only reason I bought it is because it's now a discontinued style and so was at a clearance price, there's no way I would pay the original price for it.
Because of the cost and the fact it looks quite natural on that other cosplayer I was very disappointed to find it doesn't even have a skin top. I can buy a £20 wig from Japan that has a skin top. So yeah, pretty annoyed about that, I just hope it doesn't look too fake. The colour and style are good at least, I just need to use a bit of wax to tame down the curls a bit so they're not too "poofy".
Jacket (Posted 20th September 2010)
Picked this up from ebay as it was within my price range and the most suitable I could find. I planned to remove the chest pocket flap as Spence's jacket only has the 2 zipped pockets at the bottom. This I thought would be easy as in the listing photo the flap was plain but as you can see in the photo the actual jacket I got has a popper on it meaning if I remove the flap I still have the other half of the popper attached to the jacket. Also the listing photo showed one popper on the collar (which Spence has) not the two that the actual jacket I received has. Grrr! If I attempt to remove these I will be prob be left with holes in the jacket.
I complained to the seller saying they need a more accurate photo on the listing but I won't send it back as I can't find anything else more suitable as this jacket has the zipped pockets and the zips on the sleeves also that Spence's has. Although I wish they were silver not bronze... I might attempt to paint them or something.
Wig and make-up test (Posted 14th July 2010)
Cheap wig from ebay. Would like a better one in a darker shade of blonde with a skin top parting.
Hotpants (Posted 14th July 2010)
The references clearly show a skirt but during the scene in the film where she kicks a zombie dog she appears to be wearing matching shorts.
Dress edges sealed (Posted 11th July 2010)
Photo shows "heat creases"
Okay I was brave and very carefully sealed the edges with a lighter. It's actually left a kinda nice curled edge effect which I would of got with a rolled hem. The only issue is the heat caught other areas of the fabric and although didn't singe it (thankfully) it has creased it slightly. Trying to "pull" these creases out doesn't work so wondering if ironing them over a damp tea-towel would fix it. Prob not if the fabric has half-melted... hmm. I prob best leave it alone, no-one's gonna make a fuss over it apart from myself.
Dress alterations (Posted 11th July 2010)
Right first the dress had extra frilly parts along the hem which I removed easily. Then I had to extend the slit in the side so it reached my hip. Unfortunately my cutting skills aren't that.. neat.. hah. I managed to get the top layer looking okay by cutting it bit by bit but I make the mistake of just hacking away at the under-layer thinking "Well no-one's going to see it". Umm no Leonie you idiot the under-layer is there because the top layer is semi-sheer... so you can see the layer underneath. Bollocks! I can tidy it up a bit but I've cut it back too far so now I'm worrying it looks stupid -_- You learn from these things I guess.
Boots modified (Posted 9th July 2010)
I had to remove the straps and buckles and the loop holes that held them onto the boot. My efforts left marks (as did my dog when he jumped up so the material is clearly not scratch resistant at all) but I shall cover this with shoe polish and if that doesn't work I guess it doesn't matter as Alice's boots won't be brand new looking after kicking some zombie ass =p
So yeah they're not perfect but for now, at least, they'll do.
Under skirt (Posted 8th July 2010)
I brought a burgundy skirt which was just above knee-length so it needed shortening. As I don't have a sewing machine at home and my hand-sewing can get sloppy I decided to raise the hem using wonderweb which I hadn't used before.
I cut the skirt (more like butchered...) just shy of where I needed the new length to be roughly then got to work with my wonderweb and iron. I am not very gifted in even something so simple it seems... my hemline is kinda wonky, prob due to my poor cutting skills lol But it doesn't look too bad, I hope ^^'
The skirt just about covers my butt. Thank you Resi wardrobe designers... BUT I have some burgundy dance hotpants on the way to keep my modesty in check lol
Boots (Posted 8th July 2010)
My boots came from ebay and the seller feedback made it clear the quality would be cheap and they prob wouldn't last long but I was really struggling to find anything suitable. At least I don't cosplay every week so they should hold out!
They're not quite knee high and there's a seam near the top I don't like (picky, picky) but the material looks right and they're flat at least.
Ring (Posted 29th June 2010)
I got a plain gold band from ebay for Alice's wedding ring. Sadly mine won't have "Property of Umbrella Corporation" engraved inside =p
Handgun (Posted 21st June 2010)
Weapon wise I've got my cheapo silver toy gun (from the early Jill days lol) and I've painted over the in-your-face orange tip. Promo images show her with 2 handguns in one shot and with a large assault gun in another. However in the film she just uses the one handgun and an axe so I'm sticking with that.
EDIT: Handguns are the Beretta 92FS Inox which Alice takes from the dead security guard and Rain's Springfield Armory Mil-Spec M1911A1 which she uses later on as the Beretta was discarded once it ran out of ammo.
The promo shot of Alice shows a Heckler & Koch G36K, but the assault rifle has an AG36 grenade launcher mounted under the barrel of the weapon. Alice is seen holding the G36K by the AG36 grenade launcher's pistol grip in the US theatrical poster. However she never uses this weapon in the film.