Costume :Chiana
Variant :Season 3
Source :Farscape
Progress :In Progress
Worn At :None

Costume Photos

Bodice update


bodice pieces


Trial with wig

Make-up trial



Costume Information

Time Taken : 2 1/2 years

This has been a long time in the making. I remember thinking that I really wanted to dress up as Chiana when I first watched the series. Her character is really awesome and I look forward to trying (probably failing) to emulate that.
The costume was put onto Hiatus due to medical problems, so it didn't get done in 2008 like it should have.
So far all the materials are gathered, I just need to find time to finish it.


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CHIANA! :D :D <3

Really looking forward to see this.

by Shenny on Monday, 7 June, 2010 - 18:53
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farscape :D
awesome job with the makeup

by Leolarua on Saturday, 31 July, 2010 - 05:40
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awesome make up test!

Gutted im going to miss this!

by Numta on Sunday, 1 August, 2010 - 16:46
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Kinda wish I would of decided to do Scorpius earlier now for Expo XD

by 1000014 on Friday, 13 August, 2010 - 15:51
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cool XD cant wait 2 c this

by ryuuzaki88 on Monday, 16 August, 2010 - 12:52
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This is looking great, the make up is very good!I hope you can finish it in time. I look forward to seing the pics

by Wyrdsister on Sunday, 22 August, 2010 - 23:15
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WOOTOOT! *fanboy* xD make sure you get the movement style down for her :P all shoulders n twitches. you look fantastic so far! 8D

by Ikkaku-kun on Sunday, 22 August, 2010 - 23:32
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Thanks for the reinforcement everyone. Will try my hardest not to disapoint. More progress soon.

by Teacup_Erinyes on Sunday, 22 August, 2010 - 23:36
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Progress is looking great. I'm glad your health seems to be back on the up, best wishes with finishing for Oct ..I'm sure your Chiana cosplay is gonna be excellent!

by Ranma1-2 on Sunday, 22 August, 2010 - 23:59
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the makeup test is fantastic. Spot on!

by LittleMissMetamorph on Saturday, 28 August, 2010 - 22:46
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the makeup test is fantastic. Spot on!

by LittleMissMetamorph on Saturday, 28 August, 2010 - 22:46

looking good =]

by shawlax1 on Tuesday, 14 September, 2010 - 18:58

Looking really good, can't wait to see this in October :)

by Sakurastar123 on Tuesday, 14 September, 2010 - 20:35

is this project still 'alive'? It looks like you would really suit Chiana...and Farscape always needs more love!

by birds-hate-flying on Tuesday, 6 September, 2011 - 21:42
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@birds-hate-flying Still alive, though on the back burner for a while. The bodice is not great atm so may take a while. Alternative being that I change tact and go for another version of her.
Will still happen though.

by Teacup_Erinyes on Tuesday, 6 September, 2011 - 23:17


Sorry guys (Posted 15th September 2010)

Disaster struck, my back is dead along with my sewing machine and i've run out of time.
Don't worry though, it'll still be done, just not this year. Hopefully now if the farscape group next year goes ahead I will join y'all then.
Seems this costume just doen't want to get made, but no way am i letting it beat me.

Bodice (Posted 14th September 2010)

Finally finished the bodice for this now - what a nightmare. Combination of awkward construction, 100 metres of piping and thick fabric has nearly broken my sewing machine, and I've already had to hand sew the majority of the lining.
ExquistiteIrony.com weren't kidding on their analysis of this costume, it is very restricting, especially in the arm movements, so no doubt by the end of expo my arms are going to be in a lot of pain but all in the name of cosplay. It should keep me warm though, with all the layers of fabric, lining, interfacing and that blasted piping for insulation.
I've not had time yet to complete the trousers, or even start the piping work that's going to take, so construction of Winona probably won't happen (since its not vital to the costume, i'm not going to sulk over that). Having to force myself to focus on this project, not run off making disney princess costumes, and i've already had to cancel the group cosplay we were planning for October, so with any luck this will turn out well.

Wig (Posted 22nd August 2010)

As annoying as it is to tackle a wig with the same style as my own hair, there is no way i'm going to bleach my hair white and dye the roots black, even for cosplay. So far I've taken a wavy shoulder length silver white wig, and another silver wig and cut and sewn them till they are virtually unrecogniseable, just to attempt to achieve the thickness the wig will need to hold it's shape.
The fringe is just the way I need it at the moment, but I'm having to compromise on the rest of it. I'm not getting the lift or the shape out of it that the season 2 costume requires, but it is holding the shape that chi sports in "John Quixote"; since her outfit from that episode is one that's next on my list to cosplay, i'm inclined to leave the wig as it is.
I've also sharpie dyed the roots of nearly the entire wig, so the only dying that needs to be done is the darker grey lower layers at the back, which i'll sort once the back is cut properly.

For starters (Posted 21st August 2010)

This costume is one of the most complicated i've probably ever attempted. When I started this 2 years ago I knew it was going to be complicated, but was so excited by the fact i had found the perfect bodice fabric I spent a few months just sketching and digital drawing and doing complicated maths beyond by abilities to get the pattern pieces right. I had to stop progress though when I ended up in and out of hospital again.
Now I've promised myself I will get this done, since after all the money and effort i have already put into it it would just be a shame to leave it. I'm seriously thanking my former self for all the work though; this would be hell to construct without it.
So far i've hand tacked all the basic piping details into the bodice sections (has taken me almost a month but it's finally done), made the basic trousers, undertop and gloves, and done a basic wig style. Not a lot when you consider the fact I've only really got 2 weeks construction time left and i've still got a full group cosplay to put together too. Frell.