Jill Valentine
Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles

Cosplayer: Leonie Heartilly

Variant: Umbrella's End

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

15th February 2012: Jacket alterations- part 8 The appearance of snow made me want to finish off the remaining details on the jacket (although naturally it had all melted by the time I got my butt into gear...). I used 3 coats of fabric paint on the cuffs to turn them grey and also went over the stitching keeping the sleeves attached to the cuffs.

3rd April 2011: Wig, make-up and headset test The wig is the same one used for my REmake Jill.

Again I'm keeping the make-up basic. I used concealer, foundation, powder, eyebrow pencil, eyeliner, mascara and a slightly tinted lip balm.

3rd April 2011: Jacket alterations- part 7 Material matching the sleeves was hand-sewn to the shoulders and the sleeve ends were stitched to the darker jacket's ribbed cuffs to stop them moving about.

3rd April 2011: Jacket alterations- part 6 The hood was lined with pink material which was hand-sewn in and the hood closure tab things were stitched down which pulls the hood closer to the neck, makes it less open and baggy if you get what I mean... Hard to explain, look at the photos lol

3rd April 2011: Jacket alterations- part 5 New two-way open-ended zip has been sewn into the jacket. The top of the zip tucks into the neck as Jill has some strange invisible-ending-zip going on. Bottom of the zip is open part-way as per the references.

3rd April 2011: Knee pads complete Added 2 coats of acrylic paint over the Hammerite which covered up the left over patchy marks. Then I glued black webbing over the green/grey straps to make them more accurate.

1st April 2011: Samurai Edge hand gun Same one I use for my other Jill cosplays. The modifications were made by Lycaneyes, I've just done some paint touch-ups. The S.T.A.R.S. writing on the barrel/slide is in black btw, it just hadn't been painting over in this photo.

1st April 2011: Boots Black Mil-com patrol boots, the ones I also use with my S.T.A.R.S. Jill cosplay.

29th March 2011: Hand gun holster Bought a black CQC Holster for a Beretta from ebairsoft as it seemed the closest (and cheapest...) match to what I needed.

27th March 2011: Jacket alterations- part four The hem has been raised which involved cutting excess fabric, removing padding and cutting and re-stitching the lining. The sides of the jacket where the old zip was removed have also been sewn up and tidied. My Grandma gave me a lot of help with these bits.

In the photo you can see I've started work on the shoulder detailing, will cover that in another journal once finished.

26th March 2011: Utility belt and more progress Got my second belt now and did another test to see how the gear is looking. I also have new webbing straps to attach the side pouch to my belt, these are a better material and colour than the ones used in my last photo.

24th March 2011: Knife and sheaf Bought a Smiffy's fancy dress Indian knife cheap on ebay. Pulled off the brown swede sheaf to find a black plastic one underneath, perfect. Found a stretch strap that attaches with velcro in Hobbycraft which is used for keeping things like sleeping bags rolled up but was great to use as my thigh strap for the sheath. I super-glued some webbing onto the back of the sheath to make a slot of the strap to pass through.

The knife and sheaf aren't fully accurate but they work well for now until I update them for something better looking.

23rd March 2011: Knee pad painting Painted two coats of Hammerite metal paint onto the knee pads. It took to the plastic part well but as predicted neoprene is more difficult and the first coat just sunk into the material. This acted as a sorted seal for the second coat however and now the colour can be seen. It's still a bit patchy however so I will go over it again but use an acrylic paint now I have the metal paint as the base as hoping this will dry quicker and won't be tacky for a few days like the other paint is.

21st March 2011: Gloves Plain white thermal gloves were bought from ebay, picked these for their slight ribbed appearance. Using a grey fabric pen I added the lines you can see in the references.

20th March 2011: Jacket alterations- part three With help from my Grandma the main jacket's sleeves were removed whilst keeping the lining attached to line the new sleeves. The ribbed cuffs were also attached to this lining and I decided to keep them on as they were a more suitable style than the pale blue sleeve cuffs. The new sleeves were sewed on and the cuffs tucked in to show the darker blue ones. I hope to be able to change these to a grey colour.

18th March 2011: Jacket alterations- part two Cut off the sleeves from the lighter blue jacket and pinned them into place on the main jacket. Currently the darker jacket's sleeves are still in-tact and inside the lighter ones but this makes them too bulky and hot so they will be removed when I go to attach the new sleeves. The shoulder detail shall be added separately using more fabric from the lighter jacket. I originally cut this part out attached to the sleeves but it was a bit awkward getting it to line up properly on the main jacket and then I noticed there are seams separating the sleeves and shoulder pads anyway so I cut those bits off.

Worried the colour contrast between the jackets is a bit too much ^^' I would prefer more subtle shades but it was difficult sourcing what I wanted. I finally came across another cosplayer who has done this version but her jacket was pink with white sleeves... So at least I'll be closer to the original? XD

16th March 2011: Jacket alterations- part one Started off by removing all the zips, the poppers on the pockets and the tightening toggles (whatever you call them) from the bottom of the jacket.

Excuse the blinding flash in the photo.

25th February 2011: Progress so far Just testing how some of my gear looks. The bag and radio pouch are on the wrong side as this is a mirror image. The knee pads still need to be altered.

25th February 2011: Knee pads G James DNI grey neoprene knee pads. Bought as part of a knee and elbow pad set from EbairSoft.
I was so pleased to find these as no-one else had pads in this style apart from the ones inserted into certain BDUs. I shall have to attempt to make them white somehow. They're rather big on my skinny legs XD

25th February 2011: Left side pouch TMC 1000 D CORDURA fabric Velcro Utility Pouch. Bought from EbairSoft. Shall be attached to webbing belt using a green webbing strap or something similar.

23rd February 2011: Trousers Wasn't sure what to do about these at first. I thought considering Jill's jacket and the fact she was in the Arctic that it would be sensible to assume she was wearing ski pants. But in the references they just seemed too tight fitting apart from the bunching around her boot tops. They're not BDUs/combats as there's a lack of pockets. I don't know what she's wearing so in the end I just decided to look for a pair of trousers or jeans that were as plain as possible.
I found a pair of white straight leg jeans, well they could be described as trousers as they feel more of a light cotton than denim to me. Jill doesn't appear to have back pockets but it would be difficult to find a pair without them. I like these as they fit well without being too tight and they're completely plain.
Bought from ebay, they were pretty cheap! =)

19th February 2011: Headset mic Ear hanger headset with adjustable mic for two-way radio. Bought on ebay. Was nice and cheap!

19th February 2011: Radio pouch Viper GPS radio pouch in olive green. Bought on ebay.

19th February 2011: Webbing belt Olive green canvas webbing/pistol belt. Cheap purchase from ebay. I have adjusted it so it sits low on my hips.

13th February 2011: Main base jacket How it looks on. Lots to alter!

13th February 2011: Jackets to alter First I looked at ski jackets but couldn't find anything quite right. If I got the colour right there would be no hood or logos/patterns and many other issues. I then looked at puffer/bomber jackets as that is the type of material I wanted to go for but I didn't want the general look of a puffer jacket. I would of made it myself from scratch but I struggled to find a polyester material I could buy that wasn't quilting so it was back to using actual jackets as a base again.
Eventually I managed to come across a suitable styled bomber style jacket from Next on ebay. The colour looked a metallic blue but when I got it it seems more purple to me -_- It is blue in flash photography and some lighting but to the naked eye in my opinion it's purple. Bah. Oh well I'm sticking with it for now.
Found another jacket in a paler blue which I'm simply using for the sleeves and shoulders.

No wonder no-one attempted this before... Her jackets a pain in the ass lol

2nd February 2011: References Reference images.

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letmelive - 2nd May 2010
ahah I know I spam your costumes with comments but love this costume too! I don't think I've actually seen anyone whos done this so again can't wait! ^__^

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Leonie Heartilly - 2nd May 2010
Feel free to spam away! XD I haven't either, the jacket prob puts them off lol No idea how I'm meant to find one similar.

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Petchy-mon - 27th August 2010
Everytime I see this Jill it reminds me of that annoying Boss XD

Looking forward to it =3

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Quinzel - 31st December 2010
Wow, I haven't seen this one done yet. Looking forward to seeing it!

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ryaoki - 24th February 2011
Awsome progress, cool back shot too ;D

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Quinzel - 4th March 2011
Progress is looking great ^_^. Gotta say I love your hair :).

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Mangamad - 4th March 2011
Manga see you have some items collected for this cosplay. Ni~ce. ^_^

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Leonie Heartilly - 4th March 2011
Quinzel- Sadly my fringe is no longer purple T_T I dyed over it when I started my job hunt as I know some places wouldn't accept it. Also I need it brown for Claire at Kita.

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Quinzel - 19th March 2011
Don't worry, the colour contrast between the two coats isn't too much. This is a bloody difficult outfit to do and you deserve kudos for even taking this on. The colours in Jill's outfits are always so awkward, as are the designs. I swear game developers do this stuff to spite cosplayers -_-. Yes, the colour is a little darker than the in-game renders but it matches the concept art, which is a little darker. It's looking good :). I've seen a few of your other cosplays and you seem to be pretty big on the details...just remember that it's not always possible to produce an exact replica! Especially with RE outfits...Capcom have a tendency of making things up, and there's usually at least one impossible feature to their character designs.
I've been keeping a curious eye on this one whenever I see it on the front page...can't say I've been disappointed yet ^_^.
Ah, and that's a shame about your fringe :(. I dyed magenta streaks out of my hair for the same reason...been job hunting almost a year now and still nothing T_T. I hope that you have been more fortunate.

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Leonie Heartilly - 21st March 2011
I always say that game designers do things on purpose to annoy cosplayers lol It doesn't help that I'm a picky bitch either lol
I hope I continue to not disappoint! Thanks for the support ^^

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ryaoki - 27th March 2011
Its all coming together well Leo and DAT ASS SHWING!

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Alinthia - 28th March 2011
This is looking amazing! So accurate. I really can't wait to see it at Kitaa. :D

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ryaoki - 30th March 2011
Lookin great, cant wait!

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Quinzel - 6th April 2011
I saw this in a masquerade video, and the finished outfit looks great. I hope you're proud of it; you should be!

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Leonie Heartilly - 6th April 2011
Quinzel- Thank you ^^ It's good to know fellow Jill fans like it. I shall be adding photos from a photo shoot I had when I get in from work tonight =)

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Captain_Marvelous - 17th April 2012
The running shot is probs my fave :)

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Leonie Heartilly - 18th April 2012
It's one of mine too =)