Leonie Heartilly

Costume :Amanda Young
Source :Saw III
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London Film and Comic Con 2011

Costume Photos

"Amanda! Put. It. Away"

Jigsaw's Apprentice

"She doesn't deserve to go free"


With the "real" Amanda

"Amanda, it's time to start our game"

Amanda and Billy

This Was Your Test

"I said no!"

"Yeah, that's right. I'm a murderer"

Her Emotion is also her Weakness

"She's not important to me"


Costume Information

Cost : £92.25
Time Taken : 12 hours

*This costume is now retired*

I love the Saw series and in particular Amanda's character. I want to have the cloak and mask as well as her regular clothing.

"Amanda Young is an apprentice of the John Kramer also known as "The Jigsaw Killer". Because of the abuse and neglect suffered in her childhood by the time she was an adult Amanda had turned to drug use and self-mutilation. She was later framed by corrupt cop Eric Matthews and arrested, at which point her situation worsened as Jigsaw chose her for one of his games. Jigsaw believed that she was changed by the experience of surviving the Reverse Bear Trap and adopted her as his apprentice to carry on his work when he dies. Amanda was thrice put through Jigsaw's tests, even while working for him. Despite this, she remained loyal to him, up until the explosive ending of the third installment of the series. Because of her frail emotional state and somewhat mental instability, she is quick to anger, and often acts purely on impulse or emotion (such as trying to kill Eric Matthews, and later, Lynn Denlon). Amanda had never properly learned to deal with stress and emotional pain, and thus turned to self injury as a way of dealing with her problems. Due to her behaviour, Amanda possibly suffers from borderline personality disorder, as well Stockholm Syndrome in that she bonded to and felt strong affection from someone who had previously kidnapped her."


~Please see my journals for more details on the construction of this costume as well as progress photos~

The top, bikini top and combats were bought from ebay then modified (see journals for more details and alterations).

The boots came from ebay, they just needed a strap and buckle removed from the tops.

I used my natural hair, I just had to part it the opposite side to what I'm used to and use hairspray to keep it in place. My hair is a darker brown than Amanda's but I couldn't get it lighter.

The watch, ring and rosary were bought from ebay, the hairband I already owned.

The shotgun collar key I had commissioned by Frederica_la_Noir.

The gun is the same one I use with my Alice cosplay. I also bought a pair of nurses/ medical scissors for a shot.

Billy the puppet is a talking plush made by Neca. He's very rare now so I was lucky to find him in a store in Camden =3


I first wore this cosplay to the London Film and Comic Con in 2011. I actually got to meet Shawnee Smith (the actress who plays Amanda) and she was like "I recognise that costume!" I was nervous though and unsure what to reply haha. My cosplay didn't get any attention really which doesn't bother me as unless you know the character I just look like I'm in normal clothing with a strange key around my neck lol One girl did recognise me though which was nice.
I also took part in Cosplay Fever's cosplay music video! My cameo is about 1 minute in, you can watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KmoKOrKJvk&feature=youtu.be

I want to improve the bikini top as I wasn't that happy with how it came out in the end. I also need to buy a new rosary as the end of mine snapped off and that was before I had my photo shoots D=


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It's about time!

by sjbonnar on Sunday, 17 April, 2011 - 22:42
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Can't wait. Can't wait. Can't wait! 8DDDDDD

by Alinthea on Sunday, 17 April, 2011 - 22:47
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I m gonna join in with the cant wait to see this people!
Epic manic SAW fan here! So wanting to get a photo too!

by TheProspect on Tuesday, 21 June, 2011 - 21:54
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TheProspect- Will you be at LFCC? =)

by Leonie Heartilly on Tuesday, 21 June, 2011 - 22:21
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I shall try ! I get back from Spain on the 8th ...so this is unknown

by TheProspect on Tuesday, 28 June, 2011 - 19:23
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Amazingly great job. You could be her double.

by Kata-san on Tuesday, 12 July, 2011 - 00:55
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Fantastic! I love all the photos too! You look great!!

by FlyingMammal on Friday, 15 July, 2011 - 15:43
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Thanks =)

by Leonie Heartilly on Sunday, 17 July, 2011 - 16:04
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absolutely love this!

by Lozzie on Tuesday, 19 July, 2011 - 22:43
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eeep !!!!!
Best Amanda EVER! <3

by TheProspect on Wednesday, 27 July, 2011 - 00:24
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Pleased people like it ^^

by Leonie Heartilly on Thursday, 28 July, 2011 - 22:07
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Absolutely spot on! You're her spitting image.

by tripletriad on Monday, 1 August, 2011 - 12:56
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Love the photos! they look so amazing! xxx

by Frederica la Noir on Thursday, 4 August, 2011 - 23:06
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Thanks =D

by Leonie Heartilly on Saturday, 6 August, 2011 - 15:11

To-Do List

3-quarter combatsHighComplete
Shotgun collar keyMediumComplete
Bra/ bikini topMediumComplete
Rosary beadsLowComplete
Hair bandLowComplete
Billy the PuppetLowComplete

Shopping List

White triangle bikini top£2.00Bought
Nurses stainless steel scissors£2.55Bought
30 inch ball chain£2.99Bought
Dylon fabric dye in "Ruby Red"£4.99Bought
Stainless steel gold ring plain band £3.99Bought
Talking Billy the Puppet doll£39.99Bought
Black 3-quarter length combat trousers with zips and pockets£1.20Bought
Black wooden beaded rosary with silver crucifix£1.95Bought
River Island black knee high "biker" boots£15.00Bought
Red stretchy top with scoop neck and back£0.99Bought
Shotgun collar key- made by Frederica_la_Noir£12.50Bought
Ben Sherman R037 watch£4.00Bought
Bra strap adjuster buckle... thing£0.10Bought


Amanda in a music video! (Posted 17th July 2011)

My Amanda cosplay (and Billy!) made a cameo in Cosplay Fever's cosplay music video to "Raise Your Glass" by P!nk.

Check it out here:


Props (Posted 9th July 2011)

Billy I already mentioned in a previous journal. The gun is the same one used for my Alice cosplay. I bought the nurses scissors from ebay as she fiddles with a pair in one scene.

Bikini top alterations- Part 2 (Posted 9th July 2011)

The red trim and halter-neck of the top appear to be made of a leather type material when you look closely but sadly I couldn't get a suitable coloured leatherette/pleather in the time I had. I bought some dark red matt lycra material but after I dyed the top this was too bright so instead I used parts of the top I had cut off when raising the hem. The trim was attached to the top using fabric glue and I painted a white bra strap adjuster silver and added it to the halter-neck.

Combat alterations- Part two (Posted 8th July 2011)

The back of the combats had corset style lacing at the top so I had to remove that panel first and then the buckles and eyelets/studs on the pockets. I sewed 4 silver buttons to the pockets and also added belt loops like I did to the front. The back pockets are too small but nothing I can do about that unless I ripped them out and added my own.

Combat alterations- Part one (Posted 7th July 2011)

The buckle on the right thigh pocket was removed and all the eyelets/studs were taken out also. I replaced the silver zips with bronze ones on the front right pockets (top and thigh) and also cut a hole into the top pocket just underneath the zip so I could add the second zip she has there. I removed the zip from the top left side as it isn't meant to be there. I also removed a zip and pocket from the left thigh and using the material from the pocket I was able to make belt loops which were hand-sewn onto the waistband.

Bikini top alterations- Part one (Posted 6th July 2011)

Amanda's bra is (if that's what it is?) is on view at various points of the film and the halter-neck strap is always seen. I bought a white triangle bikini top to get the base shape correct. It had sequin and bead detailing on it so I cut away the top layer of the fabric that these were stitched to. I thought this bikini was padded but unfortunately it wasn't (bought from ebay, was judging by the photo) so to give myself some better support I hand-sewed the bikini to an old strapless bra.

Shotgun collar key finished (Posted 4th July 2011)

Made by Frederica_la_Noir

I just need to get the ball chain for it, she's done a great job ^-^

Top alterations (Posted 3rd July 2011)

I raised the bottom hem and shortened the sleeves using wonderweb then I added the seam detail to the sleeves by pinching the fabric slightly on the inside and hand-sewing along the fold to seal it.

It came out better than I thought it would =)

Top dyed (Posted 3rd July 2011)

Dyed the top using Dylon machine dye in "Ruby Red". I was worried it came out a little dark at first (never happy am I? lol) but after checking the references again I think it's ok.

Photo shows the top in natural light outside and indoor lighting. The shade it looks indoors is more accurate and in the film she's in a dimly-lit warehouse most of the time so this works.

Ring (Posted 2nd July 2011)

Simple, plain, gold band. It's not accurate to Amanda's but it's difficult to get a close-up look at the detail so this should do.

Shotgun collar key progress (Posted 1st July 2011)

I commissioned Frederica_la_Noir to make the key as I am rubbish at sculpting and making anything small and fiddly in general. I love some of the items she has made for her own costumes so was pleased when she agreed to work on this for me =)

Check out her work and contact her here:


Zips (Posted 28th June 2011)

I managed to find the perfect zips for Amanda's combats on a skirt I already owned so I decided to destroy said skirt lol I didn't wear it much anyway... The only issue with them is the backing material (or whatever you call it) is yellow and would show up quite badly against the black combats. So I got a black permanent marker and literally just coloured them in, something my dad found rather odd for me to do whilst watching a film at his XD

The photos show the silver zips that were originally in the combats, one zip removed and the colouring progress.

Billy (Posted 27th June 2011)

I love Jigsaw's puppet Billy and just had to get a good sized doll to carry around with me. This version is a talking plush that is now out of production and sold out pretty much everywhere, I was very lucky to get it =3

It might help people recognise the character as at first glance I will probably look pretty normal (won't have that issue with the reverse bear trap version!).

3/4 combats- to be altered (Posted 25th June 2011)

I need to change the clasps on the pockets to buttons, remove lace-up detailing from the back, add belt loops and possibly change the silver zips to bronze ones (I need to add an extra zip near the waist anyway).

Rosary beads (Posted 25th June 2011)

Not entirely accurate but I'm guessing hers is a more personalised design (the ones available on the internet are all similar) and I'm not going to make one from scratch. It's only a small detail that probably won't be noticed much anyway.

Boots complete (Posted 24th June 2011)

Straps removed.

Boot alterations (Posted 24th June 2011)

Bought a pair of black knee high boots from ebay, the general design is pretty accurate I just needed to remove the straps and buckle from the tops. This was easily done by picking at the thread with stitch ripper.

Base top (Posted 23rd June 2011)

The scooped neck and back of this top is just how I need it I just wish it was a more accurate material and a darker shade, I might try dying it. I need to shorten the sleeves and raise the hem.

Watch (Posted 22nd June 2011)

Was looking on ebay for a suitable watch and found a perfect looking one but it was a Ben Sherman one and cost £30 something. I didn't really want to spend that on a watch... I searched just for Ben Sherman watches and was lucky someone was selling the same style with a start bid of £4. I ended up being the only bidder woo! Might of helped that the seller said the battery was dead but that's not an issue for me as it's just for show.

Before she ties her hair back later on in the film Amanda keeps a plain black hair band on the same wrist as her watch. I already owned one, easy.

Reference (Posted 19th June 2011)

Reference images.