Uber-Nerd
 


Costume :Isabella 'Ivy' Valentine
Variant :Soulcalibur II
Source :Soulcalibur
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Alcon 2008


Costume Photos

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Ivy relaxing

Sword retracted

Reference

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Costume Information

General
Cost : about.. £300 :-(
Awards : Alcon 2008 Masquerade Winner (group entry), London Expo 2008 Saturday Best Preformance
Time Taken : 1 month!

Description
This was hauled together in a month like most of our stellar work, along with Dr Eggman.

The main focus of this costume is that I wanted to make it out of something really battle worthy, something that Ivy would be proud to wear. I find looking at other Ivy's that the main fault with their costume is they use something like Spandex as their body suit fabric, and that's just too shiney for my taste.

PVC was also out because I hate the stuff. And so, I ordered £200 worth of purple and black italian leather from the internet.

I am such a cock when it comes to using expensive fabrics, I swear.

I'd never used leather before, ever, but like all things cosplay and me, I decided that I would just learn. Fortunately my £200 sewing machine is stupidly high powered, and could go through leather like beautiful, beautiful butter.

The boobs aren't real. I'm sorry to say. They look real though, so that's all that counts. They were made by buying a bra (from Primark!) and sewing the leather directly over the top and cutting it into the right shape. There's a lot of padding stuffed in there too.

The shoes had to be made from a pair of 4 inch sandles from TK Max. I needed to get to 6 inches, so I added wood on the bottom, ducktaped them and covered them in leather. And glued soles on the bottom. They get me to exactly Ivy's height (I calculated it using references and ratios ^^; )

All the body suit and that was made from a pattern I constructed, and then sewn with the leather. Most of the armour attachments that have to be bent are funky foam, even though I hate the stuff.

All of the other armour, like the glove are mount board. I FUCKIN' LOVE MOUNTBOARD.

The gloves had to be handsewn (AND WERE RIGHT WANKERS) and I had to learn how to cast resin gems for the gem on the hand and the sword.

The sword is mountboard again, and actually retracts properly when I pull the cord at the back. It makes me feel special, and makes others get funny feelings in thier no-no places.

The sword has broken many times though, which makes me sad. I shall be fixing it for london expo though.

Comments

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cant wait to see the pics of this costume, not many ivys in uk

by ryaoki on Monday, 29 September, 2008 - 12:21
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BOOBTOUCHING!
You were awesome and smexy! Was so nice seeing you again! <3

by Nocturnal Blossom on Monday, 29 September, 2008 - 20:37
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There's a couple of Ivy's in the UK, but none of them have gone as far as I have :D

And Nocturnal Blossom - it's great being your boob hugger!

-Tab

by Uber-Nerd on Tuesday, 30 September, 2008 - 12:58
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Very sexy! Love it!

by stripey_dani on Tuesday, 30 September, 2008 - 13:10
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Thank you!

-Tab

by Uber-Nerd on Tuesday, 30 September, 2008 - 13:18
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This is amazing! You look Fabulous!
You really suit the character! I hope you can wear this again for the Soul Calibur group at Expo (May 2009).

by Uni on Tuesday, 30 September, 2008 - 15:21
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I will be wearing it, but only for the Masquarde and a few hours before hand at October Expo 08.

-Tab

by Uber-Nerd on Tuesday, 30 September, 2008 - 16:37
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d'aww oks :3 Still i hope i bump into you at Oct Expo! : D

by Uni on Tuesday, 30 September, 2008 - 17:44
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You looked amazing and your skit was just brillant :)

by GraceyDarling on Tuesday, 28 October, 2008 - 10:09
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Hello! It's Sonia, one of the guest artists at Alcon, I don't know whether you remember me or not, but we had a looooong chat about cosplay and art and lots of stuff. Anyhow, I loved your skit at Alcon, and from the pictures, it seems it went down really well at Expo too ^_^ Your Ivy is absolutely awesome, that retractable sword/whip is genius. I did see you at Expo, but we were going in different directions (and I was in cosplay so you probably wouldn't have recognised me, haha). I thought you had one of the best cosplays at the entire Expo, personally.

by sonia_leong on Friday, 31 October, 2008 - 15:28
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damn this was epic!!! I totally did not see that twist coming in the skit XDDD

by Yamidragon on Friday, 7 November, 2008 - 18:35
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OMG i finally got to see this for real! it was amazing and you had the almighty blade too! i am your fan girl for life XD

by Kaka Extreme on Friday, 7 November, 2008 - 23:47
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Very sexily done! I loved it ^_^

by sjbonnar on Friday, 7 November, 2008 - 23:54
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I remember seeing this in person on the saturday. managed to talk to you and Eggman briefly, an amazing costume and well deserved win! Great job!

by Leadmill on Saturday, 8 November, 2008 - 00:15
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Thank you for all the kind comments! You guys make wearing skimpy outfits worthwhile!

-Tab

by Uber-Nerd on Monday, 10 November, 2008 - 20:14
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OMG! *fanhugs* I loved your Ivy costume. You looked amazing and I loved the dedication you put into it. I hope you do wear your Soulcalibur costume again next year as I didn't manage any photos. I hope to do either Raphael (sc2) or if I'mn feeling very brave! Siegfried from Soulcalibur 4.

by Sephirayne on Tuesday, 25 November, 2008 - 11:51
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I will be wearing it again at Minami and hopefully Aya con- I didn't see you at London expo (I think) Who were you on both days?

by Uber-Nerd on Thursday, 27 November, 2008 - 20:35
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I was Sephiroth with the plastic armour and freaky contacts on sat and then Abel Nightroad from Trinity Blood on sun.

I'm going to Minamicon so I might put together Raphael for then. I doubt if I can manage SC4 Siegfried just yet (need more money shaped resorces). I would love pics with you guys.

by Sephirayne on Friday, 28 November, 2008 - 11:48
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I would love some pictures with you!

*can't wait until minami*

by Uber-Nerd on Friday, 28 November, 2008 - 15:01
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DARN AWESOME!!!!! SO VERY AWESOME!

by Prince Zarbon on Saturday, 10 January, 2009 - 03:16
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Thank you!

-Tab

by Uber-Nerd on Tuesday, 13 January, 2009 - 00:36
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Freaking awesome Ivy! So very sexy XD lol Costume is well made and well.. Need I say more? lol

by Demented Kid on Wednesday, 4 March, 2009 - 20:14
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Thank you very much!

Tab

by Uber-Nerd on Wednesday, 4 March, 2009 - 20:43
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hawt~

by Uni on Thursday, 5 March, 2009 - 09:00
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awesome! way better than my attempt. Would you mind me asking...for some tips on it?

by Lulu Rose on Wednesday, 25 March, 2009 - 18:54
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I don't know really where to begin with tips on it- have you read through all of how I made it? That may be a bit helpful. Or if there's something specifically you had trouble with?

Tab

by Uber-Nerd on Thursday, 26 March, 2009 - 17:43
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best waitress i ever had ;)

by Defrain on Monday, 30 March, 2009 - 15:52
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NOSEBLEED

by White Leviathan on Monday, 30 March, 2009 - 17:14
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ouuuu new pic ..I'm lovin the purple lipstick and eyemakeup. Yum! ^^

by Ranma1-2 on Monday, 30 March, 2009 - 17:26
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dddaaammmmmmmm

by kimpey on Monday, 30 March, 2009 - 17:30
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New photos look fabulous! I love tis costume of yours. Its so foxy! You make a fabulous Ivy! <3

by BlusterSquall on Monday, 30 March, 2009 - 22:01
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wow i love the photos the choice of scenery fits perfectly and u make a very mean smexy ivy ^^ well done

by timpey on Monday, 30 March, 2009 - 22:16
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;_; That's just... wow. <3

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by Gender Confused Cloud on Monday, 30 March, 2009 - 22:24
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Love the new photos. Kaz did an excelent job of making your already fabulous cosplay look even more epic. Great to meet you properly in person.

One of my fav cosplays.

by Sephirayne on Saturday, 4 April, 2009 - 22:28
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Definitely a brilliant cosplay! Also remember your Yoshimitsu cosplay... so detailed and beautiful. Excellent work overall :)

5 billion stars

by samwhitewolf on Sunday, 31 May, 2009 - 19:41
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Didn't notice how great that sword was before. It really goes from whip into sword? That's so fantastic.

by Zaiburst on Sunday, 7 June, 2009 - 00:08
 

Journal

Thats all! (Posted 5th March 2009)

After those stages the costume was really rushed so I don't have anymore progress pics. I hope this is helpful though!

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A look at how I did it 4 (Posted 5th March 2009)

This is the shoulder. Man I love mountboard.

A look at how I did it 2 (Posted 5th March 2009)

Mountboard attached to my hands with rubber bands. Yeah, this costume was *high tech*.

A look at how I did it 2 (Posted 5th March 2009)

This is the pattern I made up for Ivy. I normally work straight onto the final fabric, but I was using a limited amount of leather so patterning needed to be done. It's kinda cool looking at it though.

A look at how I did it 1 (Posted 5th March 2009)

Just to show how much of this was made from scratch, I begin with what the boots started off as. Yeah, sandles. I seem to like challenges.

Reference updates (Posted 13th February 2009)

Just added some reference pictures because not everyone has played soul calibur III, and I'm really proud of how detailed this costume is so I wanted to show that off.

Plus it is awesome to look at the reference on the gallery and be like "yeah, I did those black lines on the thighs. It was the most complicated thing on the costume, but I did it goddammit."

Tab