Jill Valentine
Resident Evil: REmake

Cosplayer: Leonie Heartilly

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

21st August 2011: Collar added to shoulder pads 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

21st August 2011: Old t-shirt and new comparison 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.

21st August 2011: Special Tactics and Rescue Service 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

20th August 2011: New D ring thingy 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.

18th August 2011: S.T.A.R.S. patch Ironed onto the left sleeve.

18th August 2011: S.T.A.R.S. lettering 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.

18th August 2011: Princess seams 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 ^^'

18th August 2011: Front view of shoulder pads Just the collar to add now.

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

18th August 2011: Back of shoulder pads 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.

1st June 2011: Shoulder pads setback 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.

27th May 2011: Shoulder pad covered Here's one complete pad done! I am about to finish of the other then it's onto the joining piece and collar.

The top piece of leatherette had the seam detail added using a twin needle on my sewing machine before it was glued onto the foam using UHU glue. The sides were shaped and glued into place carefully using super glue. I made a small hole in the pad where I wanted the buttons to go then added a small circle of super glue around the hole before popping the buttons into place.

I really struggle to shape the material around the curves... It just goes all bumpy -_- So it's not a very neat job I'm afraid but it does look an improvement on my old pair.

27th May 2011: ID card finished Many thanks to Paul Jacques for re-sizing the photo for me and printing it on photo paper =) I glued the photo to the card using PVA glue. I used a permanent marker pen to write her name and number direct onto the card and used a finer pen for her signature. The fine pen isn't permanent though so I have to be careful not to smudge it.
I did have a black and white photo to use like the reference but my skin and the background look too pale in it so you can't see it well hence why I went for a colour one in the end.

24th May 2011: Beret Bought from ebay and had a blue S.T.A.R.S. patch sewed on for my original version of Resi 1 Jill. I took the blue patch off and sewed a black one in it's place.

24th May 2011: Wig and make-up test Mummy trimmed the ends of the wig for me and I did a bit of styling around the fringe. I used Fructis Manga Head wax to smooth down the wig as it had some layers sticking out that I didn't want. Also it helped tame the long fringe and stop it covering my eye completely.

Make-up wise is just the usual for Jilly: concealer, foundation, powder, eyebrow pencil, eyeliner, mascara and a slightly tinted lip balm.

22nd May 2011: Shoulder pads- foam base I really hate cutting foam, it's so awkward to shape >_< The base for my shoulder pads is 1 inch thick plain blue foam (the sort you use to stuff cushions and couches ect). I tried to curve the edges like the references and make the back of the pads slightly wider but I don't think I managed it very well ^^' Also worrying that I haven't made them long enough even though I have made sure they are longer than my last pair which came up short at the back.

So far I have only covered the underside of the pads with faux leather/ leatherette which I glued on with UHU glue. Shaping the leatherette around the curves was a pain -_- I need to cut and shape the top pieces of leatherette and add the seam detail along the top of the shoulder before I add them to the foam pads. I'm uncertain if I will be using glue again as it's messy and I don't want to leave visible stain marks like I did on my first pair... I glued the bottom pieces because that's not really visible so I wasn't as fussed.

21st May 2011: Shoulder pad harness This is being re-used from my original shoulder pads. It will prob need some slight adjusting as my new shoulder pads will be a bit longer in length.

21st May 2011: S.T.A.R.S. patches I asked Blue Tiger Trading to make some dark navy patches for me as I believed that was the colour in the REmake and a brighter blue was used in the original. However after checking references and watching cut-scenes in the game again I had to give up and admit they were in fact black -_-
Ordered a new set of patches which I picked up today. One for the shoulder of the t-shirt and the other for the beret.

19th May 2011: Base t-shirt I bought about 4 different t-shirts in varying shades of blue and grey before I settled with this one. It's not ribbed unfortunately but finding the right style and colour t-shirt made from a ribbed fabric is difficult =( I love the t-shirt I had for my original S.T.A.R.S. Jill but it's got permanent pen on the back and I haven't seen it show up on ebay again. Gutted.

Need to add the seam detailing, lettering on the back and shoulder patch.

12th May 2011: S.T.A.R.S. badge and ID card I saw that Quinzel and Alias.com had managed to pick these up on ebay and after waiting a while for it to be re-listed I was able to get my own =) The badge is metal and it looks just like the one shown on the character select screen. I love little extras like this!

I just need to add the writing and get a head shot of me in my Jill wig and t-shirt. Hope I don't screw up the writing ^^'

21st April 2011: Bottom half complete! This is how it all looks together so far.

21st April 2011: Gun holster Viper drop leg holster. I have cut off one of the two thigh straps as Jill only has one.

Re-used from my original costume.

21st April 2011: D ring thingy I guess it's a key hook? Either way Jill doesn't use it, it's just added detail.

Easy to make, just looped some webbing around a D ring and stitched in place. Used velcro to enable quick and easy attachment and removal to the belt.

I think it looks a little small but this was the biggest D ring I could find in a fabric/ craft shop. I might have another look online but for now it looks the part.

21st April 2011: Hip pouch The pouch and the buckle were re-used from my original outfit but I had to re-do the webbing strap as the height I wear this has changed due to the new combats sitting lower on my waist.

The pouch is a digital camera case, I added the clasp to the front.

I would love to get some lockpicks to store in this lol

21st April 2011: Belt I bought this a while back so can't actually remember where it was from... It might of been Poundland lol

21st April 2011: Boots The boots are Mil-com patrol boots which are recommended for security and police work.

Same ones used for my original S.T.A.R.S. Jill and Umbrella Chronicles Jill.

21st April 2011: Combats For my original S.T.A.R.S. Jill I did what most people do and bought a pair of standard BDU's on ebay. Although they are meant to be unisex because most army/tactical trousers/pants are made with men in mind it can be difficult to get a pair that fit a lady well. I couldn't find a store that stocked my waist size so had to wear a size larger and tighten my belt a lot, also the crotch area was huge! >_< So for the sake of comfort (and vanity lol) I hunted the internet for ages until I finally came across some pants made specifically for women.

I now have a pair of 5.11 Tactical Series Women's TDU pants. They are advertised as being "the choice of Federal, state and local law enforcement". Made in the US but stocked internationally so I didn't have to worry about high postage or customs. It's so nice to have a pair of combats that fit me properly, they're comfy and have in-built knee pads also which thankfully don't stick out in an obvious way. They cost quite a bit more than my last pair but so worth it.

Photo is a stock one from the site as I couldn't get a decent one of me in them due to lighting and mirror issues lol

21st March 2011: Watch You don't actually see if the watches the S.T.A.R.S. team use have the logo on them, they probably don't tbh but I think it's a nice touch!

I bought a military Nato Army watch strap as this was the longest one I could find. I had to replace the old strap due to having to fit the watch over the bulky wrist cuffs of the REmake style gloves. It only just fits if I do it up on the last hole! ^^'

I'm pleased with the result =)

14th March 2011: S.T.A.R.S. wallet and dog tag Just a few little extras. Bought a black S.T.A.R.S. wallet on ebay which I've popped my Jill ID card into. Shall prob be using this at Expo instead of my usual wallet/ purse. I've also got a dog tag used for my bikini version of Jill.

9th March 2011: Gloves You may have noticed that in REmake all the S.T.A.R.S. team gloves have quite chunky wrist cuffs which has confused many people as no tactical glove design like that exists (that I've seen) so most tend to skip out on this detail. Well I wanted to give it a shot and I'm actually really pleased with the result. My secret? PVC bondage cuffs. Yes you read that right lol

I got the idea for using a PVC or faux leather cuff to extend the glove when I was looking up wrist cuffs for Ryaoki's Steve Burnside cosplay. In this search I came across some "bondage cuffs" that were plain black and had a simple velcro fastening, they seemed just the sort of thing I needed.

I used pliers to yank out the metal studs holding the flimsy chain to the cuffs which left 2 small holes. This wasn't a problem as I simply cut off the wrist straps off my gloves and glued them onto the cuffs over the holes as you can see this strap fastening in some of the references. I cut of the velcro that was underneath this strap and then removed the webbing strap from the gloves as this made the end of the gloves bulky making it harder for the cuffs to close around them. I didn't need the straps to keep the gloves in place as now the cuffs do that instead. Once the gloves are on all I need to do is fasten the cuffs around them leaving a little gap between the edge of the wrist and the start of the cuff. Some of the velcro shows on the cuffs but this is on the inside of the wrist/forearm and is hopefully not too noticeable.

I love how these came out, I was lucky that the materials matched really well. The only problem I face now is finding a watch strap long enough to fit around my now very bulky wrist!

24th February 2011: Princess seams test With the help of my Grandma we tested out putting princess seams into a t-shirt using my old S.T.A.R.S. top as practise. Grandma did the pinning and I did most of the sewing using my machine. They came out ok for a first try but the right curve didn't look as good as the left and I think they need to come over the bust a little more. But that's what the practise was for! The actual top should come out how I want I hope.

22nd January 2011: Samurai Edge I shall be using the same handgun that I use with all my Jill cosplays.
An airsoft pistol modified by Lycan Eyes, I just do the odd paint touch up.

Check out Lycan's work here:

21st January 2011: First Aid Spray Made by printing the label from an image found on DeviantArt then glueing it onto a deodorant can of the right size/ style.

21st January 2011: S.T.A.R.S. bag I love this bag <3
I carry all my bits and pieces in this at conventions/ events whenever I'm cosplaying Jilly.

20th January 2011: Wig Bought for only £7 on ebay. It doesn't have a skin top parting unfortunately but you can't see her parting anyway due to the beret. The ends will need trimming as it's slightly too long at the moment.

20th January 2011: Reference images Reference images.

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ryaoki - 19th January 2011
Cant wait for this!

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Mangamad - 20th January 2011
Will you be armed with a Stungun defence weapon by any chance, Sweety? XD

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Leonie Heartilly - 20th January 2011
I doubt it XD

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ryaoki - 21st January 2011
Wig looks perfect, looking good!

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Leonie Heartilly - 21st January 2011
Ta but it still needs some adjustments. Not entirely happy with it (picky picky)

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ryaoki - 21st January 2011
Dont chu start Leo!

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Quinzel - 21st January 2011
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 :).

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Leonie Heartilly - 21st January 2011
Quinzel- Thank you so much for the nice comments ^^

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ryaoki - 24th February 2011
Love the seams hun! they look great, ill have collect info on how ya did it as it would help me ALOT!

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lycaneyes - 12th March 2011
what day are you doing this at kita as i am bringing my stars chris and we could get some epic piccys

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Leonie Heartilly - 12th March 2011
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.

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lycaneyes - 28th March 2011
i am doing stars chris on the friday now me thinks

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Leonie Heartilly - 29th March 2011
Ah fair doos, I'm still doing this on Sunday.

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Alinthia - 21st April 2011
ooo progress looks great! Can't wait to see the finished result :)

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Quinzel - 21st May 2011
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 :).

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Leonie Heartilly - 21st May 2011
I was worried I wouldn't get one, so pleased when I did. And yes an awesome collectable =D

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Freyarule - 22nd May 2011
Loving the progress so far, the little extras like the ID and the watch and dog tag make it even more special :D

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Leonie Heartilly - 22nd May 2011
Thanks ^^ Hoping I can get it finished ok!

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Quinzel - 27th August 2011
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 >.<

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Leonie Heartilly - 28th August 2011
Thanks hun that means a lot! I can't help disliking the buggers though lol

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lycaneyes - 11th September 2011
looking great leo :)

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Leonie Heartilly - 11th September 2011
Thanks mate!

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southafrimike - 5th February 2013
"will you take the emblem?" classic, great work on the pics, some of the best RE shots ive seen!

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sjbonnar - 5th February 2013
All amazing photos! Although why use the one with Alexia in shot? That's a blooper photo LOL

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Leonie Heartilly - 5th February 2013
Because I liked that one! =p

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Frederica la Noir - 2nd April 2013
I love your Jill <3 It's so accurate sweetie :)


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Leonie Heartilly - 3rd April 2013
Thankies hun =D Still hate those shoulder pads though! They could be so much better =(

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Valentine Cosplay Gaming - 5th April 2015
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 :)

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Leonie Heartilly - 15th April 2015
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.