Leonie Heartilly

Costume :Jill Valentine
Source :Resident Evil: REmake
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Ayacon 2011

Costume Photos


Barry and Jill

Through the Courtyard


The Master of Unlocking

The Horror Begins

"Will you take the Emblem?"

"It's blood...."

S.T.A.R.S. Alpha Team

The Spencer Mansion

Moonlight Sonata

R.P.D. S.T.A.R.S.


Costume Information

Cost : £136.84
Time Taken : 27 hours

*This costume is now retired*

I have been planning to update my original S.T.A.R.S. Jill cosplay for a while now to make it look more like the REmake/REbirth and Umbrella Chronicles versions. I decided that as I will be remaking/changing so many parts of the costume it needed its own page and my first attempt will be seen as from the original game.

"Jill Valentine is a member of S.T.A.R.S. Alpha Team, Position RS (Rear Security). Before joining S.T.A.R.S., she was in the U.S. Army's Delta Force training program, where she earned extremely high grades in bomb disposal. She was brought into S.T.A.R.S. for her already well-developed fighting skills. Her exceptional skill in using mechanical devices from APCs to lockpicks make her an excellent team member.
Jill is an intelligent solider and she does all she can to make sure her comrades will be safe. She has strong moral convictions and fights for what she believes in. She is a talented young woman who is full of life but can be a bit too impulsive at times. Jill is usually fine under pressure.

On the night of July 23, 1998, the S.T.A.R.S. Bravo team was deployed to the Arklay Mountains located on the outskirts of Raccoon City after evidence of grisly, cannibalistic murders. Alpha team was sent to find out what happened to their comrades when communication with Bravo Team was lost only minutes later. Soon after their arrival, the team found the smoking, yet still intact remains of Bravo Team's helicopter, where they found the mauled remains of Bravo Team's pilot, Kevin Dooley. After witnessing the death of fellow Alpha Team member Joseph Frost, who was torn apart by a group of Cerberus, the team was abandoned by their helicopter pilot, Brad Vickers, and the remaining members fled to the nearby abandoned Spencer Estate..."


~Please see my journals for more details on the construction of this costume as well as progress photos~

The combats were bought from an online shop that stocks gear for police and security staff.

The wig, boots, t-shirt, drop-leg holster, gloves, watch, beret and S.T.A.R.S. patches were bought from ebay.

The belt was bought from Poundland.

The holster had a strap removed to make it more accurate.

I modified some bondage cuffs to make the glove cuffs.

I removed the original watch strap and fitted it with a longer one.

The hip pouch was made by modifying a digital camera case and the strap was hand-made.

The shoulder pads were hand-made using foam covered with faux leather material. The harness was also hand-made. Silver buttons were used for detailing.

The t-shirt had seams sewn in, transfer letters were used for the S.T.A.R.S. lettering and fabric pen for "Special Tactics and Rescue Service". A black S.T.A.R.S. patch was added to the left sleeve.

My mum trimmed the ends of the wig for me and I styled the fringe a little.

I sewed a mini black S.T.A.R.S. patch onto the beret.

The Samurai Edge hand-gun was modified by Lycaneyes with some touch-ups by myself.


I first wore this costume to Ayacon 2011. I ended up having to finish little bits whilst there but got it done in time for the day I was due to wear it. I entered it into the masquerade and it seemed to get a pretty good response =) I am however still not happy with the shoulder pads, I can never seem to get them looking how I want and the collar left my neck feeling sore =( The t-shirt will prob need re-doing at some point also as my princess seams are slightly wonky and the transfer letters weren't staying on well...
I love that I have a replica S.T.A.R.S. badge though =D

Took this to AmeCon 2012 to make use of the awesome location opportunity that was Keele Hall, it looks like the Spencer Mansion =D I even managed to get a piano shot that I had wanted for a while whoop. I still hadn't been able to replace my t-shirt though so had to avoid back shots due to the lack of S.T.A.R.S. lettering on it.


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Cant wait for this!

by ryaoki on Wednesday, 19 January, 2011 - 22:12
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Will you be armed with a Stungun defence weapon by any chance, Sweety? XD

by Mangamad on Thursday, 20 January, 2011 - 00:54
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I doubt it XD

by Leonie Heartilly on Thursday, 20 January, 2011 - 22:16
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Wig looks perfect, looking good!

by ryaoki on Friday, 21 January, 2011 - 00:47
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Ta but it still needs some adjustments. Not entirely happy with it (picky picky)

by Leonie Heartilly on Friday, 21 January, 2011 - 00:58
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Dont chu start Leo!

by ryaoki on Friday, 21 January, 2011 - 01:10
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Saw the wig picture on the front page and *damn*...had to comment. Not only does the wig look awesome (and yes, it will look even more so after trimming) but you actually look quite a lot like Jill. I saw the pics of your other Jill cosplays but never noticed it before.

So I shall wish you heaps of luck with this one. As my favourite vg character, it does make me smile when I see Jill done well :).

by Quinzel on Friday, 21 January, 2011 - 02:57
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Quinzel- Thank you so much for the nice comments ^^

by Leonie Heartilly on Friday, 21 January, 2011 - 22:48
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Love the seams hun! they look great, ill have collect info on how ya did it as it would help me ALOT!

by ryaoki on Thursday, 24 February, 2011 - 22:20
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what day are you doing this at kita as i am bringing my stars chris and we could get some epic piccys

by lycaneyes on Saturday, 12 March, 2011 - 13:04
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Sunday. It would be great to get pics hun =) I think Rob is bringing S.T.A.R.S. Chris too although I dunno what day.

by Leonie Heartilly on Saturday, 12 March, 2011 - 23:40
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i am doing stars chris on the friday now me thinks

by lycaneyes on Monday, 28 March, 2011 - 22:41
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Ah fair doos, I'm still doing this on Sunday.

by Leonie Heartilly on Monday, 28 March, 2011 - 23:12
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ooo progress looks great! Can't wait to see the finished result :)

by Alinthia on Thursday, 21 April, 2011 - 10:32
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Progress is looking great - I'm loving all the extras :). So glad you managed to get a badge too! Even outside of cosplay they're a great collectable :).

by Quinzel on Saturday, 21 May, 2011 - 21:15
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I was worried I wouldn't get one, so pleased when I did. And yes an awesome collectable =D

by Leonie Heartilly on Saturday, 21 May, 2011 - 22:38
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Loving the progress so far, the little extras like the ID and the watch and dog tag make it even more special :D

by Freyarule on Sunday, 22 May, 2011 - 08:42
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Thanks ^^ Hoping I can get it finished ok!

by Leonie Heartilly on Sunday, 22 May, 2011 - 14:38
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So glad you managed to get the shoulderpads done, and they look great :).
I'm not going to go on again about how much you suit Jill, but you look fantastic >.<

by Quinzel on Saturday, 27 August, 2011 - 20:48
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Thanks hun that means a lot! I can't help disliking the buggers though lol

by Leonie Heartilly on Sunday, 28 August, 2011 - 17:55
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looking great leo :)

by lycaneyes on Sunday, 11 September, 2011 - 00:22
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Thanks mate!

by Leonie Heartilly on Sunday, 11 September, 2011 - 01:21
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"will you take the emblem?" classic, great work on the pics, some of the best RE shots ive seen!

by southafrimike on Tuesday, 5 February, 2013 - 08:09
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All amazing photos! Although why use the one with Alexia in shot? That's a blooper photo LOL

by sjbonnar on Tuesday, 5 February, 2013 - 10:46
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Because I liked that one! =p

by Leonie Heartilly on Tuesday, 5 February, 2013 - 23:35
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I love your Jill <3 It's so accurate sweetie :)


by Frederica la Noir on Tuesday, 2 April, 2013 - 01:31
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Thankies hun =D Still hate those shoulder pads though! They could be so much better =(

by Leonie Heartilly on Tuesday, 2 April, 2013 - 23:44
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Your one of my frav cosplay tutorials.
Some of the costumes you have done are very well done.
Your really creative.

If you at LONDON MCM COMIC CON in may 2015 I try and keep a look out and say hi :)

by ValentineCosplayGaming on Sunday, 5 April, 2015 - 04:15
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I'm glad you've found my journals useful =)
I'm not going to May Comic Con now I'm afraid, should be at the October one though.

by Leonie Heartilly on Wednesday, 15 April, 2015 - 22:47

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Collar added to shoulder pads (Posted 20th August 2011)

I attempted sewing it on but that wasn't going so well so in the end just broke out the super glue lol The collar is just a folded piece of vinyl, no foam was used.

I didn't take a progress shot of this as was in a rush at the time but here's a photo taken at Aya where you can see the front view of the collar.
Photo taken by Bento Dan

Old t-shirt and new comparison (Posted 20th August 2011)

I was using my old t-shirt as a guide for the lettering and thought it would be interesting to take a photo to show the improvement.

I still prefer the old t-shirt itself as it's a perfect grey-blue colour and is ribbed too. I hope I can find it again one day.

Special Tactics and Rescue Service (Posted 20th August 2011)

Hand written onto the t-shirt using a mix of fabric pen and permanent marker.

This was done on-site at Ayacon the night before I was due to wear this lol

New D ring thingy (Posted 19th August 2011)

I managed to find a better sized D ring and decided to use the strap from my baton holder (bought for cop Jill but never used) for it. Unfortunatly when it's on it sticks out a bit from the belt due to where the poppers are so I'm going to have to adjust it at some point, maybe add velcro instead.

This was a very quick job done on-site at Ayacon.

S.T.A.R.S. patch (Posted 18th August 2011)

Ironed onto the left sleeve.

S.T.A.R.S. lettering (Posted 18th August 2011)

I sewed in a straight seam down the middle of the back of the shirt as this can be seen in some references. This also helped me align my iron-on lettering as the A is placed on this seam. I had to trim down the letters a little and you can tell because my "s"'s don't match... They're hidden under the shoulder pads though.
The letters kept coming un-stuck, possibly because I've had them stored for about 2 years. I might have to buy some new ones at some point.

Princess seams (Posted 18th August 2011)

Just like the test the seam was pinned then sewed using my machine.
The curves are rather wonky... I'm really not good at this sorta thing I'm afraid ^^'

Front view of shoulder pads (Posted 18th August 2011)

Just the collar to add now.

As much as I hate these things they do wonders for my boobs XD

Back of shoulder pads (Posted 18th August 2011)

Finally got them sorted! The centre piece is now only attached to the pads at the top slightly as if I sewed the whole way down the sides that's when I was getting the bunching happening. The pads keep the bottom of the piece flat so it doesn't gape thankfully unless I'm moving about a lot. The straps were shortened to pull the pads closer to my back so they didn't stick out as much.

The left strap was adjusted slightly so it was straighter after this photo was taken.

Shoulder pads setback (Posted 1st June 2011)

Sadly I couldn't get Jill finished in time for Expo (May 2011) as I had issues with the shoulder pads once I started attempting to attach the pads to the centre back piece. They just refused to sit right and the joining peice of vinyl kept bunching up and looking weird. I spent ages trying to adjust it getting very stressed and had to just give up (for the mean time at least) as I was running out of time and still had to make alterations to the t-shirt.

Photo shows how the shoulderpads look so far.