Costume :Rydia Drake
Variant :Amano/ds/sprite (RETIRED)
Source :Final Fantasy 4
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo May 2011

Costume Photos

Rydia and Edge

Rydia and Edge

Taken by Tundra

Taken by Tundra

Taken by Tundra

Taken by Tundra


Taken by Paul Jacques


Costume Information

Cost : £140
Awards : Judges award for most detailed costume -sat mcm expo
Time Taken : 9 months

This has been the most fiddly costume to date, with all the beading embroidery and sequins.

Now to mention all the detail on the cape altogether i reckon i did a months worth of sewing sequins on the cape what is now called "the cape of sparkle doom "

i have stabbed myself so many times,burnt my arm on the iron and left a scar trying to get the sleeve fabric to be crease free, have fought my cat for thread and sequins as she loves to eat them and dropped so many beads and sequins on the floor im sick of seeing them and so is my Hoover.

I loved Rydia as much as Rosa that i had to do both and i have managed to get Takage to do Edge for me so im a happy bunny.

11/5/11 - has had her place for the may expo masquerade on the Saturday in expert confirmed

18-5-11 - consider her finished there will be one last photo b4 expo when i get her wig and do my final fitting

for this cosplay i have

burnt my arm with an iron and it has left a scar
tore my hands to shreds with all the hand sewing
learnt Sequins are EVIL
burnt my hands with hot glue
and it was worth it ??


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cant wait to get started on this one im looking forward to the RydiaXEdge in May 2011 :) so much beading ahead of me lolz xx

by Sasashie on Tuesday, 22 June, 2010 - 18:34
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Wow this is coming along wonderfully. can't wait for more progress.

Oh and BEADS :D

by isamiaella on Wednesday, 21 July, 2010 - 13:14
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Ooo, i bet this is going to look great ^_^ Your design looks really cool :D

by Archer on Friday, 23 July, 2010 - 20:45
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thanks very much girls!

will have sum progress up soon xx

by Sasashie on Friday, 23 July, 2010 - 20:56
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Gorgeous fabric work, I love the design too! :)

by ChibiandthePenguin on Sunday, 25 July, 2010 - 19:47
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thank you so much,im happy with the progress so far xx

by Sasashie on Sunday, 25 July, 2010 - 21:57
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This looks great! I love the fabric!


by KhaosKreator on Sunday, 25 July, 2010 - 23:24
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the progress looks stunning hun =] really looking forward to seeing this when it's finished x.

by FusionRose on Sunday, 25 July, 2010 - 23:56
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thanks alot for the nice comments =] im realy enjoying making this costume xx

by Sasashie on Monday, 26 July, 2010 - 12:13
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Looking pretty so far! +watch :D

by Yuka on Sunday, 1 August, 2010 - 01:11
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Thanks so much

My 1st watch O.o thanks xx

by Sasashie on Sunday, 1 August, 2010 - 01:14
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Looking good with those preparations for Rydia.
Do you know when this is for? I'm looking forward to seeing it finished as your Amano Rosa was phenomenal.

by SlimDefinition on Saturday, 4 September, 2010 - 21:34
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Thanks so much ^_^ im not one for green but i love Rydia so i thought id give it a go and im liking the green more and more lolz

She will be ready for May 2011 Along with Edge (worn by Takage)

i just hope to do her as well as Rosa xx

by Sasashie on Saturday, 4 September, 2010 - 22:42
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Well with how you pulled off Amano Rosa, I am pretty sure your Rydia will look just as amazing!

by SlimDefinition on Sunday, 24 October, 2010 - 22:11
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awww ty hun, im looking forward to the finished result xx

by Sasashie on Sunday, 24 October, 2010 - 22:58
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Loving the progress pics :D

by Archer on Wednesday, 12 January, 2011 - 22:22
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EEEEEEEEEE I am so gonna come bug you in my Ifrit Cosplay! XD Looking lovely thus far!

by GoldieNeko on Tuesday, 18 January, 2011 - 21:09
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ty girls im glad its coming together well xx

@Goldieneko - i cant wait to be stalked by Iffie :D

by Sasashie on Thursday, 20 January, 2011 - 00:02
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progress is looking great!

by FuriePhoenix on Friday, 21 January, 2011 - 21:26
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ty hun xx

by Sasashie on Sunday, 23 January, 2011 - 17:44
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awesome progress *__*!!

by Kouji on Tuesday, 25 January, 2011 - 15:15
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I can't get over how stunning all this progress is hun. Truly beautiful work x.

by FusionRose on Tuesday, 25 January, 2011 - 18:33
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ty so much its got alot more work but its coming together nicely xxx

by Sasashie on Wednesday, 26 January, 2011 - 18:36
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Progress is looking amazing! Looking forward to seeing it.

by SlimDefinition on Thursday, 3 February, 2011 - 20:21
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ty hun, its coming together but its so much detail to get through x

by Sasashie on Saturday, 5 February, 2011 - 14:03
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So much detail here! looks fantastic and so nice

by isamiaella on Saturday, 2 April, 2011 - 23:25
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ty hun, i will have some more progress photos up this week xx

by Sasashie on Sunday, 3 April, 2011 - 01:28
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WOW it looks great
im epecially loving the skirt =]

by zabuza89 on Sunday, 3 April, 2011 - 18:11
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I love the detail in this cosplay - it's absolutely gorgeous ^^

by Pandora-Chi on Sunday, 3 April, 2011 - 22:41
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ty so much ^_^

i know i have alot more work to do but hearing such nice comments keeps me going xx

by Sasashie on Sunday, 3 April, 2011 - 23:13
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This is looking great so far ^^
Love all the detailing, looks soo pretty =)

by Moonchild on Saturday, 9 April, 2011 - 22:05
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The progress on this is so beautiful hun <3 x.

by FusionRose on Monday, 18 April, 2011 - 15:48
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ty guys still got alot to do with tis one b4 expo hope i get her finished in time >.<

by Sasashie on Monday, 18 April, 2011 - 17:28
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by Newdles on Thursday, 28 April, 2011 - 15:56
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Love the whip! And those sleeves! Want so bad! :-P

by Newdles on Friday, 29 April, 2011 - 09:50
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wow that detail :D

by J-Po on Saturday, 30 April, 2011 - 22:59
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The detailing is really beautiful hun x.

by FusionRose on Saturday, 30 April, 2011 - 23:06
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This is looking really great. Love the detailing.

by Sephirayne on Saturday, 30 April, 2011 - 23:10
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This looks so gorgeous so far!! Can't wait to see it :)

by CrystalNeko on Saturday, 30 April, 2011 - 23:15
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All hail Queen Rydia!...Ahem!... you already know what I think of you hon!

by Manticore on Sunday, 1 May, 2011 - 00:54
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All those details look great!

by KhaosKreator on Monday, 2 May, 2011 - 11:56
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I am loving all the details in this . . . cannot wait to see it finished, it will be stunning =]

by Kacela on Monday, 2 May, 2011 - 12:14
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Really am looking forward to seeing this in person, i dont think the camera shows up the detail I've seen in close up shots as much as there is, You've put a lot of hard work into this, really cant wait til its finished =)

by HatsuneHawke on Monday, 2 May, 2011 - 23:36
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ty so much everyone xx

by Sasashie on Sunday, 8 May, 2011 - 21:41
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You are already looking epic Sasashie. Can't wait to see the whole thing.

by SlimDefinition on Tuesday, 10 May, 2011 - 17:55
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This is looking epic :D Can't wait to see the whole thing put together ^_^

by Archer on Thursday, 12 May, 2011 - 17:27
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ty girls the rest of the detail is underway as we speak.not long to go so i am im a panic about finishing her the way i had her planned out in my head >.<

by Sasashie on Monday, 16 May, 2011 - 11:29
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You've done a gorgeous design here for Rydia! you've really gone to town with all the little details, ever so pretty!

by ElegantAura on Tuesday, 24 May, 2011 - 22:06
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wow this is stunning what day r u wearing this x

by rosieroo on Wednesday, 25 May, 2011 - 17:13
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I cannot stress how beauitful this this!

by DuskatNight on Wednesday, 25 May, 2011 - 18:49
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ty girls im getting quite proud of it now its done i will be wearing this Satuday and Sunday x

by Sasashie on Wednesday, 25 May, 2011 - 20:04
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This cosplay was SOO beautiful and a real treat to see in person ^^ - you looked stunning and the amount of the detail in the cosplay showed how hard you worked on it! Even though it was windy on the day and hard to take a photo, I loved how the trail flew with the direction of the wind - it made it even more epic! x

by Pandora-Chi on Monday, 30 May, 2011 - 17:01
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The detail on this is absolutely stunning. A beautiful cosplay, but the best part is the clock, hands down. It's just the icing on the cake and screams amano :D

by j_mercuryuk on Tuesday, 31 May, 2011 - 13:51
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This was so beautiful hun <3 By far my favourite cosplay from all of expo, you and neil looked amazing! <3 x.

by FusionRose on Tuesday, 31 May, 2011 - 14:40
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So prettyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy, my mind sort of blanked and I didn't realise this was yoooou, aaaaack. I adore the detailings on your costume and you've worked so hard. An award well deserved *____*

by CrystalNeko on Tuesday, 31 May, 2011 - 14:54
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you both look wonderful!

by FairyPorchQueen on Tuesday, 31 May, 2011 - 16:34
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Congratz on the judges award you costume was so awwweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesome XD Xx

by VeXerLINK on Wednesday, 1 June, 2011 - 15:56
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ty so much hun im proud of it even tho im still going to finish it and give her a new bodice as i cut the neck line to low >.<

by Sasashie on Wednesday, 1 June, 2011 - 16:57
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Your cosplay is beautiful, congrats on winning the judges award :D

by BlueberryTale on Wednesday, 1 June, 2011 - 20:11
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Congratulations on your award, such a beautiful costume!

by Cosplex on Wednesday, 1 June, 2011 - 23:37
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Thank you so much xxx

by Sasashie on Thursday, 2 June, 2011 - 11:52
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Those are some amazing skills you've got there!
Congratulations on the award, definitely well deserved!

by tripletriad on Thursday, 16 June, 2011 - 19:56

Um, wow. Just wow. I am really blown away by this costume. So much detail and excellent workmanship. Man, wish I'd been at Expo and seen it in person. You look stunning in it.

by Pudding on Sunday, 31 July, 2011 - 19:15
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:O Wow this is amazing!!!

by Strawberry_Sprite on Tuesday, 9 August, 2011 - 22:45
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LOVED your Rydia costume!! Great photos too!

by FuriePhoenix on Tuesday, 16 August, 2011 - 19:33
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You look amazing!! Awesome cosplay! :3

by Puppykitten14 on Sunday, 8 January, 2012 - 16:23
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Well done on the showcase Ash! :D

by Kinreal on Sunday, 8 January, 2012 - 17:15
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Wheeeeeeeeeee!!! Well done for the showcase my honey!!!! :D

by Freyarule on Sunday, 8 January, 2012 - 17:27
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Congrats on your showcase my dear. :3

by TheEmoEmu on Sunday, 8 January, 2012 - 17:37
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you look great, well done on the showcase Ash

by SnowmanKline on Sunday, 8 January, 2012 - 18:09
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congrats on the showcase! well deserved

by Leolarua on Sunday, 8 January, 2012 - 18:12
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Well done on the showcase, this is beautiful ^^
Rydia is my favourite character in ff4 and you look stunning as her!

by TheStarlightFairy on Sunday, 8 January, 2012 - 23:16
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As expected! Well done love! Well done!

by Manticore on Monday, 9 January, 2012 - 00:09
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Well done on the showcase. This costume deserves it. The detail work is amazing ;).

by Sephirayne on Monday, 9 January, 2012 - 01:50
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Congrats on the showcase bub! You look amazing in this! <333

by BabemRoze on Monday, 9 January, 2012 - 11:44
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So much detail *_*

by Lady Bahamut on Tuesday, 10 January, 2012 - 19:32
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This looks amazing!

by InfiniteJester on Friday, 25 July, 2014 - 22:43

Shopping List

Dylon fabric die ( Amazon green and dark green )£14.00Bought
headress materials £8.00Bought
Flower patterned voile£6.00Bought
Sequins in gold,green and pink£3.00Bought
Lime green Voile£3.00Bought
white leggings (to be dyed green)£4.00Bought
Green flower embriodered fabric (was cream before i died it)£3.00Bought
Light green fabric (was cream before i died it)£2.00Bought
Gold fabric £3.00Bought
Dark green fabric (was cream before i died it)£3.00Bought
Beads (dark jade colour)£15.00Bought
Dylon fabric die salt x2£1.40Bought
Boots £9.00Bought


Wig and Makeup (Posted 24th May 2011)

wig arrived today so i did ha wig and make up test

The Cape is FINISHED (Posted 24th May 2011)

finaly the cape is finished no more sequins no more sewing it x

Perfect wig (Posted 22nd May 2011)

i have found the perfect wig now i just need to purchase it ^^

thats it purchased from Coscraft ^^ it should arrive Monday 23rd May 2011

10 days to go (Posted 17th May 2011)

well im almost finished the sparkle cape of doom ^^

the under cape is finished and the foam edge has been painted gold and has a red jewel and green details on each section along with a tassel so its finished

the other smaller sections are finished just need a once over with the iron

the outer cape is still getting sequined and driving me mad im going to twitch everytime i see a sequin from now on :P

the bodice just needs to have the jewels attached and the last bit of beading to finish it

leggings have had the trim attached and the trim was painted gold and had its patches attached

the boots,skirt, head dress and bag are finished

Tassels pt2 (Posted 17th May 2011)

once the tassels were made i had to sew them onto the foam bits so i made a hole with scissors then widened the hole with a paintbrush and attached the tassels with more green wool

Tassles (Posted 17th May 2011)

hand made out of

stripped down green wool
white embroidery thread
light green embroidery thread
gold thread

i was going to buy tassels but i ran out of money so i had to hand make them to go on the gold foam panels

14 days left (Posted 13th May 2011)

im halfway through the sequining on the top cape

almost finished the hem on the undercape and halfway through painting the edgeing panels

im almost finished painting the trim gold on the leggings

almost finished the beading on the bodice just have to glue the gems on top of the buttons amd add all the other little bits and bobs

and Order my wig from coscraft

Everything else is finished ^^ so im almost there but its taking its time >.<

More cape progress (Posted 13th May 2011)

i have added 2 white and gold layers to the front of the lime green cape and the 2 light green layers to the back of the cape all attached to the top so they still flair out.

i have since added a green and white tassel to the end of the white and gold layer and silver coins to the bottom of the light green layers

Cape edge progress 2 (Posted 12th May 2011)

once the foam pieces were attached to the cape i painted them gold once they have had 2 coats and dry i will add the rest of the detail

Cape edge progress (Posted 12th May 2011)

to finish the hem line of the under cape (the lime green one ) i added a length of blue/green fabric to the lime green cape and covered the join with a cream braid with a green design onto it.

then i added 8 edging panels out of craft foam

Skirt (Posted 8th May 2011)

The skirt was a simple enough task to draw up the pattern and cut out and sew the sides together out of the lycra material and the green silk made a wonderful belt.

the silk ties at the back of the skirt to keep it up and was hand beaded to a design drawn onto the silk with chalk once that was finished i sewed it to the lycra and added the flower and a small bag for money and keys to one side and the tie for the whip and sash on the other hip, on the front i hemmed the skirt with a gold trim and gold star details.

whip progress (Posted 8th May 2011)

My whip started life as a glow stick tube from pound land,a ball of green wool, a Xmas tree decoration, feathers flowers from the craft store and gold thread.

i gathered up 10 lengths of the wool for the main whip ant attached the jewel to the en and threaded it through the tube that i had covered with a channel of green Lycra, once i had the jewel at the end i glued it into the tube and glued the elastic covered in gold sequins to the top end to stop the wool from detaching from the tube.
Next came the winding process i started from the base of the handle and wound the wool to the top of the handle after 4 layers i added the flower and the beaded end section and did 2 layers after that to secure them, then i went onto the main whip making the wool a solid length once i was happy with the size i added the gold thread wrapping it around the green wool till it was sparkling and added the feathers to the end and the flowers to the top gold piece and thats it finished.

its light and easy to carry and con safe

Fabric list (Posted 8th May 2011)

voile - lime green panel
voile - white embroidered panel
cotton - dyed dark green fabric for sleeves
cotton - dyed medium green fabric for inside sleeves
Lycra/cotton mix - dyed dark green for leggings and bodice
Lycra/cotton mix - dyed medium green for skirt and bag
silk - gold embroidered fabric for sleeves
Silk - dark green for belt

cape progress (Posted 6th May 2011)

Capes are my pride and joy thats why i loved ff4 as its full of capes :)

this cape has a lime green voile panel with a white voile hand embroidered and sequined top panel along with two ploy cotton green panel's with silver coins attached at the hemline.

the cape has two loops on it to attach it to the back of the bodice.

to finish off the bottom of the cape i am waiting on a green/gold fabric to arrive that has a beautiful scalloped edge on it and a gold trim to finish the top layer

Bodice progress (Posted 6th May 2011)

With the bodice i used a old swimsuit to make the template's for the green cotton lycra fabric to be cut in the right shape and size for my body.

the lycra/coton mix material i got was white as thats all my local shop had in stock and i dyed it with Dylon Dark Green fabric dye

once sewn together i added the sleeves and added the gold detail to the neckine at the front and added the large buttons to the back so i can attach the cape to the bodice and remove it when i need to i also added the leaf embrodered center pannel and beads to finish the front off i will be adding some gold embroidery in swirls around the center design.

sleeves (Posted 6th May 2011)

The reason i decided to make full sleeves rather than cufs and drapes was to hide my tattoo on my right shoulder as it wont go with Rydia as she would never have a tattoo.

sleeves have always been a problem for me as i could never get them perfect, this time i managed to get them to be the same length till i got to the bottom cuffs even tho i cut them the same shape as i made one 3 months b4 the other one they dont look the same shape but it cant be helped and with only 19 day's left to go im not taking them apart again to fix them.

i love the bell shape at the bottom as i hate having somthing tight around my wirst due to me over heating if i cant keep my wrists cool.

they were made in about 7 sections starting off with the puff sleeve then the middle sections down to the bell shaped bottom i used the dark green cotton, the floral mid green cotton and the silk embroidered gold fabrics and my machine embroidered leaf details with red bead detail on both sleeves to finish the look.

26 days to go will i finish in time ...... (Posted 27th April 2011)

ok so im in panic mode as im not finished yet >.< and havent started on Edge yet >.<

got the pattern for Edges trousers yestorday just need Takage to get his fabric

for Rydia im getting her gold braiding and the last of her fabric dye and feathers today and once i finish work today im going to power through this costume ^^

Boots :D (Posted 18th January 2011)

well........ i found the perfect gold pixi boots last summer and lost them >.<

and i found them when i was packing my flat up :D so i decided to start work on them and pack them up b4 i loose them again >.<

so they had these stupid bows round the ankle that was the 1st thing to go! then i cut away an arch on the top of the front pannel, the next thing i did was make a template in the shape of a star and drew them onto the side of the boot then i painted the stars on with gold paint, once the paint was dry i added a green outline with a marker.
Next came the beading which was not an easy task as the boot fabric was tough to get through with the needle but i added a string of jade beads around the edge of the boot and a string of smaller beads round the ankle in a swirl pattern.

and thats it for my boots

Fabrics 2 (Posted 7th August 2010)

so the fabric turned out perfectly,i love how they all go together so well

the cutting has begun!
i first cut out the sleeves the top of the sleaves will be made from the gold fabric with an elastic section at the bottom of the puffed sleave section and the bottom of the sleave will be the dark green lined with the floral light green fabric the sleaves will be attached to her cape so it will look like a shrug holding up the cape.

Fabrics (Posted 20th July 2010)

As we speek i am watching my fabric being died! never used Dylon fabric die before but was told it was the best to use so the base fabric will be a beautifull dark green! (i love this colour it reminds me of my favourite green velvet dress that i no longer have)once the fabric has had its second was and is dry i can start to cut out the shapes i need and start sewing again,
I have bought the other fabric for Rydia it has a floral embriodered pattern on it which i am in the midde of dying a lighter green colur (Dylon Amazon green) to contrast with the darker green i have (Dylon dark green)and i also bought some shimmery gold fabric with an embroidered pattern on it, so i have all my fabric i can get to sorting out the design and putting it together =] x

Sketch progress (Posted 18th June 2010)

well i decided to draw up a design for Rydia so i have a starting point and its turned out to be realy beautifull i decided to add bits from all her forms like i did with Rosa,
the next task is to gather up the materials which will take a little bit of time and a long bus ride to the fabric store lolz