I heart Final Fantasy VI. I'm so happy to have made this costume. It's kind of a mix between the Amano version (hair, cape, tights, sashes) and the Playstation FMV render (shoulder armor, jewelry, dress painting). The Locke with me in the pictures is my younger brother. I made his costume (his first) as well.
I started this after PortCon, but did most of the work in the week and a half before ConnectiCon. I started with the dress, which was from a simple strapless dress pattern, in which I used boning for the first time. It's longer than Amano version, which was a super micro mini. I used fabric paint to add the details. I based it a little off the FMV version somewhat, but in the end kind of did my own thing. I had to put a few coats on and mix a lot of white in because of the dark fabric. Gold trim was added to the top and bottom of the dress and sleeves.
The armor was my first attempt using craft foam. It came out alright, though if I had more time I would have redone them. The cape was from a sheer I had bought for something else and never used (Rosa, I think). I added trim to the bottom and painted flowers with blue, pink, and gold fabric markers. I want to add beading to the flowers someday, but I'll probably never get around to it.
I made the earrings and necklace, using purchased beads and large ball beads I painted red. The boots started as a pair of clearance $7 heels from Payless. I painted the heels gold, then made boot covers from the same fabric as the dress. I added interfacing and lining to help keep them up and make them a little slouchy. I then glued the boot covers to the heels right along the sole then painted them.
There are four sashes - a sheer green with rhinestones, a pink sheer, a gold sheer, and a zebra print (same used in my brother's Locke costume). I added two beaded trims that my mom had lying around and the belt is from Target. My mom made the little bag to go with my costume so that I could carry my cell phone and money.
The wig is a Natalie in 613A. It's a little longer than I would have liked. I didn't have time to cover my eyebrows to make them lighter in the CTCon pictures. Next time I wear the costume I hope to do so.
Attention to Detail - ConnectiCon 2008 Craftsmanship Contest