Elle Driver (Nurse costume) - Kill Bill Vol 1




Starting a new job means I had limited time before Oct Expo so I needed some easy costumes to make. I wanted to do Elle for a while and this costume looked simple.. It got finished in time and I got a masquerade performance slot. Japanese drums in the next hall were so loud though, the noise drowned out my sound track which kinda ruined the mood setting. Fortunately the drums stopped by the time I got to the dialogue part and I was able to act out Elles sinister lines. So despite the drums I enjoyed doing the performance. :)

Note to self: cosplays with eyepatches Really cut down your vision!

Costume Details

Uniform - I used a proper nurse uniform for the base of the costume. It was supposed to save time, but when it arrived ithad the as much shape as a sack! So I carefully took the pockets off and also the sleeves. Then I pinned the uniform into a fitted shape, creating two front seams and darting the back to get a nice fit around bust waist and bum. Then the sleeves were trimmed down to a close fit and re-attached, then pockets re-attached. I also swapped the popper fasteners with white buttons.

Nurse hat - I made from cardboard. First I made a pattern from paper to get the shape similar to the screen costume. It wouldnt sit on my head firmly enough and I didnt want it to fall off during the stage performance so I fixed it onto the wig with a few stitches

Eyepatch - I made from cadboard, printed a red cross and glued it on, then sewed a white lycra band onto it.

Syringe prop - I used a novelty pen which looks like a syringe, just took the biro part out and glued a straightened paper clip in the end to look like the needle part.

Venom container - I used a small water tight container and filled it with water coloured with artists watercolour, then printed off a label for the side. For the performance aspect I added a hollow tube into the lid so the syringe could look like it was going into the container - like those proper medical containers.

Hospital bed and patient - This was the best way I could think to do this performance. The prop was basically a cardboard standee, with a cardboard cupboard at each end for stability and somewhere to rest the tray with syringe. I took a screen grab of Beatrix Kiddo from the film clip on YT, and printed off her head to life size using my pc and printer. It was trimmed down to the profile and then glued onto the cardboard standee. Then the cardbaord was trimmed down to the rough body shape with a sharp craft knife. Next some spare cloth was draped over the rough body shape and hot glued on. Same with the matress and pillow. For the cupboards I just glued white card onto the brown cardboard, then drew on the cupboard doors and handles with pencil and felt tip - btw I did this part in the hotel over the Expo weekend :P . Hospital ECG machine was printed in a similar way but I had to paint the screen display on to black card. Hospital drip was a plastic broom handle hot glued on with a plastic bag and some aquarium tube.
The cardboard standee came apart in three main sections so I could get it in the car. But once masquerade had finished I left it behind. Probably ended up in a rubbish skip. Oh well it did its purpose.


cosrai posted on 22 August, 2012 - 21:04
Good choice! This will be awesome!

Nymphie posted on 22 August, 2012 - 22:44
I'm torn between squealing insanely and making so many 'Oh matron' jokes right now. I will definitely keep my eyes peeled at Expo for you. :)

HotshotShan posted on 23 August, 2012 - 13:36
this will be so fabulous oh my goodness, can't wait to see progress!

Captain_Marvelous posted on 23 August, 2012 - 13:44
Very cool will have to resist urge to touch inappropriately! <3

Ranma1-2 posted on 23 August, 2012 - 17:52
Thanks guys. ^_^ Base uniform is ordered. Hopefully will just need to take in the seams to custom fit me in a nice curvy way -_^ When that is done I can show some progress pics.

Captain_Marvelous posted on 28 August, 2012 - 22:55
Ahaha like all nurses uniforms are like sexy fitted slut ones? XD generically Nurse unifroms are just literally tubes of fabric with collars. XD

Ranma1-2 posted on 29 August, 2012 - 18:21
Its how I pictured nurses uniforms ..but yeah lots of altering to make this one fit all nice and curvey. Curvey is good. ^_^

Fizzykat posted on 14 September, 2012 - 14:26
AHHHH yes! i love this film! you will look great has her, you need to learn her whistle tune ;)

Ranma1-2 posted on 19 September, 2012 - 19:21
Hi mogwai k ..yep have her whistle tune down pat ..also for Sun masquerade performance. ;)

Ragepotato posted on 11 October, 2012 - 05:29
Oh dear lord, If I don't see you during the day i'm coming to the masq on sunday just for this. Amazing stuff!

Ranma1-2 posted on 11 October, 2012 - 21:50
Aww Phixix, thank you. Hope we meet up at Expo. :) I will be wearing it all day Sun so theres a good chance you will see it during the day. And yes masquerade slot is confirmed in the Sun masquerade. Im just editing the audio track for it now..incl the whistling song :P

Ros3ify posted on 12 October, 2012 - 10:41
Hey excellent outfit! I cant wait to see you on stage. Unfortunately there were too many people wanting to perform so we were declined for a place Q.Q But i will sure enjoy your performance as normal :D

Ranma1-2 posted on 12 October, 2012 - 21:27
Ros3ify - Thankies, I hope you enjoy the performance :P - join in the clapping song at the end!..you'll see what I mean when it starts up. ^^ Awwww but.. no performance slot for you this time :( ..Dont let it stop you dancing tho! - I expect to see you dancing all over the Expo weekend. ^_^

SafiBear posted on 30 October, 2012 - 18:55
Saw your masq performance! :D you looked so awesome

Ranma1-2 posted on 31 October, 2012 - 00:19
Thank youuuuu. Ill get some pics up soon. :)

Zedela posted on 31 October, 2012 - 00:35
Hey! You looked so fabulous, and your performance was epic!! :DD Once Galaxia is finished we must sort out a sailor stars photoshoot! :DD

Ranma1-2 posted on 31 October, 2012 - 00:43
Yeeeees Sailor Stars photoshoot will be Awesome. :)

PandoraCaitiff posted on 31 October, 2012 - 11:09
Oh that was you on Sunday? You looked awesome (and it was suitably sinister and unnerving for Halloween!)

Ranma1-2 posted on 2 November, 2012 - 17:14
Yep that was my Sunday cosplay. Thanks, I was going for drama with this one. :)

street-angel posted on 2 November, 2012 - 19:40
Wow I had no idea you had so many props @>@

Ranma1-2 posted on 3 November, 2012 - 11:48
Yes ^_^ I thought it was the best way to do this performance. Props I made were mainly cardboard and carried on by the stage crew. My friend told me 'next time less props more costume' :P

Lady-Aira posted on 13 November, 2012 - 23:23
Loved your performance hun! :D Was great chatting to you backstage too!! We were clapping for you too -^^-

springinstep posted on 13 November, 2012 - 23:28
I loved seeing you in the masquerade! (shame you had that drum performance going through most of it though) Wonderful props as well.

Ranma1-2 posted on 14 November, 2012 - 18:10
Thanks for your comments guys. :) Yeah those Japanese drums kinda killed the whole mood setting of my audio track. ..What can we do? I hope they dont have them playing through masquerade again. Props - I will write some explanantion about those in the costume information above.

KhaosKreator posted on 20 November, 2012 - 13:45
Fantastic idea!

Ranma1-2 posted on 20 November, 2012 - 17:53
Cheers Tab. I missed you!

DuskatNight posted on 24 November, 2012 - 23:04
This was wonderful to watch, especially from the sidelines. You did an awesome, like usual. :)

Ranma1-2 posted on 27 November, 2012 - 21:41
Thanks DuskatNight, I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)

Anime_Angel posted on 29 November, 2012 - 19:09
that is epic, I was wondering who you were at expo lol

Ranma1-2 posted on 29 November, 2012 - 22:34
Cheers Rik. ^_^

Anime_Angel posted on 30 November, 2012 - 21:38
no I was at October Expo, but I was kinda having a break from cosplay most the time, only time I cosplayed is when I did the Kigurumi thing (anime masks) lol

1000014 posted on 11 March, 2013 - 01:07
Fuuuuuu we never knew you did this O........o;;;;; stunning as always

Ranma1-2 posted on 11 March, 2013 - 21:32
Thanks. ^_^ Hope to meet you guys again at the next Expo.

Frederica la Noir posted on 17 March, 2013 - 22:26
Wow absolutely brill! You always do such epic jobs with your cosplays <3 xxx

Ranma1-2 posted on 17 March, 2013 - 22:55
Aww thanks, you're very kind. ^_^ I def want to wear this again at an Expo.

Heorot posted on 25 March, 2013 - 19:46
Ahh this is wick! I so wish I'd been at the masq to see this

jessliekspie posted on 5 May, 2013 - 17:19
I love this costume so much! I wish I saw you when I was at this expo!

Ranma1-2 posted on 5 May, 2013 - 22:29
Thank youuuu ^_^ I shall wear this again sometime..and iron it next time. Darn that packing making it all creased up!

Progress Journal

22nd October 2012

making the dress curvy

progress - with the dress on the dummy I drew on the curvey seam lines in pencil. Then cut and pinned. Front and back both curve in toward the armholes and this gives a lovely fitted shape to the dress.

29th September 2012

wip - tailoring the dress

Since the uniform shape is so shapeless, I have started re-tailoring the whole thing into more of a fitted dress shape. All the pockets have been carefully unpicked and also the sleeves. Pic shows the dress pinned where I want my new seams to flow and make it very fitted around bust and waist.

28th August 2012

Base dress

Nurse uniform dress arrived today. Dissapointed tbh ..Could it be any more shapeless? - it will need loads of alteration to get that sexy fitted look. So this how it looks before alteration.

22nd August 2012


Whilst on holiday I found a great syringe prop inside a gift shop. Its actually a novelty pen, but looks spot on for this cosplay even has the red liquid inside. The pen part is easliy removable. Just need to add a pretend 'needle' for theatrical impact.