Costume :Tess
Source :Last of Us
Progress :Complete
Worn At :AyaCon 2013

Costume Photos


Out of Ammo

Clicker Attack!


Ellie, No!

Tess Ref


Costume Information

Cost : £30
Time Taken : 3 days

This is what happens when your housemates play Last of Us a lot. This game is all about the Ellie dialogue and clicker baiting, but we all have a love for the brick as a weapon of choice (don't use the brick, it will get you killed).

I really wanted to do a clothes trashing costume so it was an easy sell when Kat suggested I make Tess to go with her Eli and Kuma as Joel. In the end it was even cooler than we hoped as we got out in time to get a night shoot with Nert and find these incredible Clickers who even had speakers playing the creeepy sound effects! Scariest shoot ever!


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Loving the photos. You look great.

by Sephirayne on Sunday, 15 September, 2013 - 00:10


Muddy Trousers (Posted 11th August 2013)

Copious amounts of paint on the trouser hems, splashing higher on the inside leg. Followed this up with sandpapering to wear it in and scuff up the edges of the rips.

Bag (Posted 11th August 2013)

The finished bag, trashed and ready!
This was SO useful at the con, more pockets and bags in cosplay, please.

Bandana (Posted 11th August 2013)

It was tough to find a material like the ref and I didn't want to paint the design as it would just come straight off with the sandpaper weathering technique.
In the end Kuma found a bandana with a similar enough trim on it, so I cut off this trim from three sides of the bandana and sewed them end to end to make one strip of just the design I wanted, long enough to tie as a headscarf.
A few patches of acrylic 'mud' and it was good to go!

Sleeves (Posted 11th August 2013)

I ripped the sleeves off to get a rough looking edge and then attacked them with sandpaper and acrylic paint.

Weathering Shirts (Posted 11th August 2013)

Picked up 'burnt umber' and 'sap green' acrylic paint which mixed to make a great murky dirt brown.
After a bit of trial and error I got the best effect by painting it on normally, working it into the nooks of seams and top stitching, then going over it with coarse sandpaper (like dry-brushing for fabric). This tattered up the surface and left the paint looking properly worn into the fabric.

Extra sandpapering on points of wear (hems, pockets, fastenings, knees/elbows etc) made it look even older. The photo is a comparison shot when I'd only done the right hand side.

Finally I added some random mud wipe marks and sandpapered those down to look like old grime.

Playing in the Garden (Posted 10th August 2013)

The weather was so nice this weekend! We took to the garden to stomp and stain everything.

The tea/grass/dirt marks looked really good in person, but too subtle for costume photos. Bring on the acrylic paint!

Weathering Trousers (Posted 10th August 2013)

For tips on weathering we referred to (spot the surprise Laura).

Looking at the references all the characters clothes are in surprisingly good condition, so I didn't want to go slashing things up too much. Using a craft knife I sliced along the hems and a few small patches on the thighs before throwing the jeans in the wash to fray. The photo is pre-wash so the cuts aren't very obvious.

Results (Posted 3rd August 2013)

So happy with the colours. Everything lightened up a little once dry, so I'm glad I didn't water anything down.

Dying Time (Posted 3rd August 2013)

I used Dylon 'olive green' dye for the bag and 'burlesque red' for the shirt.
As expected from Primarni, although the shirt was 100% cotton, the stitching was polyester and stayed pure white. Annoying, but seeing as I'm trashing it anyway it's not a major problem.

Around the time I took this photo I realised I'd dyed the wrong bag! Beware groups with similar yet not identical items D:
In the end I kept this bag and we poured the left over purple and green dyes together to get a murky brown for Kuma's bag.

Primarni Loot (Posted 3rd August 2013)

I already had some old jeans and boots, so I just needed to pick up a shirt, bag and headband.
I couldn't find the exact items, but I was able to get the right style bag and shirt in the wrong colours. Everything was cotton and pale so I grabbed it anyway and picked up fabric dye.