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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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:iconzuo2012:
zuo2012 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
fay cos great beautifu......
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
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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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
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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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No, you're not "ripping me off" at all! I'm happy to help!

Good luck with your costume. <3
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TheFoxyEccentric274 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010
Haha. This picture is kind of funny because Spike's head is cut off. :D
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well, it was cropped to show my costume. I always try to upload a collage of the full costume with construction notes when I debut a new cosplay.
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TheFoxyEccentric274 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
I see. :D :D :D :D
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Notoire Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
Mind = boggled.

This is crazy, crazy good. I can't believe you have the correct gun and everything... wow.
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks, I'm glad you like it! The glock replica is all thanks to Jet Texas. ^__^
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prfctcellrulz Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009
(Is in awe!) 'Scuse me, I have to go watch the anime now.

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"I'll give you my gun when you pry it from my COLD, DEAD HANDS!" -Charlton Heston, RIP!
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RukiaUchiha Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2009
I LOVE IT. It's awesome, and very authentic looking. So much better than the ones I've seen sold online :love:

it'd be wicked to have hair ike that
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Never, ever buy cheap China-made cosplay, LOL. You always get what you pay for, which is to say NOT MUCH. XD I'm glad you enjoyed my costume! <3
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RukiaUchiha Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
i see that now LuLz. thank you for opening my eyes XD
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myasina Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Student General Artist
As everyone has already said, this cosplay is amazingly realistic and natural, and you look absolutely fabulous in Faye's shoes (literal and figurative). Hopefully the actress they hire on for the live action Cowboy Bebop looks as great as you do. :wow:
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aw, thank you! That is a huge compliment! <3 I've already written off the movie and cannot imagine it doing justice to the series.
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myasina Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Student General Artist
I've read that some of the crew from the anime is in on the project, so maybe they'll hold it together.
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I just question anything where Keanu Reeves is involved. And judging by the recent string of godawful live-action remakes, it's hard for me to look optimistically on this project. ^__^;
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Kanade-kun Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
best Faye ever!

question, do you make everything from scratch or do you find stuff that looks similar and alter it?
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Please read my photo description for the answer. I always try to clarify which parts of the costume are sewn and which are bought there.
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Kanade-kun Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009
ah ok sorry ^-^;
thanks tho
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koumori-no-hime Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009
I don't know muh about fabrics, but the yellow you chose looks fantastic. It has such a lovely shine to it without being overpowering. If you don't mind me asking, I have a few questions about the wig. How did you get it to stay on? I would think a wig that far back would be heavy and try and slip off. Also, it looks gorgeously natural. Did you thin is out a little to give it that feathered look? Thank you, koumori
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! The wig is only pushed back an inch or so further than it would normally be and the wig cap keeps it fairly snug on my head. A few bobby pins would keep it from budging completely, but that's normally not an issue. The wig began as a mid-back length wig, so yes, it is entirely styled by me.
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koumori-no-hime Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
Ah, I see. (sorry for the barrage of questions) Do you have any advice about wig styling? I have very little experience with it and am trying to work up the courage to style my second Edward Elric wig. (attempt one was a total flop). -k
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Honestly, I don't. Just start hacking and see where it gets you. Eventually you'll learn what to do and what not to do. It's tough at first, and you'll end up trashing a few wigs, but before long you'll become more confident in your styling and simple cuts will be a breeze. Try buying up some cheap wigs on eBay or at a Halloween store to practice on, if you're truly nervous about something. Better to trash bag wigs than good ones. ^__^
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koumori-no-hime Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009
Ah, ok. Thank you so much for all your help! -Koumori
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:iconmikina:
mikina Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
you make an awesome faye faye!! <3
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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San-01 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
Awesome!! Love it!, Everything, te wig, the makeup, the custom, everyting!

Love your hard work =3
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm glad! <3
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ducktapehatman Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009   Writer
amazing!! keep it up!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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Yuffie1972 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Professional General Artist
I hope some day Yoko and Faye will team up some day :D
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Not a fan of Gurren Lagann, but I do think Faye prefers to be a lone gun. ^__^;
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serephita Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I didn't realize you modified those boots yourself!! They look amazing, and I think the heel is perfect for Faye. :hug: The wig looks awesome, I think the deeper purple suits her more than a lot of the bright purple wigs I've seen. XD Great job as always!
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you, dear! <3
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serephita Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! <3
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soren13 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009
YOU TWO LOOK AMAZING!!!XDD
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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Hikaru-Ichigo Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
your cosplay is amazing
I love your hair
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's a wig. ^__^ Thank you for the comment!
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Moose-sama Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009
wow..thast an amazing faye cosplay!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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VinnieVincentChente Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009
fantastic :]
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