After going through so many issues with this costume, my Hit-Girl costume is FINALLY completed. (Aside from the every-continuing tweaks I'll no doubt do to it!)
When I first saw Kick-Ass, I was instantly enamored with Hit-Girl and just knew I had to do this costume. I've never felt so passionate about a costume in my 8 years of cosplaying.
When I first had the costume commissioned it was a total flop aside from a few pieces. The material was all wrong on the bodysuit, it was hot as hell to wear, and the cape choked me so bad I was convinced it was an assassination attempt from the commissioner. What I WAS able to keep was the cape, belt, and mask. The bodysuit was a bust. After only getting to wear the costume once to a convention, I put it in the closet until I could get a new bodysuit remade. So I waited. And I waited two years.
At the beginning of 2013 I had my chance. Believe it or not it turns out I didn't need to seek a professional commissioner to re-do the bodysuit. Freakishly enough a run-of-the-mill cosplay website was selling the costume with the closest damn thing you'll ever get to screen-accurate material. How odd is that. Seriously. Going against everything I knew about these websites, I ordered their costume set and expected the worst.
What I got by far exceeded my expectations. Naturally the belt, pleather "tac" set, cape, mask, and gloves were terrible. But all I needed was the bodysuit anyways, so I was alright with that. From the photos on their website I knew these parts of the costume were going to be sub-par at best. All that aside, the bodysuit fit perfectly. I couldn't believe it. It fit perfect and looked incredible. Always pay extra for custom measurements. Always. The hardest part was DONE!
With the new bodysuit I made some sacrifices in accuracy. My previous suit had more accurate stitching detail and knee/elbow pads. However I just couldn't get over the terrible fabric choice (It even made an awkward swishing sound when I walked. No sneaking up on criminals in that material for sure.). So I decided that even with the accuracy lacking in those areas, I'd be overall much happier with the new bodysuit. And that's really all that matters! I'd love to be able to transplant the pads from my old suit onto the new one, but given the fabric type and size differences in the old and new pads, it just couldn't happen. Maybe someday I could have some new pads made specifically for the suit. Who knows!
The cape was also modified to snap at the base of the jacket collar so the pressure would be off my neck. Breathing is fantastic guys.
Add the new bodysuit with the belt, cape, mask, leather gloves I already had, and the kilt my good friend made me, I finally had the costume I envisioned. It's still hot to wear, but nowhere near how hot it was to wear previously.
- Charna, my official Costume Consultant, for being such an amazing help overall and for putting up with my endless questions and concerns on how to make things work. Made the kilt, kept me sane, and helped me figure out the cape attachment.
- Sees, for being my official Wig Beautifier, and for being the only person capable of taming the impossible snaps on my belt. (That last one's a real b*tch.)
- JailBreak Photography for some amazing photos. (Website)
- Fearless Photoworks for some amazing photos as well! And for being such an all-around ballin' lady. (Website)
- Forum member replicaprops for helping me find an awesome Benchmade 42 replica!
- TRPF for helping me with some of the details, and for pushing me to do my best! If it weren't for you guys this costume wouldn't be what it is! Thank you!
Costume specs, weaponry:
- 2 Bianchi UM84 holsters (same model as movie)
- Smith & Wesson knife sheath (same model as movie)
- Bianchi duty belt
- Belt keepers
- "Smoke grenade" with movie-accurate font.
- Duty suspenders
- 2 plastic knuckle dusters (functional)
(The knife sheath is was NOT taped down when these photos were taken.)
- 1 HK USP compact airsoft look-alike with light system
- 1 SIG-Sauer P232 airsoft look-alike
- Replica Benchmade 42.
- Blade is dulled so I can take it to conventions and not slice my fingers off.
(Blade is not dulled in photo.)
- Plywood, PVC pipe, spray paint.
- Can be pulled apart and put together as in the movie. Can also be clipped in front to so I can carry it on my back.
(Photos coming soon!!)
Costume specs, misc:
- Pink PVC material
- Fully functional pockets
- Custom-made "HG" buckle.
(Photos coming soon!!)
- Military combat boots.
- Steel toe
Not bad for being double Hit-Girl's age in the first movie.
MORE PHOTOS COMING SOON!
My cosplay page: https://www.facebook.com/hypershadowcosplay