Kilik (player 1) - Soul Calibur IV

Complete

Minamicon 16 (2010)

2nd place - Amecon 2010 masquerade



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Information

The suit is made from a modified cassock pattern with three mock-ups, each time adjusting the shoulder/arm area as the fabric I had in mind to use didn't stretch. I used blue silk satin for the main body and trousers and spend hours trying to find one that had the right balance of blue with a slight purple tinge. The phoenix design is layered silk satins in red, orange, yellow and brown held on with bondaweb and the design outline appliqued in gold thread. Just the applique alone took two weeks to complete.

Belt diamonds are made from plastazote with leatherette-backed card for the main belts. Each gold swirl on the belt is traced from an original template on to gold-painted envelope stickers. These were then cut out and stuck on. The crystals hanging off the belt are paint stippled plastazote using four colours, then covered in about 10 layers of PVA glue to get a shine.

Shoes are a pair of slippers covered in the blue silk satin and the Kali-Yuga (staff) is a fabric cardboard tube with plastazote detailing at each end and painted.

August 2010:
The costume has been updated (v1.1) for Amecon 2010. Completely remade the belt which sits better, added the leg wraps and detailing plus the shoe detail. All the gems are paint stippled buttons with the back loop removed.

Still need to remake the shoulder armour to make it look more like it does in the game shots.

December 2010:
Costume finally completed, including shoulder armour.

Very happy with the final result and it has taught me a lot about sewing and patterning.

Comments

Sephirayne posted on 3 January, 2010 - 00:54
Looking forward to seeing this as Kilik is one of my fav characters from Soulcalibur.

KhaosKreator posted on 6 April, 2010 - 22:07
This is looking good. The silk is really nice- where do you get it from? -Tab

theKillingDoll posted on 6 April, 2010 - 22:13
Thanks, it makes all the mock up work worthwhile. The silk is from the almight Shepherd's Bush, one of the few places in London where fabric is very cheap. After searching all eight shops I settled on this, one of their more expensive silks. It has a good depth of colour but it still only came to around £7 per meter.

KhaosKreator posted on 7 April, 2010 - 12:19
That's really good. It's hard to find silk which isn't duponi in southampton- in fact it's pretty impossible. -Tab

Lunar_Kitten posted on 7 April, 2010 - 12:37
Nice work, this is looking fab so far :-)

Ilpala posted on 7 April, 2010 - 12:47
Shiney! But looking very good so far.

PokethePixie posted on 16 April, 2010 - 16:39
wow ur jacket it awsome ^^ i cant wait to c this finished :)

Sephirayne posted on 20 April, 2010 - 16:13
Great to see this in person. Loved the detail work.

Amy-Lou posted on 20 April, 2010 - 16:19
Really stunning costume, all the hard work paid off :D

theKillingDoll posted on 20 April, 2010 - 20:22
Thanks to all for your comments. I have been apprehensive about this costume because I didn't think I had the sewing skills or experience to complete it, but I am very pleased with it's progress so far. It has certainly been a confidence booster.

Angelphie posted on 22 April, 2010 - 19:40
So amazing! I absolutely love all the applique work, you really did a fantastic job.

Tsuchinoko posted on 22 April, 2010 - 19:45
I'm not familiar with the character but I really liked this costume. The outfit design is really nice and it's well made, too.

Ninodog posted on 22 April, 2010 - 19:46
I really loved the stitchwork on this!

Kacela posted on 22 April, 2010 - 20:11
The detail and fabric choice is awesome! Absolutely love it ^^

Lunar_Kitten posted on 22 April, 2010 - 22:58
Oh - you know this already but I really liked this costume. Your work was amazing and the colours are just... wow. Especially the blue silk.

Ilpala posted on 22 April, 2010 - 23:05
Mate, this was nothing short of stunning!

DarkElf posted on 23 April, 2010 - 19:24
ahh it got finished! It's looks excellent ^_^ great detailing.

theKillingDoll posted on 16 July, 2010 - 17:21
It's not finished yet. Wearable, but not finished.

MangaChild posted on 16 August, 2010 - 23:35
you do make a great Kilik :) Found some pics of you from Aya http://pic.simonpiong.com/Amecon_2010/Amecon_2010_Masquerade/content/DSC_4258_large.html http://pic.simonpiong.com/Amecon_2010/Amecon_2010_Masquerade/content/DSC_4257_large.html I cant wait to see the 100% finished version

KhaosKreator posted on 18 August, 2010 - 23:29
Awesome pictures! I much prefer this with your real hair instead of the wig -Tab

Amy-Lou posted on 18 August, 2010 - 23:36
Love the new pics, especially the Guardian one, Epic!

rocksanie posted on 19 August, 2010 - 01:31
Wow, awesome Klilk cosplay! :D Those photos are amazing ^^ and the detailing is wow <3

Ranma1-2 posted on 20 August, 2010 - 01:16
Nice work. Applique and getting the design down, well done.

Telly posted on 23 September, 2010 - 14:37
Very, very cool!

PandaaPaws posted on 13 October, 2010 - 19:34
Absolutely FANTASTIC work so far! This is beautiful!

FairyPorchQueen posted on 24 October, 2010 - 23:24
WOW, just wow!!

PandaaPaws posted on 14 January, 2011 - 16:46
YAAAY! YOU GOT IT FINISHED! <3 You look totally awesome!

Sephirayne posted on 8 May, 2011 - 16:07
This is one of the best Kilik's I have seen. Congrats on getting it finished and for getting 2nd place at Amecon 2010

LittleRecordGirl posted on 15 August, 2011 - 12:26
Gorgeous detail! I love it!

Kitticus posted on 9 April, 2012 - 21:01
Absolutely adore the detail on this cosplay!

Viola posted on 20 August, 2012 - 16:58
Especially the details turned out great, nice job! (:

Progress Journal

4th December 2010

Finally finished!

Kilik (mark 1) is finally finished.

This was my first major sewing project, prior to this all I had done was a cat suit as I have tended to focus more on the props side. However, I have learnt so much while making this costume, especially in sewing techniques and patterning. It has helped that I really loved the design of the costume as soon as I saw it, so encouraging me to persevere.

I really enjoyed making this and I am very pleased with how it has turned out. I was so surprised to come second in the Amecon 2010 costume competition!

This has proved a lot to myself about my abilities, so onwards and upwards! I must try and schedule a photoshoot now it is completed.

Thinking about making a mark 2 of the costume, maybe, as its one of my possibilities for eurocosplay 2011. We'll see.

20th November 2010

shoulder armour progress

Shoulder armour in progress. Given that it is going to be attached to the silk satin of the costume, I have had to choose materials that are very light weight. In the end, I've decided on a combination of card, paper clay and some air dough. Turns outs air dough can be sanded very well, but it doesn't like sticking to anything.

11th October 2010

shoulder armour

Finally getting around to making a start on the shoulder armour. I had to make do with the quick armour piece for Amecon because I was moving house at the same time.

Now, hopefully, I have enough time to do a decent job on it before Auchinawa. Unfortunately, it needs to be as light as possible since it is attaching to silk, so some experimentation is required.

16th August 2010

Kilik v1.1

I have updated Kilik v1.0 I wore at Minamicon.

The upgrades weren't as comprehensive as I would have liked due to moving house, but I have made a new belt and the leg wraps with detailing, as well as adding detailing to the shoes. So Kilik v1.1 was wore at Amecon.

I still need to redo the shoulder armour as I didn't have time this time round.

20th April 2010

almost complete

Well Kilik was worn to Minami 16. One of these days I will actually finish a costume with time to spare.

This was really my first major sewing project, all my other costumes have been basic sewing with armour. I am pleased with the results although there are a few minor problems which will be rectified before it's next outing.

I will post some photos when I get them, and thanks to everyone for their lovely comments, it has given me more confidence to attempt another difficult sewing project.

6th April 2010

kilik progress

Well I have some reasonable progress on Kilik. After three mock-ups to make it fit properly, I was finally able to start cutting out the silk.

I have put some progress photos up of the jacket with the appliqued detailing. It still requires a lot of bias tape to go on yet bt that will be one of the last things to do, and it'll also cover up the fraying ends. Better continue with the rest of the costume...

29th September 2009

Siegfried.........whoops I mean Kilik

Well I was originally going to do Siegfried, the crystal armour version. Partly down to very persuasive friends, partly the fact I look a lot like him, and partly because I have a tendancy to do the more difficult style costumes. My first choice was Kilik, but this costume had already been taken within our group.

I had done tests on the crystal armour which were promising, and I had even managing to give it that transparent blue tint to simulate the ice. However, a number of things have happened since the inital armour tests which lead me to change my mind.

Firstly, the person doing the Kilik costume changed his mind and decided to opt for another. I find it is much easier to work on costumes which are your favourites, so this was the main reason I changed my mind.

In addition, most of my recent costumes have been very restrictive and/or armour based. I wanted to expand my sewing skills and this was an excellent opportunity to do this. Although sewing silk is a little tricker than normal fabric (stop fraying!).

Finally, Tab has also decided to do Siegfried and I admire his work. With me currently limited on space at home and short on free time, this costume is not practical at the moment. I fully expect Tab to do a very good job and I would rather not directly compete with him at this time.

So I have started on Kilik, the lovely blue silk costume!