Willow Rosenberg
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

27th October 2012: Finished costume Just in time for Expo! I'm really pleased with how the sleeves came out considering how much trouble they gave me to start with.

In the future I hope to do her full vampire face with a prosphetic forehead piece, fangs and yellow contacts.

Photo by: Akraru Photography

27th October 2012: Sleeves part three I made the taffetta part of the sleeves by drafting out my own pattern and sewing the red and gold pieces together on my machine. I tried to overlock as much as I could to prevent fraying although I ran out of the gold thread towards the end. These sleeves were attached to the leather ones by hand.

26th October 2012: Sleeves part two I had some leatherette left over from another project that thankfully matched quite well to the faux leather sleeves and corset. I used this as a base to sew the sleeves onto and it also prevented having a gap under the arm which I was getting before. This was sewn by hand with some parts reinforced on my sewing machine.

26th October 2012: Sleeves part one I bought a blazer on ebay that had faux leather sleeves, I figured I could remove them from the blazer saving me on having to construct a sleeve myself. I tried to attach them to bra straps but soon realised due to the way sleeves curve at the top of the shoulder that wasn't going to work properly.

7th July 2012: LFCC- Work in progress Here's how Will looked for LFCC when she was unfortunately still in progress as I hit a snag with the leather part of the sleeves so they weren't finished in time. I was reluctant to wear it incomplete but sjbonnar talked me into it as he was my Xander and Frederica la Noir was being Buffy especially too.

Photo by: CELphotography

5th July 2012: Corset ruffles The ruffles for the corset trim were made by myself using copper red marble effect cotton and dark red taffetta (the same material I'll be using for the sleeves). The ends are lightly sewn into the corset but they are mainly held in place once the corset has been tightened.

5th July 2012: Make up test Rather pleased with how this test went =) Did my usual concealer, foundation and powder base and then turned my eyebrows ginger using orange eyeshadow over a light brown eyebrow pencil base. I used 2 shades of green eyeshadow on the eyelids and added black eyeliner and mascara. Finishing off with the lips I used a red lipliner and lipstick. I'm pleased Willow wears quite a dark shade of red as I really don't suit bright shades.

I will be wearing hazel coloured contacts on the day as well.

4th July 2012: Wig styled I straightened the wig by wetting it and placing a damp cloth around the strands to protect from the straighteners. The wet wig combined with the heat caused it to create steam which straightened the wig instead of it having direct contact with the hot plates. I then trimmed the ends to shorten it a bit.

I'm really not happy with how the wig looks at the front of the hairline but I don't know how to style it without damaging the skin top.

Please excuse my lack of make up and general tiredness looking in the photo.

28th June 2012: Base corset My corset arrived so I tested it out with the trousers, boots and wig on to see how the outfit is coming together.

I bought the real leather steel boned overbust corset from Corsets Boulevard, the same place I got my Zatanna underbust and several of my other corsets for non-cosplay wear. The steel boned ones are always great quality for the price.

20th June 2012: Trousers/ jeans and boots I found a pair of GAP black leather straight leg jeans on ebay and got a really good deal on them. I hate how they feel though lol

The boots are the ones I wear for my Amanda Young cosplay as the style is the same as Willow's.

17th June 2012: Base wig I bought a New Look D.Boy L wig in Red Auburn from Coscraft after much debating over the colour. I didn't want a wig that was too red but wanted it slighter darker than natural ginger. Awkward.

I plan to straighten and possibly trim the ends.

2nd June 2012: Reference photos Reference photos


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nanahara - 12th March 2012
EPIC XD

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MissAriel - 12th March 2012
Really looking forward to seeing this :D

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FusionRose - 12th March 2012
This makes me want to do druscilla but I already have plans for lfcc =[ will look amazing though!! X

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Numta - 12th March 2012
Really makes me wanna finally get Spike sorted! but like Fusion I have plans for LFCC >.<

Look forward to seeing it though! =D

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sjbonnar - 12th March 2012
YESYESYES! :-p

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Leonie Heartilly - 12th March 2012
Aww it would of been awesome to have a Spike & Dru too, but I will wear her again I'm sure.
Excited there SJ? =p

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sjbonnar - 17th June 2012
Just a little...

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Moonchild - 5th July 2012
Can't wait to see this =)
Your make-up test looks great!

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Frederica la Noir - 15th July 2012
You looked gorgeous as Vamp Willow :) can't wait to see it 100% finished! xxxx

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sjbonnar - 1st November 2012
I'm proud of you for getting those pain-in-the-ass sleeves done. You were GORGEOUS as Willow!

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Leonie Heartilly - 6th November 2012
Thank you Freddie & Sj ^-^

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WhiteWraith - 11th January 2014
You look amazing as Willow :)