Exelia
 


Costume :Milla Maxwell
Source :Tales of Xillia
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo May 2013


Costume Photos

Glutton

One With Nature

"Why Did You Come To Japan?"

Ichinomiya Parade

Ichinomiya

Spirit

That's A Secret!

Tales of Baba-San!

Reference

 


Costume Information

General
Time Taken : 6 days

Description
Worn at London MCM Expo May 2013 and to be taken to Comiket in Japan after WCS~!

So. Yes. This was inevitable I guess. I was torn between FOUR characters from Tales of Xillia to do, but finally settled on Milla (to do first, at least).

I am horribly excited for this game coming out. AHHHH

Her hair is amazing, and probably the biggest part of her costume! I'm not great with wigs, but I was up for a challenge and loved working on it. The costume is far more revealing than I'd ever do and without the wig looks VERY kink lol but I think it looks pretty badass all together!

I made this in time to wear it for May Expo to meet Hideo Baba, and got it done *just* in time! A lot of corners were cut but it turned out nicely considering the time spent :P

Comments

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wow great progress on the wig

by J-Po on Monday, 8 April, 2013 - 19:42
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It was great seeing you at the meet. You looked great!
I'm so looking forward to Tales of Xillia coming out.

by SlimDefinition on Thursday, 30 May, 2013 - 16:24
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It was so lovely meeting you! You look so much like Milla it's unreal c: Great job on this!

by TheStarlightFairy on Thursday, 30 May, 2013 - 21:28
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You were such a good Milla!! I still can't believe how quickly you made this costume, it was so so so amazing ;w;

by KiraraYumi on Friday, 31 May, 2013 - 00:05
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you look great ^^

by nanahara on Saturday, 1 June, 2013 - 12:13
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Looks amazing! Wish I'd seen this at expo!

by InfiniteJester on Wednesday, 5 June, 2013 - 12:18
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Stunner!

by Plummer on Wednesday, 5 June, 2013 - 17:57
 

Shopping List

Faux leather£9.00Bought
Pink fabric£9.00Bought
Wig£26.00Bought
Green wefts£2.00Bought
Shoes to modify£7.00Bought
Dye materials£11.00Bought
Total£64.00

Journal

Wig Progress - Part 4! (Posted 10th April 2013)

Well, the first dye job was far too light imo, so I added some black to the sepia ink mix. And well, it came out looking like tar. It was sprayed in the dark as well (sun had gone down) and it looked awful... until it was washed off!

This is the result with the weft added; the top is really nicely gradiented down to the lighter blonde now, and it looks.. quite natural! I'm pretty happy with it so far. It's nice and fluffy too!

The green weft was added and sprayed a few times, but it's non-heat resistant so it's a bit tricky to style into her curl.. I'll probably just try to style it once it's on my head for ease, to be honest! The colour is great though!

I'll be doing another makeup test soon, hopefully with the curl added! So exciting!

Wig Progress - Part 3! (Posted 8th April 2013)

Just some pictures of in-progress dye on the wig. It's still drying now and looks a lot lighter than when the dye was first applied! Exciting!!

Wig Progress - Part 2! (Posted 8th April 2013)

So. Milla has a ton of layers in her hair. There are shorter pieces around her face, at the very front, around the sides, back, then stagnated in about 3 places toward the bottom (according to the original references).

Yeah.. got my work cut out, heh.

Nevertheless, even though I'm pretty terrible with wigs, I trimmed it into a few layers, added the flicks around the face, and it turned out quite nicely! There's a lot less hair now, but the layers give it a nice bit of volume, so it's a bit more Milla-ish. Her hair is such a big deal but in itself is quite busy, so hopefully it doesn't look too terrible!

The dye was applied this morning, and went.. hopefully pretty smoothly! The picture attached was mid-spraying and working so it's a tad uneven, but it looks much better in person. It was applied in layers and around the highlights, which may or may not have lit as much as I wanted once the colour was combed through but it's definitely noticeable, which is good enough for me!

Once it's all dried I'm going to add the green weft and do another makeup test! Hopefully it'll all turn out well!! \o/

Wig Progress - Part 1! (Posted 8th April 2013)

The wig I bought was a 110cm long wave from Ayanamisatoru in a beautiful soft gold colour.. which was quite yellow when it turned up. Not a problem though, if anything it'll just make the tips stand out even more, heh!

The original wig was quite flat until the curled ends as shown in the stock photo, but it was nice and thick at least, so a good place to start.

The middle photo is a makeup test I did with it when it arrived. Even without the dye applied I think it looked quite nice for her costume.. but "nice" isn't good enough ;)

Milla's Hair (Posted 8th April 2013)

References! Wooo

Looking at her costume I'd say probably the biggest part of Milla's costume is her hair. Not only is it the most noticeable part of the costume but my main worry is that if it's done badly, it's going to make the rest of the costume look terrible too, no matter how good the costume itself is.. so it's top priority to do it right!

Her hair is a sort of dirty blonde leading to light blonde highlights/tips. It's done in layers and each layer's ends are highlighted too. And of course there's the green piece in her fringe!

The darker parts have been dyed with the good ol' FW ink technique using ink in Sepia and 70% rubbing alcohol, blending down into a softer edge on each layer. The green section will be added by sewing a green weft in to the wig.

From artwork and in-game references her hair is meant to be pretty big, but I'm going to go for a more natural take on it by building it up with some nice fluffy layers. It should mean it's more comfortable to wear, and should still have a similar effect.. hopefully!!