2nd August 2010: Collar insignia finished Re-vamped insignia - finished.
The old ones were completely the wrong shape (rectangles). And the yellow stripes were held on with just one stitch at either end - which was very visible. :S
Pic shows the finished new insignia. This is as close to the screen costume as I can make out using screen grabs of the film. Note the trapezoid shape. And this time the yellow stripes (also trapezoid) are stuck on with fabric glue for neatness because I used ribbon ( - which always puckers when I sew it).
Fabric glue: have to say - I am impressd with the fabric glue. When you first put it on it seems to not stick at all, but left alone for a long time to set it eventually sticks very strongly.
The fabric glue didn't bleed through the ribbon and discolour it either (like some other glues would).
ok Fabric glue your life is spared, I will keep you in my sewing box ^_^
31st July 2010: Improving collar insignia I had these quite wrong, so now I know what they should look like I'm re-making them the correct shape.
Pic shows new collar insignia in progress. The black inserts that go inside the red covers are made from thin plastic sheet cut to shape and bent to follow the curve of the neck. I made them this way to give really neat edges to the insignia. I have cut new yellow ribbon stripes and they will be glued on next. I guess originally these insignia would all be embroidered but I don't know the first thing about embroidery so I have to make them my own way. ^_^ Whateer gets the job done.
30th July 2010: Re-Vamp improvements under way Since I have been invited to wear Silhouette for a charity costume event (Magna - Movie day) in Oct I decided now is a good time to dig the costume out and correct some of the mistakes I made when I initially made it. I always intended to go back and fix the faults and wear her out again. Now I have more time I can re-work those bits I am not happy with.
Re-vamp number 1: Wig - I realise I hacked that poor wig to death. I have a much nicer wig for this now.
Re-vamp number 2: Jacket collar reduced - I've taken an inch off the stand up collar because it was too high. Also means relocating the red/yellow insignia which were a bit wrong anyway. So I'm re-making them the right shape too.
Pic shows the new collar outline in chalk. Note military braid has also been removed since it wasn't fixed in exactly the right place. I will re fix that where it should be..under the shoulder epilet (instead of balancing on top of it!)
17th April 2009: Update: 16 Apr 09 (1 full day left tomorrow) Work so far...
Trousers - are finished sewing and just soaking in black dye over night.
Jacket - is cut down, just sewing it now.
Been to the hab-dash today and got all the gold buttons, and some shoulder pads. Piping is a pain to find - NO gold piping and NO gold braid, urghhh! *mild Panic!* So I bought some plain and I'm gonna try painting it with acrylic Gold paint..hope this works.
Wig - needs styling, I have an old one which I can cut down - if it fails I shall be up town pronto tommorrow to get a new Black Bob wig.
17th April 2009: Modifying in progress Cutting down and marking the new jacket shape, ..and paper patterns drawn up for making the pocket tops.
14th April 2009: Raw materials My wife was having one of those mad clothes clearouts, I got there just in time, "..You're throwing this OUT!?!" 80 ..and as you can imagine I rescued lots of good stuff from the plastic sack before it went, ..including these which I'm using for the raw materials of Silhouette's costume.
Starting with the jeans, which I am about to tailor in, add fake pockets and then dye black. Then when dry I'll add the Gold trim and buttons.
Bustier I think I'll leave as is.
Jacket needs cutting down into her sexy lil bolero, and Gold trims adding.
Only 4 days, ..I CAN do this! :S
Anonymous - 15th April 2009
Ok I am REALLY excited about this!
Silhoette is my favourite, and I KNOW you'll do her faithfully!!
*hugs X a million!!*
Ranma1-2 - 15th April 2009
Yeah, not long to wait to see the results of this one either.
It won't be 100% accurate because of the limited time, but it'll be recognisable.
Captain_Marvelous - 16th April 2009
wow im loving the stream of watchmen cosplays ^.^ cant wait for this ps: finnaly got my lust dress ^.^
OrgXIII-Namine - 16th April 2009
"a certain miss somebody" 8D *feels speical* teehee I can't wait too see it and I can't wait to finally meet you properly 8D
Ranma1-2 - 17th April 2009
Tis going ok so far guys.
update: The trousers are finished sewing and just soaking in black dye. (..better be looking Black by morning :S )
Jacket is cut down, just sewing it now.
Been to the hab-dash today and got all the gold buttons. Piping is a pain to find - NO gold piping and NO gold braid, urghhh! *mild Panic!* So I bought some plain and I'm gonna try painting it with acrylic Gold paint..hope this works.
Wig - needs styling, I have an old one which I can cut down - if it fails I shall be up town pronto tommorrow to get a new Black Bob wig. I might anyway cos it was a pretty cheapo wig. I'd like a better one.. hmmmm.
And if there's time I shall make some boot tops to go over my shoes.
But it's looking like it's still on. Yaaaay. :D
Captain_Marvelous - 19th April 2009
cool ^.^ really came together, just got back from seeing the movie this looks awesome
Shazz - 19th April 2009
uwaa~~ Awesome Silhouette! \o/
It's a shame you can't make it to Bristol on Sat;(
Ranma1-2 - 19th April 2009
Thanks Luke. (when am I gonna get a sneek peek at Lust?)
Thanks Shazz. Awww what a dang shame they were sold out! Never mind. There may be another chance sometime..
Shazz - 19th April 2009
Yeah, I swear it never sold out before when I've been. Ah well, I'll def. re-wear Nite Owl anyway I expect^^
Anonymous - 20th April 2009
Looks cool, I was thinking of cosplaying her at some point too :)
Sands, I actually wasn't very happy with the wig. It was my first go at styling and I cut it straight across! - since then I have been told never cut straight across.
Also I didn't have the right footwear at the time. But I have found some suitable ankle boots now. The costume is comfortable to wear so I will cosplay Silhouette again sometime, when I need an easy costume. :)
Captain_Marvelous - 1st May 2010
You look sooo amazingly Passable XD Amazing Crossplay!
Ranma1-2 - 1st May 2010
Cheers mate. ^_^ The makeup could have been better on the day except there were no changing rooms so I had to do everything in a tiny loo.. using a compact mirror. @_@
No thanks - 1st May 2010
Still looking absoloutly beautiful!<3
Captain_Marvelous - 25th July 2010
This spurs me on to get rorschach done XD I still say you look amazing!
Ranma1-2 - 25th July 2010
Looks very likely that I could be doing her again in Oct for the Magna at the movies event - Sat Oct 6 in Rotherham. I was asked if I could do Maul for this but I just haven't been able to make any progress on him :/
So instead I am going to make some improvements to this costume and wear her out again. Plus I have a much nicer wig now..and I would like to do a better job on the makeup. One of the organisers (Rose) is trying to organise a Watchmen group. I don't know if she has any of the other characters yet. If you want to contact her about it she is angelofmusicuk here on Cos Island.
event details here -
Let me know if you fancy it :)
Captain_Marvelous - 25th July 2010
I doubt I can make it to Magna sadly :( regardless they probably already have a Rorscharch but not to worry ^.^
Ranma1-2 - 26th July 2010
Ah well..we'll defo meet up at Thoughtbubble. :) :)
Captain_Marvelous - 26th July 2010
Yup :) with a bit of luck! agh ive got two Lanterns to finish before then XD
Wyrdsister - 3rd August 2010
I'm glad you're reworking that. I like you in this costume! First time we met I believe? I'm going to that event in a LOTR outfit( work allowing). Will be cool seing you again. There seems to be a Watchmen cosy revival...I might have to join the club ;)
Ranma1-2 - 3rd August 2010
Thanks Steph. It will be even better. ^_^ Yes I think I was wearing this the first time we met.
Oooooo I will look out for you.
Yes you're welcome to join the club - not enough Watchmen cosplays are done!
Wyrdsister - 10th August 2010
I might just do that!
Ranma1-2 - 10th August 2010
Aha, another Watchmen cosplay, great. *Intrigued* - which character? :P
Ranma1-2 - 11th August 2010
Sure, go for the character which appeals to you most. Of course naked Dr Manhatten would be a Really hard costume to make! (Though not impossible..). Cosplay is about having fun. So eg if you like Ozzy's outfit why not?
And if you like Silhouette def do her. I think you would make a Fabulous Silhouette actually.
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