Garnet til Alexandros XVII
Final Fantasy IX
Last Updated: 03-03-2011
I never initially intended to cosplay Garnet. I ADORE FFIX and I have wanted to cosplay from it for years, but I've always wanted to cosplay Zidane.
I noticed months before Ohayocon that there were a couple of people interested in cosplaying from FFIX, so I got excited and said that I would love to cosplay from FFIX as well, and I knew my friend Chai_Catwings (who also adores FFIX) would, too.
Now, the question was, who do I cosplay? Zidane had already been spoken for. I actually thought about cosplaying Eiko, but her outfit is difficult, and I am too tall for her. I was a bit hesitant about cosplaying Garnet because her outfit is a bodysuit, and bodysuits show, well, everything. But in the end, I'm very glad I chose Garnet. Even though a lot of things went wrong, I learned a lot, and I'm now able to say I cosplayed a character with the same name as me: [SPOILER]Sarah[/SPOILER].
I got my own wig for Ohayocon 2011 (I borrowed a friend's the year before due to wig issues) and re-made the blouse, gloves, shoes, and fixed/re-dyed the bodysuit. It was like having a brand new cosplay!
A few people have asked me how I made this cosplay, so I will try my best to explain! If you have any questions, feel free to PM me!
Bodysuit: I decided to buy a bodysuit instead of trying to make one because I wasn't sure of the difficulty of a bodysuit pattern, and it would be cheaper. The first bodysuit I had I accidentally melted a huge hole in with a hot iron. 8| I ordered another bodysuit and it arrived a week and half before the con, haha.
I bought the base bodysuit and modified it. The base unitard I used is called "Natalie Basic Tank Unitard" which I purchased online. I drew then cut the opening on the front (with room for seam allowance), hemmed it, and then sewed piping around the opening leading up to the straps. I then added the grommets, sewed the part on the legs where the belts would go, and then dyed the unitard in a 50/50 combination of Rit Dye colors Golden Yellow and Sunshine Orange. I then added the belts and laced in the red cord.
Shoes: I bought a pair of ankle boots from the thrift store and modified them. I made the "tongue" of the boot and the loop on the back out of an upholstery pleather I found in the scrap bin at JoAnn's and glued them on. The first time I used a vinyl dye (nu-life color spray) in color #622 - Maroon to paint the shoes. It comes in a can like spray paint which made coloring the shoes very easy and quick. It actually worked quite well, but it did crack a bit. When I re-did the shoes, I used angelus leather paint. It took a bazillion coats, but it looked really nice. I also used the matte sealer. After the red paint, I used white fabric paint to paint on the stitching on her shoes.
Gloves: Very similar method to the shoes. I bought a pair of leather gloves on eBay and painted them. (Same paints as the shoes) For the buckles, I cut strips of the upholstery pleather and painted them to match and added vest buckles. The first time, I used velcro to make little rings that went around my hands, but they slipped a lot. The second time I glued the straps on the gloves and stitched them in place.
Jewel: This was the biggest pain in the butt. The crystal is a swarovski sun catcher. I made the top part out of sculpy. It's attached to the crystal with a paperclip and superglue then spray painted silver.
Hair clip: A rectangular piece of craft foam shaped with heat to make the middle part round. The stick that goes through it is a chopstick with another piece of craft foam glued on. Spray painted silver, then a hair clip added. So ghetto lmao
Uhh I think that's most everything?? Like I said, if you have more questions, feel free to PM me! I hope this helps someone!
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