So I was filling out some paperwork for a convention and I was asked ‘Please provide pictures of three different outfits and include a description of the materials and techniques used in constructing them.’ I didn’t know what costumes to talk about, at first. Now I felt like the three I wound up choosing are a pretty good array, sooooo here, have a bit of insight. :)

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Ivy Valentine (Soul Calibur 5 version) – Hours: ~120 Cost: $75 Sometimes some of the smallest costumes have the most construction to make sure everything stays in its appropriate place. Fabric: 3 types of spandex, microsuede, silk, lace. The combination of stretch fabrics with non-stretch fabrics is always a struggle, and atop of that there was piping in between the paneling. Most of the construction was done on my serger, sewing machine, and details were sewn by hand. The pattern for this outfit was entirely drafted by me. All of the fabric of this outfit started off white and I hand-dyed it all to achieve the perfect colors. Armor: Wonderflex covered in metallic spandex, and the shoulder piece was sculpted from expanding foam, wonderflex, and epoxy putty. Sword: Insulation foam covered with polyethelene sheeting, with coil conduit for the ‘whip’, with the pommel made of insulation foam, a wooden dowel, and decorated with pieces of polyethelene sheeting. Wig: Hand-cut and styled by me. Boots: These are boot covers, into which I slip a high heel of my choosing. Making bootcovers saves a lot of money – you can invest in one pair of great, comfy pumps, and slip them into all high-heeled costumes – and I would be happy to teach others how to make a money-saving bootcover pattern.

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Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers version) – Hours: ~12 (Flame props: 30) Cost: $50 (Flame props: $40) Fabric: Navy is hand-dyed 2-way stretch wet-look spandex, the gold is 4-way stretch shiny moleskin spandex (the same gold I used on my Ms. Marvel/Warbird costume, which tied two costumes of the same character together), and the red is 2-way stretch faux leather. Constructed on my serger, the only hassle was combining 2- and 4-way stretches, and fitting a 2-way stretch fabric to my bust, which was achieved by patterning panels that would fit my bust without compressing it. The gloves were made by me, with finger gussets and fully functioning buttons. The boots were painted to match using Nu-Life leather spraypaint, with aesthetic buttons hand-sewn on. The wig was a combination of two wigs, weaving wefts of long hair down the center of a short wig, then styling it into a faux-hawk. While the flame effect has been enhanced by the photographer, they are props I made using theater lighting gel – forming them into ‘flames’ using a heat gun, then adhering them to a Wonderflex base (the tutorial for which can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/bellecherecostume/photos/a.10151351721546130.1073741827.224399206129/10151352837586130/?type=3&theater). The cowl is made out of silicon, made by 4th Wall Designs.

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Red Sonja - Hours: ~75 Cost: $60 The bikini top and loincloth/bottoms were made from a base of brown microsuede, atop of which I hand-stitched over 750 nickle-plated mild steel scales (purchased from theringlord.com). It weighs about 16 lbs. and is tied with reinforced leather strapping. I test ALL my costumes out before attending a convention, to ensure no ‘wardrobe malfunctions’ happen, by the by. Gloves were made out of the same brown microsuede, as well as the boots – the soles of which are water shoes, which is another cost effective way to sole a costume shoe. The shoulder, thigh, and arm bands are made from Wonderflex, covered in metallic spandex.

vegeto247:

cosplayblog:

Ivy (lying) and Taki (standing) from SoulCalibur IV

Cosplayers:
BelleChere (Ivy)
Kelume (Taki)
Photographer: Eurobeat Kasumi Photography [FB]


Hmh, this is one I’ve never seen before. Thoughts on this shot,
bellechere
?

Thoughts? Uhm. I like this one better.
IVY WINS.

vegeto247:

cosplayblog:

Ivy (lying) and Taki (standing) from SoulCalibur IV

Cosplayers:

Photographer: Eurobeat Kasumi Photography [FB]

Hmh, this is one I’ve never seen before. Thoughts on this shot,
bellechere
?

Thoughts? Uhm. I like this one better.

IVY WINS.

2013! It was a whirlwind. I traveled places I dreamed of visiting, and some I had never dreamed I’d see; didn’t get as many costumes completed as I would have liked, but came up with unexpected ones; and best of all made some great memories with friends new and old.

This collage contains all the characters I did last year; some costumes new, some old, but all these pictures were taken in 2013.

Every costume made and modeled by me, BelleChere

Catwoman cowl made by ReevzFX

Rogue inspired custom corset by Castle Corsetry.

Thank you to the photographers who took these! ModelMosa, The Watters Mark, Eurobeat Kasumi, DTJAAAM, Patrick Sun, Pat Loika, Amanda Walton, and FirstPerson Shooter!

notcain:

It has been a while since I have posted any cosplay on this blog so I decided to make up for it by creating a photo set featuring the best cosplayer on the planet. Enjoy Bellechere’s awesomeness!

Oh my. Thank you for the feature!!

<appropriately grateful gif here>

(via thehappysorceress)

americancomicon:

The Cosplay View.
Dragon*Con. Atlanta. 2012. Hyatt Regency: Atrium Tower Lobby.
Ivy Valentine Performance Created Entirely by Cosplay Genius *Belle Chere*!
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(and.. just to hopefully put the brakes on ANY possible future comments: yes, I made Belle Chere aware that I was taking her picture from behind. yes, i have other over-the-shoulder-full-body-pictures of her looking right into my camera to prove it. yes, the paparazzi were just as important to the composition of this image as the 2 cosplayers, hence the title “The Cosplay View”, noting how both cosplayers AND photgraphers see the cosplay world. yes, i’ll admit, her beautiful pose from behind was what got me back there in the first place. yes, i think belle chere is one of the two (3?) greatest cosplayers showcasing their art today… thank you)

And I&#8217;ll immediately pipe up to say, yes, I knew he was there. As I recall, he explained what he was trying to capture (a photog shooting photogs), and was quite polite in asking permission. This is exactly what to do. 
Also, Taki is portrayed by Miss Sinister Cosplay! Also, thank you, sir, for the compliments!
Aaaand I&#8217;m pretty sure I&#8217;ll be the only one sitting here thinking: &#8220;I forgot to consider that the lift of my arms would lift the jacket so high. Patterning fail.&#8221;

americancomicon:

The Cosplay View.

Dragon*Con. Atlanta. 2012. Hyatt Regency: Atrium Tower Lobby.

Ivy Valentine Performance Created Entirely by Cosplay Genius *Belle Chere*!

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(and.. just to hopefully put the brakes on ANY possible future comments: yes, I made Belle Chere aware that I was taking her picture from behind. yes, i have other over-the-shoulder-full-body-pictures of her looking right into my camera to prove it. yes, the paparazzi were just as important to the composition of this image as the 2 cosplayers, hence the title “The Cosplay View”, noting how both cosplayers AND photgraphers see the cosplay world. yes, i’ll admit, her beautiful pose from behind was what got me back there in the first place. yes, i think belle chere is one of the two (3?) greatest cosplayers showcasing their art today… thank you)

And I’ll immediately pipe up to say, yes, I knew he was there. As I recall, he explained what he was trying to capture (a photog shooting photogs), and was quite polite in asking permission. This is exactly what to do.

Also, Taki is portrayed by Miss Sinister Cosplay! Also, thank you, sir, for the compliments!

Aaaand I’m pretty sure I’ll be the only one sitting here thinking: “I forgot to consider that the lift of my arms would lift the jacket so high. Patterning fail.”

Sooooo I was going to make a cover photo for FB, I couldn’t decide which costumes to put on there, so I was like I’LL JUST DO THEM ALL.

Aaaand I have 35 costumes. So I did a thing. Not only does it help remind me when I made a costume, but it’s also boosted my morale a little, inspired me to keep on going. All those non-me-2013 pics are half-done or completed, and I needed a little nudge to keep going.

Each costume is in order of when I made it, for progress sake. IT’S A TIMELINE, WHOA.

2006: Rogue, Rogue, Rogue, Mystique
2007: Black Cat, Phoenix, Dawn, Rogue
2008: Spider-Woman, Hepzibah, Anna Mercury, She-Hulk, Ivy Valentine, Dawn
2009: Fem-Deadpool, Power Girl, Red Sonja, Dawn, Lady Death
2010: Rogue, Ghost, Vampirella, Jessica Rabbit, Teela, Drowned Ophelia
2011: Ms. Marvel, Goblin Queen, She-Hulk, Maleficent, Bellatrix Lestrange
2012: Binary, Captain Marvel, Ivy Valentine
2013: Mad Moxxi, Catwoman, Tarot, Diva Plavalaguna, Hela, Witchblade, Power Girl

Interesting to see when I broadened my horizons, comic-wise. Only ever read X-Men, then opened up to Avengers, expanded beyond Marvel to Image and Avatar, felt bold enough to dive into video game costuming, then Dynamite and Dark Horse…and finally DC.

A number of these costumes (Teela, Bellatrix, Xtreme Rogue and Goblin Queen) never got proper photos taken - just convention floor shots. Ooops. Some of these I only ever wore once (Phoenix and Vampi) cause they just…weren’t me.

2012 was a bad year for me. I aim to make up for it this year.

If you want to see any of these pics larger, Go Here!

(I STILL DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO FOR A COVER PHOTO, ARG)

Taki VS Ivy - Battle One - FIGHT!Miss Sinister Cosplay as Taki, myself (BelleChere) as Ivy Valentine. 
It was hot as balls (which is 94F, FYI) that day in Atlanta, but I&#8217;m so glad we did this photoshoot! I always get hit with the giggles when trying to be all serious, &#8216;fighting&#8217; someone and making such direct eye contact - the next photo in the &#8216;shoot is me cracking up. Thanks to Eurobeat Kasumi Photography for braving the heat with us and doing this photoshoot!

Taki VS Ivy - Battle One - FIGHT!

Miss Sinister Cosplay as Taki, myself (BelleChere) as Ivy Valentine.

It was hot as balls (which is 94F, FYI) that day in Atlanta, but I’m so glad we did this photoshoot! I always get hit with the giggles when trying to be all serious, ‘fighting’ someone and making such direct eye contact - the next photo in the ‘shoot is me cracking up. Thanks to Eurobeat Kasumi Photography for braving the heat with us and doing this photoshoot!

My website is back up. Yaaaaay!

If you’ve ever wondered what conventions I’ll be at this year, or what I’m currently working on, you can find that under the new section ‘Upcoming Events & Costumes’.

There are 21 new prints available for purchase, including the photos above, and including 5 new costumes that didn’t have prints available before. Half of the proceeds go towards assisting me with the purchase of costuming goods, such as fabric, wigs, sewing notions, sculpting materials, etc. The other half will be donated to The Hero Initiativein an effort to give back to the creators who have inspired me.

I apologize for the blatant advertisement in the center there, but I’m tired of people deleting everything I’ve written when it’s reblogged. So there! You can’t delete that!

Please go check it out, and spread the word around! Thank you!

Sorry I haven&#8217;t been posting lately! I was busy in Taiwan, with my new friend and cosplaying buddy illiara! We had an adventure. It was a crazy time, courtesy of ModelMosa, and I&#8217;ll be posting pics of my trip over on FB.
This is us at Fancy Frontier convention in Taipei, Taiwan.

Sorry I haven’t been posting lately! I was busy in Taiwan, with my new friend and cosplaying buddy illiara! We had an adventure. It was a crazy time, courtesy of ModelMosa, and I’ll be posting pics of my trip over on FB.

This is us at Fancy Frontier convention in Taipei, Taiwan.

comicsalliance:

Best Cosplay Ever (This Week) - 01.28.13
By Bethany Fong
Although cosplay has been present for decades within the comics, anime, and sci-fi/fantasy fandoms, social media has played an integral role in the thriving community of costuming that exists today and cosplay communities such as Cosplay.com and the Superhero Costuming Forum. In honor of the many fans who’ve displayed excellence in the mastery of homemade disguise, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), a weekly collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into our own super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.
Check out this week’s round-up of the Best Cosplay Ever on ComicsAlliance, featuring Gambit, Peter Pan, Power Girl, Kitty Pryde &amp; Wolverine (above) and more!

Thank you for featuring me and my friend Miss Sinister, CA! I&#8217;m always surprised to be, and it makes my day.
I would, however, like to post the photo that was taken maybe 2 seconds after the one you guys used, cause it showcases the costumes better, has better lighting, and is more attractive.

It&#8217;s all about the angles!

comicsalliance:

Best Cosplay Ever (This Week) - 01.28.13

By Bethany Fong

Although cosplay has been present for decades within the comics, anime, and sci-fi/fantasy fandoms, social media has played an integral role in the thriving community of costuming that exists today and cosplay communities such as Cosplay.com and the Superhero Costuming Forum. In honor of the many fans who’ve displayed excellence in the mastery of homemade disguise, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), a weekly collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into our own super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.

Check out this week’s round-up of the Best Cosplay Ever on ComicsAlliance, featuring Gambit, Peter Pan, Power Girl, Kitty Pryde & Wolverine (above) and more!

Thank you for featuring me and my friend Miss Sinister, CA! I’m always surprised to be, and it makes my day.

I would, however, like to post the photo that was taken maybe 2 seconds after the one you guys used, cause it showcases the costumes better, has better lighting, and is more attractive.

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It’s all about the angles!

miss-sinister:


http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=542137715804234&amp;set=a.540823629268976.125706.158688090815867&amp;type=3&amp;theater PLEASE LIKE THIS IMAGE! It will count as a vote for my cosplay. The person in first and I are within a hundred likes of each other! It’s getting crazy @_@


Heeeeeey yoooooou guuuuuuuys! You should click on that link up above and vote for my friend Miss Sinister (Taki!). She&#8217;s super talented and deserves it!

miss-sinister:

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=542137715804234&set=a.540823629268976.125706.158688090815867&type=3&theater PLEASE LIKE THIS IMAGE! It will count as a vote for my cosplay. The person in first and I are within a hundred likes of each other! It’s getting crazy @_@

Heeeeeey yoooooou guuuuuuuys! You should click on that link up above and vote for my friend Miss Sinister (Taki!). She’s super talented and deserves it!

I don&#8217;t care if I&#8217;m immature. I CAN&#8217;T STOP LAUGHING.

I don’t care if I’m immature. I CAN’T STOP LAUGHING.

2012 - A Year in Review - Costuming!

Here are the scant few new costumes (and an oldie but goodie) I made this year. 2012 has been a helluva year. Due to personal troubles, costuming unfortunately had to take the back burner more often than I would have liked. I’m looking forward to making up for what I missed out on in 2013!

Plans are already being made regarding costumes and conventions for 2013, and it’s looking like it’s going to be a very promising year. Prospective costumes include: Mad Moxxie (BL2), Diva Plavalaguna, Promethea (the first comics I ever got my hands on!), and Witchblade, Ame-Comi Power Girl, and Risti (Queen’s Blade) are still on the docket. I’ll make a post of conventions once I have things a little more set in stone, and once a few cons confirm that I’ll be their guest!

Cheers to a new year!

Isabella ‘Ivy’ Valentine.

Soul Calibur V.

Costume, armor, and sword made by me.

Modeled by me.

First picture by Sp3ed Demon on Flickr. Bottom left by AnimazeGuy - photoNXS. Bottom right by LJinto.

(Source: bellechere, via hitpts)

fuckyeahbellechere:

BelleChere as Ivy Valentine

Series: Soul Calibur V

Debuted: Dragon*Con 2012

Photos by: Nathan Carter

I think it’s hilarious that someone created a fan Tumblr for my costuming. Not only that, but they’re quick with the posting! Much more regular than I am.

Here’s my Isabella Valentine from Soul Calibur V, photos taken at DragonCon 2012!