Final Fantasy VIII
Last Updated: 11-29-2011
So I just found out that my friends are kidnapping me and taking me to Anime Expo for a day! YAY! Don't you love friends? Now, because of this exciting news, I decided I'm gonna cosplay as Rinoa! ^.^ Teehee.. I Love this game! Reason I choose her is cause I needed something simple I can quickly put together, seeing how I only have a month to do this in and I really didn't want to do Aerith for the fourth time in a row.. However, I have her as a backup if I don't accomplish my goal.. Let's pray that I do! Wish me Luck!
HOORAY! I got my material for Rinoa's duster! It's not perfect but it'll do for now...
Ordered my wig.. Let's pray it comes in on time!!!
(MY WIG JUST CAME IN! Oh yes!)
Skirt - Done!
Pants - Done!
Duster - Done!
Arm Warmers - Done!
Shirt - Already had!
Shoes - Inappropriate -.-
Necklace - Check!
Ribbon - Check!
FINISHED!!! And in the nic of time too! ;) Now if only I had a Squall to go with me.. Oh well! Anime Expo here I come!
OH MAH GAH!!! Anime Expo was so Epic! I had so much fun! :D I'll give more detail on this costume later but for now, I sleep!
How it was made:
Bought the fabric at Hancock Fabrics and its a polyester/cotton knit (I believe).. It's not the proper type of knit for Rinoa's but it was the closest thing I could find.. I made my duster in 2 layers.. I first took the inside layer and cut it into a rectangular shape at the right length/width, measured out where my arms would be and cut 2 slits at the top just long enough for my arms.. Pinning the top edges together (as to create a jacket) I began hemming from there... It was already close to how I wanted it, so all I really needed to do was add a seam in the back (from the neckline to lowerback) then curve out the edge of my duster where the sleeves would be (If they had any :P)
Then I took the second (outside) layer and layed it flat on the floor, then layed my first layer over that.. I used that as a pattern for the second layer and cut it out.. I sewed the 2 layers together then "folded over" the part where I had sewn the pieces together and sewed them down like a seam.. (I was gonna put a trim on it but i could find anything to match the colour, so I just left it for now) .. The reason I have 2 layers is because - 1. my particular fabric was a little thinner than what I was wanting, and 2. Is because I figured that by sewing the 2 layers I could formfit it more easily.. Which was the purpose of the back seam.. By putting it there is helped pull my duster snug against my body just like Rinoa's ^.^
Before sewing the 2 layers together, I painted on the pattern, which I got offline, and waited for it to dry so the paint wouldn't show through the second layer..
The feather wings weren't made by me.. I bought them at AX for $10! ^.^ Aren't they cute?
I didn't quite know what type of material to use for this, but I know many girls use denim and I had some hidden in the bottom of my box so I figured, Why not use it?
Measured out my forearm from just below my wrist to just below my elbow, then doubled that in length. For width, I measured around below my elbow.. (You can mearsure your wrist as well to make a more formfitted one but I didn't have enough time) .. After I had my pieces cut out, I sewed the seam in length to create one long tube, then I folded it in have (so there's no seam on one end) .. I sewed the 2 ends together, folded that same seam over a small thing of elastic to help keep em up, then blind stitched that seam to the inside of the arm warmers - giving the illusion there's no seam - and Voila! My pretty arm warmers!
Bought at SWC.. Ha.. I didn't have anything else that would work for her shoes, and once again I was out the proper shoes >.<
A random chain and pair of rings I had..
Borrowed my Aerith necklace cause I couldn't find anything else in time!
Bought off ebay for $15! :P
Favorite Part : The Wings!!! They're just so downright cute! ^.^ Though I saddens me that I didn't make these myself, I'm still glad I found em!
Least Favorite Part : Hmm.. I don't think I have a least favorite part to this outfit.. The only this I was annoyed with it that my wig would get tangled easily...
Easiest Part : The ribbon and necklace! :P
Hardest Part : The duster
Most Expensive Part: The wig
Least Expensive Part : The ribbon! :p
Most Fun Part To Wear : The Wings! ^.^ Teehee
Least Fun Part To Wear : The wig.. It was actually fine for the most part, But I just prefer letting my own hair down..
Unusual Attributes : Well the actual painted wings turned out horrible and somehow look like feet >.< .. Even though I took the exact design from the game.. Maybe its just that I'm so tiny.. Luckily I found my cute lil wings to cover em!
Unique Attributes : The front of my skirt has a small pocket on the inside so i can hold my phone in, which you can see in some of the pictures! :p
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