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Jojobongos
01-30-2011, 02:27 PM
Hi, I'm completely new to the cosplay/convention scene and need some help on making an Ellis costume! As stupid as this sounds, the only question is have is understanding Ellis' pants. Seriously. Is he wearing

1. Coveralls that have the top rolled down and tied to his waist
or
2. Coveralls with the top half unzipped and tied to his waist.

I've never owned coveralls so I don't even know if they are capable of #2.

Finally, any suggestions where to start shopping? I know, google, but if anyone has a particular starting point that would be great. I've seen lots of awesome Ellis costumes (plenty on this site too) but it seems like everyone on the planet except me understands how to make the pants.

Seiten Taisei
01-31-2011, 12:05 AM
Option one.
He wears simple working overalls that you can find at uniform shop, goodwill/thrift stores, sometimes even walmart.

Bwentali
01-31-2011, 01:20 PM
Seiten got it right, so no comment there.

all I wanna say is remember the tat! put it on with sharpie or finger paint if you gotta.

http://www.cosplay.com/photo/2390182/

it's all the little details...

Pvt sleepy
08-04-2011, 07:14 PM
Go to the Valve store (http://store.valvesoftware.com/index.php?t=1). They have his hat (http://store.valvesoftware.com/product.php?i=H0560) and shirt (http://store.valvesoftware.com/product.php?i=C2180). This is why I love Left 4 dead cosplay. The game is great and the characters are unbeatable, and the costumes are easy to make.

Slayer Alex
08-28-2011, 01:19 AM
Go to the Valve store (http://store.valvesoftware.com/index.php?t=1). They have his hat (http://store.valvesoftware.com/product.php?i=H0560) and shirt (http://store.valvesoftware.com/product.php?i=C2180). This is why I love Left 4 dead cosplay. The game is great and the characters are unbeatable, and the costumes are easy to make.

Is that really what the shirt looks like? Isnt it less acurate since its not a "ringer" style?

Anyone know of a place that i might be able to custom make a ringer shirt? I cant seem to find a place with the right colors. :(

oh and ringer means having those rings around the neck and sleves. brown ones in this case

gcnkirby
09-05-2011, 11:54 PM
Don't get the shirt from the valve store if it's for cosplay. The picture is way to small. I've seen people with them. It just looks too small. . .

punkynotemo
10-07-2011, 02:31 AM
Don't get the shirt from the valve store if it's for cosplay. The picture is way to small. I've seen people with them. It just looks too small. . .

Thank you so much, I was going to buy it from the Valve store but now that I've asked around after reading your comment, I think I'll have to make my own.

Hasn't-a-name
10-13-2011, 02:13 PM
Well, with my Ellis I have the coveralls unzipped to a point, and then rolled down and tied. (Granted, I'm only 5'3>_>) Definitely look at goodwill/thrift stores for them(as seiten said), mine only cost me five dollars, as opposed to the 25+ it would have cost online.
Shirt: nappykit (deviantart) has drawn out the logo and allowed cosplayers to use it, provided they give credit. Just print it off(after resizing) and use an iron on transfer sheet, though you might want to redit out the background, as it is yellow and won't corrospond with the color of the shirt. As for the shirt itself, take a plain white shirt and soak it overnight in coffee. I found that leaving some of the actual grounds themselves in helps too, as they gather on the fabric and leave stains, which definitely helps with accuracy. Just, soak the shirt in a diluted coffee mixture until you are satisfied and add approx. one tablespoon of vinegar to the mixture in order to bind the color to the fabric. The ringer style can be achieved by sewing or hot gluing strips of brown fabric around the sleeves and collar.
Hat: i found an old baseball cap, removed the existing logo, and filled in the holes with a matching blue fabric. The patch can be made by taking blue fabric and either sewing or gluing it into a rectangular shape. White fabric paint can then be used to make the towtruck logo.
Weapons: Surprisingly, you can find some pretty decent toy guns at walmart(and some dollarstores..the things kids play with today>_>) that, when spraypainted, serve as amazing props.