Ranma1-2
 


Costume :Silhouette (currently being re-vamped)
Variant :Minutemen
Source :Watchmen
Progress :Complete
Worn At :None


Costume Photos

Collectromanisa Midlands 2009

Collectrormania Midlands 2009

Collectrormania Midlands 2009

Collectormania Midlands 2009

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Costume Information

General
Cost : £30
Time Taken : 4 days

Description
April 2009 - Collectormania

Rush job!
Ok I'm trying to put together a VERY quick Silhouette costume for the Midlands Collectromainia show, which is ..this weekend coming!! (I must be crazy..)

Well I'm gonna try my best, cos I'd like to surprise a certain miss somebody who will be helping out on the cosplay desk. ^^ Hope I make it..

wip pics and progress in journal


Phew, I managed to finish but a few things were rushed. This deserves doing better so I'm gonna tidy the costume up someday, ..and I'm on the lookout for some suitable ankle boots.

Comments

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Ok I am REALLY excited about this!

Silhoette is my favourite, and I KNOW you'll do her faithfully!!

*hugs X a million!!*

by PKNIVES on Wednesday, 15 April, 2009 - 00:13
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Yeah, not long to wait to see the results of this one either.
It won't be 100% accurate because of the limited time, but it'll be recognisable.
:)

by Ranma1-2 on Wednesday, 15 April, 2009 - 00:49
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wow im loving the stream of watchmen cosplays ^.^ cant wait for this ps: finnaly got my lust dress ^.^

by Captain_Marvelous on Thursday, 16 April, 2009 - 15:03
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"a certain miss somebody" 8D *feels speical* teehee I can't wait too see it and I can't wait to finally meet you properly 8D

by OrgXIII-Namine on Thursday, 16 April, 2009 - 16:42
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Tis going ok so far guys.

update: The trousers are finished sewing and just soaking in black dye. (..better be looking Black by morning :S )
Jacket is cut down, just sewing it now.
Been to the hab-dash today and got all the gold buttons. Piping is a pain to find - NO gold piping and NO gold braid, urghhh! *mild Panic!* So I bought some plain and I'm gonna try painting it with acrylic Gold paint..hope this works.

Wig - needs styling, I have an old one which I can cut down - if it fails I shall be up town pronto tommorrow to get a new Black Bob wig. I might anyway cos it was a pretty cheapo wig. I'd like a better one.. hmmmm.
And if there's time I shall make some boot tops to go over my shoes.

But it's looking like it's still on. Yaaaay. :D

by Ranma1-2 on Thursday, 16 April, 2009 - 23:40
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cool ^.^ really came together, just got back from seeing the movie this looks awesome

by Captain_Marvelous on Sunday, 19 April, 2009 - 00:20
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uwaa~~ Awesome Silhouette! \o/
It's a shame you can't make it to Bristol on Sat;(

by Shazz on Sunday, 19 April, 2009 - 16:35
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Thanks Luke. (when am I gonna get a sneek peek at Lust?)

Thanks Shazz. Awww what a dang shame they were sold out! Never mind. There may be another chance sometime..

by Ranma1-2 on Sunday, 19 April, 2009 - 20:59
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Yeah, I swear it never sold out before when I've been. Ah well, I'll def. re-wear Nite Owl anyway I expect^^

by Shazz on Sunday, 19 April, 2009 - 21:36
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Looks cool, I was thinking of cosplaying her at some point too :)

by Hypnic_Jerk on Monday, 20 April, 2009 - 01:03
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Hooooot <3

by Saffron on Wednesday, 22 April, 2009 - 01:28
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oh my days cant believe I only just saw this
<3 silhouette

this is fantastic, much love for this

by Sands on Saturday, 28 November, 2009 - 11:26
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Thanks guys. ^_^

Sands, I actually wasn't very happy with the wig. It was my first go at styling and I cut it straight across! - since then I have been told never cut straight across.
Also I didn't have the right footwear at the time. But I have found some suitable ankle boots now. The costume is comfortable to wear so I will cosplay Silhouette again sometime, when I need an easy costume. :)

by Ranma1-2 on Sunday, 29 November, 2009 - 00:21
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You look sooo amazingly Passable XD Amazing Crossplay!

by Captain_Marvelous on Saturday, 1 May, 2010 - 19:34
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Cheers mate. ^_^ The makeup could have been better on the day except there were no changing rooms so I had to do everything in a tiny loo.. using a compact mirror. @_@

by Ranma1-2 on Saturday, 1 May, 2010 - 21:38
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Still looking absoloutly beautiful!<3

by CharlotteLuna on Saturday, 1 May, 2010 - 21:48
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Aww thankies hun. *^_^*

by Ranma1-2 on Saturday, 1 May, 2010 - 22:00
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This spurs me on to get rorschach done XD I still say you look amazing!

by Captain_Marvelous on Sunday, 25 July, 2010 - 19:30
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Thanks mate.
Looks very likely that I could be doing her again in Oct for the Magna at the movies event - Sat Oct 6 in Rotherham. I was asked if I could do Maul for this but I just haven't been able to make any progress on him :/
So instead I am going to make some improvements to this costume and wear her out again. Plus I have a much nicer wig now..and I would like to do a better job on the makeup. One of the organisers (Rose) is trying to organise a Watchmen group. I don't know if she has any of the other characters yet. If you want to contact her about it she is angelofmusicuk here on Cos Island.

event details here -
http://www.visitmagna.co.uk/events/general/258/magna-at-the-movies/

Let me know if you fancy it :)

by Ranma1-2 on Sunday, 25 July, 2010 - 22:16
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I doubt I can make it to Magna sadly :( regardless they probably already have a Rorscharch but not to worry ^.^

by Captain_Marvelous on Sunday, 25 July, 2010 - 22:24
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Ah well..we'll defo meet up at Thoughtbubble. :) :)

by Ranma1-2 on Monday, 26 July, 2010 - 08:58
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Yup :) with a bit of luck! agh ive got two Lanterns to finish before then XD

by Captain_Marvelous on Monday, 26 July, 2010 - 11:37
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I'm glad you're reworking that. I like you in this costume! First time we met I believe? I'm going to that event in a LOTR outfit( work allowing). Will be cool seing you again. There seems to be a Watchmen cosy revival...I might have to join the club ;)

by Wyrdsister on Tuesday, 3 August, 2010 - 03:19
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Thanks Steph. It will be even better. ^_^ Yes I think I was wearing this the first time we met.
Oooooo I will look out for you.
Yes you're welcome to join the club - not enough Watchmen cosplays are done!

by Ranma1-2 on Tuesday, 3 August, 2010 - 11:59
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I might just do that!

by Wyrdsister on Tuesday, 10 August, 2010 - 01:13
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Aha, another Watchmen cosplay, great. *Intrigued* - which character? :P

by Ranma1-2 on Tuesday, 10 August, 2010 - 13:10
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any suggestions?

by Wyrdsister on Wednesday, 11 August, 2010 - 12:00
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Sure, go for the character which appeals to you most. Of course naked Dr Manhatten would be a Really hard costume to make! (Though not impossible..). Cosplay is about having fun. So eg if you like Ozzy's outfit why not?

And if you like Silhouette def do her. I think you would make a Fabulous Silhouette actually.

by Ranma1-2 on Wednesday, 11 August, 2010 - 13:27
 

Journal

Collar insignia finished (Posted 2nd August 2010)

Re-vamped insignia - finished.

The old ones were completely the wrong shape (rectangles). And the yellow stripes were held on with just one stitch at either end - which was very visible. :S

Pic shows the finished new insignia. This is as close to the screen costume as I can make out using screen grabs of the film. Note the trapezoid shape. And this time the yellow stripes (also trapezoid) are stuck on with fabric glue for neatness because I used ribbon ( - which always puckers when I sew it).

Fabric glue: have to say - I am impressd with the fabric glue. When you first put it on it seems to not stick at all, but left alone for a long time to set it eventually sticks very strongly.
The fabric glue didn't bleed through the ribbon and discolour it either (like some other glues would).
ok Fabric glue your life is spared, I will keep you in my sewing box ^_^

Improving collar insignia (Posted 31st July 2010)

I had these quite wrong, so now I know what they should look like I'm re-making them the correct shape.
Pic shows new collar insignia in progress. The black inserts that go inside the red covers are made from thin plastic sheet cut to shape and bent to follow the curve of the neck. I made them this way to give really neat edges to the insignia. I have cut new yellow ribbon stripes and they will be glued on next. I guess originally these insignia would all be embroidered but I don't know the first thing about embroidery so I have to make them my own way. ^_^ Whateer gets the job done.

Re-Vamp improvements under way (Posted 30th July 2010)

Since I have been invited to wear Silhouette for a charity costume event (Magna - Movie day) in Oct I decided now is a good time to dig the costume out and correct some of the mistakes I made when I initially made it. I always intended to go back and fix the faults and wear her out again. Now I have more time I can re-work those bits I am not happy with.

Re-vamp number 1: Wig - I realise I hacked that poor wig to death. I have a much nicer wig for this now.

Re-vamp number 2: Jacket collar reduced - I've taken an inch off the stand up collar because it was too high. Also means relocating the red/yellow insignia which were a bit wrong anyway. So I'm re-making them the right shape too.

Pic shows the new collar outline in chalk. Note military braid has also been removed since it wasn't fixed in exactly the right place. I will re fix that where it should be..under the shoulder epilet (instead of balancing on top of it!)

Update: 16 Apr 09 (1 full day left tomorrow) (Posted 16th April 2009)

Work so far...
Trousers - are finished sewing and just soaking in black dye over night.
Jacket - is cut down, just sewing it now.
Been to the hab-dash today and got all the gold buttons, and some shoulder pads. Piping is a pain to find - NO gold piping and NO gold braid, urghhh! *mild Panic!* So I bought some plain and I'm gonna try painting it with acrylic Gold paint..hope this works.
Wig - needs styling, I have an old one which I can cut down - if it fails I shall be up town pronto tommorrow to get a new Black Bob wig.

Modifying in progress (Posted 16th April 2009)

Cutting down and marking the new jacket shape, ..and paper patterns drawn up for making the pocket tops.

Raw materials (Posted 14th April 2009)

My wife was having one of those mad clothes clearouts, I got there just in time, "..You're throwing this OUT!?!" 80 ..and as you can imagine I rescued lots of good stuff from the plastic sack before it went, ..including these which I'm using for the raw materials of Silhouette's costume.

Starting with the jeans, which I am about to tailor in, add fake pockets and then dye black. Then when dry I'll add the Gold trim and buttons.
Bustier I think I'll leave as is.
Jacket needs cutting down into her sexy lil bolero, and Gold trims adding.

Only 4 days, ..I CAN do this! :S