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Viola I by Dessi-Desu Viola I by Dessi-Desu
Character: Viola
Series: Soul Calibur
Photo taken by: EleventhPhotograh

I've wanted to cosplay from Soul Calibur for a very long time, but could never come to a decision as to who to cosplay. Xianghua is normally my go to girl in the series, but when they revealed Viola's design she really called to me and I knew I had to make her costume.

Dying fabric, satin stitching, and structure was the mantra for this costume... I wish I could say making this costume was a happy process, but honestly it was rather frustrating because of how weird her top is, along with trying to get the colors right (my costume is based off the color palette in her concept art). All the details are heat 'n' bonded and satin stitched on. The top has boning in it for structure and stability.

The cloak and collar is my favorite part of Viola's costume. I took a packaged pattern and adapted it to create the hood and the part that drapes over my shoulders. The split cape portion was freehanded and added on. In order to keep the cloak from falling it has buttons sewn on that go through elastic button loops sewn onto my collar. The pearls were strung using flexible wire and then crimped with crimping beads. There are ring beads (I didn't want to use jump rings because I wanted something sturdy and all the jump rings in the store were open) on both ends which are hand sewn to the hood.

The claws were very fun for me to make. This was my first time using wonderflex! I followed the concept art for Viola's claws, so I had mobility with my fingers and they wouldn't be locked in place. They're a system of two rings on each finger (one at the top and one just under the middle knuckle). The paint job was done with silver and black acrylic. I built up washes of watered down black to create shadow and highlight.

The orb is still in process. I wanted it to light up and float above my hand, but unfortunately ran out of time.
I bought a clear acrylic lamppost cover and then sponged on a pearl finish purple acrylic.

You can see me in action as Viola here:
Acksonl ~4:03 [link]
MLZ ~2:37 [link]

Improvements I'm hoping to have for next time, include:
-Moth spider web pattern drawn on a pair of thigh highs
-Improvements to the top
-Structured curls for the wig
-Lit orb and hopefully "floating"
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Passin Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
Great costume
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LelandCaldwell Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
Deep respect. Dedication and talent? Check, and check!
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keruuu Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
mann i wish i could shoot my Z.W.E.I. cosplay with your amazing Viola! *_____*
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DSenderM Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful job!
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Dessi-Desu Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!
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DSenderM Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You´re so welcome!
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Mei-Hoshi Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Omg you're such a beautiful Viola~ <3
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Dessi-Desu Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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danniichan Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I saw this in someone's video for Katsucon and freaked out a bit. You are a perfect Viola. Great job on the costume, it's absolutely gorgeous!
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Dessi-Desu Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aww, thank you so much! I really love cosplaying as Viola and her props were super fun to use in the videos :]
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aoifasd Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is gorgeous!
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Dessi-Desu Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :] Eleventh Photography did a really lovely job capturing my cosplay c:
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PurpleSpade Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Prolly the best Viola I've ever seen! <3
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Dessi-Desu Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!
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PurpleSpade Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are so very welcome. C:
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KaeporaGaebora3 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
Looks amazing! I've always been annoyed with how different the concept art is from the in game model. Both look amazing on their own, but it gets frustrating when you have to pick which one to go with. Meshing the two together would be hard, but it allows for more detail... I'm rambling. >_<
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Dessi-Desu Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It definitely does open a window for more freedom with interpretation, which can be daunting or fun x_x;
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KaeporaGaebora3 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Well as I already said, this looks amazing. I can't wait to see how you apply your improvements! ^.^
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shamedgeeky Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
you did a really incredible job on this! and yeah, soul calibur costumes are always frustrating, aren't they? it's like they're in a competition to cram as many details in there as possible...
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Dessi-Desu Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haha, Soul Calibur costumes make you question at what point were they putting on detail just for the sake of more detail XD? They certainly are what cosplay dreams are made of, until you start sewing it lol...
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shamedgeeky Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
and then they give you 3d models you can turn around to see every freaking detail you missed... it's like they are challenging us, I swear.
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HappyEverything Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
lovely!!!
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Dessi-Desu Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!
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HappyEverything Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
you're very welcome!
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Katsumiyo Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
Very beautiful costume; I'm not familiar with the palette, but those colors came out gorgeous.
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Dessi-Desu Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! The colors were a pain, so I'm glad they came out alright in the end c:
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