Jill Valentine - Resident Evil 3: Nemesis




*This costume is now retired*

*Info page to be updated and tidied up*

Well Resident Evil 5 is launched next Friday (13th May 09)and seeing as I work in GAME I saw it as an excuse for a new cosplay lol Got the go-ahead to dress up today from my boss and decided that Jill from Resi 3 would be the easiest and cheapest to do. I really love Project Alice from the Resident Evil films but seeing as she's not included in the games I guess the game fans would see me as being incorrect or something.

This costume is by no means going to be up to my usual detailed standards as I only have a week and it's just an extra cosplay to have a laugh at work. Yet I find myself trying to be picky already... haha.

I can re-use my Selphie boots as they're brown and I have a blue boob tube already but it's quite a dark blue and Jill's is pale-ish (see picky picky).
I brought a black mini-skit from ebay. Seller said it was cotton material but on arrival I see it's denim ¬_¬ Slighty longer than hers is also but oh well it'll look fine. The reference shots aren't clear on what it could be made out of anyway, I now wonder if her skirt's made of leather or PVC.... But yeah I picked up some grey ribbon and sewed it like a border onto the bottom of the skirt (while watching Resident Evil: Apocalypse I might add which features Jill haha). I sadly had no grey thread about (why when I have every other colour?) so had to use white. I kept the stitches small however so you don't really notice it. Looks good =)
Brought a plain white jumper with ribbed sleeves off ebay.
I didn't have time nor the money really to import in a nice wig like I would usually do so picked up a cheap one from my local fancy dress shop. I officially HATE it. It looks and feels cheap and it's just gross lol

Costume was complete in a week for launch which I'm rather proud of! Even if it is quite a simple one. And it's turned out my cheapest one by far lol I was the only staff member at my store to dress up, they're so boring! I heard of zombies taking over other stores though haha.I was recognised by a few people and some said I was really accurate yay! It was fun although I got a blister from standing in boots over 5 hours straight >_<

Cost notes-

Short brown "Posh bob" wig by Smiffy's- £10.99
Black mini-skirt- £3.50
Blue boob tube- already owned
White jumper- £2.95
Brown boots- re-used from Selphie costume.
Black knee-high socks- already owned
One & half metre of grey ribbon- 60p

~Update for Expo~

Decided to take Jill to May expo seeing as I got good feedback for this costume =) Now I have time to be picky!

Been looking for a new top as wasn't quite happy with the one I had. I currently have 3 or 4 different blue boob-tubes but none are the right shade. Bugger -_-
Okay about the 5th try but found a top in a shade I like horray! Problem is it had loops with d-rings on all down the front for ribbons to criss-cross over the top. I had to carefully pick the stitches so could removed these loops then stitch the seam back together to hide the holes the removal of the loops left. The seams are just like hers so wooo bonus! Seems a lot of extra work just for a top but I'm happy with it now ^-^

Finally managed to find a toy gun that wasn't bright blue or orange. And it was only £3 horray!

Found the perfect skirt in this seasons range in New Look. Made from polyester and elastane so it's clingy and comfy but has a "wet look" to it which gives the shiny appearance of the ref images. Even has 2 seams down the front of the skirt likes hers, awesome! The grey trim was slightly harder to sew on as had to make allowances for the stretchiness of the material but it turned out okay.

I ordered a Sepia wig from Cosworx- "Secret" in shade 33. Feels a LOT better than my cheapo one. I had to straighten it using the hot water method and add some wax as the ends curled slightly during shipping. The colour isn't quite right but Jill has such an awkward shade to match.

Brought webbing (shoulder harness and belt) on ebay. Had to adjust the belt as far as possible to make it fit as I'm assuming this was meant for a guy and Jill wears it quite high on her waist also. She has to be awkward =p I wanted to change the buckle on the belt but the Army shop didn't have any replacement ones =( I brought 2 black pouches from an army supply shop on ebay to add to her belt.

I struggled to find accurate boots. Brought a pair from ebay but they're too baggy so I'll have to send them back. Curses you skinny legs! The next pair I brought they sent me the wrong size and didn't have the right size to replace it with. Gahh will I ever get boots?! In the end I decided to keep the baggy ones and I went to a shoe tailor to see if they could take them in for me but they said it would be a risk and could cost up to £35 0_o So I left it and just hoped that they would stay up when I added the black belts around the tops- which they did but in some photos the boots still have a baggy and wrinkly look about them. Oh well.

Make-up was simple and basic.

I'm really pleased with the updated version and it has the right level of accuracy I always push for. As always I nit-pick over little things for example I didn't get time to paint the buckles on her boots silver so went to the make-up stand at expo hoping they had silver nail varnish or something, no such luck lol But overall I'm happy with it. It's a simple costume and comfy to wear, suitable for the more relaxed Sunday that I wore it on. I had a photo shoot with a group of other Resident Evil characters which was a laugh and I got asked for a fair few photos which is always a compliment in itself =) The wig itched a fair bit and my hair kept poking through the back of my nape by late afternoon but I think this is partly due to wearing a wig the day previously and my hair was saying it had had enough!
Seeing how most of my cosplays are cute young girls it was interesting cosplaying Jill and a nice change to do more "adult" poses instead of cutesy ones (not that there's anything wrong with cute poses!).

I'm not sure if I plan to wear Jill again but if I do I shall paint the buckles and possibly the tip to the gun also. And maybe find new boots altogether.

Update cost notes-

Toy 9mm Air pistol- £3
"wet look" black mini skirt from New Look- £12
Blue strapless top- 99p, £1.00 postage
3 metres of grey ribbon- £1.20
Grey thread- £1.00
Sepia "Secret" wig in colour 33- $30, $20 postage. (£39.09)
US Army yokes & pistol belt- £9.98
2 black Web-tex pouches- £8, £2 postage
Boots- £10.38, £5.00 postage
2 slim black belts- £2.80, £1.70 postage
Black knee-high socks- £1


Updating to wear at Kitacon 2010.

I brought an airsoft pistol cheap as it was faulty so doesn't actually fire and commissioned Lycaneyes (http://lycaneyes.deviantart.com/) to do a paint job on it to look like Jill's S.T.A.R.S. issued Samurai Edge handgun. He did most of the work but left the 3 stars and the writing on the badge on the grip for me to do. It's not perfect but it looks the part, I hope to get a replica one day.
I decided to add an extra prop- a First Aid spray! I brought a cheap can of deodorant that was the right size and style then covered that with white paper to hide the original label. I found an image of the spray label on Deviant Art and printed that off to stick onto the can. Quick and easy and it looks pretty cool!

Both the gun and First Aid spray were received pretty well at Kita =) But I'm prob going to have to get a new top for when I next wear this, the seams are un-tidy and the top never stays in place even with sock glue so it annoyed me most of the day. I entered the masquerade and although I was okay in the last one I did I was really nervous for this and my hands shook badly during posing so my aim didn't look very steady >.<

2010 update Cost Notes~

Airsoft pistol and basic paint job- £30
Gold paint- £2.22
Cheap deodorant- 54p


After a 2 year break I wore this again at Kitacon IV (2012) with considerable updates to the costume. I managed to get quite a few photos, including some with Leadmill's shotgun which made me very happy. However I was still having issues with my top and despite trimming my wig it clearly needs a good straighten too as has an annoying flick at the end of it which is bugging me. I will continue to improve this so expect another re-wear!


Haynes84 posted on 7 March, 2009 - 22:21
Your Jill is looking awesome ^_^

sjbonnar posted on 7 March, 2009 - 23:11
I think it looks awesome so far!

Manga Girl posted on 7 March, 2009 - 23:15
You look fantastic as Jill! :D

Leonie Heartilly posted on 7 March, 2009 - 23:53
Thanks guys and it's only meant to be a roughly put together costume for a laugh lol

Defrain posted on 8 March, 2009 - 13:36
sweet gotta get some more pictures up for us :)

Moonchild posted on 12 March, 2009 - 22:48
Both look awesome ^_^ tho in reference to the picture i'd say the darker one XD Your call, tho as i said both look awesome XD

CosplayChris-San posted on 12 March, 2009 - 23:18
the 2nd one looks almost perfect, really well put together!! , i pre ordered resident evil 5 so should have it on release xD cant wait!

Ranma1-2 posted on 13 March, 2009 - 10:39
Looks good on you. Aprt from the wig I agree looks poor quality. I would like to recommend to you this place on e-bay I found, their wigs are beautiful (Realistic) qualty and prices as cheap as what you paid for the nasty one, and posted in this country arrive within a week. Have look, link - http://stores.ebay.co.uk/SILU-INTERNATIONAL-WIGS-STORE Hope it helps. Enjoy your cosplay fun.. cosplaying at work - lucky gal. ^^

Leonie Heartilly posted on 13 March, 2009 - 19:51
Thanks for that but I already have a nice collection of wig stores I shop from online, I simply didn't have time to get one delivered in week and so a cheap one would do for work although I HATE it! I wouldn't be seen dead in it at an expo or con lol I shall be buying a nice new one if I wear it again =)

Limegreenjelly posted on 13 March, 2009 - 20:58
looking really good thumbs up

caylithe posted on 13 March, 2009 - 21:31
great costume! especially in the limited time! Did you get to do a midnight launch?

Leonie Heartilly posted on 13 March, 2009 - 22:49
We were asked to do one but opened at 8am this morning instead. We did a midnight launch for Halo 3 & GTA 4 however. I live far away so I get outta doing those lol

Ranma1-2 posted on 13 March, 2009 - 23:06
Oh yes new pics, ^^ Great. Was it difficult being the only one in cosplay though?

Leonie Heartilly posted on 13 March, 2009 - 23:46
Nahh not really. I'm used to being the "weird" one at work haha I enjoyed it =)

Sephirayne posted on 14 March, 2009 - 07:45
Fab cosplay. I used to work at Game but never got the chance to cosplay for any game lauches. I was working when Soulcalibur came out on the Dreamcast so a while ago. Lol! I love that you've done a great job for a quick put together. It would be great to see it at an event.

Defrain posted on 14 March, 2009 - 08:23
she plays resident evil she must be racist lol na great cos

Leonie Heartilly posted on 14 March, 2009 - 15:16
I actually haven't played it... haha got the first Resi Evil on the gamecube but I die when I come across the first zombie.. I'm rubbish XD

PKNIVES posted on 28 April, 2009 - 19:05
Oh that is totally fabulous. You look stunning! I bet the customers got the TREAT OF THEIR LIVES! I'm going to wager a LOT of Gamecare was sold that day! You look utterly fantastic! Big up the GAME massive! X

Leonie Heartilly posted on 28 April, 2009 - 22:01
I can't remember if I sold any that day XD But again thakies for the comment, you can see an improved version of this soon ^-^

werewolfpower posted on 30 April, 2009 - 18:54
thats awesome!

Manga Girl posted on 6 May, 2009 - 19:15
Yay! I can't wait to see your Jill at Expo :D

Wildeth posted on 8 May, 2009 - 06:35
Wow! ^__^ This is fabulous!

Moonchild posted on 10 May, 2009 - 17:53
Looking awesome ^^ I'd say version 3 for the top looks good ^^

Ranma1-2 posted on 17 May, 2009 - 22:28
Yep, new top looks FAB. :)

YattaOfMez posted on 21 May, 2009 - 10:29
Oh WOW! awesome Jill cosplay.. I should be doin Leon from RE2 soon =]

Captain_Marvelous posted on 5 June, 2009 - 18:33
Lol I love the game over sign :) looks like the one from RPGmaker :) this is a great cosplay!!!

LittleMissChikorita posted on 5 June, 2009 - 18:50
I absoloutley love all the pictures for this outfit!! xx

nanahara posted on 5 June, 2009 - 22:05
very well done, and love the game over photo ^^

Leadmill posted on 16 June, 2009 - 22:01
You make a great Jill, awesome job!

Leonie Heartilly posted on 16 June, 2009 - 23:34
Thanks ^^

Ragepotato posted on 17 June, 2009 - 10:18
Le awesome! Will you be wearing this in October? ;.;!

Leonie Heartilly posted on 17 June, 2009 - 21:28
Nope, sorry!

thoetmosis posted on 16 January, 2010 - 19:13
omg :O your Jill cosplay is sooooooooooo good ^^ Amazing cosplay !!!

Leonie Heartilly posted on 16 January, 2010 - 20:31
Thanks a lot ^-^ I still want to make some adjustments to it

cutekittyichigo posted on 20 January, 2010 - 23:42
You're such a fantastic jill!!! :D It's so sweet and romantic how your boyfriend cosplays Chris.

sjbonnar posted on 5 April, 2010 - 16:19
I absolutely adore this costume on you ^_^

Leonie Heartilly posted on 6 April, 2010 - 21:27
Thanks everyone =)

perfectly_purple posted on 1 May, 2010 - 13:59
I've never played the Resident Evil games but I have to say this is pretty cool! (As the rest of them) You look an awful lot like her, which is an added bonus I guess! ^_^

Leonie Heartilly posted on 1 May, 2010 - 14:15
Thank you ^^

Mangamad posted on 23 May, 2010 - 11:10
Manga love it...and I wouldn't love it if I did that dead shot edit too. XD

Angelbo posted on 3 July, 2011 - 19:18
Amazing pictures! ;)

Leonie Heartilly posted on 4 July, 2011 - 12:39
Glad you like them =)

sjbonnar posted on 9 May, 2012 - 13:51
Not commented on this in a while but love the new pictures. Definitely a costume that looks awesome on you!

Leonie Heartilly posted on 9 May, 2012 - 18:01
Thank you sweetie ^^ I want to sort out the annoying flick on my wig and make a new top before having another shoot =)

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Progress Journal

22nd May 2013

Shotgun modifications- Part 2

Picked this up again so I can rewear Jill to Expo with something new to pose with.

After asking for some advice on spray paint that turns out a suitable gun metal colour I bought a can of Plasti-Kote fast dry enamel spray in Pewter, a colour I looked at but didn't consider using before to be honest. The can is a lot smaller than the main Matt, Satin or Metallic range though so ran out before I could complete my 3rd coat on one side (the other had 4 coats). So some of the red is faintly showing through on this side. I haven't got time to get another can before Expo so will have to touch it up another time, I'm hoping this will do until then though, I can ask to be photographed from one side if need be.

(Oh and that wrinkly mark before the barrel starts is where the gun got stuck on a plastic bag during the first paint job back in February. I tried to sand it off but it didn't do much sadly)

13th February 2013

Shotgun modifications- Part 1

I accidentally deleted the first batch of progress photos I took >_<

Parts of the barrel were sawn off and reattached to gain a closer match to my reference. I removed the cover with all the holes from the barrel completely.
I did a coat of paint using Plastikote Metallic spray paint in silver but it was too bright and shiny so I need to source a gun metal colour.

11th February 2013

Base shotgun

Bought this at the last Expo, managed to get a good deal on it as they were clearing stock. The guy on the stall checked that it was a similar model to one Jill uses for me (as I couldn't recall from memory and had no internet on my phone at that time).

It's going to need a few modifications, most obviously a paint job of course, but a pretty good base gun to start with.

11th February 2013

Shotgun ref

Here's a reference of the shotgun used by Jill in Resi 3, it is found early in the game in the wine cellar where Brad Vickers sprints away from. This weapon is also used by Mikhail Victor in Operation: Mad Jackal minigame.

Game description:
"Benelli M3S. An easy to carry sawed-off shotgun. It uses 12 gauge shot shells."

12th April 2012

Top repairs

I wanted a new top and bought about 3-4 different boob tubes but didn't like any of them due to colour or how clingy the fabric was so ended up repairing my old one ^^' I un-picked the hand sewing on the seams (which was coming apart in places)and put it through my machine as well as overlocking them. I also added a fake seam along the top of the bustline because Jill has one. I hoped this would prevent the top "rolling" over also which was one of the reasons I wanted a new one.

Edit- The top still rolled. Bah. I might just find fabric I like and make my own using this one as a pattern, that way I can get the seams correct (they're not meant to go right to the top) and add the buttons on the back too.

First photo shows the seam work I had finished on the left and seam still to be re-done on the right. The second photo is the top once repairs and top seam detail were finished.

12th April 2012

New skirt

I got an iron burn on my old skirt (doh!) but I really liked it so was happy to be able to get exactly the same one again. I also had plenty of the grey ribbon I used before left over however this time I sewed it on with my machine instead of by hand and it's left a neater finish.

Photo shows old skirt on the left and new on the right. The iron burn is more visible when photographed with flash.

12th April 2012

Boots completed

Added the belts and cut off the excess strap. They're not glued in place currently but might do that in the future. Still don't like them that much as think they're too baggy around the calfs. One day I might find a pair I like!

The flash makes the buckles look white in the photos but they are silver.

11th April 2012

Boot alterations- Part 3

In the process of painting the heels and edges of the boots black with Ronseal metal paint.

11th April 2012

Belt completed

The painting came out well so I decided to use that buckle instead of the silver one I had bought before.

Photo to come.

10th April 2012

Wig trimmed

Mum trimmed the longer side of the wig for me so I no longer have that annoying bit flicking under my chin. It's a more accurate length now.

9th April 2012

Boot alterations- Part 2

Painted the buckles of the new belts silver with Hammerite metal paint. The buckles are more square than my old ones but other than that they're the same.

9th April 2012

Belt alterations- Part 4

In the process of painting the buckle with Hammerite metal paint.

Sorry the photo isn't very good.

3rd March 2012

Belt alterations- Part 3

I finished painting all the eyelets which came out rather well. I removed the buckle and replaced it with one I had bought a few years back with the intention of removing the plastic quick release buckle on my old belt. However I don't really like the look of this one, the buckle I removed is the correct style. I am going to try painting it with silver metal paint too and if it doesn't come out very well I'll stick to the new one I fitted.

29th February 2012

Belt alterations- Part 2

Started painting the eyelets silver using Hammerite metal paint. Top row is finished.

29th February 2012

Belt alterations- Part 1

Jill's belt doesn't have the additional clips/slides that help keep the belt flat when it's been adjusted so I removed these with a pair of pliars.

29th February 2012

Suspenders alterations

Removed some additional webbing and rings that aren't on the references. I didn't think about doing this with my last pair, my pickiness continues to grow it seems! The excess webbing on the adjustable straps was also cut off and sealed with a lighter once they were fitted to the correct length.

29th February 2012

New back mag pouch test

Again the small velcro strap made attaching this to the belt awkward, I wonder if I should consider adding my own strap or an extension somehow.
I haven't altered the suspenders yet so ignore how they look.

Note: Photo taken in a mirror so pouch is on the other side.

29th February 2012

New front mag pouch test

According to references the front pouch sits on Jill's belt just in front of the suspender strap (closer to the belt buckle) however I think it looks better on me just behind the strap. Also I'm the only one who worries about these tiny details anyway I'm sure >.>
The new pouch has got a very short velcro strap compared to my old one so I only just managed to get it to reach around the belt.

Note: Photo taken in a mirror so pouch is on the other side.

28th February 2012

Boot alterations- Part 1

I removed the straps and buckles and cut off some of the tops of the boots before turning them in and gluing them down with super glue. Now the knee high socks are visible.

23rd February 2012

Reasons for suspender choice

According to in game graphics and the cut scenes Jill's suspender straps cross over at the back with no middle horizontal support. Suspenders aren't designed like this (Capcom like to alter their tactical gear to make it impossible to match in reality) so like Quinzel I considered getting H-type LC1 suspenders and removing the horizontal part. However then I came accross the concept art in which Jill is clearly wearing Y-Type LC-1 Suspenders. Now I usually prefer to stick to how things look in cut scenes than what is more realistic but in this case I think it makes more sense to go with realism as it's possible there was an error in the final design or the graphic designer doesn't understand military gear etc. My old set of suspenders were Y-Type too, I'm just going to make a few adjustments to the new ones.

23rd February 2012

New belt & suspenders

I finally found an accurate pistol belt from Galaxy Army Navy, a US surplus store. I decided to get new suspenders as well to make sure everything matched and because my current ones were second hand and worn. They were both cheap to buy and when they arrived it was clear this is because they are cheaply made in China (the suspenders actually have a white tag sticking out stating "made in China" lol) whereas my old set had US stamps on and were obviously genuine military issue. You can feel the quality difference but as my new set looks the part and I need to modify bits anyway I don't mind, I also like the fact they are lighter therefore more comfortable than my genuine ones.

11th February 2012

New base boots

I really hate looking for Jill's boots... Matching the style and the colour is so hard. I finally came accross these on ebay, due to the way they're made they still aren't very fitted to my calves but they aren't as baggy as my old boots. I need to remove the straps and buckles, paint the heels and sides of the sole black and also turn down or trim down the tops somehow as they end right at the knee meaning the black socks won't be visible.

6th February 2012

New pouches

Single and double pistol magazine pouches made by Guarder. I bought these from Wolf Armouries.co.uk
I find it odd that the single pouch is longer than the double considering they're the same make =/
I might see if the magazine from my Claire gun will fit into the single pouch as it feels odd having them all empty.

18th January 2012

2012 update

Currently planning updating most of the costume, this is something I have wanted to do for a while as I'm not happy with the accuracy of it yet and I enjoy wearing it!

I finally found a belt that has the correct amount of eyelets as well as the right buckle. I shall be ordering that soon and probably a new harness as my current one was second hand and a bit worn. They're quite cheap as well.

I'm currently bidding on exactly the same skirt that I have now. But I got an iron burn on mine... Oops. I might be able to make the grey trim neater this time as I didn't own a sewing machine before.

I might be getting a new top as my current one doesn't sit right along the bust line even when I try and keep it in place with sock glue. I want to add the button detailing on the back this time too.

I didn't have a close-up back reference of Jill before as I only used the fully animated clips and now that I'm checking the in-game art (and from actually playing the game myself finally!) I can see that she does have a double pouch on the back. I though it was one, the distance ref I had must have merged them together. Darn. Plus I can see they do have button closures. New pouches needed then!

Since I first wore this costume I wanted better boots. The search continues.

I want to re-straighten the wig using the hot water method again and trim the longer side so it's not below my chin.

So basically the only thing I'm not changing is the jumper XD