|Time Taken :||50+ hours|
|*This costume is now retired*|
"The name is Rebecca Chambers, but that's Officer Chambers to you!"
Although my favourite Resi girl is Jill I think Rebecca is adorable and a really strong character given her age and inexperience. She's a bit of an under-cosplayed character in the series too so I'd like to give her a go!
Her S.T.A.R.S. outfit has appeared in various games but apart from the original (basic with the classic red bandana) the REmake, Zero and Umbrella Chronicles versions are exactly the same apart from one or 2 promo images that show the webbing on her vest as a green colour instead of beige. So I'll be using images from all sources to make this outfit. If I ever partner up with a Billy Coen cosplayer I might make another costume profile purely for Resi 0 photos.
"A talented girl, Rebecca graduated college at the young age of 18. Her expertise in chemistry and medicine earned her a position in the Special Tactics And Rescue Service, a Raccoon City Police Department branch handling specialist cases. She was assigned as Rear Security (RS) and Medic for the Bravo team. She became the unit's youngest and most inexperienced member, which made her quite nervous around her teammates. Because of this, she was eager to please and has been known to take on any task assigned to her without hesitation. Alongside Edward Dewey, she was given the responsibility of servicing the team's helicopters.
Normally she is precise and highly thoughtful in all her actions, regardless of the circumstances. But she also has a bold side to her personality, progressing through matters at her own pace."
~Please see my journals for more details on the construction of this costume as well as progress photos~
The vest was handmade following a guide by Itakoo Cosplay.
I made alterations to the t-shirt and BDU combats and the boots were heavily modified to get Rebecca's unique style.
The medic pouches, glove cuffs and choker were all handmade also.
The wig was bought from ebay and I trimmed and thinned it out.
S.T.A.R.S. watch was given to me by sjbonnar.
The earrings were reused from another cosplay.
Samurai Edge handgun modified by XeroTech Industries.
I first wore this costume at the May 2014 London MCM Expo. I was so pleased to be finally cosplaying as Rebecca after working on it for so long but I still feel it needs some improvements and there are parts I would probably remake. The vest in particular was a big challenge and caused some problems along the way but overall I don't think I did too bad a job, a least for the first attempt lol I fear this may be a repeat of Jill's shoulder pads where I am never completely happy with them.
Worn again in June 2014 for a private shoot in a run-down/abandoned chapel.
|Belt with medic pouches||Medium||Complete|
|First Aid spray||Low||Complete|
|Wig and make-up test||Low||Complete|
|Play Resident Evil Zero||Low||In Progress|
|Half a metre of black leatherette||£5.00||Bought|
|One metre of white cotton stretch lycra fabric||£3.50||Bought|
|Black shoe laces for patrol boots 160cm||£2.99||Bought|
|Black 20mm side release buckles x 5||£1.20||Bought|
|Black 12.5mm side release buckles x 5||£1.49||Bought|
|One metre of beige 20mm cotton tape||£2.00||Bought|
|Five metres of beige 25mm polyproplene webbing||£4.80||Bought|
|Ten metres of beige 12mm cotton tape||£2.99||Bought|
|Black 25mm ladder lock buckles x 6||£1.62||Bought|
|Silver/chrome 30mm rectangle loops x 5||£2.40||Bought|
|5.5mm silver eyelets and tool kit||£4.49||Bought|
|High gloss photo paper||£1.00||Bought|
|Can of anti-perspirant (for First Aid spray)||£0.49||Bought|
|Samurai Edge base gun and modification cost||£30.00||Bought|
|WHSmith light T-shirt transfer paper (pack of 5)||£9.99||Bought|
|One metre of white cotton interlock jersey fabric||£3.50||Bought|
|Half a metre of pink satin ribbon||£0.35||Bought|
|One metre of white stretch net fabric||£2.99||Bought|
|Viper black fingerless tactical gloves||£10.69||Bought|
|Sage green t-shirt||£3.50||Bought|
|Vogue short brown wig||£8.79||Bought|
|Palladium khaki green ankle boots||£16.50||Bought|
|Beige webbing belt 38mm wide||£2.85||Bought|
|BDU combats in Olive Green||£19.99||Bought|
|MIL-TEC Black webbing belt with metal buckle||£5.95||Bought|
|Medic embroidered patch||£2.20||Bought|
|White ankle socks||£2.00||Bought|
|Black 38mm side release buckle||£0.00||Bought|
|One metre of natural canvas fabric||£9.99||Bought|
|Beige polyester thread||£1.55||Bought|
|Half a metre of beige linen fabric||£0.00||Bought|
|Dylon fabric paint in no.6 red||£3.99||Bought|
Front pouch (Posted 29th September 2013)
Made using the same method as the medic bag. For the medic symbol I used a small patch I found online, I just had to paint over the red border around it.
Medic bag progress 3 (Posted 29th September 2013)
I sewed the straps to the bag to make a sort of loop for the belt to go through. This keeps the bag sitting at the correct height.
Medic bag progress 2 (Posted 28th September 2013)
I took the bag apart and made it smaller as felt it was too big. The closures/straps were hand made using beige cotton tape and side release buckles. I hand painted the medic symbol on using a mix of acrylic and fabric paint.
Gloves (Posted 31st July 2013)
I wanted to keep the chunky cuff design used in the REmake but if I used the same method as I did for Jill's gloves then I wouldn't get the watch around them. So I just used some black leatherette to make my own cuffs and added velcro to secure them. Also the fingers of the gloves had to be cut back as they were too long.
T-shirt (Posted 31st July 2013)
Bought online and taken in at the sides and sleeves as it was slightly baggy and both the S.T.A.R.S. girls t-shirts are quite fitted. The S.T.A.R.S. patch was sewn onto the left sleeeve by hand (The photo is a mirror image).
Medic bag progress (Posted 31st July 2013)
I decided to make both the medic bag and smaller pouch from scratch using a beige canvas material and constructing a basic messenger bag type shape. The canvas frays a LOT which meant I had to do some overlocking to make sure the inside seams didn't fall apart.
First Aid spray (Posted 24th May 2013)
My original one (made in 2010 for Jill) had a paper label and was getting a bit battered so I wanted to remake it using photo paper for a stronger and nicer finish. Rebecca's the team's medic, it's an important item for her!
I bought a cheap can of anti-perspirant again although I went for a shorter and fatter can this time. Also it's the closest I could get to the design of the top of the can. I painted the parts that would be visible silver using metal paint.
Belt for medic pouches (Posted 24th May 2013)
Bought a webbing belt on ebay, removed the metal buckle and replaced it with a black side release buckle.
Boots finished (Posted 24th May 2013)
Added another coat of metal paint and a top coat of acrylic to mattify it a bit.
Vest progress (Posted 23rd May 2013)
Painting the ladder lock buckles silver to match the references. Using Hammerite metal paint.
Boot progress 5 (Posted 22nd May 2013)
I was still having no luck getting the washers to stay on the eyelets much to my frustration so in the end I glued them in place using UHU Power glue. Excuse the really messy insides of the boots, I decided cutting back the leatherette to find the original holes was easier than trying to guess where to make new ones. I shouldn't haven't glued the leatherette so far in in the first place. It looked a lot neater before!
I started adding the white detailing using metal paint as I find it more hardwearing than acrylic for footwear. The white parts are meant to be bigger but I thought if I extended the paint onto the canvas the difference in texture would be obvious and it wouldn't look very good. I intend to add another coat tonight.
Samurai Edge progress (Posted 22nd May 2013)
Here's some progress shots I was sent of my Samurai Edge handgun. The modifications are being done by Xero -
Boot progress 4 (Posted 21st May 2013)
Started adding the eyelets, they are giving me a lot of trouble though. I spent over two hours trying to get one boot done and it still needs two more eyelets. It really shouldn't take this long! The washers are constantly falling off, I'm wondering if the canvas is too thick for them. At this rate I'm tempted to glue the bloody things in place.
Vest supplies (Posted 19th May 2013)
Three types of fabric, webbing and fastenings. I also have a camping mat to add the padding.
Wig and make-up test (Posted 13th May 2013)
Testing out the wig, choker, earrings and make-up together.
Very basic make-up as Rebecca's only 18 so trying to keep my natural young looks lol Concealer, foundation, powder, small amount of mascara and brown eyeshadow to lightly define the eyebrows. Finished off with some pale pink lipstick also as most promo images show a bit of colour.
I originally thought she had green eyes so was going to order some coloured contacts but after zooming in on several references I'm now pretty certain she has blue eyes.
Wig styling (Posted 13th May 2013)
As you can see the wig was originally quite top heavy and looked rather ridiculous on me. I thinned it out a lot, trimmed back around the ears and styled the fringe trying to keep it natural and choppy looking. I've never thinned a wig before so quite pleased with how it came out. Even if I still think I don't suit short hair lol
Choker (Posted 12th May 2013)
Pink satin ribbon with a velcro fastening. The velcro was hot glued on to make it more secure. I would rather not use a satin ribbon as not keen on the shine but found it difficult to find a matt ribbon in a suitable shade and width.
Boot progress 3 (Posted 12th May 2013)
Black leatherette was hot glued directly onto the boot. Not the tidiest job as I really struggle to shape this material around curves. I could of just painted it but I thought this would look better. I seem to be avoiding the easy options with this costume lol
Finished combats (Posted 11th May 2013)
Quite happy with how these look apart from getting the seam on the wrong side on one of them... Also one leg feels tighter and harder to roll up than the other. The fabric was quite cheap (I only used half a metre) so considering getting some more and re-doing the tight leg if I have time.
combat turn-ups (Posted 11th May 2013)
I decided to go with a beigey colour (similar to the canvas I'm using for the bags) for these rather than the popular white. In some of the Remake/UC references they look more beige and I think it looks better.
I used a linen fabric and first folded over all the edges and sewed them down to stop it from fraying whilst I was working with it. The fabric was also folded in half because it was a little thin. The folded edge was sewn to the bottom hem of the trousers on the inside. The tops were hand-sewn sightly below the knee just on the trouser seams, I couldn't sew all the way down these seams as it wouldn't go though my machine properly due to the trousers being already made (if that makes sense?). Also I didn't want any of the beige thread showing above the top of the turn-up. I hand-sewed where the fabric edges overlapped following the line of stiches I made when I neatened up the fabric to start. This creates a seam line when the trousers are rolled up.
I decided to line the trousers in this way as felt it gave a more natural look rather than just folding the trousers up and sewing fabric around on top.
Belt (Posted 9th May 2013)
MIL-TEC black webbing belt with metal slide buckle. Very long though so I might cut it shorter and seal the end with a lighter
Combats (Posted 9th May 2013)
I searched general ladies combats for ages in the hope of finding a suitable pair, at one point I had them but they were a skinny fit, who makes skinny fit combats? Bah. So in the end decided the best option was to go with BDU combat trousers. Tbh they are probably what she is wearing except she's turned the bottoms up, the pocket style matches Jill's and the colour seems standard military issue.
Boot progress 2 (Posted 22nd April 2013)
All done. Thankfully the material is strong and sturdy so there is no ripping or fraying around the holes. Once the black detail has been added I will re-eyelet using silver ones.
Boot progress (Posted 18th April 2013)
Starting pulling out all the eyelets and other studs in preparation for adding the black leatherette detail.
Base boots (Posted 15th April 2013)
I have seen many Rebecca cosplayers just get green Converse or similar style trainers and they look okay but as I always want to be as accurate as possible I'm taking a different approach. On closer inspection she actually wears patrol boots, the style is the same as Jill Valentine's but in her custom green and white colour.
Obviously these were designed for the game and in reality you can't buy this colour scheme! I was faced with possibly buying another pair of black patrol boots and experimenting with leather or vinyl dye when I found the Palladium boot range. They actually do a green security/patrol style boot but at around £80 they were way out of my price range. So I looked at a hi-top canvas pair that had a heel which I think I can comfortably modify. These were also quite pricey so I waited until a pair popped up on ebay and ended up with a size too small as didn't want to miss the chance of getting a pair of these.
I need to remove the eyelets, add the black trim, re-eyelet (with silver ones), change the laces to black ones and add the white detail.
Wig ordered (Posted 9th April 2013)
Started searching for wigs and this was one of the first ones I found, it seems a really good style and colour for her. I just fear it will arrive looking completely different considering it cost me less than £10 including postage. Just have to wait and see, lets hope I found a bargain instead of something crap.
The obvious blurring of watermarks is amusing and worrying at the same time...
Earrings (Posted 27th February 2013)
Re-using these from my retired Usagi Tsukino cosplay. Lucky I still have them actually as I don't like pearl jewelry myself.
Watch (Posted 25th February 2013)
My watch for Jill has a leather strap and Rebecca's is metal so I needed a new one. Sjbonnar ended up with an extra watch when he was working on Barry Burton so gave me this one =)
They don't appear to have the S.T.A.R.S. logo on the faces of their watches but I've always thought it was a nice touch.