Soul Calibur 5 - Ivy





Oh god where do I even begin? This costume was a P to the AIN to make. First of all this took me about 2 months to make. I live in Japan so I had to special order ALL of the fabric online since purple fabric is non existant in any of the fabric store in town. so i got 3 different types of purple fabric to experiment with and ended up with two that were usable, light purple polyester vinyl and dark purple fetish pvc. There were different colors but they worked so I used them both. I mixed and matched the colors to on the jacket and leggings to use up all the fabric I had. i know its not 100% true to the artwork but it costs so much to get materials here I have to work with what I can get.

I started off with the armor, which took about 3 weeks to make. I molded airdry clay over glass wine bottles and then cut the shapes out I needed. I then siliconed them together and used soft airdry clay for the accents. The skull is foam and the snake is hand sculpted clay. Im rather proud of how well it turned out considering i NEVER took a sculpting class in my life. Once it was dried and cut out I sealed it then painted it with spray acrylic. It holds onto the jacket by Velcro.

The inner lingerie teddy was store bought and I used it as a base to sew all the purple straps onto. I had a heck of a time running all this through my poor sewing machine. At times the layers were too thick and it started to clog the darn thing. I ended up using craft glue on a few parts of the jacket to save my poor machine.

The body suit took another 3-4 weeks and I am still making small changes to it. The sword was handmade by mike at


cosrai posted on 2 June, 2012 - 17:54
This is an epic cosplay, you look amazing!

Kata-san posted on 2 June, 2012 - 18:04
You make an awesome Ivy, looks great!

Nomes posted on 2 June, 2012 - 20:24
Wow. This is incredible. Immaculate cosplay

Sephirayne posted on 25 September, 2012 - 13:10
This is incredible. Brilliant Ivy.

Numta posted on 25 September, 2012 - 13:50
All the pain of making it was worth it! =D You look amazing - awesome stuff!

Mighty Odango posted on 25 September, 2012 - 19:10
Very nice job!