Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
Last Updated: 05-30-2012
An idea that came to me in a flash of light just after Anime North; Yuffie with a schoolgirl twist. I love Yuffie (and have been wanting to cosplay her in some form for quite a while now), and lately I've been dying to put on a fuku again. Add two together and it's mind-spasm cuteness. I also already had a fair amount of stuff to make it, so it's a good cosplay to do for pretty cheap (put this together whilst unemployed and with little money to spare; it totalled under $80, which is damn cheap compared to my last several ones at $200+). It was planned for my first winter-time convention as well, so I figured something somewhat warmer but not a hassle to move in would be best. And I'll probably bring it to next year's Anime North instead of Aoi.
So, here's what the costume consists of;
-Wig; Re-using my Sai wig, since the style is almost identical. Just needed to get what I could of a side-part (the wig doesn't have a skintop, so I could only sweep a bit over) and style the bangs. The thing's pretty cheap and looks AWFUL in photo flashes, but it does the job. When I do a canon version of Yuffie, I'll spring for a higher-quality wig.
-Headband; Made out of white bias tape and fabric left over from the pleated skirt. I stupidly failed to buy double-width tape, so making the headband involved sewing two layers of bias tape together on top of the black AND sewing the pieces together on the top. Big freaking pain.
-Serafuku top; I decided to design it as a black winter-style serafuku, with two white collar-stripes and a tan scarf. Mostly accurate to actual serafuku and matches her Advent Children colours. I also embroidered a little flower on the tie-ring like the ones she has on her shirt. And I embroidered a crest of a white rose, for the "White Rose of Wutai" moniker. I was a little conflicted about the cut/fit, but eventually decided to forgo ultra-accuracy in favour of a more form-fitting top made out of a cotton doubleknit. Since she does show a good bunch of skin, and baggy tops don't flatter anyone. The fabric is suuuuper comfy. It's really soft like combed cotton and quite warm.
-Skirt; A normal/uniform-style black pleated skirt, made out of a mystery fabric I got in a thrift shop for six bucks (but was the right colour, weight and not stretchy....). I also embroidered two lines of tan stitching around the bottom to match the scarf colour. I managed to make it without a pattern, but it ended up a bit too short for my liking (about five inches above my knee as opposed to two or three like I'd planned); so I had to go and buy some cheerleader shorts to avoid accidentally flashing people by bending over. Certainly still wearable, but I do NOT have those Barbie legs for feeling confident in super-short skirts. So if I wear this cosplay enough times, I'll probably remake the skirt to be a few inches longer. Unless I lose enough weight for it to sit a lot lower.
-Socks; Knee-high versions of Yuffie's advent children socks. They're actually over-the-knee socks, with a not too accurate stripe pattern on them, BUT some careful folding and pulling them lower makes them look perfect for either the canon or my version.
-Shoes; Instead of dress shoes, I decided to use my black and white converse shoes. Works more for Yuffie's cocky/tomboy style and matches her actual footwear better.
-Schoolbag; Had a lot of fun with this. I designed a Japanese-style schoolbag (brown pleather overtop with cardboard glued inside to stiffen it- I had TONS of the stuff laying around from working on Aoi and Magus, and a big fan box...) with a shoulder strap, leaving the top flap purposely open and folded back. Inside, with a false bottom to make it easier (A collapsible cardboard frame with a "net" from an old curtain attached to it), the bag is filled with "materia" (made from clear plastic Xmas ornament bulbs painted with stained-glass paint, two each of the six main colours). I also added in two small functioning pockets to carry my phone and wallet. Sewing the bag KILLED my fingers, since my machine would die if I put from two to six layers of the stuff through that. So it was handstitch all the way. X_X
And for added cuteness and actually getting some use out of the thing, carrying around my Vincent Valentine plushie.
Please log in or register to view comments.