Costume :Oerba Dia Vanille
Source :Final Fantasy XIII
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo May 2010

Costume Photos


Bag complete


Vanille hair, contact lenses and eye make-up


Fur weapon holster front

Fur weapon holster

Middle Broach





Costume Information

Cost : Quite a bit :s Probably around £100 for fabrics, beads, jewellery, shoes, contact lenses etc.
Time Taken : Hard to say because I was doing it a bit at a time over a few months.


My first cosplay I've made pretty much all by myself. I'm definately not working with beads again....

Here's the list from bottom to top:

Shoes - I tried making boot covers but it is so difficult plus I couldn't find the right fabric so i bought some yellowish plain boots.

Fluffly bits on shoes - The boots have an uneven shape along the rim so instead of struggling to glue fluff on and ruining them i (and my mum XD) sewed the fluff onto an old pair of sock instead! genius! So i can just fold them down over the boots. I got the fabric from a charity shop on a crazy body warmer...

Skirt - I made a skirt for mcm expo 09 but it kinda sucks and the colours aren't right so i have a better fabric and dyes to remake the skirt. It's made of a strip of material round my hips, some fuffles sewed to the back and a yellow loin cloth on the from XD

Fur on the back - I doubled over faux fur and stictched straight lines vertically down it instead of making it wavy as the fabric was too ridged. I then cut out the back leather bit and sewed/glued it on. the whole fur is glue gunned to a brown belt and the pink tie thingy is linin that is just sewed either side of the fluff.

Bag - my friends mum is awesome and is making the bag for me :D i should have it soon! yay!

Belt - baught a belt from clairs and markered on the lines then used painted foamies on for the metal parts and faaux leather strips for the brown parts ( the same colour as the fabric for her weapon holster)

Bracelets - bought silver ones from Clair's and panted a few turqi=uoise and gold.

Top - Pink linen (same as the pink tie on the skirt) that I made by first making a pattern out of paper to make sure it would fit me and then cutting the fabric and sewing it with my machine.

Neclaces - brown thick string with cotton string wrapped round and then beads that i painted for the larger one.

Beads - OH MY GAWD! I got my beads online and they were all light brown so i had to spray paint then white with several layers and then paint the coloured ones after threading on stretchy plastic/elastic string. I bout other larger beads from my local craft store (Crosses)and painted those. I glue gunned everything together. The pendant at the top and the tooth thingys are made from salt dough :)

Back flap (dunno what it's called) - I made one but it was too big and dark and i rushed it the night before so i'm going to make another one in a lighter fabric i found and make sure it's smaller.

Eyes - I think Vanille's eyes are green but it's hard to tell depending on what animation it is (short cutscene or a proper cinematic bit)so I bought Geo Nudy Green lenses (I'd definately reccomend these as they are really anime/final fantasy like to make your eyes look bigger)

Ear rings - I bout a pair from Clair's that are almost exactly like Vanilles so I didn't have to make them.

Hair - I can't stand wigs and i'm ginger anyways so i got a shorter layer cut in my hair similar to Vanille's and i just need loadsa hair spray =3

Please comment if you have any questions ^-^


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I can't believe this has no comments because progress is looking amazing. You'll pull off Vanille really well.

by Ichigo-Chan on Sunday, 9 May, 2010 - 12:03
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This is epic progress so far, can't wait to see the finished thing altogether!



by letmelive on Sunday, 9 May, 2010 - 12:41
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Amzing work so far!! Cant wait to see it finished, looks like its gonna be amazing<3

by Alyx on Sunday, 9 May, 2010 - 13:30
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wow, this is really accurate! :D great progress :)

by amayhun on Sunday, 9 May, 2010 - 14:13
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Nice progress! The beads look so accurate! Good luck with the rest. :D

by KamikazePenguin on Sunday, 9 May, 2010 - 16:09
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Awesome I so can't wait to see this finished! Awesome progress so accurate!

by Darkiekun on Sunday, 9 May, 2010 - 21:41
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WOW! I HAVE to have pictures with you!

by FairyPorchQueen on Monday, 10 May, 2010 - 17:31
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Woah, looks amazing! 8D

by PapercutPerfect on Sunday, 23 May, 2010 - 09:42
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:O this is really cool - must get photo ^^

by jaks-kingdom-dwarf on Sunday, 23 May, 2010 - 12:08
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wow your Vanille is looking really great ^^
gotta take pics with you @ expo, im doin sazh btw :P

by tousen_218 on Sunday, 23 May, 2010 - 20:47

Thanks for all your comments guys! =3 can't wait to see you all at expo ^-^

by TashaValentine on Tuesday, 25 May, 2010 - 10:57
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great progress!!

by FairyPorchQueen on Tuesday, 25 May, 2010 - 22:57

Thankyou! I'm in the middle of dying the skirt right now! rush rush!

by TashaValentine on Wednesday, 26 May, 2010 - 11:12
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Ahh im sure youll get it all done! im so glad im finished! Ive been trying so hard with the accent and failingggg

by FairyPorchQueen on Thursday, 27 May, 2010 - 14:39

yay well done! =3 lol yeah i'm gonna bring energy drink so i can be hypo enough to pass off Vanille XD

by TashaValentine on Friday, 28 May, 2010 - 14:44

To-Do List

Make skirtHighIn Progress
Make back flap panelMediumIn Progress
Make broach on beltMediumPlanned