Last Updated: 08-15-2012
Chrono Trigger is my FAVORITE GAME EVER and when I happened to see fabric at G Street the PERFECT shade of very pale seafoam green, I splurged and bought it!
I had originally planned on having this costume ready for Otakon last year, but the wig I had ordered didn't come in time, and I have had a whole lot of issues with the wig since then that have prevented me from wearing this out.
The wig that I used as the base of the ponytail is a "heat-friendly, synthetic fiber" lace front wig, from A Plus's Ozone line in the Raquel style.
It started off long and wavy, but I straightened it with hot water, gathered it into a ponytail, and stubbed it. It was my first time stubbing a wig, and this wig was expensive, so the experience was very scary for me! >_< but it turned out ok. I made a "superstructure" out of a bolt and aluminum for under the wig that helps the ponytail stay perky. :) It was my first time doing that too, but I really like the result! The wig is pretty heavy though, and gives me a headache once I've been wearing it a couple of hours.
Working around the sheer hair line has been giving me some trouble. I ended up sealing my hairline with white school glue and painting it pale blond with acrylic paint for its debut at Otakon. The technique looks pretty flawless in person, but adds too much prep time to the costume. It took an hour and a half just for the glue to dry before I could paint it, and then another whole hour to comb the glue out of my hair afterwards. :/ SUPER INCONVENIENT, so I am looking into some other alternatives before I wear this again.
This was my first time working with craft foam, and I used it to make all of Marle's jewelry and her belt, which I also reinforced with plastic canvas to make it more sturdy. I also had the belt lace up in the back with a cord and grommets to help it keep its shape while I wore it. It can hold up the bag she wears on her belt just fine as long as I don't put too many items in it. ^^;
I think I will remake all the foam pieces at some point though, because they did not hold up very well. I used the Helmsdeep Tutorial and followed it to the letter, but by the end of the con a lot of the gold finish had chipped off. :( In general the accessories I had made seemed too delicate for Marle's active & adventurous lifestyle.
The sandals were a lucky find at H&M that I bought on sale for $7!! They are not very accurate (or especially comfortable), but they will do for now until I can afford to buy a nicer pair.
The pendant was also a lucky find on ebay that I bought ages ago, back in early 2009. I bought it at the same time that I bought Terra's pendant on ebay, they both came up in the same search! However I feel that the chain I put the pendant on is a bit too long, so I might switch out the current chain for one in a shorter length.
I still don't have a crossbow yet, but I have her quiver complete now! Hopefully I'll have her fuchsia winter coat finished in time for AnimeUSA this year, since I didn't complete in time last year & just about froze in the chilly November weather!
I have had SO MUCH FUN wearing this, and if it wasn't for my issues with the wig, this would probably be my new favorite costume. ♥ I loved talking with random fellow Chrono Trigger fans about the game (I am a HUGE Chrono nerd!!) and the costume was super comfy to wear, even if the wig was pretty heavy.
****UPDATE: The wonderful folks at Cosplayer Nation interviewed me at AnimeUSA in 2011. You can see the costume in action and hear me talk a bit about the construction in this youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E42H1qwqMiE I was really flattered to be interviewed, and took the opportunity to promote my favorite game ever (of course)!! ****
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