Final Fantasy IX
Last Updated: 06-23-2011
This was my first attempt at making anything with stretch fabric, let alone a bodysuit. I learned a lot from it. I named this entry 2.0 because I had originally attempted to make this costume in 2003. While this is a vast improvement over the first iteration, I still see it as a stepping stone.
For those who are curious: the bodysuit is 4-way stretch that I dyed from a bright yellow. I wear a nude body suit underneath.(Thanks to cosplayer Han Pan for the fabric idea and the foresight to wear a second bodysuit: go see her Garnet, it's wicked awesome.)
The top is completely separate from the rest of the costume and laces at the front and back. I like it, but I feel that I made it a touch too short. It also makes getting in and out of the thing very time consuming as the top must be anchored to the bottom. Next time I will make it longer and have each bar of lacing attach at the inside of the costume to buttons. The leg belts are white pleather and the flaps that pull through the buckle are anchored with velcro dots.
The boots are from goodwill and painted with terra cotta paint. I added the stitching details with a curved needle. They are the one part of this costume that I am completely satisfied with and will not alter or replace for the next incarnation.
The wig is a cut and sadly self-styled Godiva in Med. Brown with highlights made with hair mascara. I will attempt to salvage it but no promises.
The gloves were long red gloves that I altered, they leave my fingers red after I wear them for a few hours, which I don't mind terribly much, but I have since found buckles that are more canon.
The shirt tucks in around the edges of the bodysuit and I use fashion tape to hold it in place. It's a trifle difficult to keep tucked at the underarms.
The necklace is a 60mm sun catcher, (thanks again to Han Pan for providing a link to the ebay store.) It has no awesome coating to make it do the rainbow thing, but it was cheaper by a few dollars. The top is made of a half plastic sphere covered in Fimo, then painted. The cross details are metal stickers glued on with metal glue to the cut metal sheet base. The crosses like to fall off at every opportunity. I'm still looking for something to better anchor them. The dot/rivet details are half dome metal stickers.
The choker is just regular satin ribbon with a pair of velcro dots to attach at the back.
The hair ornament was a leather hair clip with a wooden stick. It got lost at Anime Expo within the first few hours. So sad because I had stamped the leather at each corner with something that looked like a mini chocobo head. =( I hope some fan of FF9 found it and kept it. Sadly, it's more likely that it got tossed in the trash.
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