|Time Taken :||13 hours|
|*This costume is now retired*|
I have to admit I'm not a very big Claire fan, I've always preferred Jill personally. But Reiss was determined to get me to cosplay Claire alongside his Steve and other people have told me before that I would suit her so it couldn't hurt to try I guess?
I opted with her original outfit over the Darkside version although there's a lot of debate over certain parts of the original. For example I'm opting for a denim jacket over (p)leather as the references really aren't that clear. It could be leather but there isn't any firm evidence to back this up really (I know it obviously is in Darkside). Looking at the texture of jacket it closely matches the jeans and doesn't have the smooth appearance that her gloves have (which you would assume would be made out of leather/PVC). As for the choker it will be pink as apart from 2 official renders (in which it's a beige/grey colour) all the screen-shots and fully animated clips show it as pink, it's even that colour in Gun Survivor 2. My belt will be red, again to match the in-game and cut scene footage. Oh and her gloves are most definitely brown, not black.
"The younger sister of Chris Redfield, Claire is a light-hearted, articulate modern woman. While she can be a bit of a tomboy at times, she is somewhat wild. Self-confident and extroverted, Claire is typically the first person to try something many others would not.
Claire's inquisitive bent makes her more than just an ordinary college student who loves riding motorcycles. She went to Raccoon City in search of her brother Chris, who was missing under mysterious circumstances. But almost immediately she became involved in a series of eerie incidents engineered by the Umbrella Corporation. Teaming up with rookie cop Leon S. Kennedy, Claire managed to escape the city. Three months later, she now heads to Europe, following up on clues about Chris. However, she is soon caught by the Umbrella Corporation and transferred to the corporations prison on an isolated island."
~Please see my journals for more details on the construction of this costume as well as progress photos~
I commissioned my jacket from Dream Angels but ugh... So much was wrong with it so I heavily modified it which took many hours of work.
I bought the jeans, top, boots, gloves and belt from ebay (see journals for more details and alterations).
I used a velvet ribbon to make her choker.
I used my natural hair and dyed it a reddish mahogany brown colour. I also trimmed more of the length off than usual so my ponytail would be a more accurate length and not cover up the back detailing of the jacket. Red hair band was bought from Claire's Accessories.
Lycaneyes modified an airsoft gun for me. The first handgun you can equip Claire with in the game is the Beretta 93R however she's seen using a Browning HP in the opening intro which she is known for using in Resident Evil 2 also. In the end I went with the Browning HP as I would like to get some photos based on the intro XD I ended up painting over some of his original paintwork (brown grips) as I wanted the gun all black to match the original intro rather than looking like her gun in Darkside Chronicles.
I first wore this costume to Kitacon III (2011). I was really nervous about how it would be received as I had been put off cosplaying Claire before due to possible drama but I felt as long as I went about it with my usual pickiness towards details I could pull it off. Then I had the issues with my jacket which knocked my confidence and made me very stressed with the cosplay in general. I tried to push this aside and have fun when wearing her though and people assured me it wasn't as bad as I thought it was. I really enjoyed the CVX group even if my Steve kept laughing during the serious photos! XD
I wore this again at the London MCM Expo May 2011. Had a really long photo shoot with my friend Alice (thanks hun!) and got some shots taken with CosplayChris-San as Steve Burnside too as well as the group Resident Evil shoot. I had a few people stop me for photos saying they were big Claire fans and really liked my costume which was nice ^-^
|Browning HP handgun||High||Complete|
|Hair and make-up test||Low||Complete|
|Play Resident Evil- CODE: Veronica X||Low||Complete|
|Red leather belt with round silver buckle||£1.20||Bought|
|2 silver buttons||£0.80||Bought|
|Iron on t-shirt transfer paper for dark fabrics||£3.75||Bought|
|Red cotton thread||£0.50||Bought|
|Dylon fabric paint for dark fabrics in shade 34 yellow||£2.79||Bought|
|Pack of coloured hairbands||£2.00||Bought|
|L'Oreal Recital Préférence' hair dye in shade 5.56 Red Mohogany Brown/ Cayenne||£6.63||Bought|
|Charge to have belt buckles switched||£4.50||Bought|
|Claire Redfield student ID card||£1.99||Bought|
|Red leather belt with square silver buckle||£5.00||Bought|
|Double Eagle 1911 2 tone Airsoft gun||£5.49||Bought|
|PVC/ faux leather brown gloves||£1.50||Bought|
|16mm wide baby pink crushed velvet ribbon||£2.69||Bought|
|Ladies fit black square neck t-shirt||£3.95||Bought|
|Brown leather mid-calf boots||£30.00||Bought|
|Red denim jacket with painted detail- made by Dream Angels||£70.00||Bought|
|Dark blue denim jeans||£6.99||Bought|
|Black metal paint||£6.99||Bought|
Hair and make-up test (Posted 31st March 2011)
As for all my Resi characters I don't like to have too much (obvious) make-up on as I doubt they're focused on looking pretty when trying to survive! I've stuck to concealer, foundation, powder, eyebrow pencil, eyeliner, mascara and a touch of lipstick as Claire's lips look quite pink in the cut scenes. I could of left off the eyeliner tbh to give a younger appearance.
I hate Claire's fringe! I have a side fringe so my hair was not happy about having half of it forced to go the other way. I already have long side-burn type wispy bits that are usually tucked behind my ears so just had to pull them in front and blend in with my feathering. The high pony tail was easy to style.
Complete! (Posted 31st March 2011)
There are parts of this costume I'm not happy with but overall it's ok I guess.
Gun alterations (Posted 30th March 2011)
I wanted my Browning HP to look like it does in the intro to CVX so I painted over the brown grips. The paint was a little too glossy/ shiny but nothing can be done about that now.
Jacket alterations- Let me Live background colour (Posted 30th March 2011)
Using the same fabric paint I added the yellow background to the Let me Live writing. In the official render it's a sort of washed out yellow but in-game it's more a solid block of colour.
Jacket alterations- Front detailing (Posted 30th March 2011)
Using Dylon fabric paint I added the front detailing making it more accurate. You can still see bits of the old paint on the jacket but hopefully it's not too noticeable at a distance.
Hair dye (Posted 30th March 2011)
Hair has been dyed a red mahogany brown colour and came out a nice subtle shade. It's difficult to match her colour though as it changes depending on type of reference (in-game, cut scene, render) and the light etc.
Also when I went to get my hair trimmed the other day I had more cut off then I would usually so my ponytail would be a more accurate length and won't cover up the detailing on the back of the jacket.
Jacket alterations- Adding Valkyrie to the jacket (Posted 30th March 2011)
I might of spoke too soon in my last journal... When judging how well the transfer would cover the bad paint job the white background was still there so I didn't take into account what it would be like when I cut the image out. It covers most of it but some flames, a bit of leg and the spear still showed >_< DAMMIT! I think I'm getting somewhere with this mess and it screws up again -_-
I tried to remove the bulk of the paint as best as I could then used a red pen to try and blend the colours a bit better. Marks still show but from a distance it shouldn't be too obvious. Some of the flames I didn't remove the paint from as they blended in better as they were. You would only find fault with them if you were looking closely and were comparing it to the reference (or were a massive fan who memorized it or something...). So yeah, most people prob wouldn't notice but I know it's not right and that if you're looking you can see the flaws so I'm not happy with it. Just hope it doesn't make the photos turn out bad. I guess it's better than it was before at least.
Oh and I wanted to sew the image on but delicate areas like around her hands would make this difficult so I used PVA glue instead. I would of used fabric glue but you have to put it onto both surfaces and it would of been hard to match up considering the outline.
Jacket alterations- Valkyrie transfer (Posted 28th March 2011)
The original plan was to remove the paint from the jacket so I could use transfer paper to put an accurate image of the Valkyrie in its place. The paint removal didn't go so well however as mentioned in a previous journal so I thought I was stuck with it. Then Amy (Blobfish) pointed out an obvious solution that I was too stressed/stupid to think of. She suggested that I transfer the image onto a light cotton material then cut around it and attach it over the dodgy painting. Thanks hun!
I ordered transfer paper from ebay and bought a cheap black t-shirt from Peacocks. Got new ink cartridges for my printer but it hadn't been used in so long that I didn't realise it was broken 0_o So took the ink back for a refund the next day and bought a printer (copier and scanner in one) which was cheaper than the ink! Nice lol Anyway so I managed to find an image of the Valkyrie online in a size and quality suited for my needs and printed that out onto the transfer paper. Then following the instructions that came with the paper I transferred the image onto the t-shirt and cut the logo out.
Pretty pleased with it! My jacket might be saved after all =)
Jacket alterations- Overlocking (Posted 26th March 2011)
Tried as best as I could to over-lock the inside seams of the jacket. This was a bit difficult to do as the jacket was finished though and some parts were too much of a mess to tidy up to a good standard.
Jacket alterations- Front seams added (Posted 26th March 2011)
Unpicked the darts a bit so they're slightly less obvious then added in some seam detailing to match references.
In the photo I had started to try and remove the yellow paint also.
Jacket alterations- Attempted paint removal. (Posted 22nd March 2011)
I really hate the painting on the back of the jacket so I wanted to remove it completely so I could transfer on an accurate image at the right size. Paint is hard to remove from clothing and using strong substances is at a risk of damaging the fabric. I was recommended nail varnish remover so put a little onto a cotton bud and gently dabbed at one corner of the Valkyrie. The top layers of the yellow paint came off really easy but the black outline didn't want to budge without a fight. I then tried using white spirit (testing on a no-noticeable area first to make sure it wouldn't remove the colour of the material) which tbh didn't do much more than what the varnish remover did. The bulk of the paint is gone but there's still a slight yellow stain that won't come out and the black outline barely budged as it was. So it looks like I'm stuck with the crappy paint job -_- I shall remove the bulk of the yellow from the rest of the design as I bought some yellow fabric paint for other parts of the jacket so I can now make sure it looks even as just re-painting the area I removed would prob stand out...
Photo- Paint removed is one of the flicks of fire, left side of the spear. Without and with flash.
Jacket alterations- New buttons (Posted 20th March 2011)
Changed the buttons to ones I found more accurate.
Jacket alterations- Button holes (Posted 20th March 2011)
Sorted out the button holes first. I had to cut out so many loose threads and bits of fabric from inside them as Dream Angels hadn't bothered to tidy them up after they made them. I found a thread that matched the colour of the jacket better and went over them, making them a bit smaller in the process also so my new buttons fit better. You can see my stitching isn't as neat as I did it by hand and they did it by machine but the button covers most of it and the thread blends in with the jacket anyway.
Top button hole in the photo is the one I worked on and the bottom is an unedited one bar removing the excess thread in the hole.
Top alterations (Posted 20th March 2011)
I went with my preferred top of the 2 I had bought, the one that was a size 14-16... First I raised the hem using wonderweb then I focused on taking in the sides and sleeves to make it more fitted to my size. My Grandma showed me how to take something in properly as my first attempt wasn't quite right lol I'm really pleased with how it's come out.
Photo shows before and after.
Jacket (Posted 19th March 2011)
I finally got my jacket delivered from Dream Angels but sadly I'm not too happy with it, keep finding bits that I don't like or are in-accurate.
As usual they made the bust area too big so I'm having to rely on my triple gel bra yet again lol Despite the fact they've been running their business for years they still haven't invested in an over-locker... The inside seams are fraying -_- The painting isn't all that great and the Valkyrie on the back is too small, it's meant to cover most of the jacket. To be fair they had photos on their site but some things you don't pick up on until it's in front of you physically. Although the painting in the photos is definitely neater in general. Oh and when I ironed it (cool setting, inside out) the yellow paint "puffed out" as it reacted to the heat so it's like 3D paint now 0_o
*sigh* Kinda dunno why I spent so much commissioning this when so much is wrong... Doesn't seem worth the money.
Alterations I plan to make~
* Attempt to over-lock in-side seams.
Student ID card (Posted 1st March 2011)
I already have 2 ID cards for Jill Valentine... I love silly extras like this, I just tend to forget to get them out oops.
Belt (Posted 28th February 2011)
Bought 3 different belts in the process of getting the look I wanted but I got there in the end! the first belt I bought was too thin, it didn't cover both buttons on the jeans and looked a little daft with the bigger belt loops. Second belt was ok but it had a round buckle and I decided to be a picky arse and want a square/ rectangle one to match the references I was using. So I bought another... Good buckle this time but the colour of the belt seemed a little too bright, I preferred the colouring of the 2nd belt. So I took it to my local shoe tailor/key cutter and he switched the buckles over for me, thankfully the belt widths matched.
Seems a lot of fuss over something simple like a belt... That's me for ya lol
Browning HP progress (Posted 25th February 2011)
Got the image from Lycaneyes who has now finished work on my gun and will be posting it tomorrow =) He originally did the grips black (as it shows in the reference) but apparently this made it look "very basic and plain" so he changed them to brown, the classic Browning look and how Claire's gun appears in the Darkside Chronicles.
Very good job and done within a week also. I recommend him for any gun customisations you may need.
New gloves (Posted 24th February 2011)
Managed to find the same style pair as before but a darker shade of brown. I cut these a little shorter though due to struggling to get everything to look neat and straight >_< They didn't give me as much grief the first time.
Photo shows new gloves compared to my first pair.
Shortening the jeans (Posted 24th February 2011)
The other night my Grandma showed me how to use my sewing machine! And the first thing we did after practising on old handkerchiefs (lol) was raise the hem of my jeans for Claire. Now more of the boots should be on show =)
Base gun (Posted 17th February 2011)
I bought a Double Eagle 1911 2 tone airsoft gun which I shall be sending to Lycaneyes tomorrow so he can do the modifications and paint job for me. When it's done it should look similar to Claire's Browning HP.
Claire's gun (one of them lol) (Posted 16th February 2011)
I decided I wanted to go with the Browning Hi-Power which you see Claire using in the intro scene of CVX. She is also known for using this handgun in Resident Evil 2 and The Darkside Chronicles so it's sort of her signature weapon like the Samurai Edge's are for the S.T.A.R.S. team.
The original design was of a single action, full steel handgun with a thirteen round capacity.
Tops (Posted 5th February 2011)
Currently I have 2 possible tops for Claire. The one on the left in the photo is the first I got, a basic scoop neck t-shirt. It's slightly baggy in places but the seller didn't respond to my email about swapping it for a smaller size -_- The second one I prefer as it's more a square neck, the sleeves are longer and it's a clingy lycra type material. Sadly the smallest the shop sold was a size 14-16... and I'm a size 8 in tops aha.... So despite the clingy fabric it is baggy ^^' I'm gonna try and see if it can be taken in though as it's the most suitable top I've found so far.
Gloves (Posted 11th January 2011)
Bought from ebay and altered to make them fingerless and removed most of the cuff and the stitching design, a little of the pattern is left but if I cut that off it makes the gloves too short.
Boots (Posted 11th January 2011)
Bought a pair of calf length boots from ebay. They have a buckle near the top but you only see the bottom of her boots anyway so no worries there. The colour is great and I managed to find some with a lighter colour sole also yay! It's just a shame about the seam running down the middle, ah well.
Choker (Posted 7th January 2011)
In the fully animated clips Claire's choker seems to have a sort of shimmer or shine to it and I found a pale pink crushed velvet ribbon that made this sort of effect. I just cut the length to size and added some white velcro. Easy. I think it should be a little wider though perhaps...
The photo shows it with and without flash, the "shimmer" shows up with the flash and also shows the proper colour (it looks a little salmon in bad lighting).
Jeans (Posted 25th November 2010)
After spending hours on ebay looking at hundreds of jeans I found a pair almost perfect for Claire. They're the right shade of blue, are kinda high-waisted (most jeans these days are hipsters it seems) and have the correct front and back pockets. The only problem with them is they're bootleg whereas Claire's jeans are straight cut. I know hardly anyone will notice but hey I'm picky ^^'
Edit- Also they're slightly too long in the leg, not enough of my boots are on show. Bah!