Costume :Raphael Sorel
Variant :First player version from Soulcalibur 2
Source :Soulcalibur
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Minamicon 15 (2009)

Costume Photos

Raph V Taki

Raphael at Aya 3

Raphael at Aya 2

Raphael at Aya 1

Raphael Sword 1

CG model ref

Raphael ref 1


Costume Information

Cost : Nowt as its so far from stock.
Time Taken : 2 weeks

I've really wanted to do a Soulcalibur costume for years but couldn't decide. Finally decided on Raphael. I can put my fencing training to good use for the poses *yay*.

I have also decided on finally wearing a wig for the first time in years. I have it it just needs styling.

Most of the fabric will be from my stock.

The sword will be made for a plastic base with a craft foam outer.

*Update 12-06-09*
Finished Jacket and shirt.

Shirt was made from light cotton red and black. Made from a pattern I created. Eyeletts were added to the collar and sleeves ready for the crest and laces.

Jacket was made from black/blue taffata, black cotton lining and black dress velvet. Pattern was created by me. The taffata was lined with the lining and then the applique was applied by hand (as heat and bond would of damaged the velvet) before being edged by machine.

*Ayacon 09*

Raphael had an fab time being part of the Soulcalibur group. Comfy costume to wear except the wig. Although pretty much complete I'll be added the gloves at a later date.


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Will be good to see it! I'll be Ivy/Voldo on the sunday at minami, so see you there!


by Uber-Nerd on Tuesday, 6 January, 2009 - 14:23
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Fab. I was originally going to wear my Raphael on fri but I might change it to Sun so I can get photos with you guys.

by Sephirayne on Wednesday, 7 January, 2009 - 23:24
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I've now got a SC plan- On friday I shall wear Voldo because it's comfortable. I'll be wearing Ivy at the maids cafe (which I hope shall bring hilarity).

Our nightmare's a pile of broken cardboard at the moment, so unfortunately it won't be appearing at minami. I think I can pester him to be yoshimitsu and Timber to be Kilik.


by Uber-Nerd on Wednesday, 21 January, 2009 - 18:20
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Sounds fab. Can't wait to see everyone. Shame about Nightmare.

by Sephirayne on Wednesday, 21 January, 2009 - 18:32
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is is looking absoloutely gorgeous so far! Loving the decoration on the back, so well made! X3

Cant wait to see more progress~

by Demented Kid on Friday, 12 June, 2009 - 21:32
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Thanks ever so much, hun XXX

The sword is being done next.

by Sephirayne on Friday, 12 June, 2009 - 21:34
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Wow 8D its looking great so far!

by x-Blade-x on Friday, 12 June, 2009 - 21:45
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Awesomeness!!!!! This looks sooooo good >_< *love for SC II*

by Feather-to-Earth on Friday, 12 June, 2009 - 21:59
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The back is amazing. I'm going to run up to you at aya and ooh and ahh over it.

Mmm... applique.

by KhaosKreator on Saturday, 13 June, 2009 - 00:09
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The coat is so beautiful and shiny! :D

by AmethystEyes on Sunday, 21 June, 2009 - 21:41
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progress is looking great ^^

by nanahara on Tuesday, 11 August, 2009 - 08:29
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by Ilpala on Tuesday, 11 August, 2009 - 08:32
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looking good

by Defrain on Wednesday, 12 August, 2009 - 06:52
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Nice work! The Sword details are beautiful! <3

by Uni on Wednesday, 12 August, 2009 - 08:17
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I want to make love to your sword on your gorgeous applique jacket ♥

by sonia_leong on Tuesday, 18 August, 2009 - 13:29
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Beautiful costume. I loved the design on the back of the jacket, very lush!

by Amy-Lou on Wednesday, 19 August, 2009 - 14:50
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Raphael is now my favourite SC character thanks to you. XD You look gorgeous and the costume is so well made~ The sword is lovely and detailed~

*Just cant get over how handsome you look in it* @_@

by Demented Kid on Thursday, 20 August, 2009 - 02:47
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Nice cosplay, Sephy. I was surprised you went with the wig this time, as you said was the only uncomfortable thing, and you usually have that great stand up fringe going with your real hair... But it did make you look quite different and cosplay is great for trying different looks.

by Ranma1-2 on Thursday, 20 August, 2009 - 11:42
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Thanks ever so much.

@Demented Kid. Awww, thankies. *blushes*

@Ranma1-2. It took alot to get all my hair under the wig. I had to wet it and then stick it into a wig cap. It made it very unconfortable. I can never get wigs to sit right 'cos of my high hair line. I was lucky that this was a high quality wig that I got cheap. So it behaved itself. I loved Raphael just didn't want to cut my hair for him. Lol!

by Sephirayne on Thursday, 20 August, 2009 - 19:28
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I loved this costume so much. You did an amazing job on it and you pulled off his mannerisms and poses brilliantly <3

by DarkElf on Friday, 21 August, 2009 - 20:44
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This is awesome - such great poses for it too!

by Storme on Friday, 7 January, 2011 - 13:31
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Thank you both ever so much.

@Storme, I had done fencing before so it helped for posing ;)

by Sephirayne on Sunday, 9 January, 2011 - 19:12


Sword nearly complete (Posted 12th August 2009)

Due to the delay with having to shrink the breeches I ended up rushing the sword.

I decided with all my recent ill health to not make the sword from scratch but to build apon a base. Found a cheap toy sword in my random prop box. Removed hilt and handle. Found a better handle. Glued that to the blade. Then built up the hilt using wonderflex. I decided to keep it quite thin that way its still has some flex to it to keep it con safe. I then decorated it using craft foam. All was then sealed with pva glue. Then finished with acrylic paint.

Tomorrow I'll be doing the final varish.

Breeches (Posted 11th August 2009)

Well, managed to finish the breeches. They took a bit longer to do than I hoped. Mainly because I forgot I have no hips or bum so i had to take out loads at the back. I also had forgotten how fiddly it was to do proper breeches.

Still they are done and I'm quite happy with them except they are still slightly too big. As the fabric has no give thats not a prob.

Jacket and shirt complete (Posted 1st June 2009)

Have finished both jacket abd shirt. Shirt went together really quickly. Jacket, however, took much longer as I stupidally chose dress velvet for all the applique. So it kept moving as I was attaching it. I couldn't attach it with heat as it would ruin the fabric so I had to do it by hand and then machine around the edges. It took a while but i'm so pleased with the result.

Now to find my brother's camera so I can pose piccies.

Sword hopefully will be started soon.

Starting sewing (Posted 21st January 2009)

Started on both the jacket and the top today. Both are being made from fabric from stock so that I can keep the budget low.

I originally choice this version of Raphael so I can have a simple costume to wear at the same event as complex artbook Trinity Blood costumes. I was a bit wrong! The jacket has more detail than I thought. It includes applique on the back. Bummer. Oh well!

Did come to a slight halt when I ran out of eyeletts for the sleeves. So while I wait before I get more I'll start work on the armour pieces. Of which there is only three small pieces.