Costume :Rinoa Heartilly
Variant :Concept Art/Game
Source :Final Fantasy VIII
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo May 2013

Costume Photos

So... if you come here... you'll find me

I'll be waiting here...

Oh Squall your hair keeps falling down..

I'm falling - save me Squall!

Forest owls...


Rinoa - finished ;)

Pic featured in Neo Mag (79) Cosplay Corner pg 19 Jan 2011

Back detail - last touches done! ^_^

Concept Art

Skirt and buttons



Costume Information

Cost : Approx £115 (Includes Pinwheel)
Awards : I got into Neo Magazine under Cosplay Corner ^^
Time Taken : 25 Hours

I have always taken a liking to Rinoa, shes one of my favourite FF characters.

Rinoa's outfit is immense to me, so simple and elegant and I finished the Concept Art version (different hair) for our AniMedia East Thetford Forest meet on 21st August 2010 with time to spare to wear both this version and do the vampire adaptation for Sunday - October 2010 MCM London Expo (Both normal Rinoa with the added Pinwheel and Vampire Rinoa) I have black wings for it ;)

-I also wore this for Distant Worlds (Albert Hall in November 2011)

And I plan on re-wearing the Game version for MCM London Expo May 2013 (Friday)

I particularly like Riona's arm warmers and detail on the short straps as well as the wing detail on her back - I am making the costume VERY detailed (I am hand making the shorts, cardigan, arm bands and eventually the pin wheel)

About the character…

''Rinoa Heartilly is a character from the Final Fantasy VIII videogame.
They say that opposites attract, which would explain why Rinoa finds herself drawn towards Squall Leonhart. She’s everything he isn’t – outspoken, outgoing, comfortable expressing her emotions, and otherwise pretty good at relating with other human beings.

The daughter of a general in the Galbadian military, Rinoa leads a double life – she’s also part of the Forest Owls, a small resistance faction seeking to liberate the nation of Timber from Galbadian control. That’s how she winds up in contact with Squall, first through a chance meeting at Balamb Garden, and later when she hires Squall and two of his associates as mercenary reinforcement for her resistance group.

As one might expect, given their clashing personalities, the two don’t get along well to start. With a little help from her friends, though – who organize a deliberate campaign to set them up – Rinoa gradually succeeds in pulling Squall at least some of the way out of his shell.

He’s able to return the favour when Rinoa is caught up in the machinations of the sorceress Ultimecia. It’s Rinoa who nearly becomes the second vessel of the sorceress after her earlier plans have gone awry, although neither she nor her comrades are going to give in on that score without a fight. ''



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Go for it Raye!

by SlimDefinition on Wednesday, 31 March, 2010 - 21:58
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I shall do my best ;)

by Raye-chan on Wednesday, 31 March, 2010 - 22:05
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You will look amazing as her hunny! Go for it.

by NightmareWings on Wednesday, 12 May, 2010 - 11:10
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good luck!! :D

by FairyPorchQueen on Friday, 4 June, 2010 - 20:51
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Thank you ^.^ just need to get on with the main jumper!!

by Raye-chan on Friday, 4 June, 2010 - 22:10
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rinoa is the best character to cosplay :D im going as her on sunday pweease double pic :D

by J-Po on Friday, 11 June, 2010 - 21:44
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Aw im going as her the sunday tooo! Vampire spin off that is ;) you can be the good rinoa FFGamerGirl i will be the bad one! lol

by Raye-chan on Wednesday, 16 June, 2010 - 19:28
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Yeah! Looking good Raye!

by SlimDefinition on Wednesday, 23 June, 2010 - 21:07
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Thank you :) Have put ribbon to keep the jumper from stretching on the inside - few bits left to do now - i really need to look at getting boots soon....

by Raye-chan on Friday, 25 June, 2010 - 17:53
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Well, we have about a month and a half. So get cracking!

by SlimDefinition on Sunday, 27 June, 2010 - 22:14
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Lol XD Well i am getting there ;) the main bits are there really, just odd peices to do - argh need to make time to do the arm bits, wing detail oh and buy me some boots...

by Raye-chan on Thursday, 1 July, 2010 - 21:44
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The progress on this is looking so amazing hun ^^

by Zelda on Friday, 2 July, 2010 - 20:42
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Looking great huni. This is so lovely =)

by Bambi. on Friday, 2 July, 2010 - 21:11
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Some very good attention to detail with this!. Looking forward to seeing it complete ^^

by Kitticus on Saturday, 3 July, 2010 - 10:24
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@Tif9123 - Thanks so much :) I finally get to do a Final girl ^^
@Bambi. - Thank you, all going well so far :)
@Kitticus - Yeah I hope to use as much detail as possible :)

by Raye-chan on Wednesday, 7 July, 2010 - 18:16
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I cant wait to see this! You will look so pretty.

by NightmareWings on Saturday, 31 July, 2010 - 22:09
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@NightmareWings - thank you!! Cant wait to finish!! ^_^

by Raye-chan on Wednesday, 11 August, 2010 - 23:05
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Finally finished! ^_^ So so happy! x Just the pinwheel for October ;) Bring on the meet up tomorrow!!!

by Raye-chan on Friday, 20 August, 2010 - 17:32
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It is truly amazing Raye. Awesome!

by SlimDefinition on Saturday, 4 September, 2010 - 17:08
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^_^ thanks - pinwheel progress going well but think i will put this on my vampire version so not to confuse myself!

by Raye-chan on Saturday, 16 October, 2010 - 10:43
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I think this is a really pretty costume ^^.

by Solarista on Friday, 5 November, 2010 - 21:33
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@Solarista - Thank you very much ^^ I really enjoy wearing Rinoa - i think she will be a regular wear

by Raye-chan on Monday, 8 November, 2010 - 22:57
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I am so pleased this costume made it into this months issue to Neo Mag! (79) I am on page 19 ^_^ dream come true!!!

by Raye-chan on Saturday, 4 December, 2010 - 19:07
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i saw it i saw it :D :D

by J-Po on Saturday, 4 December, 2010 - 19:55
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@FFGamerGirl - thats awesome :) i subscribe to Neo so its so exciting to finally make the page! I'm very pleased you have seen it! :) *big grins*

by Raye-chan on Friday, 10 December, 2010 - 18:58
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I saw you in NEO! :D

by gbow on Saturday, 2 April, 2011 - 16:59
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@gbow - yay! I get so happy when people recognise me from Neo :) i love that magazine! I'm definitely going to wear Rinoa again and make two more version's of her on top of the two i have already made :3

by Raye-chan on Saturday, 2 April, 2011 - 17:45

To-Do List

Make jumperHighComplete
Back wing detailHighComplete
Cut leggings into shortsMediumComplete
Buy WigMediumComplete
Buy Necklace/RingsMediumComplete
Get black top for underneth - v-neckMediumComplete
Cut leggings into shortsMediumComplete
Make silver short strapsLowComplete
Make black ribbon arm bandLowComplete
Make arm warmersLowComplete
Buy buttons for skirtLowComplete
Find boots!LowComplete
Make black ribbon arm bandLowComplete
Make silver short strapsLowComplete
Make blue overskirt pieceLowComplete
Make arm warmersLowComplete
Get foam for pinwheelLowComplete
Get cardigan materialLowComplete
Find boots!LowComplete


Bring on expo! (Posted 9th May 2013)

Decided to re-wear Rinoa's game version for the FF8 photogroup Friday of MCM London Expo May 2013! ;)

Rinoa to return xD (Posted 5th July 2012)

Finally doing the in game version to wear in a fortnight and wear at Amecon 2012!

just an icon (Posted 17th August 2011)

Just making a little icon to use ^^

Boots (Posted 20th July 2011)

I got some new boots this weekend for Rinoa, I want to wear her again!!! Maybe at a cosplay ball or mini meet ^^

Limit Break! (Posted 15th August 2010)

I finally finished the hand sewn wings today, it took a few hours but the end result is perfect ^_^ My costume is now ready for our cosplay meet this saturday at Thetford Forest, just need to do a pinwheel for October expo now - got there in the end, like a limit break!

Wings.... (Posted 11th August 2010)

I have started drawing the wing detail, to make it real pretty I am using white material, cutting it own and sewing on ^^ Almost there!!

Buttons and Boots... the cosplay making journey continues... (Posted 25th July 2010)

So this weekend I have done most of the rest of the costume with the help of my wonderful mum ^_^ So 85% complete (pinwheel and wing detail still to do)

The arm warmers are cut, sewn and fit perfectly

The arm band with tassels is sewn and ready (I used spare black material from my cut up leggings)

The skirt is finished and the buttons are on - but what a pain they were.... I just had to go for expensive heavy buttons with loads of detail.... which when sewn on hang lose.. so I filled the hollow backs of the metal buttons with material then stitched the material through the skirt and through the button hole - which now holds the 3 buttons nice and tight ^_^ (yay!)

I have styled the wig as the fringe needed some tlc so it looks like Rinoa's ^_^

The boots, wonderful awesome boots! The are heeled and laced, black, with a metallic zip - very cool and looks great with the outfit ^_^

So as soon as I have done the wing back detail I will be finished with the main outfit for the Thetford Forest AniMedia East meet ^_^ on 21st August 2010

The pinwheel will be made for the Expo in October 2010 ;)

More pics added :) (Posted 1st July 2010)

I have now sewn white ribbon to stop the material from stretching inside of the top half of the blue jumper, next i need to make the arm warmers with the same material. The skirt is almost there, i just need to sew up the hem and add the 3 buttons - i have elasticated it so its nice and tight ;)

After this i just need to get me some boots then do the wing detail on the back!

Updates (Posted 23rd June 2010)

Finally put some of my progress pictures on of the jumper, skirt and shorts :) let me know what you think!

Wings (Posted 22nd June 2010)

Yay! Just got home to find my black wings have arrived :) awesome

LOTS of progress ^.^ (Posted 21st June 2010)

Got loads of this costume dont at the weekend - more detailed updates and pictures to follow :) hopefully this wednesday. The long jumper has been cut, the skirt is almost finished, i have finished the shorts and i have purchased my buttons for the skirt. So apart from finishing off the costume i just need to design the pinwheel and get me some boots!! :)

Shorts, Boots and Wings??? (Posted 18th June 2010)

Ok so today I have basically checked all my materials over (total cost for materials for jumper, skirt and cotton - came to just over £24 from Anglian Fabrics)... The leggings I had have now been pinned ready to be cut into shorts, they also need taking in a little so they don’t fall down! >.< !

Up the city of Norwich tomorrow so I hope I can get the boots - the last accessory I need really - apart from making the pinwheel and short straps.

So wish me luck that I can find random army style boots in a size 8 at an affordable price!!

Oh and I will upload more progress pictures when i start making the main costume tomorrow (yay!)

This costume will be completed for our AniMedia East Cosplay Adventure and Picnic in Thetford Forest 21st August 2010 and also.... Sunday London Oct Expo..

Oh and I have just purchased black wings for the Sunday Expo - Vampire Rinoa wuu!!

The day of sewing is getting close (Posted 16th June 2010)

Its almost Saturday.... that means..... I can actuall start putting this together! YAY! ^.^ Also shop around for Fina materials hehe! October Expo will be here before i know it and i am so pleased to be making Rinoa for two events. Our AniMedia East Cosplay Adventure Picnic on 21st August in Thetford Forest AND Sunday of the October London MCM EXPO! Exciting times :) Must google black wings tooo......

Oh and i cant stop wearing the Rinoa necklace to work everyday hehehe!

More progress! (Posted 11th June 2010)

My shopping spree last Saturday was a success! I now have 2 and a half meteres of light blue material for the long jumper and over 1 metere for the skirt. I also have the cottons and the zip. So only the sewing, wings, boots, shorts, pinwheel to go - few!

Progress good so far.. (Posted 4th June 2010)

So far i have the rings, wig, a black top and a pair of leggings to make into shorts..... must do much more >.<