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Topic: Elizabeth Bennet Zombie Slayer costume ideas?  (Read 5176 times)
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« on: October 23, 2009 02:16:59 PM »

Halloween is almost here and I just figured out what I want to be! Oy! Roll Eyes

One day at work I saw the new adaption of Pride and Prejudice ( now with zombies!) and I love the idea of Elizabeth defending her home and family against the unholy,undead horde! The bad thing is is that I really don't know how to start. Tall riding type boots and breeches or a long empire dress with a ton of era appropriate weapons? any help would be wondermous!
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« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2009 03:06:02 PM »

I like the idea of the tall riding boots and breeches, but I also like the idea of the long empire dress and weapons...hmm, perhaps a happy medium, then? I think an empire dress with the skirts ripped off somewhere around mid-thigh with breeches and tall riding boots underneath might work, with the addition of weapons-a-plenty, of course! And, it wouldn't be a zombie-fighting costume without some blood splatters! Hope that helps!
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« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2009 05:07:09 PM »

Ooo! I had a ball reading that book! I don't know if you read it, but basically she wears a regency style dress of the period, but when she is fighting she hikes it up some how, maybe a button and hole type thing to keep it up? Then she either wears tabbi boots, or her regular boots, so tall boots are good. Then she uses a variety of weapons- different guns, sword, chinese/japanese hand weapons. In the zombie book she and her sisters trained in China, but most rich people trained in Japan(like Lady Catherine). So all the ideas you have work really well Cheesy Definitely blood splatters. She also takes bites out of still beating hearts from her non-zombie enemies Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2009 08:17:10 PM »

There's a key scene in the book where they are at the first town dance and zombies attack so Elizabeth and her sisters form the Deadly Star (standing back to back) with daggers drawn from their ankle sheaths to slash the heads off the zombies. 

Definitely keep with a period dress, and strap a dagger to your ankle, some Chinese throwing stars hidden up the sleeves and some kind of long sword strapped to the back.  Men use guns more so than the women. 

I was considering doing the cover myself at one point but was too afraid of getting the make-up right.

Hope to see lots of pics!
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« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2009 03:15:19 AM »

sounds brill(note to self) must read book....... you totally gotta post pics after
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« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2009 03:10:44 PM »

I just read that book for the first time. It was okay, but I had a bit of trouble with it because I am such a literary nerd that it drove me crazy when the writing tone changed from author to author.
That being said, a period style dress would do well. If you made one or modified one and used buckles to hitch it up like this one: =tags&includes[]=title#]http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31155009&ref=sr_gallery_16&&ga_search_query=plaid+skirt&ga_search_type=&ga_page=5&order=date_desc&includes[]=tags&includes[]=title#. Add some breeches and riding boots, some fake blood, some holes/worn areas in the garment, a few daggers, and maybe a musket or two, and you are good to go.
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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2010 12:49:16 PM »

Needed to refresh this since I'm considering doing the costume myself this year.

I have a slight dilemma on the skirt too since I would love to wear it as a regular regency dress but lift it somehow when I want to look like I'm about to attack some zombies.  The idea that I came up with but not sure if its going to work is this:

I was thinking of putting ribbon through the skirt, kind of weaving in and out and attaching it to the bottom.  Then I was going to attach either all the ribbon to a button or have a button for each ribbon at the waist line.  And when I'm ready for action, I pull on the buttons to bring the skirt up, thus freeing my legs for some high kicks, hypothetically. 

Does this sound doable?  Does anyone else have another idea?
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« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2010 02:56:54 PM »

I would think your idea of weaving the ribbon through the skirt and ruching it when ready to kick some zombie arse would work nicely...

Kind of like a roman shade or drawstring...I would think it'd be fairly simple to achieve as well, though I have no real experience with sewing skirts, etc.

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« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2010 03:04:49 PM »

Have a look at these:
http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/regency-zombie-slayer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2PM0om2El8&feature=player_embedded (This one isn't actually zombies but is funny.)
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« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2010 04:27:52 AM »

I would think your idea of weaving the ribbon through the skirt and ruching it when ready to kick some zombie arse would work nicely...

Kind of like a roman shade or drawstring...I would think it'd be fairly simple to achieve as well, though I have no real experience with sewing skirts, etc.

Thanks for the encouragement!  I was planning on doing a test run with some other fabric, should probably get around to that soon since my personal deadline is the weekend before Halloween.  We want to have a week to do some tweaking around the house for our party and such.
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