Isabella 'Ivy' Valentine - Soul Calibur II


Minamicon 15 (2009)

Alcon 2008 Masquerade Winner (group entry), London Expo 2008 Saturday Best Preformance




This was hauled together in a month like most of our stellar work, along with Dr Eggman.

The main focus of this costume is that I wanted to make it out of something really battle worthy, something that Ivy would be proud to wear. I find looking at other Ivy's that the main fault with their costume is they use something like Spandex as their body suit fabric, and that's just too shiney for my taste.

PVC was also out because I hate the stuff. And so, I ordered £200 worth of purple and black italian leather from the internet.

I am such a cock when it comes to using expensive fabrics, I swear.

I'd never used leather before, ever, but like all things cosplay and me, I decided that I would just learn. Fortunately my £200 sewing machine is stupidly high powered, and could go through leather like beautiful, beautiful butter.

The boobs aren't real. I'm sorry to say. They look real though, so that's all that counts. They were made by buying a bra (from Primark!) and sewing the leather directly over the top and cutting it into the right shape. There's a lot of padding stuffed in there too.

The shoes had to be made from a pair of 4 inch sandles from TK Max. I needed to get to 6 inches, so I added wood on the bottom, ducktaped them and covered them in leather. And glued soles on the bottom. They get me to exactly Ivy's height (I calculated it using references and ratios ^^; ). I took the platforms off later because I decided that I wanted to be able to run properly in this. I lost 2 inches, but it still seemed to work.

All the body suit and that was made from a pattern I constructed, and then sewn with the leather. Most of the armour attachments that have to be bent are funky foam, even though I hate the stuff.

All of the other armour, like the glove are mount board. I FUCKIN' LOVE MOUNTBOARD.

The gloves had to be handsewn (AND WERE RIGHT WANKERS) and I had to learn how to cast resin gems for the gem on the hand and the sword.

The sword is mountboard again, and actually retracts properly when I pull the cord at the back. It makes me feel special, and makes others get funny feelings in thier no-no places.

The sword has broken many times though, which makes me sad.


Uni posted on 6 April, 2009 - 07:41
Looking smex-tastic ; D The church really creates a fantastic atmosphere in the pictures!

PandaaPaws posted on 6 April, 2009 - 12:52
Wow, that's brilliant! £300 to make though, that must have been a pain. And please let me stress that I am 100% straight, however, you have a lovely bum. Well suited for Ivy XD. You should try her SCIV costume sometime, despite it being even more skimpy... T.T

KhaosKreator posted on 6 April, 2009 - 15:39
Liking my bum still makes you 100% straight. It's amazing what you can do with the right corset. I'm not going to do SCIV Ivy, mainly because it's impossible to make fake boobs for that costume. No undersupport or way to conceal them. Tab

Nocturnal Blossom posted on 7 April, 2009 - 06:59
Yay for same photoshoot location! That church is epic. Looks awesome. Love bum. Love boobs. Love all. Do version 4 too! xx

Charlie-Bear posted on 8 April, 2009 - 11:29
You really are the perfect Ivy, you look so stunning! I'm glad I got to see this for myself at expo, you really done an epic job! :3

Lurida posted on 12 April, 2009 - 00:17
Tab, you're looking perfectly awesome as always. ^-^ I can't wait to see you again. Miss you loads!!! x x x x x

DarkElf posted on 8 May, 2009 - 17:24
Fantastic Ivy cosplay ^_^

Berserk667 posted on 1 June, 2009 - 22:21
I saw you at Miamicon and thought you looked brilliant. Top job!

Zaiburst posted on 5 June, 2009 - 00:20
Very good cosplay, love the attitude and that arm-piece armour looks so good. That church archway shot is terrific.

Lisu-chan posted on 8 June, 2009 - 08:31
Brilliant Ivy! Looking very good, lovely photos! I think I've seen this at an Expo, but I also think I was to chicken to tell you how awesome it is! ^_^

HotshotShan posted on 15 June, 2009 - 11:15
Amazing! Blown away, right here, have little else to say because I can't pick out any fave bits XD. And you're right that location is 'mm'!

FairyPorchQueen posted on 17 June, 2009 - 10:18
fantastic ivy! and the location if just perfect too! i hope your pleased with this, its just perfect, you look great ^__^

OrgXIII-Namine posted on 10 July, 2009 - 13:29
You look so awesome nd so very sexy ;)

Defrain posted on 10 September, 2009 - 07:54
this was an awesome cosplay

RebaSephiroth2 posted on 20 January, 2010 - 19:41
I love your Ivy cosplay and you did a fantastic job on that. ^_^

amberlovers posted on 14 May, 2010 - 12:35
simply PHWOAH, (meant in the least pervy way possible!)

cross posted on 16 May, 2010 - 09:20
This is like so cool! *dies*

keir160 posted on 21 June, 2010 - 00:07
i love this costume, you got such a beutifull finnish with that leather. was it practical to wear? ill be learning leathercraft myself very soon for my Tyrael costume.. i look forward to it :)

KhaosKreator posted on 21 June, 2010 - 20:46
Leather is comfortable to wear, but the nature of the costume is rather impractical. I'm pretty much trussed up in there so it makes it awkward, but if it's a comfortable design then it will be comfortable to wear. -Tab

Kitticus posted on 24 June, 2010 - 21:06
This truly is a masterpiece!

SlimDefinition posted on 4 September, 2010 - 15:17
I believe you wore this at expo right? Was it October 2008 or May 2009? In any case, my word if I didn't know you were a guy I'd have thought you were a woman in this. Amazing.

Storme posted on 12 February, 2011 - 21:57
Man, this is epic. Such envy for your skills!

cosrai posted on 20 March, 2011 - 13:44
You are the most perfect Ivy I have ever seen, the costume is amazinggg