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Costume :Beatrix
Variant :General
Source :Final Fantasy IX
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo October 2011


Costume Photos

Burmecia 1

Alexandria 1

Beatrix JW 7

Beatrix JW 5

Beatrix JW 4

Beatrix JW 3

Beatrix JW 2

Beatrix JW 1

Beatrix 4

Beatrix 3

The Hairflip

Beatrix Ref 1

 


Costume Information

General
Cost : £100+
Time Taken : 70+ hours currently

Description
From the FFIX Wiki page...

~~ Beatrix is noble, proud, and most of all, loyal to Alexandria and the Alexandrian royal family. She is confident in her ability as a soldier, and can be seen as being arrogant because of this. Beatrix has an outstanding ability as a leader, collecting loyalty and admiration from both the public and the soldiers under her. Beatrix is soft spoken and addresses people with perfect manners, be it to her soldiers or to an enemy (this fact is not so obvious in the English translation, although apparent in the original Japanese version), yet she shows no mercy for one who poses a threat against Alexandria. From her loyalty, Beatrix acts solely as a soldier, obeying orders without hesitation or showing any emotion.

Her heroic and legendary swordsmanship is known far and wide across the world, and Beatrix holds the title of the "Best swordsman in the continent." Because of such fearsome power, she is often called "The cold-blooded woman who silences even the crying infant" or "Beatrix who felled 100 men". ~~

BEST QUOTES:

"I once killed a hundred knights single-handedly...to me, you two are nothing more than insects."

"Then allow me to shatter your delusions of grandeur."

"My allegiance to you remains the same, if not stronger."

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I've been looking forward to doing Beatrix for quite some time now, and it's finally coming together now.

I am also proud to be taking part in a bigger FFIX effort at London MCM Expo, October 2011 with the Final Fantasy Round-up, and look forward to spending time with the group, along with her devoted Freya Crescent (Raye-chan).

Comments

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You will make an amazing Beatrix! Go you.

by NightmareWings on Wednesday, 12 May, 2010 - 21:15
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I love Beatrix! Another kick-ass girl ;)

by Raye-chan on Saturday, 15 May, 2010 - 10:43
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YEY! shes my fave from FF9! youll look amazing

by FairyPorchQueen on Friday, 4 June, 2010 - 19:57
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you'll make an amazing Beatrix! The wig looks ace!

by FuriePhoenix on Friday, 18 June, 2010 - 13:36
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Thanks Cez. I haven't actually got this in progress yet. I was going to use the wig for Belleza (Skies of Arcadia) but it's way too light. I noticed that it'd work for Beatrix though. ;-)

It makes me want to do Beatrix in the not so distant future though!

by SlimDefinition on Friday, 18 June, 2010 - 13:46
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I'm currently playing through FFIX For the untenth time and I can NEVER get tired of it's fantastic style! Can't wait to see how your Beatrix comes out *thumbs up*

by GoldieNeko on Friday, 6 August, 2010 - 20:00
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Awesome! You'll make an epic Beatrix! :)

by Freyarule on Friday, 6 August, 2010 - 21:14
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I don't know ffIX but that wig looks perfect! Lucky you found another use for it after it turned out to be no good for Belleza :)

by visiting_wizard on Monday, 9 August, 2010 - 04:46
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The wig is amazing! I like how it wasn't originally for beatrix as well but it goes so well. Really looking forward to seeing this hun x.

by FusionRose on Tuesday, 28 September, 2010 - 17:14
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Thanks. That wig has amazing fibers in it so I can really curl it under and it springs as her hair does! Now...if I can just figure out how to make the sleeveless coat...

by SlimDefinition on Monday, 4 October, 2010 - 22:36
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Aw she's a pretty character. Bet you'll look great!

by Solarista on Friday, 5 November, 2010 - 22:37
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Nice wig for it! :)

by visiting_wizard on Sunday, 26 December, 2010 - 21:09
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Thanks. I just need to figure out how to do her parting to get the swept look.

by SlimDefinition on Monday, 27 December, 2010 - 17:16
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Cant wait to do Ruby with you. You will look so amazingly amazing. Hehe ^____^

by NightmareWings on Friday, 31 December, 2010 - 20:38
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I can't wait to see how you make the coat!!! Im so excited about doing more orangeness with you @@ XD

by Zelda on Friday, 31 December, 2010 - 20:40
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Once I figure out how, I will start it (the coat) heh.
It's one of those things that looks hard, but probably isn't too difficult once you get going.

I'm looking forward to doing this with you guys too. :-)

by SlimDefinition on Saturday, 1 January, 2011 - 17:01
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The progress is looking amazing hun =D You are going to look epic as Beatrix ^_^ Can't wait to see the finish result xx.

by FusionRose on Tuesday, 11 January, 2011 - 03:23
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Thanks. I LOVE your new coat that you've had done though.

Mine's being made from a white dress, so I hope I can do it up to look as good as it should.

by SlimDefinition on Wednesday, 12 January, 2011 - 20:14
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Thanks hun ^_^ I was going to make it again but to be honest i've made it once so i have no desire to make it a second time xD I love your approach to it though. My first Rinoa duster was made from editing a dress and it did work really well. Editing clothes is the greatest approach to any cosplay making i feel. It looks good already so i'm really looking forward to seeing it finished x.

by FusionRose on Thursday, 13 January, 2011 - 02:15
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Yeah I know the feeling. I'm adding some bits to Rayne and re-doing some parts of Rose when I can, but I wouldn't want to do the whole thing all over again if I can help it. When I saw your coat I thought "WANT!" heh.

The difference with Beatrix's coat is that it's very much 'fitted' in all areas and looks quite sturdy, whereas the dress fabric is quite thin and floppy so it'll need toning as it were and have a lot of work done to it.

by SlimDefinition on Thursday, 13 January, 2011 - 20:24
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Looking good :) can't wait to see her finished.

by FangGirl on Friday, 14 January, 2011 - 22:30
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Wig looks great!

by FuriePhoenix on Friday, 14 January, 2011 - 23:16
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Thanks guys. Takes a while to style like that, but it's worth the effort.

by SlimDefinition on Friday, 14 January, 2011 - 23:26
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The wig looks amazing! Great work, can't wait to see more!

by PapercutPerfect on Saturday, 15 January, 2011 - 12:34
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OMG you look so much like her!! Great job on the wig and the waistcoat looks perfect :D *adds to watchlist*

by FairyPorchQueen on Thursday, 3 February, 2011 - 20:30
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Ahhh this looks more epic everytime i see more progress ^^ I can't wait to have you as my epic beatrix <3

by Zelda on Thursday, 3 February, 2011 - 21:12
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Thank you guys. ^_^'

I just need to find matching fabric for the rest of the coat, something velvety to line it with, and sweet talk my dad into carving out Save the Queen a bit sooner than originally planned.

by SlimDefinition on Thursday, 3 February, 2011 - 23:33
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You've got the cut of the neckline just right. :D

by j_mercuryuk on Thursday, 3 February, 2011 - 23:35
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Yeah, it was a good find on eBay! ^_^

by SlimDefinition on Friday, 4 February, 2011 - 00:12
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this is coming along so well! I cant wait to start Ruby for this group.

by NightmareWings on Friday, 4 February, 2011 - 09:46
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Progress is looking great ^_^ can't wait to make my Freya Crescent with you, Tif and NightmareWings x

by Raye-chan on Friday, 4 February, 2011 - 09:47
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Great Progress :)

by FangGirl on Saturday, 5 February, 2011 - 13:20
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Hurrah for Beatrix! Looks great so far!

by eternal_aranel on Friday, 25 March, 2011 - 14:14
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Really cant wait to see the rest of this! You will look amazing.

by NightmareWings on Friday, 25 March, 2011 - 23:14
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Thank you guys! Sorry about Claymore, Eternal. :-s

by SlimDefinition on Friday, 25 March, 2011 - 23:24
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Good luck on Save the Queen. I will say though be careful where you take it since you are making it out of wood because wood is a big no no to a lot of cons >.< Expo should be fine though =D But yes looking forward to seeing progress on it ^_^ x.

by FusionRose on Tuesday, 29 March, 2011 - 22:08
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Well I'm screwed then. It means I couldn't take Rose with me when I get her revamped.

by SlimDefinition on Tuesday, 29 March, 2011 - 22:55
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I'll try and find the weapon guidelines for you so you can see if you want. you could always take rose without the weapon. And a lot of cons will say you can have the weapon for a masquerade or for a photoshoot but you can't walk around with it. Tis why i'm not taking a save the queen to Kitacon, too much hassle >.<
Hope everything works out though hunny x.

by FusionRose on Tuesday, 29 March, 2011 - 23:10
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Looking fabulous!

by tripletriad on Wednesday, 30 March, 2011 - 16:24
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Ah I see. Thanks Fusion. It may still be worth taking them (Rose will only go if I can revamp her in time), and if they say no to walking around with them I'll just bring them out for photos when I'm not in the con rooms then.

I'm going to make the belt and scabbard for Beatrix detachable from each other anyway.

r0cket - thanks. ^^'

by SlimDefinition on Wednesday, 30 March, 2011 - 16:32
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Amazing progress! I love anyone that cosplays Beatrix as FFIX needs more love and Beatrix is one of the best FF girls by far.
You really suit the wig!
Cannot wait to see finished photos! :D

by NakedSalad on Sunday, 3 April, 2011 - 19:07
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Thank you. I just need someone to help me pin the dress in the right places on to the waistcoat in order to make her coat. It's going to be a pain in the arse, but what detailed cosplay isn't? ^^'

I HOPE to wear this at Ayacon.

by SlimDefinition on Sunday, 3 April, 2011 - 19:50
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Woah, that wig!! You look exactly like her it's unreal! O_O

by Lady Bahamut on Saturday, 11 June, 2011 - 18:06
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Thanks LB. ;-) I strive for as close to 100% as I can get. I'm now working on the coat, and I recently bought the boots and leggings. Need some more money to come through before I can buy the leather fabric for the belt and scabbard.

by SlimDefinition on Saturday, 11 June, 2011 - 22:16
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Sorry but i have to say this, DAT SIDE BOOB (Y) Done.

I really look forward to see how your Save the Queen comes out :D and the rest of Beatrix :D

by JakeX on Tuesday, 14 June, 2011 - 20:07
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O_O'

Thanks Jake. I have my plate full with Beatrix AND Fou-Lu at the moment. I hope I can get them both done for Ayacon.

by SlimDefinition on Tuesday, 14 June, 2011 - 23:18
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Looking excellent so far ^_^

by sjbonnar on Wednesday, 15 June, 2011 - 08:55
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^^' Thanks.

by SlimDefinition on Sunday, 19 June, 2011 - 16:03
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Progress is looking awesome :)

by Archer on Wednesday, 20 July, 2011 - 00:13
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Thanks. There will be even more progress very soon!

by SlimDefinition on Wednesday, 20 July, 2011 - 15:43
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It's coming along great! Looks amazing so far, so excited to see the finished product!

by tripletriad on Wednesday, 27 July, 2011 - 16:36
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I can't wait till I have her finished either! It's slow progress though, but I am picking up speed now, seeing as Ayacon is in a few weeks. Argh!

Thank you! ^^'

by SlimDefinition on Wednesday, 27 July, 2011 - 20:07
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Your costume looks so awesome so far!!! o: I shall be a fellow Beatrix at Aya, your sword already looks supremely cool I might have to attempt stealing it! XP

by Natsumi on Thursday, 28 July, 2011 - 19:29
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Thank you very much! You can play with the sword if you want, but stealing it? Mmm..ahh, not so sure heh. ;-)

by SlimDefinition on Thursday, 28 July, 2011 - 20:37
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Haha thanks, I can make do with playing me thinks. :P

by Natsumi on Thursday, 28 July, 2011 - 21:29
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*GEEKS!* OMG! SOOOO SEXY! OMG! GOING TO GLOMP YOU IN GOLBEZ!

by Manticore on Sunday, 7 August, 2011 - 03:55
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Looks amazing so far! ^^

by DuskatNight on Monday, 8 August, 2011 - 12:57
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Thanks people. :-)

by SlimDefinition on Tuesday, 16 August, 2011 - 21:48
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You ARE Beatrix! O_O x.

by FusionRose on Monday, 12 September, 2011 - 18:15
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^^' *Embarrassed face.* Thanks... :-D
I did the make-up test and then added the wig and the eye-patch and thought..."hang on a minute...now I want to know what FusionRose thinks!" And now I do! hehe.

I want her finished NOW damn it! The armour and belt shouldn't take too long, and the coat is getting there. She should definitely be finished in time.

by SlimDefinition on Monday, 12 September, 2011 - 18:19
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As FusionRose said, you are Beatrix!
You've got all the right features, the latest tests are perfect and GAH I'M SO EXCITED FOR THIS!!

by tripletriad on Monday, 12 September, 2011 - 22:02
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Goddamn, this is looking awesome! :D

by Sillabub on Monday, 12 September, 2011 - 22:59
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Thank you guys! She's coming along nicely now. ;-)

by SlimDefinition on Monday, 12 September, 2011 - 23:33
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Love the new progress pictures!
You actually look exactly like her! Wow.
Gorgeous.
Can't wait for the finished photos. :D

by NakedSalad on Tuesday, 13 September, 2011 - 20:19

Beatrix is one of my favourite FF characters - this is looking fantastic, you're doing a great job on it. I look forward to seeing the finished costume ^_^

by Donna on Thursday, 15 September, 2011 - 12:59
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everything is looking EPIC!!!!

by FuriePhoenix on Thursday, 15 September, 2011 - 20:30
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^_^' Thanks.

I just thought "maybe I SHOULD make the shoe armour..." and then followed with the thought "that's even more work to do....but it'll be worth it!"

by SlimDefinition on Thursday, 15 September, 2011 - 20:34
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You suit this woman So badly.. Slim marry me.. really. This amazing.. detailing. Structure, and the precision.. It makes me cry with joy

by Manticore on Tuesday, 20 September, 2011 - 15:33
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^_^' I don't know what to say. Thank you!
And hmm...you'd have to grow your hair you know. Got to have long hair on a man. ;-)

I always aim to be as accurate as humanly possible, and always take the most pleasure in making another fan's day.

by SlimDefinition on Tuesday, 20 September, 2011 - 16:17
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Lol well.. I'm already getting that working right now...heheheh! Gonna get long Bangs and a mullet..=P Yeah no you're getting hugged by a huge Golbez!

by Manticore on Tuesday, 20 September, 2011 - 16:42
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I'm Beatrix on the Friday and Saturday, Fou-Lu on the Sunday. However, feel free to hug (though please warn me beforehand!) on the relevant days heh. ;-)

by SlimDefinition on Tuesday, 20 September, 2011 - 16:46
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Ah! lol well I think I'll be Wakka on Friday, Master Eraqus from KH:BBS and Golbez on Sunday, I'll still hug you whom ever you'll be =D

by Manticore on Tuesday, 20 September, 2011 - 16:57
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Sure! XD I'm looking forward to doing this a lot now!

by SlimDefinition on Tuesday, 20 September, 2011 - 18:45
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Perfect Beatrix is perfect

by FairyPorchQueen on Wednesday, 21 September, 2011 - 01:47
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Cannot wait to see this finished!!!

by Freyarule on Friday, 23 September, 2011 - 16:53
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It's looking so awesome my dear general xD x.

by FusionRose on Friday, 23 September, 2011 - 21:32
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Thank you guys. I'm very much looking forward to wearing her at expo now!

by SlimDefinition on Friday, 23 September, 2011 - 21:52
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*Jizzes all over his kitchen floor* OMG I LOVE YOU!

by Manticore on Friday, 23 September, 2011 - 21:58
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O_o' Cpt.Wakka try control yourself! XD

Heh, thanks. ^_^' Love you too, you're an inspiration.

by SlimDefinition on Friday, 23 September, 2011 - 22:30
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You look awesome!

by BabemRoze on Saturday, 24 September, 2011 - 10:58
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My goodness! You look like her!! I must get Queen Brahne done sometime and steal you!

by kitty_sama on Saturday, 24 September, 2011 - 14:13
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Thank you!

And yes, that would be awesome. ^^'

by SlimDefinition on Saturday, 24 September, 2011 - 18:13
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this looks amazing :D xxx

by letmelive on Saturday, 24 September, 2011 - 21:13
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can't wait to see this it's awsome so far good jobe !

by subject_17 on Sunday, 25 September, 2011 - 18:49
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Amazing!! and the sword is looking pretty epic =)

by WarriorTeddy on Monday, 26 September, 2011 - 16:23
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Thank you! ^^'

by SlimDefinition on Monday, 26 September, 2011 - 16:30
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I am so excited to be able to see this in person! I WILL be hunting you down!

by tripletriad on Monday, 26 September, 2011 - 20:36
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wowza!!

by FuriePhoenix on Monday, 26 September, 2011 - 20:56
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Thank you as always. ^_^'

@ R0cket - We'll have to make sure you find me.

by SlimDefinition on Monday, 26 September, 2011 - 21:25
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Progress is looking great! You look really like Beatrix, she's probably one of my favourite female Final Fantasy characters :D

Pity I'm not going to MCM to see it in person :(

by Kata-san on Saturday, 1 October, 2011 - 22:37
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That save the queen.... wow, just wow...

by FusionRose on Thursday, 6 October, 2011 - 20:05
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This is looking great! I hope I get to see it in person. You look really good as Beatrix

by Zelvyne on Thursday, 6 October, 2011 - 20:18
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^_^' Thanks guys.

@ FusionRose - Although I did all the drawing and am doing all the painting, I really need to pay my dad back for cutting it out, planing it and carving the details in.

@ Blobfish - There will be FFIX photoshoots later on the Friday afternoon and from 11 and during the afternoon on the Saturday (mainly outside). Hopefully you'll be able to catch me some time on either of those days as I'm doing Fou-Lu on the Sunday.

by SlimDefinition on Thursday, 6 October, 2011 - 20:34
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Amazing, Beautiful, Exciting progress!!!

by Raye-chan on Friday, 7 October, 2011 - 18:50
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your wig is cool. love your boots.

by Elle on Saturday, 8 October, 2011 - 05:35
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O_O OMG! everything about this looks so so amazing!!! You make a great Beatrix!! x

by Pandora-Chi on Tuesday, 11 October, 2011 - 20:16
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Thank you as always you lovely people!

by SlimDefinition on Tuesday, 11 October, 2011 - 21:04
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This is looking incredible. Well done you ;)

by Sephirayne on Monday, 17 October, 2011 - 16:43
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This is just getting more and more impressive!!! Seriously cant wait to see this in person! I think you've outdone yourself Mel!

by FuriePhoenix on Monday, 17 October, 2011 - 19:27
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*Scratches head.* Heh, thanks guys. ^_^'

by SlimDefinition on Monday, 17 October, 2011 - 19:57
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This is simply fantastic, everything looks amazing and you suit her so much!

by tripletriad on Wednesday, 19 October, 2011 - 20:49
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STQ looks epic hun! Can't wait to wear my finished Freya Crescent with you! XD

by Raye-chan on Wednesday, 19 October, 2011 - 20:51
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Oh wow! It's looking totally epic! I hope I get to see it in person :3

by Lady Bahamut on Friday, 21 October, 2011 - 17:27
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Thank you as always everyone. I'll be with the FF round up some of the time, so look around for me with groups off FF people, particularly FFIX of course. ^_^'

by SlimDefinition on Friday, 21 October, 2011 - 22:11
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Yay, finally done! Looking forward to seeing it in action at Expo!

by theisaak89 on Sunday, 23 October, 2011 - 23:07
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Was really brilliant seeing this today and chatting - the costume looked brilliant :)

by gaming_goddess on Friday, 28 October, 2011 - 21:34
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So so happy I saw this! It's even greater in person, I'm so impressed!

by tripletriad on Sunday, 30 October, 2011 - 21:17
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Thanks. ^_^

by SlimDefinition on Monday, 31 October, 2011 - 18:49
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This is amazing! I saw this at expo and though it was awesome ^^ you put so much effort into this and it came out great!

by KawaiiKira on Monday, 31 October, 2011 - 19:36
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sweet!!

by J-Po on Monday, 31 October, 2011 - 23:23
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this is just wow *_*

by Kouji on Tuesday, 1 November, 2011 - 02:32
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Awesome Beatrix :D It came out great :D

by j_mercuryuk on Tuesday, 1 November, 2011 - 09:35
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Thanks everyone. ^_^'

by SlimDefinition on Tuesday, 1 November, 2011 - 17:51
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I'm so happy I got to take a few photos of you with the small FF9 group ^^ You looked truely amazing!!! all that detail was there x

by Pandora-Chi on Tuesday, 1 November, 2011 - 19:37
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You're welcome Mel, I'll always be your number 1 fan :)

by WarriorTeddy on Tuesday, 1 November, 2011 - 21:13
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you looked fantastic as Beatrix!!! The photos are epic too!

by FuriePhoenix on Wednesday, 9 November, 2011 - 20:35
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I don't know how many thank yous I have said on here but it's a must for me to show my appreciation. Thanks! ^_^'

I've credited Jenny for the photos I've used of hers. ;-)

by SlimDefinition on Wednesday, 9 November, 2011 - 20:37
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Ah you were amazing!!! really loved that wig^^ (I was the Kuja on the Saturday by the way :P)

by Einmyria on Friday, 11 November, 2011 - 21:17
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Well done love well done that team was amazing!!

by Manticore on Monday, 14 November, 2011 - 02:36
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Thanks. ^_^'
I was proud to be a part of that team. ;-)

by SlimDefinition on Monday, 14 November, 2011 - 19:50
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Thank YOU for being a part of it!! Gah you don't see enough Beatrix cosplayers, considering how awesome she is. You pulled her off REALLY well! Amazing!!! <3

by Kaerith on Sunday, 20 November, 2011 - 12:01
 

To-Do List

Paint and varnish Save the QueenHighComplete
Decorate gauntletsHighComplete
Line bottom of coat and collar with red velveteen fabricHighComplete
Attach the white dress to the waistcoat for coat constructionHighComplete
Make bottom of coat and attach to top halfHighComplete
Buy dark brown faux leatherHighComplete
Decorate beltHighComplete
Make scabbard for Save the QueenHighComplete
Paint and varnish bootsHighComplete
Make Save the Queen (to be cut from wood by father - painted by me)HighComplete
Make eye-patchHighComplete
Make gauntletsHighComplete
Lower leg.....attachment/armourHighComplete
Make extended wide beltHighComplete
Add detailing on coatHighIn Progress
Style wigMediumComplete
Buy grey ankle bootsMediumComplete
Sew rose on to the back of coatMediumComplete
Buy red leggingsMediumComplete
Buy white wonderbra!MediumComplete
Buy white hotpants/control pantsMediumComplete
Buy white waistcoat for the coatLowComplete

Journal

Complete! (Posted 23rd October 2011)

Beatrix is now complete. I meant to add this journal entry on Friday, but here it is. She will be debuted at London MCM Expo next week on the Friday and Saturday with the FF Round-up group.

One thing left to do (Posted 20th October 2011)

The military detailing is done. Now it's just the collar left to finish. ;-)

Only the coat to go! (Posted 19th October 2011)

The military details on the coat are going on tonight, and then there's the collar to finish. Then....Beatrix is complete!

Now about to cross the finish line! (Posted 17th October 2011)

Left to do...
* The bottom right hand side of the collar and the military/button detail on the coat.
* Finish painting Save the Queen and varnishing it.

All of this should be done by the end of the week!

Completion in sight (Posted 10th October 2011)

* Still the lining to finish, the military details and rose to add to the coat (in the process).
* The belt details to add (in the process).
* Finishing the painting on Save the Queen (in the process).

The end of the project is in sight. Beatrix will be finished very soon!

Approaching the Final Furlong (Posted 3rd October 2011)

Left to do...
* The belt details.
* The remainder of the collar, the lower lining, the front military detailing and the rose on the coat.
* Painting the gold on the gauntlets, and then varnishing the rest of the parts for them.
* Paint and varnish Save the Queen.

Also, perhaps a bit of fabric tweaking on the back of the coat as it's bunching up in some areas.

Almost there!

Moving swiftly on... (Posted 1st October 2011)

The loops are on the back-left of the coat now for the scabbard to hang on. Now I need to put the belt on, and the scabbard, and see where it sits so I can make that slot on the belt for the scabbard to slide through.

Every part of this costume means I have to do something else first.

However! It's coming along nicely now. All that's left for dad to do on Save the Queen is carve the patterns in - which I drew on this evening!

So...
* Scabbard to just tweak and finish.
* Belt to add scabbard loop and detailing to.
* Armour to finish painting (and then varnishing).
* Buttons/detailing (front), and velveteen lining to finish on the coat.

That's pretty much it I think...
^^'

Left to do... (Posted 29th September 2011)

* Finish the scabbard - 90% done.
* Add the detailing and finish the belt - 50% done.
* Varnish the boots as they're now painted - 90% done.
* Add the detailing to the coat, wash it and then line it with red VELVETEEN! - 70% done.
* Finish painting the armour + varnishing - 70% done.

Aside from that, dad just needs to finish making Save the Queen so I can paint and varnish it.

So, all in all, I'm theoretically between 70-80% finished.

3/5 of the way there. (Posted 23rd September 2011)

Well, the costume is now about 3/5 complete now. The armour needs a little more paper mache after just adding the detail, the scabbard needs finishing, the belt needs decorating, the coat is almost finished but there's a few odd ends to do (like the split in the back, the lining, and the buttons/detailing on the front), the shoe armour - or I'll paint the shoes silver (one or the other), and we're almost there.

Taking Shape (Posted 21st September 2011)

This costume is really taking shape now.

I have now made the lower leg attachments (just need to paint them before they're finished), and I have completed stage 1 of the scabbard for Save the Queen.

The hooks and eyes will be sewn on to the coat soon, and the loops on to the left of the back of it so the scabbard can hang from it. Save the Queen itself is in good stead as well. Dad is making good progress on getting that done.

Regarding the shoe armour, that's baffling me a little bit as I am trying to construct it so that I can still walk efficiently. More progress on these will come very soon.

The belt is on hold until the scabbard can hang on the coat as I need to gauge where the patterns will be going on that.

All in all, progress is very swift, and she'll be finished in good time!

Armour progress! (Posted 15th September 2011)

I have made much more progress with the armour today (though I suddenly thought that I really should take a crack at the foot/shoe armour as well...damn!) Anyway, I've already started on that.

The gauntlets are ready for paper mache now, and then I'll add the embossed/raised detailing afterwards before I do a second layer.

Make-up test and coat/belt progress (Posted 13th September 2011)

Well, I've done a make-up test and this has been well-received by others. Result!
Now, the coat is almost there really. It just needs the belt loops on the back for the scabbard (I need dad to plane the blade of Save the Queen so I can make the scabbard, so I can figure out the width, and how it's going to hang and attach on to the coat). Then the coat needs to be washed once the loops are added on, and then finally lined at the bottom and around the collar!

The belt is in progress. I need to work out the pattern and do that, then that will be done. The armour...well that's coming along slowly too.

Progression... (Posted 26th July 2011)

The coat is now at about 90% completion. All it needs now is a few adjustments and the lining added to it. Pictures will be following soon.

Additionally, the gauntlets are in progress but the progress has been slow. I will be getting on with those this week, and hopefully getting the belt well under way as well.

Coat at 3/4 mark! (Posted 19th July 2011)

The bottom of the coat is now made, it's glued together and now pinned on to the top half ready for sewing.

Coat Almost Half Made! (Posted 28th June 2011)

The top half of Beatrix's coat is almost completely sewn to the waistcoat now. Nearly ready to start the bottom half. Then I need to do the belt (and scabbard when Save the Queen is made), and make the gauntlets. She's at about 40%.

Wood bought for Save the Queen! (Posted 29th March 2011)

I went to B&Q with my father today to buy wood for Save the Queen.
I just need to draw out the blade for him so he can cut it out. I can't do the hilt until some of the wood has been joined to get more width and depth.

New plan (Posted 1st February 2011)

I've bought a waistcoat for this instead. I am going to add on to the back after I find the right fabric to do so.
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320607592116&ssPage...

Dress Update - COAT - Stage 1 (Posted 6th January 2011)

The dress turned up today. It needs a lot of work doing to reshape it to fit me first - seeing as it's several sizes too big - and I have already cut through the middle to start it off.

Now, for shaping this, I need to:
1.) Draw the pattern for the tapering on the front.
2.) Cut the pattern out and hem it.
3.) Put some significant darts in the back to bring it in to fit as it should.
4.) Shorten the bottom a little and hem.
5.) Cut the V out of the bottom in the middle.

Bought the dress for the coat (Posted 1st January 2011)

I've bought the dress I will modify into the coat. However, it's five sizes too big and it'll need a lot of work done to it. As a beginner sewer, I thought it better to buy a dress and modify it than try and make something like this from scratch.

Preparations (Posted 27th December 2010)

Once I have figured out how I am going to do the sleeveless jacket/coat, I'll be well on my way.

I already know what I am going to do for Save the Queen!