Costume :Noel Vermillion
Source :BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo October 2011

Costume Photos

Noel Vermillion

Noel Vermillion

Noel Vermillion

Noel Vermillion

Noel Vermillion

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Costume Information

Cost : £82.68
Awards : CosIsland Showcase 10/02/13
Time Taken : 26hrs approx

I first got into the game because I liked the artwork. Got to play it at Minamicon 16 and loved it to pieces. Then I got the game for my birthday and played it and although I sucked miserably at the battle system, I found it fun!
I chose Noel because from the start I had loved her design and I found her really easy to play as in comparison to the other characters.

I started off with the dress. There are four panels and it's basically fitted where my waist is and then flares out slightly in the blue panels, however there are additional pleats added in like in the artwork to flare it out even more. I cut up a white shirt for the colour and top bit. The black boob section is a practise bodice I cut up which I made years ago which had just been sitting around doing nothing anyway, it was a decent fit bodice so I thought I could just recycle it. Only problem is that there are a lot of darts to make it fitted but it fits well and it's black so not as noticeable.

The black lines were stitched on after. Metal details are made using craft foam and painted using acrylic paint. They were just hot glued on.

The sleeves are fully lined. I made the blue section the exact length it needed to be and then the black lining extended so that it would fold up for the black detailing as well. All the yellow detailing were hand sewn on with the (fake) bias binding machine sewn for security afterwards.

The arm bands are made from two layers of 6mm plastazote (bought from Coscraft) which were glued together using impact adhesive. I poked a hole through it and used DAS air dry clay to smooth out the edges and then painted it using acrylic paint.

The red tubing idea came from Beautiful-Rose's version of the costume. I really liked the way it looked rather than plain ribbon which is what most people use (and what it's meant to be) and so I also used this idea. I take no credit for the idea!
I bought the red tubing from a car parts store on eBay.
To create the hoops, I poked wire through it, looped it around to flatten it and then created circles. I used DAS air dry clay to conceal where the wire started and to create a proper hoop shape and then used extra for detailing. Waited for it to dry before creating a second hoop for where it joins the armband itself. The bottom triangles are made using craft foam and is hot glued on.

The boot covers were created by just pinning the fabric to my leg whilst wearing the shoes, sketching out the shape and sewing them together. Because the boot covers are suppose to be fitted, there's a zip at the back to put them on. Same idea as my original Seth (Trinity Blood) boot covers. All the detailing were stitched on afterwards and the top flaps were sewn on the "wrong" way first and then the right way so that the raw edges would be hidden just in case.
Boot metal caps were made using craft foam again. I basically held the shoe in place and covered it with craft foam as fitted as possible before using a pencil to mark out where it should fold and then I cut out the folds and it created a shape which fits the shoes, if that made any sense at all! (Probably not...)

Base shoes bought from however I don't recommend them as the heel is not accurate. I bought them mainly because I need the added height!
Boot covers were hot glued on.

The beret was very similar to my Naoto (Persona 4) hat however it was fitted where the band was and I used only four panels instead of five. I also made it much much longer in length to get it that baggy, I think I measured it around 11-12" long. I measured the width to exactly 0.25 my circumference of my head with the wig in the same updo as Noel's.
The detailing was two layers of craft foam with the bottom layer painted slightly darker to get the same effect.

Tie is my Haine (Gentlemen's Alliance) tie which I bought originally from Primark.

Bolverk was made by first tracing the image onto paper and then measuring every right angle triangle followed by the proportion of Noel's arm to Bolverk. I then translated these measurements to my own arm length and then used that to mark out the shape onto mounting board.

I stupidly bought A3 foam board before doing these measurements, unless you have really really short arms, please get A2 foam board :P

To fix the problem of getting too small pieces of foam board, I just glued the joins together and then later I painted over it to conceal the joins, it works quite well!

Bolverk was made basically by creating the shapes on mounting board, copying it onto foam board and sticking the pieces on top of each other using impact adhesive. I used DAS air dry clay to cover up the edges so that you can't see each layer of foam board at the sides. All the additional detailing was made with craft foam, plastazote and additional foam board. They were painted with acrylic paint and also fabric paint (from where I was too cheap to buy more acrylic! Once you varnish it it's fine though). I used wood varnish to varnish it, my dad needed it for his own DIY so I could use some too. Works exactly the same!

Wig I bought from Wig Fever. I bought a long wig so that I can reuse it for other cosplays and so that it was more accurate! I use various grips to keep it up in place. The bangs were cut and styled accordingly.

Socks bought from eBay;
Gloves also bought from eBay.

And I think that's everything! Overall quite a stressful costume surprisingly. First time making a prop from scratch, didn't know the wonders of good ventilation :P
This costume shows off my super broad shoulders far too much, especially from the back ;____; But otherwise I'm quite happy with the construction and I am damn proud of my first prop 8D

Hopefully will get to cosplay more from Blazblue in the future! There are two other variants of Noel I want to do and also maybe some of the other characters too!


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I was wondering when you were gonna put up a BlazBlue cosplay X3

by Freyarule on Thursday, 5 August, 2010 - 18:23
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Ho yes <3333 *3* Do it NOW xD

by Solaria on Thursday, 5 August, 2010 - 18:30
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=^.^= Tao likes this Good luck shes an awesome character

by Limegreenjelly on Thursday, 5 August, 2010 - 19:04
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I think you will make a great Noel. Can't wait to see it finished. Blazblue is awesome XD

by yami-no-neko on Thursday, 5 August, 2010 - 19:24
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Awesome ^^ We must get Rachel and Noel pics together!

by Ichigo-Chan on Friday, 20 August, 2010 - 20:06
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Looking awesome so far ^^ so wish I was going to Minamicon :(

by Limegreenjelly on Wednesday, 22 December, 2010 - 18:11
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jin approves =3

by zabuza89 on Wednesday, 15 June, 2011 - 14:04
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can't wait to see this complete :O♥
you'll make such a cute noel~~

by KonohaKunoichi94 on Wednesday, 29 June, 2011 - 21:47
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This is will be epic - I love Noel + Blazblue - good luck!! <3

by Plasticsharkattack on Monday, 29 August, 2011 - 21:36
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Oh sweet! I love this costume! Good choice can't wait to see it complete!

by Natsumi on Thursday, 1 September, 2011 - 09:41

This is going to look amazing in oct!
im loving the dress! you've got the pleats just right!!

by - on Sunday, 4 September, 2011 - 18:12
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The progress of this is amazing!! <3 You are gonna look super awesome!! 8D

by Pandora-Chi on Sunday, 4 September, 2011 - 23:36
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Yay, BlazBlue cosplay. ^_^ Been watching your progress, looking awesome so far! Can't wait to see pictures of it finished. Gutted I won't be at Expo to see it in person.

by Angel_of_Algebra on Monday, 5 September, 2011 - 01:48
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Dem Bolverks <3333
Seriously cannot wait for this ;-; <3

by Solaria on Tuesday, 6 September, 2011 - 07:51
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You should be proud! They look awesome!! :D great progress ^^

by Natsumi on Wednesday, 7 September, 2011 - 07:33
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Those metal arm bits are looking so good! Cannot wait to see this :D

by Freyarule on Wednesday, 21 September, 2011 - 08:39
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I love those boot covers they look amazing. I know I struggled with my boot covers for Jin (I have to remake them). reall cool XD

by yami-no-neko on Friday, 23 September, 2011 - 13:38

I salute you so much for for getting all the done!
Not only that but its perfect! Love it! really love it!

by - on Saturday, 1 October, 2011 - 01:15
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by NatalieNoodles on Monday, 3 October, 2011 - 13:10
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I LOVE the new photos!!! 8D It was so lovely speaking to you and you looked so so amazing as Noel!!! all that detail is superb and accurate!! Amazing work as always xx

by Pandora-Chi on Wednesday, 2 November, 2011 - 21:03
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oh wow. you look adorable. I really love the detail in your costume.

Awesome stuff XD

by yami-no-neko on Wednesday, 2 November, 2011 - 21:05
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Wow, you look so pretty! And it looked so good on the day X3 The guns look totally epic as well :O

by Lady Bahamut on Wednesday, 2 November, 2011 - 21:18
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Waah, you look amazing in this cosplay! 8D I meant to go see the Blazblue group but totally lost track of time >< Wish I could have seen it in person, looks simply awesome! =D

by KiraraYumi on Wednesday, 2 November, 2011 - 21:38
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Your Noel is AMAZING!! :D

by digibrute on Wednesday, 2 November, 2011 - 23:06
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You look great! It's such a neatly made costume, also really like the effect of the tubing for ribbons.

by Amy-Lou on Thursday, 3 November, 2011 - 11:18
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Your Noel is full of awesome! You've done a great job on both the costume and bolverk. If I ever cosplay as Noel, I hope my sewing skills can reach your level.

by Ichigo-Chan on Thursday, 3 November, 2011 - 20:37
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Love your Noel, you look absolutely stunning :D, sorry I never came back on Saturday :( I got caught up at the Arcana Heart stand.

by Limegreenjelly on Thursday, 3 November, 2011 - 23:07
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by Om_nom_nom on Friday, 4 November, 2011 - 17:33
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Glad I got to see this!! You looked amazing *_* and so pretty all at once! So awesome! X3

by Natsumi on Thursday, 17 November, 2011 - 23:26
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You looked positively fabulous as Noel! Really lovely outfit~ ^_^V

by sarmander on Friday, 18 November, 2011 - 00:25
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Seriously love you as Noel <3 I hope we can get some BB pics together sometime <3

by Solaria on Thursday, 12 January, 2012 - 09:25
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you make such a cute noel ♥

by KonohaKunoichi94 on Saturday, 14 January, 2012 - 17:17
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Seriously about time you got showcased! One of the most impressive Noel cosplays I've ever seen! Congratulations xx

by Pandora-Chi on Sunday, 10 February, 2013 - 17:32
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by TheStarlightFairy on Sunday, 10 February, 2013 - 21:12
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Amazing costume and congrats on the showcase :D

by Sephirayne on Sunday, 10 February, 2013 - 21:36
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Saw this in the showcase and had to say something. You look fantastic, both in your costume and your pose in each pic! Very nice!

by Kei Lin Sama on Sunday, 10 February, 2013 - 22:11
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Yaaay, it's about time you got showcased! =D

by sarmander on Monday, 11 February, 2013 - 00:51
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Congrats on the showcase :D You totally deserve this. You make a gorgeous Noel :D

by gaming_goddess on Monday, 11 February, 2013 - 04:27
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by Freyarule on Monday, 11 February, 2013 - 11:29
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CONGRATS ON THE SHOWCASE <3<3<3<3 Love Love Love

by Om_nom_nom on Monday, 11 February, 2013 - 11:58
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Gosh you look amazing! Congratulations on the showcase!

by Littlegeeky on Monday, 11 February, 2013 - 21:30
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Well done on the showcase! You deserved to be on there! :D

by Lady Bahamut on Saturday, 16 February, 2013 - 15:48
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Fantastic job on Noel-chan! I love how you made your props! X33

by Zedela on Sunday, 3 March, 2013 - 21:20

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Dress 90% (Posted 1st April 2013)

All I have left to do is to sew in a hook and eye at the top of the zip, sew in some buttons and then make the metal bits and I am doooone!
And unpick a random seam I did in the collar because I thought if I did that it would make it look more authentic looking but I can't sew straight lines to save my life and there's no interfacing in it because it's cotton, not polycotton, so it didn't need it, so it's literally just a random seam in the middle of the collar... Yeaaaaah...

Basically all the sewing machine jobs for the dress is done. I need to make some new boot covers but I'll do that another day.

Dress 60% (Posted 1st April 2013)

I'm taking a short picture break because I have to change the thread on the sewing machine... I hate changing the thread so it has become a bit of a long break :P

The boob bit is pinned on for the time being. Just so that I can mark out the pattern for the white collar bit as then I can stitch the boob bit to the collar bit, sew the remaining bias binding to the edges of the boob bit and then finally join it together with the skirt bit.

I love having a dress form. So much easier to make patterns!! The boob bit fits so much nicely now too~ *O*
Best purchase eveeeeer!!

Dress 40% (Posted 1st April 2013)

I don't know if it's because I'm really out of practise or if it's because I'm ill but trying to figure out how to sew an invisible zip took me like... 3 tries... I thought it should be like riding a bike - once you learn, you never forget, apparently not :P

Took the whole dress apart and took it in. Because my body had to be annoying and lose weight on me, why would you do that!? D:
Now I have to make some more bias binding (I'm hoping I have enough black cotton spare...) and then sew it onto a new boob thing.

Because hot glue doesn't come off polycotton very well and the white collar bit was polycotton, I have to remake that as well ;;____;;

May as well call this a new cosplay OTL.

Boot covers 2 (Posted 23rd September 2011)

I haven't glued them onto the shoes yet because they're my favourite going out shoes if I want to go for comfort, so I'll glue them on closer to the time :P

But yeah, sewed on all the detailing! The bias binding is fake (it's just a wide strip of fabric, not even cut on the bias XD) because the bias binding I bought was a slightly different shade of yellow. It's all straight lines though so I didn't need proper bias binding, yippee!

All the sewing is now done... Booo that means only prop work left ;___;

I included the time taken in the previous journal.

Bolverk progress 5 (Posted 23rd September 2011)

All the details are glued on now! (On one side XD; )

Including the little triangle on the handle, the triangle in the little rectangle bit and the three circles on the bottom!

Little triangles are foam board and the circles are plastazote.

I need to varnish this side (once I get my dad to open the lid XD), let it dry then retouch and glue all the detailing on the other side and repeat and then it's officially done! :3

Another journal coming right up;

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Bolverk progress 4 (Posted 22nd September 2011)

For once I am doing progress in natural light, woooo! So you get shiny proper camera quality pictures LOL.

Painted all the detailing. I ran out of red and black acrylic and was too cheap to buy more because I've already gone way over my estimation on how much this cosplay would cost (I wanted it under £50 ;___; ) so I am skimping out on paint LOL. I used Dylon fabric paint instead, left over from my Shaman King cosplays :P

Nothing is actually glued on yet, but as they were dry I decided to test it out by placing them and thought I'd take a picture too. I kept touching the guns with my painted cover hands hence the occasional smudge mark, one more layer of paint and I can glue and varnish everything!!

All the detailing is made from additional foam board and fun foam.

I've almost finished the boot covers too, I'll take a photo later tonight when I have motivation to make them :P

EDIT: I forgot to say, you can see the headband metal thing too! It's not evenly painted I know, I was actually using it as a palette for the time being so it will be repainted soon LOL.

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Dress detailing (Posted 20th September 2011)

IS ALL DONE. Well, all the sewing bits. I've painted all the metal bits (except the chest ones, I forgot about them), they just have to be hot glued on once I get the hot glue gun out again.

I have a million pricks on my fingers to prove why I hate little detailing :P (I swear it took me longer to pin it than it did for me to sew it)

I have actually made both arm bands but I couldn't be bothered to wear both. The clay is still drying on them anyway so I thought I'd try and cause minimal damage if any :P

I have gained so much weight over the Summer holidays ;___; Need to loser that belly fat before Expo otherwise I will look horrendous XD;

I've started pinning the boot cover detailing too. I can't seem to find the other boot cover though, really not helpful :x
I'll try and post pictures of the boot covers tomorrow maybe? Idk.
The beret is now done and painted, just got glue on the metal bit then I can tick it off the to-do list.

I am nearly there, roughly 80% finished, woohoo! :)

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Dress update (Posted 19th September 2011)

I fixed the black boob bit slightly. It was very ill fitting so I just made a new one and it now fits nice and snuggly! THIS MAKES IT EVEN HARDER TO GET ON THOUGH XD

I'm still contemplating on putting in a hidden zip... But atm I cba, I can still get it on and off without so I'm going to make the most of it :P

I actually cheated a little. The black bit was a bodice I made ages ago just to practise making bodices. I cut it up loads and kept pinning it to my costume and then there you have it! There are like a million darts in it though as I couldn't get it that fitted without orz.

One of these days I will sew on the detailing XD;

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Armbands (Posted 19th September 2011)

I have to thank BeautifulRose on deviantART for the amazing idea of using tubing to get the movement similar to how it is in the game. I disliked it when people used ribbon even though that's pretty much what it was, I did think of using gymnastics ribbon but I saw BeautifulRose's cosplay and was completely inspired by what she used. So I take no credit for the tubing idea.

To get the metal hoops I bended wire into the shape and then covered it all in DAS clay. WHY DO I HAVE SO MUCH LEFT!? I really hope I use it all up by this cosplay as I still hate that stuff XD

I'm going to work on all the foam and metal stuff tonight and then hopefully tomorrow I can buy some paint and paint everything silver!
Hopefully I can finish off painting Bolverk too. I'm a bit confused about its design tbh. Need to flick through ref sheets again and come up with a design, they keep changing X____x

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Armband progress (Posted 17th September 2011)

Look look, I'm doing something useful!
(WTF IS WRONG WITH MY WEBCAM!? It's so cool though... But I'm worried about it's auto level settings, I don't even have green lighting, it should be yellow! XD)

Anyway, both are made by layering up plastazote and hot gluing them together. Oh hot glue burns, how I haven't missed thee. Forgot how crap mine is too, the plastic around it melted... again XD
I forgot about the hat metal thingy, but that's okay because my hot glue gun needs to recover (and reshape itself orz) before I use it again LOL. I need to stop over working it, or buying cheapy £5 ones off eBay, one or the other :P

Just need to stabbity stab a hole in each of them for the hoops to go through and use the remainder of my DAS clay to neaten it up. Then PVA it all up and finally paint it! I'm going to make all the metal stuff before painting it though. I think I have some spray paint leftover from Steiner or I might just buy some acrylic paint. I don't know how long spray cans last??? I made Steiner exactly 3 years ago so I dunno!

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