Jessie (Team Rocket) - Pokemon

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Minamicon 15 (2009)

"Puns worthy of Rob" for the CSI Minami skit at Minami con 15 , Best Performance at Sunday MCM May expo 2009



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Information

Minamicon 2009 was all about retro cosplay. Mark suggested pokemon for a skit and I jumped at the idea of Jessie. Since I am a relatively new fan of anime, I felt that pokemon was somthing more retro to me, so it fitted the minami theme quite well.

These costume were also re-worn at May Expo, for a sing and dance performance in the masquerade

The Minamicon CSI: Minami skit was written by mark
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugUmFhc-6tQ

The Double Trouble perfomance at MCM expo:
Music and choreagraphy by me, Jake (white levaithan) as james and with Ben, Karl (Kimpey), Leah (Sillabub), Carrie (Seraphim-cry) as rocket grunts.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrm7Wh3LGmA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZedFxXQaHk

The actaul costume itself was pretty straight forward. White cotton twill for the top and skirt. The Red "R"'s are made from the back of silk duchess satin which was £20 a meter. Me and jake fell in love with the fabric as soon as we saw it since it was the perfect red.
I helped Jake with the construction of james, which was all completed in one weekend.

The boots where bought from Cosworx, as was james base wig. The james wig was later dyed with a combination of copic ink and alcohol. Then styled.

Real leather gloves where a find from primark. There are a bit shorter than jessied actual gloves, but I HATE making gloves, so was prepared for the slight inaccuracy.

The WIG.. WEll the WIG OMG..

I opted for a shape that was mostly to the back and a little to the side. The shape of her hair varied in every reference picture. So I decided on something that would be door friendly and look like it was sticking out to the side at certain camera angles.

Its constructed using the same techniques as my caterina wig, just on a much bigger scale.
And old wig was scalped for the wig mesh undeneath. The structure was constructed on top of the mesh using plastic boning and then covered in wadding to form a shell.

This was then painted with a mixture of PVA and acrylic paint, forming a harder shell to add the extentions too.

Around 7 pack of cherry red hair extensions where then hotglued to the structure. The hairline at the front was made by dipping strand of hair into PVA, drying it and then cutting it to a fine point.
The curl was painted in a mixture of water, PVA and hairpray, then wrapped around a hairspray can and left to dry over night.
Covering the whole thing was a knightmare >_< I went though 30 glue gun sticks and 2 full massive cans of treseme hairspray.


As you can imagine the structure, is relatively light for its size, but because its and unusual shape it is very unbalanced and puts pressure on the base of my neck. Two large haircomes inside the top of the wig hold it to my head.
I also have to backcomb and plat my hair underneath to provide enought grabbing power for the haircombs. Which makes me look very silly when I am not wearing it :P
All in all I can wear it for around an hour at a time.

Comments

ryaoki posted on 10 November, 2008 - 22:28
LMAO and so i stud next do you as the most annoying thing ever WOOOOOOOOOOOOOBAFETT!!! nicee lol cant wait to see this lex

Kuma posted on 10 November, 2008 - 22:29
Is this true?! =O

White Leviathan posted on 11 November, 2008 - 01:45
Need a James........ EPIC!

sjbonnar posted on 11 November, 2008 - 12:06
OMG I think I fell in love a little LOL Can't wait to see this!

Uni posted on 30 December, 2008 - 23:29
Looking immense! Great work~

sjbonnar posted on 31 December, 2008 - 00:04
THat's looking fantastic!

nert posted on 31 December, 2008 - 00:26
I'm half expecting the next progress shot to involve scaffolding XD Looking somewhat of the epic there.

GunstarVixen posted on 31 December, 2008 - 12:17
looking wig-tastic! x

Sands posted on 4 January, 2009 - 00:58
that looks totally epic, cant wait to see this lex =]

Defrain posted on 4 January, 2009 - 15:28
clever idea lets just hope it can bere its own weight

Kaka Extreme posted on 9 January, 2009 - 01:11
O_O this is TOO epic! im soo looking forward to seeing this!!! ahhhhhhh XD

Sephirayne posted on 9 January, 2009 - 08:44
Wow! Epic progress. I can't wait to see it finished. I love Team Rocket.

Kaka Extreme posted on 2 February, 2009 - 23:16
looking great 8D i cant wait to see this finished!!!!!

nert posted on 2 February, 2009 - 23:16
Looking pretty awesome even before the wig o.o

sjbonnar posted on 3 February, 2009 - 01:10
*wolf whistles* I can't wait to see this finished Lex ^_^

ryaoki posted on 3 February, 2009 - 01:43
thigh high boots eh, foxy lmao

Odd-One-Out posted on 3 February, 2009 - 10:48
*thumbs up* JESSIE! JAMES! AND MEOWTH TOO!

Tiran posted on 3 February, 2009 - 12:13
I'm looking forward to seeing the finished wig at Minami!

Ranma1-2 posted on 3 February, 2009 - 23:23
"Stand by for Trouble.." ^_^ Brilliant construction work on the wig!

Sephirayne posted on 4 February, 2009 - 15:24
Wow! The oufit looks great. I love the boots they really work well. I do see what you mean about the skirt. Lol! Still, looks perfect for Jessie

Anonymous posted on 4 February, 2009 - 17:02
Oh wow, an accurate wig? Fabulous! Wish I was going to Minami to see it in person, perhaps another time. Makes me wanna fix up my James costume a bit.

Defrain posted on 4 February, 2009 - 19:11
looking pretty sweet

Uber-Nerd posted on 8 March, 2009 - 22:07
James' wig is perfect! Looking forward to seeing you at minami! Tab

Bunni posted on 9 March, 2009 - 08:07
Looking really good! Can't wait to see the pics once you have the wig on as well!

MoonLily posted on 24 March, 2009 - 11:21
That wig....*_* I'm honestly stunned! Perfection!!

AmethystEyes posted on 24 March, 2009 - 11:37
Wow, it's great to see someone finally do the wig so well! what day are you wearing this at Minami?

Sillabub posted on 24 March, 2009 - 11:39
Blimey! Now *that* is a wig and a half! :D

stripey_dani posted on 24 March, 2009 - 11:52
Awesome... Just awesome..

HelloKitty posted on 24 March, 2009 - 12:49
oh wow!!!! now thats impressive, cant wait to see it this weekend

Defrain posted on 24 March, 2009 - 12:58
looking awesome

angel aiko posted on 24 March, 2009 - 13:08
wow that wig looks amazing : D

Ilpala posted on 24 March, 2009 - 13:09
Loving the wig! :D

Adamoluna posted on 24 March, 2009 - 13:44
crazy epic wig, as has been said. I really like the fabric you chose for the costume, too. Looks like you're gonna do Jessie more justice than anyone's ever done before O.o

nert posted on 24 March, 2009 - 17:31
It has transcended zomg to... aomg! Somehow.

Toshi-chan posted on 24 March, 2009 - 18:37
this i think is the definition of epic there are no other word to describe how amazing that wig looks!!! ^.^

sjbonnar posted on 24 March, 2009 - 19:29
That wig is incredible! How heavy is it!? And how do you hold it to your head hun?

nanahara posted on 24 March, 2009 - 20:04
this is so awsome, that wig, how good you look, etc. It's all just brilliant

Neko-Chan posted on 25 March, 2009 - 22:01
Whoah! That wig is by far the best jessie one ive ever seen! The costume's looking awsome to! i cant wait to see it all put together!! ^^

timpey posted on 31 March, 2009 - 13:26
a very smexy jessie with a very nice short skirt ^---^ hehehe

Kaka Extreme posted on 31 March, 2009 - 21:22
thiswas amazing to see! loved that wig! it was a pain to wear but well worth it 83

White Leviathan posted on 31 March, 2009 - 23:48
You should enter that into a look-a-like contest was so scary. Had a lot of fun doing rocket with you!

sonia_leong posted on 31 March, 2009 - 23:52
Best Jessie in the world. Ever. That wig... it has a soul o_O;;

Heero Masaki posted on 1 April, 2009 - 17:27
You made a great Jessie wig is awesome! it's was great to actually meet you properly.

Manga Girl posted on 1 April, 2009 - 18:26
I wish I went to Minamicon now, you made such a fantastic Team Rocket! :D I love your wig for Jessie!!

Mungojerrie posted on 2 April, 2009 - 08:54
I'm amazed by your Jessie wig!

RanmaSyaoran posted on 2 April, 2009 - 20:47
Epic. A true wig masterpiece.

goodbyeworld posted on 2 April, 2009 - 21:00
Defiantly the best Jessie I have ever seen! *-*

Fizzykat posted on 3 April, 2009 - 08:48
lol! thats brilliant!!!! i love the photo jessie!...i mean lex! you look just like her!! amazing job on the wig!!

Sephirayne posted on 5 April, 2009 - 01:14
I knew that as soon as you annouced Jessie that you would look perfect as her. I was right. You made her so awesome and then some. Brilliant is an understatement. One of my favourite cosplays of Minamiocn 15. XX

Hexi posted on 5 April, 2009 - 20:32
OMG that is such an awesome Jessie! You wig is just..... wow. Fantastic job! ^_^b

Kuma posted on 17 April, 2009 - 07:31
That laugh still haunts my dreams...

voxune posted on 30 May, 2009 - 11:46
your wig is fantastic!

Pem posted on 30 May, 2009 - 11:46
Wooow you must be the best Jessie I've ever seen! Well done! I'm really in awe of the wig, your makeup everything! It's like Jessie incarnate xD

Ranma1-2 posted on 30 May, 2009 - 12:06
"Greetings Pokemon Pipsqueeks" :D :D :D - Loved your skit. Congrats on the win. Fabulous cosplay and masquerade performance. mmm Sexiest Jessie ever. ^__^

Zaiburst posted on 30 May, 2009 - 12:31
very impressive. You look just like her, and you acted well too, with the pompous attitude. :D

nanahara posted on 30 May, 2009 - 16:35
epic cosplay, and brilliant masquarade performance at expo XD

Fables posted on 30 May, 2009 - 22:06
Cant IMAGINE how much hairspray/gel/product is on that wig ^^, You look incredible!! Wish I coulda been there to see it, the photos look like you had such fun ^^

electricdino posted on 14 June, 2009 - 11:48
This costume was epic!! You were amazingly accurate!! So so good, and your skit at the May Expo was just awesome, ^_^

k4tt posted on 25 August, 2009 - 09:05
awesome costume. love the hair ^__^

Zelda posted on 8 January, 2010 - 02:10
You guys were awesome in the masquerade ^^, just amazing, love the hair, love everything!

ZOMBIEfurby posted on 24 January, 2010 - 09:42
This wig is amazing O_O Overall you're the best jessie ive ever seen!

rohanfox posted on 19 May, 2010 - 10:05
By far the best Jessie cosplayer. Ever.

ProbablyHeather posted on 13 June, 2010 - 17:16
Oh my God <3333 Amazing! xxxxx

Notorious_Cosplay posted on 14 August, 2010 - 20:03
That wig is one of the most amazing things I've ever seen X'D

DuskatNight posted on 16 September, 2010 - 20:12
That wig is pure epicness. O.o It's perfect! The whole costume is perfect!

JustPeachy posted on 20 June, 2011 - 12:38
That wig <3 You make the perfect Jessie!!

FangGirl posted on 5 January, 2012 - 10:28
All I can say is THAT HAIR!!!! is perfect well done and everything else is too best Jessie and James ever :)

Kitri du Lac posted on 27 August, 2014 - 22:51
Best Jessie wig I have ever seen. It's fantastic!

Progress Journal

30th December 2008

Jessie Wig, take 1

I have decided that jessie's hair is somewhat more like structural enginnering than actual wig styling. Her hair is also Different in every single refrence image......

I decided that I wanted it to curve slightly to one side, the side was chose by seeing which side was more common in my selected reference photos. Slighlty to the left wass the winner.

To begin with i removed all the wefts and scalp from an old wig to obtain the mesh cap underneath.

I am using the same materials that i used as a base for my caterina wig. These include plastic "rigiline" boning and wadding (4oz). They are both lightweight and cheap!

I initally made the bottom section first, by cutting the shape out of wadding and gluing on the boning support. Making sure to use the natural curve of the boning to my advantage (it comes rolled up)

This was then pinned to the base and then additional plastic boned where added to form the top section (mostly by trail and error) The top section was then covered in wadding and the edges sewn and glued together.

The Wadding was then neatly sewn onto the mesh cap.

I have also added 6 hair extension clips (4 at the front, 2 at the bottom) so that the wig can be secured to my head ^_^

Next stage is to build up the top of the wig, to get jessie's widows peak and backcombed look.