Cosplayer Shii Arisugawa > Costume of Rebecca Chambers from Resident Evil
About this Costume
- Construction Details:
I made the cargo pants first, and my first time making pants for myself. I modified an existing pattern to be more fitted, adding seam lines and pocket placements where necessary. The top is actually a leotard so I don't have to worry about it riding up, and CherryTeaGirl sent me the S.T.A.R.S. patch, thank you!! I tried, and failed (twice) in dyeing fabric for the choker, so instead I used a nice maroon poplin fabric I found locally.
The pouches were my favorite part to work on, all pieces have heavy interfacing, and there's long strips of craft foam sandwiched between the fabric and lining layers to help the pouches retain their shape. I also added pouches on the insides, to help keep my stuff organized! The medical cross logos are iron on transfers, and the pistol belt was purchased on Amazon. I've remade the pouches for WonderCon 2014, pretty much following the same construction process but instead I used lightweight cardboard (poster board?) in between the fabric and lining layers. I also adjusted the length of the front flaps, and made the bottoms of the pouches square as possible, instead of rounded.
I made the tactical vest by modifying a regular vest pattern, and it consists of 4 layers: mesh, bottom weight fabric, fusible batting, and lining. I made the back logo a tad bigger out of personal preference, which is all satin stitched around the edges. The "RESCUE" text is iron on transfers, and I went over it with fabric paint for good measure. ALWAYS make sure the parchment paper is cooled completely before you peel it, heh.
The original boots used were from my Len Kagamine costume, time to put some retired costume pieces to good use! I chopped 2" from the top so they're the correct height, and painted them using acrylic paint mixed with fabric medium. The shoelaces are a dark grey cording, with 3/4" strips of packing tape on the ends so they're easier to thread through the eyelets. I finally upgraded my boots, so now they match Siyegen's Barry Burton costume, the olive green matches the rest of my costume quite well so I might skip painting them this time.
The little things: gloves are from my Ibis Douglas costume, I just added the cuff and reinforced the seams on the edges. The socks are from my Sakura Kasugano costume, rolled UP instead of down, saves me a few bucks instead of having to buy new socks! I already owned the belt, while the watch and prop gun were purchased on Amazon. The first aid spray is a small spray bottle, the graphic is by CHRIS-RICKFIELD on deviantART, and it's filled with Febreeze.
- Personal Thoughts:
- I blame Varnani. AGAIN. >:C I like medics. :3 I also enjoy making things like pouches, bags, and I wanted to try making a tactical vest. I originally had this planned for Fanime 2013, but decided to push and get it done for WonderCon instead. I had such a hard time choosing a color palette, and ended up going with ones that I thought looked good together, not to mention would look good on me. ^^; This costume is my baby and out of all my costumes, this one has gone through the most upgrades and revisions because I want to wear it to every con ever. AND I HAVE SO FAR.
- Styling Notes
- When I first took the wig out of the bag, it had weird kinks in the front bangs, the bangs would NOT stay down! It also had slight waves all over, probably from being in the packaging. Both were super easy fixes, I went over the entire wig with a flat iron, then used got2b diluted in a small cup of water to tame the bangs and add the side part!
- Wig Review
- I originally used this wig for Sakura Kasugano, but I think it works nicely for Rebecca Chambers as well! I'm still disappointed with the quality of the wig itself, but at least the color is nice and it photographs nicely. ^^;
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