Silent Hill Movie
Last Updated: 09-12-2010
Haha, so, I borrowed a friend's wig in hopes that I would cosplay this really soon... turned out sooner than I expected!
I took so many pictures from the movie to try and figure out the fabrics of her outfit... BUH. So difficult. It's hard to figure out how her coat..cape... works... or how many layers she has on.
Aside from trying to find the right texture in fabrics, eventually I just gave up and used what I could. I'm still not 100% satisfied since every time I look at it... I see something different... But what can you do? Most people don't pay much attention to the little details for this costume.
The outermost coat is made of a very heavy wool (like... rug material. Go me for not getting the correct name). It was put in a dye bath of various browns/greens/blacks. I also gave it a little blood work along the bottom/back to look like it had been dragged through some gross mess. There was a light spraying of textured grey paint to help give an ashy effect, but I ran out so you can't see much of it.
Underneath it is another coat of about the same length. I called it the "lining" even though it wasn't attached to the outer coat. That was made of white corduroy dyed green/dirty brown.
My shirt was only half-made. I took an old t-shirt of mine and cut off the front part. I then used that as a pattern to make Dahlia's shirt. But before I cut out the fabric, I tore strips off of my bolt, sewed them together to make an uneven tiered print. Then I dyed it a purplish brown, and FINALLY cut out the front to sew up with the back of my old BRIGHT RED t-shirt. I probably should have used a brown/black/white shirt but oh well, you can't ever see the red part.
The skirt was made from a bed sheet that had a similar pattern to what she wore in the movie. Not perfect, but close enough considering most people wouldn't see it. Dyed that in a dirty gray wash with the same blood treatment as my coat. It ended up getting torn up even MORE because of the constant movement in it. Thankfully I had shorts on underneath.
As for my feet, I made furry "leg warmers" because she has those randomly... along with my hands and feet wrapped in excess strips of fabric.
Everything was cut up/torn/ripped and then machine washed/dried to create a better worn look. Without the machine wash it obviously looked like I cut up the fabric, but afterward it seemed more... natural? I don't know the word...
The make-up turned out good, but in the heat, it seemed to sweat off, so I lost some of the work done on my hands/arms/face. It also looked like my face was paler than my arms/hands in some of the photos... so I'll need to work on that.
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