Yup it is a hybrid. I don't think I would have had a clue on where to start if I haden't seen the CG render. It gives me a firm base I can work with but not as set in stone as most anime costumes.
I am glad some one else is workring on her. She is so cool but not many people cosplay from ff5.
this is looking really cool so far, I love hoe the painted on waves look! Are you doing the Amano version of Faris? When I first saw the blue fabric with the waves I thought you might be doing some kind of artwork/sprite hybrid. I've been slowly working on a hybrid version myself, so I'm really curious to see how you combine the two designs if that's the case! =)