Lisa Garland

Silent Hill

Last Updated: 07-24-2012

Back in late 2007 I decided that I wanted to Cosplay a nurse from one of the Silent Hill games, but I didn't think that I was capable of doing the makeup or sculpting to make a monster nurse. Instead I thought it would be fun to Cosplay as Lisa, the tragic human nurse in the first game.

I bought most of the materials and the shoes for this costume in late 2007 but I kept putting off making the outfit until early 2009 when I decided that Lisa would be a fairly easy costume to pack and bring to Katsucon. I sort of put off making this costume because I didn't think that I could pull off Cosplaying a "womanly" character despite the fact that I'm over 20 years old. (^^);;

The dress was made using a denim material so it would be opaque. Of course, that means the dress is rather heavy and doesn't really flow. The material does work fairly nicely as a uniform type dress and it holds it shape rather nicely which was important since I accidentally made the dress too short. XD I was basing my design after a reference image of Lisa sitting down and I didn't notice that the skirt had ridden up a bit on her thighs as she was sitting. When my dress was nearly done I was watching clips from the games and I was surprised to find that her dress was practically at knee level. I'm too used to the nurses of the later games whose skirts are hardly mini-skirt level. XD I think the shorter dress worked out for me, ironically, since I'm rather short and the dress length made it look like I have really long legs and that I'm taller than I actually am.

My mother knit my red cardigan so the overall design is pretty close to the one in the game. I loved how it turned out and my mom did the whole thing in just a week and a half. She really enjoys knitting and is asking if I need any more sweaters for costumes. XD

The hardest part of the costume to make was probably the belt on the dress which was really annoying to engineer. I wanted it to appear that it was a continuous belt but it needed to be lose and to open so I could use the zipper in the back of the dress to get in and out of it (since denim has no stretch). The belt is layered and attaches using velcro. I think it turned out fairly well.

I think it's important to always save scraps of material and old clothing because you never know when it might come in handy. Lisa's "SP" armband was made using a piece of the leggings from the pants that were converted into the skirt for my Heather costume. XD The only annoying thing is that I couldn't get the colours to match between my name tag and my armband. I made the name tag on my computer, but both the printer at my home and the printer at work couldn't seem to properly print the colours that I wanted. It's also very difficult to get dimensions (no matter how many times you measure them) to match up properly when you make images on the computer. XD I had to redo and reprint my name tag several times to make it fit the tag case.

Pretty much the only sort of disappointing thing about this costume is my hat. I used a standard nurse hat costume pattern that I found online that I attempted to alter for Lisa, but my attempt wasn't really successful. I'll probably have to redo it later. I also didn't bother making her earrings since I don't have pierced ears and the wig would have covered them anyway. My natural hair colour is brown (I used my real hair when I Cosplayed as Alessa) so it's sort of difficult to properly hide my real hair and pull back the wig hair to match Lisa's hairstyle. I was really happy with my wig. I originally bought one for the costume in 2007 but the colour was a bit bright and it lacked a skin part so I ordered a new one a few weeks before Katsu.

Finally, Darthmarysue helped me out with my eye makeup at Katsu so I can look back at pictures of me as Lisa and I actually think that this costume was fairly flattering. I failed at wearing heels, though. I had to keep taking them off and I sat down a lot during the con. Hopefully I'll adjust to the shoes a little better before I wear this costume again. I definitely enjoyed Cosplaying Lisa so I don't plan to retire this costume anytime soon! :3

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Character Lisa Garland
Series Silent Hill
Costume Views 5639
Favorites 11
Comments 2
Upload Date 02-19-2009
Debuted Katsucon 2009

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