|Time Taken :||5 hours|
|*This costume is now retired*|
I have loved BTVS since it first aired on TV when I was about 9 years old and had always planned to choose a character and outfit to cosplay one day. Although I'm not keen on leather I love VampWill so this had to be done.
Planned for the LFCC 2012 so I can meet Anthony Stewart Head (Giles!). I shall have sjbonnar as my vampire Xander and Frederica la Noir with me as Wishverse Buffy =)
I might do this without the vampire prosphetics first.
"Vamp Willow appears in the third season episodes "The Wish" and "Doppelgangland". She is capricious and aggressive, the opposite of Willow's usual nature; her bad behavior so exaggerated that it does not instill fear into the viewer like other female vampires in the series, but indicates more about Willow's personality. Shocked upon seeing her alter ego in "Doppelgangland", Willow states "That's me as a vampire? I'm so evil and skanky. And I think I'm kinda gay." Angel is stopped by Buffy in telling the Scoobies that the vampire self carries many of the same attributes as the human self. As surprised as Willow is with Vamp Willow, she feels bound to her, and does not have the heart to allow Buffy to kill her. Both Willows make the observation that "this world's no fun", before they send Vamp Willow back into the alternate dimension from which she came, whereupon she is staked and dies immediately."
~Please see my journals for more details on the construction of this costume as well as progress photos~
The base corset and leather jeans were bought from ebay.
The corset ruffle trim and sleeves were made by myself.
The boots were reused from my Amanda Young cosplay.
I bought the wig from Coscraft and straightened and trimmed it.
I first wore this costume without the sleeves to the London Film and Comic Con 2012. I was reluctant to wear it incomplete but I had a mini Wishverse group so didn't want to let them down. Despite the missing sleeves people still recognised the character which was great and Anthony Stewart Head knew who I was too =D
The finished costume got it's full debut at the October 2012 London MCM Expo. I had a photoshoot with Akraru Photography and my friend Chloe (CELphotography). I was asked for quite a few photos whilst walking around also, it's good to know there's still Buffy fans around even though it's not a current show.
I wore Willow again the following October, again at the London MCM Expo/Comic Con. This time I had a shoot with Darren Rowley, a photographer I had wanted to work with for some time so I'm looking forward to seeing the results!
Although I feel confident in this cosplay it is very uncomfortable to wear!
|Vampire forehead prosphetic||Medium||Planned|
|Wig & make-up test||Low||Complete|
|Hazel contacts (non-vamp form)||Low||Complete|
|Maybelline New York Express Finish nail varnish in "Onyx Black"||£4.09||Bought|
|Hazel Freshlook Colorblends contacts||£14.00||Bought|
|Maybelline New York lip liner in "Pleasure Me Red"||£0.00||Bought|
|Maybelline New York eyeshadow in "Intense Green"||£4.09||Bought|
|Half a metre of dark gold taffetta||£4.95||Bought|
|Metre and half of dark red taffetta||£11.00||Bought|
|Gosh eyeshadow quattro palette||£0.99||Bought|
|Black blazer with faux leather sleeves||£6.00||Bought|
|GAP black leather straight leg jeans||£11.00||Bought|
|Leather steel boned overbust corset||£36.09||Bought|
|New Look D.Boy L wig in Red Auburn||£30.00||Bought|
|Metre of copper red marble effect cotton fabric||£7.99||Bought|
Finished costume (Posted 27th October 2012)
Just in time for Expo! I'm really pleased with how the sleeves came out considering how much trouble they gave me to start with.
In the future I hope to do her full vampire face with a prosphetic forehead piece, fangs and yellow contacts.
Photo by: Akraru Photography
Sleeves part three (Posted 27th October 2012)
I made the taffetta part of the sleeves by drafting out my own pattern and sewing the red and gold pieces together on my machine. I tried to overlock as much as I could to prevent fraying although I ran out of the gold thread towards the end. These sleeves were attached to the leather ones by hand.
Sleeves part two (Posted 26th October 2012)
I had some leatherette left over from another project that thankfully matched quite well to the faux leather sleeves and corset. I used this as a base to sew the sleeves onto and it also prevented having a gap under the arm which I was getting before. This was sewn by hand with some parts reinforced on my sewing machine.
Sleeves part one (Posted 26th October 2012)
I bought a blazer on ebay that had faux leather sleeves, I figured I could remove them from the blazer saving me on having to construct a sleeve myself. I tried to attach them to bra straps but soon realised due to the way sleeves curve at the top of the shoulder that wasn't going to work properly.
LFCC- Work in progress (Posted 7th July 2012)
Here's how Will looked for LFCC when she was unfortunately still in progress as I hit a snag with the leather part of the sleeves so they weren't finished in time. I was reluctant to wear it incomplete but sjbonnar talked me into it as he was my Xander and Frederica la Noir was being Buffy especially too.
Photo by: CELphotography
Corset ruffles (Posted 5th July 2012)
The ruffles for the corset trim were made by myself using copper red marble effect cotton and dark red taffetta (the same material I'll be using for the sleeves). The ends are lightly sewn into the corset but they are mainly held in place once the corset has been tightened.
Make up test (Posted 5th July 2012)
Rather pleased with how this test went =) Did my usual concealer, foundation and powder base and then turned my eyebrows ginger using orange eyeshadow over a light brown eyebrow pencil base. I used 2 shades of green eyeshadow on the eyelids and added black eyeliner and mascara. Finishing off with the lips I used a red lipliner and lipstick. I'm pleased Willow wears quite a dark shade of red as I really don't suit bright shades.
I will be wearing hazel coloured contacts on the day as well.
Wig styled (Posted 4th July 2012)
I straightened the wig by wetting it and placing a damp cloth around the strands to protect from the straighteners. The wet wig combined with the heat caused it to create steam which straightened the wig instead of it having direct contact with the hot plates. I then trimmed the ends to shorten it a bit.
I'm really not happy with how the wig looks at the front of the hairline but I don't know how to style it without damaging the skin top.
Please excuse my lack of make up and general tiredness looking in the photo.
Base corset (Posted 28th June 2012)
My corset arrived so I tested it out with the trousers, boots and wig on to see how the outfit is coming together.
I bought the real leather steel boned overbust corset from Corsets Boulevard, the same place I got my Zatanna underbust and several of my other corsets for non-cosplay wear. The steel boned ones are always great quality for the price.
Trousers/ jeans and boots (Posted 20th June 2012)
I found a pair of GAP black leather straight leg jeans on ebay and got a really good deal on them. I hate how they feel though lol
The boots are the ones I wear for my Amanda Young cosplay as the style is the same as Willow's.
Base wig (Posted 17th June 2012)
I bought a New Look D.Boy L wig in Red Auburn from Coscraft after much debating over the colour. I didn't want a wig that was too red but wanted it slighter darker than natural ginger. Awkward.
I plan to straighten and possibly trim the ends.