I recently had my very first cosplay experience, it was as Serah Farron from FFXIII and it was super fun!
This is going to be a very long post detailing my journey and how I made all the components of my costume.
Before I get into all the details, here is what the finished product ended up looking like:
I searched for some tan colored lace up boots and found a relatively cheap pair on eBay. I think they were around $20. I had to switch out the laces for black laces and then painted the portions that needed to be white with Angelus leather paint(even though the boots were not leather) because I heard it really works well and it did! No peeling or crackling, really recommend that paint. I found it pretty cheap on eBay, I think under $5.
I was a little picky on getting this perfect, I stared and stared at all the pics online of what these look like in the game. Finally I decided on the size and colors of the beads I wanted to use. I bought most of them from eBay, they were Swarovski elements(I think, that is what they were called, but they came from China and were quite cheap so may be knock -offs) and had a huge variety of colors and sizes. I also got a few things from Michaels, like the pearls and silver bead. And luckily I already had wire and other supplies since making jewelry is my hobby.
Here is the result
I used a polymer clay to make these, the brand is called Sculpey III
I bought some earring backs on ebay and glued those on to the baked and painted cats. I used a glue called E600 fabric something, you will see it in a later pic as I used it for the armband.I also used some jewelry making tools and a little silver hoop to attack the tail. I got some tiny rhinestones from Michaels and stuck those on the tails before I baked. Because they were glass they did not melt or burn. I painted using a chrome spray paint from Kryolan, but would not recommend it as it seemed to never dry even though I waited literally like a month, lol. And even though I tried to amend the situation by painting over it with a clear acrylic gloss it didn't help much and the paint ended up staining my shirt from where the necklace touched it.
For the necklace I made the central stick part and then wrapped a long think rolled piece of clay around it, then used jewelry pliers I had to help me flatten the small parts where I couldn't really do it with my fingers.
Got this Cra*Z*Art Modelite foamy modeling clay, Crayola makes one as well, this was just cheaper.
It is very light weight, so it seemed like a much better option than using something like the polymer clay.
First I made a diamond shape:
And flattened it:
Then I painted it with acrylic paint and used a glaze on top to make it shiny.
So the tutorial involved cutting little rectangular strips of faux leather and gluing them together. At first I used a super glue by Gorilla brand, but it did not work well on the faux leather and I ended up re-gluing using E6000 Fabric fuse and it worked awesome.
For the buttons most people use snaps. The right size snaps were tough to find, neither Michaels or ACMoore had them, but I finally tracked them down at Jo-Ann Fabrics. The little kit with snaps and gizmo to attach them was pricey! Like $18ish. Luckily I printed out a 40% off coupon.
However, was it worth all this trouble? I think not. The snaps are actually pretty useless as snaps because after I attached them and tried to snap closed and then open, it ripped the faux leather, and I had to remake a part of the bracelet. Maybe I just have a flimsy faux leather....
However, I much prefer just sliding the armband on without un-snapping the snaps. So I ended up gluing them on, for decoration only, not as functional snaps.
Now onto the clothes.
The skirt was the easiest because I didn't make it myself :) I got custom printed fabric from spoonflower, someone had one designed for Serah's skirt already on there, and I ordered a yard of not the cheapest but the slightly nicer type cotton. Then I took it to a taylor and paid all sorts of money (man, I wish I was good at sewing) to have her make it. I brought her a picture of the skirt as it looks on Serah, but somehow she still managed to screw it up because the pattern on the very front pleat is not exactly how it should be, it should show the skinnier strip then wider strip then skinnier strip, and on my skirt the send skinny strip is kind of cut off. Or maybe I am just being ridiculously picky.
I saw able to sew the black lace on myself, and will explain a little further down how I made the gold decoration.
Here it is after I baked it. I also painted it with gold acrylic paint and a shiny glaze before I sewed it onto the skirt.
This was the shirt I got, I think for about $7ish
Then I used a white hemming I got from Jo-Ann Fabrics to makes the triangular points around the button, it was also handy for covering up the bottom holes in the places I had to remove buttons when I was re-arranging.
The first step was sewing the hemming ribbon/strip on and folding it in such a way that it went in the right direction, like this:
And when you unfold, viola!
For the pink parts on the bottom of her shirt, here is what I did.
First, I used a piece of paper to draw and cut out a shape that worked.
I loosely sewed it on using same white hemming around the edges. Later I sewed it all on for real using a sewing machine(there will be a pic later, together with the vest).
Ok, so for the pink vest I just want to point out that you need to get the right type of fabric(I got the wrong type the first time around). It needs to be sheer like a curtain, not like that weird mesh tutus are made out of.
Left = Correct Right = Wrong
Look at this pic, I put both fabrics on the white shirt so you could see what it looks like against the white back ground, you can't even see the one on the right.
Fold it in half. I also folded up the bottom a tad, since mine was a dress and longer than I wanted the vest to be.
Here is the finished shirt and vest. I actually sewed the vest onto the shirt at the top shoulders to prevent it from sliding around or falling off.
For the ribbon, I just used the thinnest pink ribbon I could find, sewed a piece onto each side and tied in a bow.
Finishing touches were things such as hair and makeup. I actually ordered the Lightning wig from Lucaille and styled it to look like Serah's. I liked the color of it better that is why I did this. The styling really only involved cutting some band and making a ponytail.
Here is what the wig looked like originally:
And after I styled it to look like Serah's
I will probably make a video tutorial for the makeup as soon as I get the chance on my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/Oxana124
Thanks for reading!