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|I have been planning to update my original S.T.A.R.S. Jill cosplay for a while now to make it look more like the REmake/REbirth and Umbrella Chronicles versions. I decided that as I will be remaking/changing so many parts of the costume it needed its own page and my first attempt will be seen as from the original game.|
"Jill Valentine is a member of S.T.A.R.S. Alpha Team, Position RS (Rear Security). Before joining S.T.A.R.S., she was in the U.S. Army's Delta Force training program, where she earned extremely high grades in bomb disposal. She was brought into S.T.A.R.S. for her already well-developed fighting skills. Her exceptional skill in using mechanical devices from APCs to lockpicks make her an excellent team member.
Jill is an intelligent solider and she does all she can to make sure her comrades will be safe. She has strong moral convictions and fights for what she believes in. She is a talented young woman who is full of life but can be a bit too impulsive at times. Jill is usually fine under pressure.
On the night of July 23, 1998, the S.T.A.R.S. Bravo team was deployed to the Arklay Mountains located on the outskirts of Raccoon City after evidence of grisly, cannibalistic murders. Alpha team was sent to find out what happened to their comrades when communication with Bravo Team was lost only minutes later. Soon after their arrival, the team found the smoking, yet still intact remains of Bravo Team's helicopter, where they found the mauled remains of Bravo Team's pilot, Kevin Dooley. After witnessing the death of fellow Alpha Team member Joseph Frost, who was torn apart by a group of Cerberus, the team was abandoned by their helicopter pilot, Brad Vickers, and the remaining members fled to the nearby abandoned Spencer Estate..."
~Please see my journals for more details on the construction of this costume as well as progress photos~
The combats were bought from an online shop that stocks gear for police and security staff.
The wig, boots, t-shirt, drop-leg holster, gloves, watch, beret and S.T.A.R.S. patches were bought from ebay.
The belt was bought from Poundland.
The holster had a strap removed to make it more accurate.
I modified some bondage cuffs to make the glove cuffs.
I removed the original watch strap and fitted it with a longer one.
The hip pouch was made by modifying a digital camera case and the strap was hand-made.
The shoulder pads were hand-made using foam covered with faux leather material. The harness was also hand-made. Silver buttons were used for detailing.
The t-shirt had seams sewn in, transfer letters were used for the S.T.A.R.S. lettering and fabric pen for "Special Tactics and Rescue Service". A black S.T.A.R.S. patch was added to the left sleeve.
My mum trimmed the ends of the wig for me and I styled the fringe a little.
I sewed a mini black S.T.A.R.S. patch onto the beret.
The Samurai Edge hand-gun was modified by Lycaneyes with some touch-ups by myself.
I first wore this costume to Ayacon 2011. I ended up having to finish little bits whilst there but got it done in time for the day I was due to wear it. I entered it into the masquerade and it seemed to get a pretty good response =) I am however still not happy with the shoulder pads, I can never seem to get them looking how I want and the collar left my neck feeling sore =( The t-shirt will prob need re-doing at some point also as my princess seams are slightly wonky and the transfer letters weren't staying on well...
I love that I have a replica S.T.A.R.S. badge though =D
Took this to AmeCon 2012 to make use of the awesome location opportunity that was Keele Hall, it looks like the Spencer Mansion =D I even managed to get a piano shot that I had wanted for a while whoop. I still hadn't been able to replace my t-shirt though so had to avoid back shots due to the lack of S.T.A.R.S. lettering on it.
|Belt with pouch||Medium||Complete|
|Belt D-ring thingy||Low||Complete|
|S.T.A.R.S. Police badge and ID card||Low||Complete|
|Samurai Edge handgun||Low||Complete|
|Black PVC velcro fastening wrist cuffs||£9.99||Bought|
|Pale blue t-shirt||£0.99||Bought|
|Black S.T.A.R.S. mini beret patch||£5.00||Bought|
|Black S.T.A.R.S. patch||£5.00||Bought|
|S.T.A.R.S. Police badge and ID card||£35.55||Bought|
|2 metres of black webbing||£2.00||Bought|
|20mm light brown leather military Nato Army watch strap||£9.95||Bought|
|25mm silver D Rings||£1.69||Bought|
|5.11 women's TDU trousers- dark navy||£39.99||Bought|
|S.T.A.R.S. leather wallet||£8.00||Bought|
|Black Sharpie permanent fabric pen||£1.99||Bought|
|1 metre of dark blue faux leather/ leatherette||£6.49||Bought|
|Short brown wig||£7.00||Bought|
|Black belt with silver buckle||£1.00||Bought|
Collar added to shoulder pads (Posted 20th August 2011)
I attempted sewing it on but that wasn't going so well so in the end just broke out the super glue lol The collar is just a folded piece of vinyl, no foam was used.
I didn't take a progress shot of this as was in a rush at the time but here's a photo taken at Aya where you can see the front view of the collar.
Old t-shirt and new comparison (Posted 20th August 2011)
I was using my old t-shirt as a guide for the lettering and thought it would be interesting to take a photo to show the improvement.
I still prefer the old t-shirt itself as it's a perfect grey-blue colour and is ribbed too. I hope I can find it again one day.
Special Tactics and Rescue Service (Posted 20th August 2011)
Hand written onto the t-shirt using a mix of fabric pen and permanent marker.
This was done on-site at Ayacon the night before I was due to wear this lol
New D ring thingy (Posted 19th August 2011)
I managed to find a better sized D ring and decided to use the strap from my baton holder (bought for cop Jill but never used) for it. Unfortunatly when it's on it sticks out a bit from the belt due to where the poppers are so I'm going to have to adjust it at some point, maybe add velcro instead.
This was a very quick job done on-site at Ayacon.
S.T.A.R.S. lettering (Posted 18th August 2011)
I sewed in a straight seam down the middle of the back of the shirt as this can be seen in some references. This also helped me align my iron-on lettering as the A is placed on this seam. I had to trim down the letters a little and you can tell because my "s"'s don't match... They're hidden under the shoulder pads though.
Princess seams (Posted 18th August 2011)
Just like the test the seam was pinned then sewed using my machine.
Front view of shoulder pads (Posted 18th August 2011)
Just the collar to add now.
As much as I hate these things they do wonders for my boobs XD
Back of shoulder pads (Posted 18th August 2011)
Finally got them sorted! The centre piece is now only attached to the pads at the top slightly as if I sewed the whole way down the sides that's when I was getting the bunching happening. The pads keep the bottom of the piece flat so it doesn't gape thankfully unless I'm moving about a lot. The straps were shortened to pull the pads closer to my back so they didn't stick out as much.
The left strap was adjusted slightly so it was straighter after this photo was taken.
Shoulder pads setback (Posted 1st June 2011)
Sadly I couldn't get Jill finished in time for Expo (May 2011) as I had issues with the shoulder pads once I started attempting to attach the pads to the centre back piece. They just refused to sit right and the joining peice of vinyl kept bunching up and looking weird. I spent ages trying to adjust it getting very stressed and had to just give up (for the mean time at least) as I was running out of time and still had to make alterations to the t-shirt.
Photo shows how the shoulderpads look so far.
Shoulder pad covered (Posted 27th May 2011)
Here's one complete pad done! I am about to finish of the other then it's onto the joining piece and collar.
The top piece of leatherette had the seam detail added using a twin needle on my sewing machine before it was glued onto the foam using UHU glue. The sides were shaped and glued into place carefully using super glue. I made a small hole in the pad where I wanted the buttons to go then added a small circle of super glue around the hole before popping the buttons into place.
I really struggle to shape the material around the curves... It just goes all bumpy -_- So it's not a very neat job I'm afraid but it does look an improvement on my old pair.
ID card finished (Posted 27th May 2011)
Many thanks to Paul Jacques for re-sizing the photo for me and printing it on photo paper =) I glued the photo to the card using PVA glue. I used a permanent marker pen to write her name and number direct onto the card and used a finer pen for her signature. The fine pen isn't permanent though so I have to be careful not to smudge it.
Beret (Posted 24th May 2011)
Bought from ebay and had a blue S.T.A.R.S. patch sewed on for my original version of Resi 1 Jill. I took the blue patch off and sewed a black one in it's place.
Wig and make-up test (Posted 24th May 2011)
Mummy trimmed the ends of the wig for me and I did a bit of styling around the fringe. I used Fructis Manga Head wax to smooth down the wig as it had some layers sticking out that I didn't want. Also it helped tame the long fringe and stop it covering my eye completely.
Make-up wise is just the usual for Jilly: concealer, foundation, powder, eyebrow pencil, eyeliner, mascara and a slightly tinted lip balm.
Shoulder pads- foam base (Posted 22nd May 2011)
I really hate cutting foam, it's so awkward to shape >_< The base for my shoulder pads is 1 inch thick plain blue foam (the sort you use to stuff cushions and couches ect). I tried to curve the edges like the references and make the back of the pads slightly wider but I don't think I managed it very well ^^' Also worrying that I haven't made them long enough even though I have made sure they are longer than my last pair which came up short at the back.
So far I have only covered the underside of the pads with faux leather/ leatherette which I glued on with UHU glue. Shaping the leatherette around the curves was a pain -_- I need to cut and shape the top pieces of leatherette and add the seam detail along the top of the shoulder before I add them to the foam pads. I'm uncertain if I will be using glue again as it's messy and I don't want to leave visible stain marks like I did on my first pair... I glued the bottom pieces because that's not really visible so I wasn't as fussed.
Shoulder pad harness (Posted 21st May 2011)
This is being re-used from my original shoulder pads. It will prob need some slight adjusting as my new shoulder pads will be a bit longer in length.
S.T.A.R.S. patches (Posted 21st May 2011)
I asked Blue Tiger Trading to make some dark navy patches for me as I believed that was the colour in the REmake and a brighter blue was used in the original. However after checking references and watching cut-scenes in the game again I had to give up and admit they were in fact black -_-
Base t-shirt (Posted 19th May 2011)
I bought about 4 different t-shirts in varying shades of blue and grey before I settled with this one. It's not ribbed unfortunately but finding the right style and colour t-shirt made from a ribbed fabric is difficult =( I love the t-shirt I had for my original S.T.A.R.S. Jill but it's got permanent pen on the back and I haven't seen it show up on ebay again. Gutted.
Need to add the seam detailing, lettering on the back and shoulder patch.
S.T.A.R.S. badge and ID card (Posted 12th May 2011)
I saw that Quinzel and Alias.com had managed to pick these up on ebay and after waiting a while for it to be re-listed I was able to get my own =) The badge is metal and it looks just like the one shown on the character select screen. I love little extras like this!
I just need to add the writing and get a head shot of me in my Jill wig and t-shirt. Hope I don't screw up the writing ^^'
Gun holster (Posted 20th April 2011)
Viper drop leg holster. I have cut off one of the two thigh straps as Jill only has one.
Re-used from my original costume.
D ring thingy (Posted 20th April 2011)
I guess it's a key hook? Either way Jill doesn't use it, it's just added detail.
Easy to make, just looped some webbing around a D ring and stitched in place. Used velcro to enable quick and easy attachment and removal to the belt.
I think it looks a little small but this was the biggest D ring I could find in a fabric/ craft shop. I might have another look online but for now it looks the part.
Hip pouch (Posted 20th April 2011)
The pouch and the buckle were re-used from my original outfit but I had to re-do the webbing strap as the height I wear this has changed due to the new combats sitting lower on my waist.
The pouch is a digital camera case, I added the clasp to the front.
I would love to get some lockpicks to store in this lol
Belt (Posted 20th April 2011)
I bought this a while back so can't actually remember where it was from... It might of been Poundland lol
Boots (Posted 20th April 2011)
The boots are Mil-com patrol boots which are recommended for security and police work.
Same ones used for my original S.T.A.R.S. Jill and Umbrella Chronicles Jill.
Combats (Posted 20th April 2011)
For my original S.T.A.R.S. Jill I did what most people do and bought a pair of standard BDU's on ebay. Although they are meant to be unisex because most army/tactical trousers/pants are made with men in mind it can be difficult to get a pair that fit a lady well. I couldn't find a store that stocked my waist size so had to wear a size larger and tighten my belt a lot, also the crotch area was huge! >_< So for the sake of comfort (and vanity lol) I hunted the internet for ages until I finally came across some pants made specifically for women.
I now have a pair of 5.11 Tactical Series Women's TDU pants. They are advertised as being "the choice of Federal, state and local law enforcement". Made in the US but stocked internationally so I didn't have to worry about high postage or customs. It's so nice to have a pair of combats that fit me properly, they're comfy and have in-built knee pads also which thankfully don't stick out in an obvious way. They cost quite a bit more than my last pair but so worth it.
Photo is a stock one from the site as I couldn't get a decent one of me in them due to lighting and mirror issues lol
Watch (Posted 21st March 2011)
You don't actually see if the watches the S.T.A.R.S. team use have the logo on them, they probably don't tbh but I think it's a nice touch!
I bought a military Nato Army watch strap as this was the longest one I could find. I had to replace the old strap due to having to fit the watch over the bulky wrist cuffs of the REmake style gloves. It only just fits if I do it up on the last hole! ^^'
I'm pleased with the result =)
S.T.A.R.S. wallet and dog tag (Posted 14th March 2011)
Just a few little extras. Bought a black S.T.A.R.S. wallet on ebay which I've popped my Jill ID card into. Shall prob be using this at Expo instead of my usual wallet/ purse. I've also got a dog tag used for my bikini version of Jill.
Gloves (Posted 9th March 2011)
You may have noticed that in REmake all the S.T.A.R.S. team gloves have quite chunky wrist cuffs which has confused many people as no tactical glove design like that exists (that I've seen) so most tend to skip out on this detail. Well I wanted to give it a shot and I'm actually really pleased with the result. My secret? PVC bondage cuffs. Yes you read that right lol
I got the idea for using a PVC or faux leather cuff to extend the glove when I was looking up wrist cuffs for Ryaoki's Steve Burnside cosplay. In this search I came across some "bondage cuffs" that were plain black and had a simple velcro fastening, they seemed just the sort of thing I needed.
I used pliers to yank out the metal studs holding the flimsy chain to the cuffs which left 2 small holes. This wasn't a problem as I simply cut off the wrist straps off my gloves and glued them onto the cuffs over the holes as you can see this strap fastening in some of the references. I cut of the velcro that was underneath this strap and then removed the webbing strap from the gloves as this made the end of the gloves bulky making it harder for the cuffs to close around them. I didn't need the straps to keep the gloves in place as now the cuffs do that instead. Once the gloves are on all I need to do is fasten the cuffs around them leaving a little gap between the edge of the wrist and the start of the cuff. Some of the velcro shows on the cuffs but this is on the inside of the wrist/forearm and is hopefully not too noticeable.
I love how these came out, I was lucky that the materials matched really well. The only problem I face now is finding a watch strap long enough to fit around my now very bulky wrist!
Princess seams test (Posted 24th February 2011)
With the help of my Grandma we tested out putting princess seams into a t-shirt using my old S.T.A.R.S. top as practise. Grandma did the pinning and I did most of the sewing using my machine. They came out ok for a first try but the right curve didn't look as good as the left and I think they need to come over the bust a little more. But that's what the practise was for! The actual top should come out how I want I hope.
Samurai Edge (Posted 22nd January 2011)
I shall be using the same handgun that I use with all my Jill cosplays.
Check out Lycan's work here:
First Aid Spray (Posted 21st January 2011)
Made by printing the label from an image found on DeviantArt then glueing it onto a deodorant can of the right size/ style.
S.T.A.R.S. bag (Posted 21st January 2011)
I love this bag <3
Wig (Posted 20th January 2011)
Bought for only £7 on ebay. It doesn't have a skin top parting unfortunately but you can't see her parting anyway due to the beret. The ends will need trimming as it's slightly too long at the moment.