Willow Rosenberg (Vampire) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer




*This costume is now retired*

"Bored now"

I have loved BTVS since it first aired on TV when I was about 9 years old and had always planned to choose a character and outfit to cosplay one day. Although I'm not keen on leather I love VampWill so this had to be done.

Planned for the LFCC 2012 so I can meet Anthony Stewart Head (Giles!). I shall have sjbonnar as my vampire Xander and Frederica la Noir with me as Wishverse Buffy =)
I might do this without the vampire prosphetics first.

"Vamp Willow appears in the third season episodes "The Wish" and "Doppelgangland". She is capricious and aggressive, the opposite of Willow's usual nature; her bad behavior so exaggerated that it does not instill fear into the viewer like other female vampires in the series, but indicates more about Willow's personality. Shocked upon seeing her alter ego in "Doppelgangland", Willow states "That's me as a vampire? I'm so evil and skanky. And I think I'm kinda gay." Angel is stopped by Buffy in telling the Scoobies that the vampire self carries many of the same attributes as the human self. As surprised as Willow is with Vamp Willow, she feels bound to her, and does not have the heart to allow Buffy to kill her. Both Willows make the observation that "this world's no fun", before they send Vamp Willow back into the alternate dimension from which she came, whereupon she is staked and dies immediately."


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

The base corset and leather jeans were bought from ebay.

The corset ruffle trim and sleeves were made by myself.

The boots were reused from my Amanda Young cosplay.

I bought the wig from Coscraft and straightened and trimmed it.


I first wore this costume without the sleeves to the London Film and Comic Con 2012. I was reluctant to wear it incomplete but I had a mini Wishverse group so didn't want to let them down. Despite the missing sleeves people still recognised the character which was great and Anthony Stewart Head knew who I was too =D

The finished costume got it's full debut at the October 2012 London MCM Expo. I had a photoshoot with Akraru Photography and my friend Chloe (CELphotography). I was asked for quite a few photos whilst walking around also, it's good to know there's still Buffy fans around even though it's not a current show.

I wore Willow again the following October, again at the London MCM Expo/Comic Con. This time I had a shoot with Darren Rowley, a photographer I had wanted to work with for some time so I'm looking forward to seeing the results!

Although I feel confident in this cosplay it is very uncomfortable to wear!


nanahara posted on 12 March, 2012 - 02:24

MissAriel posted on 12 March, 2012 - 03:27
Really looking forward to seeing this :D

FusionRose posted on 12 March, 2012 - 08:43
This makes me want to do druscilla but I already have plans for lfcc =[ will look amazing though!! X

Numta posted on 12 March, 2012 - 09:36
Really makes me wanna finally get Spike sorted! but like Fusion I have plans for LFCC >.< Look forward to seeing it though! =D

sjbonnar posted on 12 March, 2012 - 12:48

Leonie Heartilly posted on 12 March, 2012 - 15:57
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

sjbonnar posted on 17 June, 2012 - 13:28
Just a little...

Moonchild posted on 5 July, 2012 - 16:57
Can't wait to see this =) Your make-up test looks great!

Frederica la Noir posted on 15 July, 2012 - 21:56
You looked gorgeous as Vamp Willow :) can't wait to see it 100% finished! xxxx

sjbonnar posted on 1 November, 2012 - 01:07
I'm proud of you for getting those pain-in-the-ass sleeves done. You were GORGEOUS as Willow!

Leonie Heartilly posted on 6 November, 2012 - 19:40
Thank you Freddie & Sj ^-^

WhiteWraith posted on 11 January, 2014 - 10:15
You look amazing as Willow :)

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Progress Journal

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