Final Fantasy XIII

Last Updated: 04-20-2011

Lightning - Claire Farron
Been planning this costume since forever but I promised not to start until Ive played ff13. I really like Lightning, there's something about her that is really strong and she is determined to get through things. Her design was always strange but ugh, so much buckles. really now.

The costume was a complete nightmare. Ive studied the fabrics to get everything perfectly accurate as I could and I tried to make sure I got most of the little details down. Im still missing a few details on the gloves. They were also a horrible bright blue at AX, managed to dye them darker but I want to remake them completely out of leather and the correct cool blue shade with the correct seam lines.

I fixed up a lot of things for this photoshoot, AX was the test run and I found out what all needed to be fixed. Overall I'm happy with it so far. I plan on making her sword bag and figuring out the sword still.

The wig was a pain, but im keeping it on a wig head from now on, still gotta razor off some from the side and tease the curls a little more.
The vest was pretty difficult and took the longest. She doesn't have a seam going down the side so I don\'t either. I patterned it to fit with other seams. The collar and vest are one piece and ugh so much research to make it right. The pouch and boots both took 2 days each to make. I actually made accurate closures on her vest because I couldn't find any that were even remotely perfect for it. I had to make most of the buckles because I've tried to find them and had no luck. They are at least the correct shape and size so I'm happy.

I also made the necklace and cast it from resin, The official ones are so expensive so I was thinking about making a few and selling them for other Lightnings who want them :)

My shoulder pauldron glows, but the heat killed it at AX so Im redoing the glowy parts only since I love the rest of the pauldron. We even figured out what it says in the language of Cocoon!

After a few more changes the costume will become 100% complete. Kinda done looking at it lol took longer than I hoped.

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Character Lightning
Series Final Fantasy XIII
Costume Views 7983
Favorites 47
Comments 17
Upload Date 07-12-2010
Debuted Anime Expo 2010

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