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Valentine. by cupcake-rufflebutt Valentine. by cupcake-rufflebutt
"You know the first rule of combat?
Shoot them before they shoot you."

~ Faye Valentine [Cowboy Bebop]

Myself as Faye Valentine. Photos taken by Al [Eurobeat King] at A-Kon 2009. I have a number of glamour/artistic shots of this little number that I can't wait to upload, but I also wanted to post a collage to show the craftsmanship of the costume. The top and shorts are made from a beautiful yellow stretch satin. This was my first time working with stretch tafetta, but I can now safely say it is among my favourite fabrics! [I decided to forego pleather because it just seemed like a headache waiting to happen. Everything I was finding was either TOO neon or too buttery, TOO shiny or too matte, TOO thick or not stretchy enough. Plus I just really love the texture of the tafetta!] The red jacket was a lucky find at Goodwill, and I stripped the buttons and pockets off of it, since Faye's jacket is undecorated. The boots are altered from a pair of white knee-hi boots. Try as I might, I could not find a pair of white boots with both her rounded toe and modest heel, so I was left with two options: pointed toe and correct heel or correct toe and stripper heels. I figured my stumpy legs could use the height, so I went with the latter. ^__^ Various promotional artworks show Faye wearing stockings ranging in colour from violet to white to nude to tan. I chose tan for the same reason I chose a more subdued purple-black for my wig: I was aiming for a more natural look. Speaking of the wig, it functions as a 3/4 wig [ie, it sits back from my hairline]. Borrowing an idea from one of my favourite Faye cosplayers, Dia, I coloured my natural widow's peak purple with an eyeliner pencil and allowed the headband to mask the seam between my own hair and the wig. I have to sincerely thank Jet Texas for the Glock, which happens to be an exact replica of Faye's gun. I had been carrying the wrong gun for my Opera Faye costume the previous year at A-Kon and he was kind enough to bestow upon me the appropriate gun from his own collection. What a swell guy!

Please no critiques/criticism. I'd like to keep this gallery happy! <3
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zuo2012 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
fay cos great beautifu......
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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ga-ren Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
This is a nice costume but the pose is great.
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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IntricateRain Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
Sorry! I'm just a tad bit confused by reading the description, did you use stretch taffeta or stretch satin for the yellow?

I absolutely love how it shines, it's incredible! I thought it was PVC or pleater that was just... well used?, but I stand corrected! Must know this remarkable fabric to avoid using PVC in future costumes *__*
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's a stretch taffeta. For some reason, I only ever find it in the clearance section of Joanns. It never is put out for regular price, and pops up very randomly, usually at the end of spring when the prom dress fabric is being marked down. Completely bizarre! Despite searching for hours, I've only found it online on eBay, in a store that sells it for $14.99/yd. At that price, I don't think I'll ever use it except for very, very tiny costume pieces. Definitely a source of torment for me, because it is THE most amazing fabric ever. Once you use it, you'll never settle for any other stretch fabric again!
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IntricateRain Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
That's such a shame!
The results from using that fabric are amazing! It's clean, not crinkled and gives such a gorgeous shine *__*
I hope I can find this fabric in my city, atleast in the colour I need x__x!
Thank you for responding :)
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Siacatmesecat Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is a gorgeous costume, and I love all of the little details that you used to make it look more realistic and natural. I love your fabric choices, too, by the way--I've never seen a Faye costume with pleather that I really liked, but the texture and color of yours looks gorgeous.
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I actually used a stretch taffeta for mine, since I share your sentiments toward pleather Faye costumes. ^__^; It's really hard to find her particular shade of yellow - not too glaringly neon, but not too buttery. I really lucked out!
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TheJabberwokk Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010  Student General Artist
First of all, I'd like to say I've always adored how well you cosplay and how well you make your costumes.

And I kinda feel funny sayin this, but thank you very much for your discription... I've been plannin a Faye costume for a while myself, and well, was having the same fabric issues. I never even thought of using a stretch taffeta. I was almost to the point of commissioning this costume because I was stumped! lol. So thanks for sharing your hard work with the rest of us!
(And I really hope this doesn't sound like I'm ripping you off, sorry if it does.. eheh)
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