Isabella 'Ivy' Valentine (Soulcalibur II) - Soulcalibur


Alcon 2008

Alcon 2008 Masquerade Winner (group entry), London Expo 2008 Saturday Best Preformance




This was hauled together in a month like most of our stellar work, along with Dr Eggman.

The main focus of this costume is that I wanted to make it out of something really battle worthy, something that Ivy would be proud to wear. I find looking at other Ivy's that the main fault with their costume is they use something like Spandex as their body suit fabric, and that's just too shiney for my taste.

PVC was also out because I hate the stuff. And so, I ordered £200 worth of purple and black italian leather from the internet.

I am such a cock when it comes to using expensive fabrics, I swear.

I'd never used leather before, ever, but like all things cosplay and me, I decided that I would just learn. Fortunately my £200 sewing machine is stupidly high powered, and could go through leather like beautiful, beautiful butter.

The boobs aren't real. I'm sorry to say. They look real though, so that's all that counts. They were made by buying a bra (from Primark!) and sewing the leather directly over the top and cutting it into the right shape. There's a lot of padding stuffed in there too.

The shoes had to be made from a pair of 4 inch sandles from TK Max. I needed to get to 6 inches, so I added wood on the bottom, ducktaped them and covered them in leather. And glued soles on the bottom. They get me to exactly Ivy's height (I calculated it using references and ratios ^^; )

All the body suit and that was made from a pattern I constructed, and then sewn with the leather. Most of the armour attachments that have to be bent are funky foam, even though I hate the stuff.

All of the other armour, like the glove are mount board. I FUCKIN' LOVE MOUNTBOARD.

The gloves had to be handsewn (AND WERE RIGHT WANKERS) and I had to learn how to cast resin gems for the gem on the hand and the sword.

The sword is mountboard again, and actually retracts properly when I pull the cord at the back. It makes me feel special, and makes others get funny feelings in thier no-no places.

The sword has broken many times though, which makes me sad. I shall be fixing it for london expo though.


ryaoki posted on 29 September, 2008 - 12:21
cant wait to see the pics of this costume, not many ivys in uk

Nocturnal Blossom posted on 29 September, 2008 - 20:37
BOOBTOUCHING! You were awesome and smexy! Was so nice seeing you again! <3

Uber-Nerd posted on 30 September, 2008 - 12:58
There's a couple of Ivy's in the UK, but none of them have gone as far as I have :D And Nocturnal Blossom - it's great being your boob hugger! -Tab

stripey_dani posted on 30 September, 2008 - 13:10
Very sexy! Love it!

Uber-Nerd posted on 30 September, 2008 - 13:18
Thank you! -Tab

Uni posted on 30 September, 2008 - 15:21
This is amazing! You look Fabulous! You really suit the character! I hope you can wear this again for the Soul Calibur group at Expo (May 2009).

Uber-Nerd posted on 30 September, 2008 - 16:37
I will be wearing it, but only for the Masquarde and a few hours before hand at October Expo 08. -Tab

Uni posted on 30 September, 2008 - 17:44
d'aww oks :3 Still i hope i bump into you at Oct Expo! : D

GraceyDarling posted on 28 October, 2008 - 10:09
You looked amazing and your skit was just brillant :)

sonia_leong posted on 31 October, 2008 - 15:28
Hello! It's Sonia, one of the guest artists at Alcon, I don't know whether you remember me or not, but we had a looooong chat about cosplay and art and lots of stuff. Anyhow, I loved your skit at Alcon, and from the pictures, it seems it went down really well at Expo too ^_^ Your Ivy is absolutely awesome, that retractable sword/whip is genius. I did see you at Expo, but we were going in different directions (and I was in cosplay so you probably wouldn't have recognised me, haha). I thought you had one of the best cosplays at the entire Expo, personally.

Yamidragon posted on 7 November, 2008 - 18:35
damn this was epic!!! I totally did not see that twist coming in the skit XDDD

Kaka Extreme posted on 7 November, 2008 - 23:47
OMG i finally got to see this for real! it was amazing and you had the almighty blade too! i am your fan girl for life XD

sjbonnar posted on 7 November, 2008 - 23:54
Very sexily done! I loved it ^_^

Leadmill posted on 8 November, 2008 - 00:15
I remember seeing this in person on the saturday. managed to talk to you and Eggman briefly, an amazing costume and well deserved win! Great job!

Uber-Nerd posted on 10 November, 2008 - 20:14
Thank you for all the kind comments! You guys make wearing skimpy outfits worthwhile! -Tab

Sephirayne posted on 25 November, 2008 - 11:51
OMG! *fanhugs* I loved your Ivy costume. You looked amazing and I loved the dedication you put into it. I hope you do wear your Soulcalibur costume again next year as I didn't manage any photos. I hope to do either Raphael (sc2) or if I'mn feeling very brave! Siegfried from Soulcalibur 4.

Uber-Nerd posted on 27 November, 2008 - 20:35
I will be wearing it again at Minami and hopefully Aya con- I didn't see you at London expo (I think) Who were you on both days?

Sephirayne posted on 28 November, 2008 - 11:48
I was Sephiroth with the plastic armour and freaky contacts on sat and then Abel Nightroad from Trinity Blood on sun. I'm going to Minamicon so I might put together Raphael for then. I doubt if I can manage SC4 Siegfried just yet (need more money shaped resorces). I would love pics with you guys.

Uber-Nerd posted on 28 November, 2008 - 15:01
I would love some pictures with you! *can't wait until minami*

Prince Zarbon posted on 10 January, 2009 - 03:16

Uber-Nerd posted on 13 January, 2009 - 00:36
Thank you! -Tab

Demented Kid posted on 4 March, 2009 - 20:14
Freaking awesome Ivy! So very sexy XD lol Costume is well made and well.. Need I say more? lol

Uber-Nerd posted on 4 March, 2009 - 20:43
Thank you very much! Tab

Uni posted on 5 March, 2009 - 09:00

Lulu Rose posted on 25 March, 2009 - 18:54
awesome! way better than my attempt. Would you mind me asking...for some tips on it?

Uber-Nerd posted on 26 March, 2009 - 17:43
I don't know really where to begin with tips on it- have you read through all of how I made it? That may be a bit helpful. Or if there's something specifically you had trouble with? Tab

Defrain posted on 30 March, 2009 - 15:52
best waitress i ever had ;)

White Leviathan posted on 30 March, 2009 - 17:14

Ranma1-2 posted on 30 March, 2009 - 17:26
ouuuu new pic ..I'm lovin the purple lipstick and eyemakeup. Yum! ^^

kimpey posted on 30 March, 2009 - 17:30

BlusterSquall posted on 30 March, 2009 - 22:01
New photos look fabulous! I love tis costume of yours. Its so foxy! You make a fabulous Ivy! <3

timpey posted on 30 March, 2009 - 22:16
wow i love the photos the choice of scenery fits perfectly and u make a very mean smexy ivy ^^ well done

Gender Confused Cloud posted on 30 March, 2009 - 22:24
;_; That's just... wow. <3 x

Sephirayne posted on 4 April, 2009 - 22:28
Love the new photos. Kaz did an excelent job of making your already fabulous cosplay look even more epic. Great to meet you properly in person. One of my fav cosplays.

samwhitewolf posted on 31 May, 2009 - 19:41
Definitely a brilliant cosplay! Also remember your Yoshimitsu cosplay... so detailed and beautiful. Excellent work overall :) 5 billion stars

Zaiburst posted on 7 June, 2009 - 00:08
Didn't notice how great that sword was before. It really goes from whip into sword? That's so fantastic.

Progress Journal

5th March 2009

Thats all!

After those stages the costume was really rushed so I don&#039;t have anymore progress pics. I hope this is helpful though!


5th March 2009

A look at how I did it 4

This is the shoulder. Man I love mountboard.

5th March 2009

A look at how I did it 2

Mountboard attached to my hands with rubber bands. Yeah, this costume was *high tech*.

5th March 2009

A look at how I did it 2

This is the pattern I made up for Ivy. I normally work straight onto the final fabric, but I was using a limited amount of leather so patterning needed to be done. It's kinda cool looking at it though.

5th March 2009

A look at how I did it 1

Just to show how much of this was made from scratch, I begin with what the boots started off as. Yeah, sandles. I seem to like challenges.

13th February 2009

Reference updates

Just added some reference pictures because not everyone has played soul calibur III, and I'm really proud of how detailed this costume is so I wanted to show that off.

Plus it is awesome to look at the reference on the gallery and be like "yeah, I did those black lines on the thighs. It was the most complicated thing on the costume, but I did it goddammit."