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London MCM Expo May 2011 (Saturday)
London MCM Expo October 2001 (Saturday morning and early afternoon)
FushiCon 2011 (Sunday)
Kitacon IV 2012 (Friday)
Amecon 2012 (Sunday)
For the most part, prices on the shopping list include postage.
Jill Valentine was a member of S.T.A.R.S. Alpha Team; part of an elite taskforce operating as a branch of the Raccoon City Police Department.
She was one of the few members to survive the Arklay Mountain incident, where she and her teammates were betrayed by their captain and used to gather combat data on Umbrella's bioweapons. Nobody believed the survivors' story and S.T.A.R.S. was soon disbanded. But Jill and the others would not rest until Umbrella was brought to justice. While the other S.T.A.R.S. members headed to Europe, Jill remained in Raccoon City and was soon caught up in the outbreak that occured in September of 1998. Teaming up with surviving members of Umbrella's Biohazard Countermeasure Service, she made one last attempt at escaping the violence. However, failure came close when she was infected with the T-virus by Nemesis, a bioweapon Umbrella sent after the surviving S.T.A.R.S. members. Saved by Carlos Oliveira, the two escaped the city moments before its destruction.
"Cheerful and independent, Jill has a strong sense of justice. Though she has a healthy emotional side, she is a talented woman with strong will and excellent judgement." (Resident Evil 3 Nemesis information booklet character description)
|Toy Gun (x2)||£1.00||Bought|
|Black knee-length socks||£2.24||Bought|
|H-type LC1 suspenders||£12.65||Bought|
|Paint (for gun - 4 colours)||£12.96||Bought|
Extras (Posted 30th May 2011)
A few of the extras that I have.
First Aid Spray (Posted 27th May 2011)
This is quite messy - it's just a last-minute prop that I decided to make.
I realised that my dry shampoo can was a good match for a first aid spray can, so I made the label using GIMP and printed it out onto photographic (gloss) paper, which I then glued onto the can.
I'm hoping to redo it properly when I have a little more time, but this will do for now. It's really difficult to get the label right up to the lid and still have the lid fit onto the can. That's why it's a little crinkled on the top. So next time I'm going to try and paint the can and just glue the green label onto it.
Another extra (Posted 21st May 2011)
Before I got the badge, I was going to put the ID card into the picture slot of the wallet . So I decided to print off a picture that could have been found in Jill's wallet. I was initially going to print off the ending screen from the Remake (where Chris is wearing her beret) but then I remembered about the S.T.A.R.S. team photo.
Gun (Posted 20th May 2011)
Bought from Poundland (it was part of a two-gun set). It was primed, painted using Plasti-Kote paints (matte spray paint for the black) and then I printed the badges onto photo paper and glued them into place. The silver on the gun is actually nail polish lol (MyFace's Lil' Bling nail polish in 'silver screen'). The chrome paint that I bought seemed to get darker and darker and this was a last-minute fix.
Edit: I did the badges in perhaps a little too much of a hurry, so I've redone them. I'm replaying Resident Evil 3 and realised that the badges on Jill's Samurai Edge are a little different to what I made. Also, the trigger of her gun is black in Nemesis, but it's silver in the replica, which I used as the model for painting. Meh, I'll be using this for other Jill cosplays too.
Front pouch (Posted 10th May 2011)
A Viper pistol mag pouch.
I unpicked the 'Viper' logo from the flap. You can still make out a faint outline if you look at it up close, but it's nowhere near as obvious as it was before.
Boots (Posted 22nd March 2011)
Boots found on eBay after quite possibly months of searching for a pair that I was happy with. I was worried that they would be too light, but Jill's boots seem a little lighter in the CGI scenes and that is sort of what I was aiming for.
The boots originally had a strap and buckle across the top of the foot and a small one at the top of the boot, but I removed them. The black straps are from an old pair of boots that I had. They aren't attached in this picture, but I have affixed them now. I basically positioned them and cut them so that they didn't cover the zip (I was initially going to leave a flap to cover it but this made it difficult to zip them all the way to the top), then I glued them down at intervals and added stitches at intervals.
Black knee-length socks are worn beneath them...they're pulled up a little too high here.
Suspenders (Posted 8th March 2011)
The shoulders initially had D-rings and other clips attached, so I removed these and added a strip of webbing so that they resemble Jill's a little better. Aside from what you see in the photograph, I also added a horizontal piece near the bottom. The webbing is a slightly different shade in the picture (it was hard to find a close match; most were too green) but you can't tell from a distance and in normal light.
Back pouch (Posted 1st March 2011)
Bought this one for £3 on eBay, it just arrived today and it's pretty much perfect ^_^. Compared to in-game footage (pretty much the only reference of her back there is), it's the closest match to her back pouch that I could find. I found a better picture and it does appear to fold over at the top, and not be a zip.
Grey trim (Posted 27th February 2011)
I finished sewing the grey trim onto the skirt. I used a grey jersey fabric because it's the closest colour match that I could find and also has a stretch similar to the skirt.
I pretty much just pulled and pinned it and then sewed along the seam by hand. I'm going to go along the second line of stitching on the seam so that it holds better.
Belt/suspenders (Posted 23rd February 2011)
I couldn't believe it when I saw this belt - after so long looking for a decent match for Jill's, I finally found one ^_^. The clasp and eyelets on Jill's belt are grey/silver but I think I'm going to leave them as is for now. All of the silver paint that I have found so far for use on metal is too chrome.
H-Type LC1 suspenders (which you can't see in the pic - sorry!), bought from the same surplus store that I got the belt from. Jill's suspenders in RE3 don't actually have the horizontal strap on the back; they are like two seperate strips that cross over. However, I'm just leaving them as is because there is no way in hell those things will stay on my shoulders if I take that part out. It's like I have no shoulders at all, they keep slipping.
Wig (Posted 16th February 2011)
The wig is 'Secret' by Sepia; one of the only bob wigs I could find in a style similar to Jill's. I wanted it in colour 33, but it was out of stock and the store I had ordered it from said that the supplier couldn't tell them when there would be more available. So I settled for M4/30, which looked very similar to the 33 in the swatches but it is a little darker than I was expecting. Still, it works.
It looks and feels natural (it's quite thick), but photographs taken in low light (especially in darkness with a flash...I covered all angles here lol) it looks obviously fake. But since I'm only wearing it during the day, it works.
It was quite curled at the ends when it arrived but I straightened it with the hot water method and surprisingly found out that it didn't need trimming.
I look so tired in the pic :(.
Skirt - in progress (Posted 2nd February 2011)
A leather look stretch skirt found on eBay (brand: Bershka). I sewed the seams in the same way I did with the top.
Top - in progress (Posted 29th January 2011)
The seams were added by by gathering a minimal amount of fabric at the back and sewing down in a straight line to hold it.
The seams are unfinished in the pic - they go further up now.
Jill's top also has press-studs/buttons at the back (her top appears to fasten at the back), but I'm leaving these out. Due to the stretchy nature of the top, there is a good chance that it will just look awful.
I found the top on eBay, from an old line at Zara. The colour is not exactly the same as Jill's, but her top is so hard to match in the right style.