Costume :Marta Lualdi
Source :Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo May 2011

Costume Photos

At expo




Costume Information

Cost : about £80
Time Taken : 20 hours

This cosplay will be to go with my friend's Tenebrae cosplay.

The wig is going to be made from dyed fabric, because a) it's cheaper than a long wig, b) it's easy to maintain and c) I want it to look like the in-game version instead of a more realistic version. :3

EDIT: I'm gonna make several wigs for this, to see which I like the best~~



I know it says it's complete, but I've just put it as that because I doubt I'll finish this costume. Sure, I like the character, but I really don't think it suits me very well. If I was ever to resurrect this, I'd need to make new boot covers, skirt, and jacket.


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Really excited to see this! Nice idea about the wig too, I think it'll look excellent :)

by Mungojerrie on Saturday, 12 June, 2010 - 11:15
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Thanks :D I've seen people make Cloud's wig (FF7) from fabric to make it look cartoony, so I thought it might work better than a long wig :)

by Kess on Wednesday, 16 June, 2010 - 19:33
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yeah.. that is a good idea for the wig! long wigs are a pain!

by Arianna on Wednesday, 1 September, 2010 - 16:33
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can't wait to see you progress on marta XD

by Smallfry0 on Sunday, 9 January, 2011 - 00:07
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Progress looks great so far! =D Accurate wig length are very brave.
Ooooohmygod, her skirt. That was hard for me too, there's just something difficult about it Dx
Good luck on completion! =)

by KiraraYumi on Thursday, 28 April, 2011 - 23:35
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thanks :3 I really want to make this cosplay as accurate as possible, even if it means styling a knee long wig xD
It's the brown dress that I'm finding annoying, I've managed to sort out the skirt now xD But fingers crossed the technique my textiles teacher taught me will work.

by Kess on Friday, 29 April, 2011 - 21:50

To-Do List

make pink skirtHighComplete
make wigHighIn Progress
make jacketHighPlanned
make brown dressMediumIn Progress
make spinnerMediumPlanned
make boot coversMediumPlanned
make petticoatLowComplete
make hair flowersLowPlanned
adjust leggingsLowPlanned
make Ratatosk's coreLowPlanned
make bagLowPlanned
somehow obtain glovesLowPlanned

Shopping List

two long wigs£39.65Bought


Expo (Posted 31st October 2011)

I didn't manage to finish it before expo, mainly because the jacket went terribly wrong and I didn't have any time to fix it, but luckily I got a substantial enough amount done for people to recognise me~
I really want to remake this costume one day, when I'm better at wig styling, since I want to use a different method next time.

wig test run (Posted 23rd May 2011)

Since I don't expect to be able to try on the wig before the expo once it's finished being styled, I decided to give it a test run this evening, which also helped me to see where it needed extra support. At one point I was tempted to just let the tails hang loose (like the one to the left), but decided, primarily due to this picture, that I might as well go the full mile and get it as accurate as possible.

sleeves almost done (Posted 20th May 2011)

3 1/2 hours

wig half done (Posted 4th May 2011)

At least five hours of styling here, mainly on the two tails at the back. I think the front part took no more than 15 minutes ^^; I still need to spray paint the bottom part of the wig and add some more wire to extra support, since although it is literally caked in spray until solid, it just can't support its own weight.

dress and skirt WERE near completion (Posted 2nd April 2011)

That's right, I've actually started to get something done xD I just need to hem the bottom edge of the skirt and sort out the ruffles, then the top part of the dress if I don't get that done tonight. I'm actually quite pleased with how it's looking so far~

EDIT: erm :/ I don't like skirts or dresses anymore.... the triangles along the bottom are proving difficult to get right, so I think I'll give it a rest for a bit.

Ordered the wig(s) (Posted 27th March 2011)

I just bought one of the wigs from eBay, and am waiting to see the results of the second one. I'll try to finish the fabric wig sometime this week, so I don't loose interest in it once they arrive xD I'm really happy with what I've ordered, but it's completely wiped me out.

base patterns and wig (Posted 15th February 2011)

yeah..... who knew two days off sick would bring so much progress, eh? Anyway, I've got the pattern for the jacket just about done, and have started on the wig, though I have no idea whether I should glue or sew it together. Anyway, I'll test out how the edges will look either way and decide then.

skirt progress~~ (Posted 23rd January 2011)

Just finished the petticoat, and am working on the skirt. I'll hopefully have the brown dress and shoe covers finished by the end of this week too. No progress pictures yet, but I should post some more during the week. This is going to be so awesome! I've also found a pair of leggings to adjust, since I can't bear sewing elasticated fabric yet, and I'm using some killer heels (because I can't wear them for long without my feet complaining xD) originally for another cosplay as the base boots. They add a couple of inches to my height, but it's worth it due to the overall effect.