|I've always wanted to do this variant secretly. It's such a gorgeous outfit, and obviously popular to do. I've decided though if I do this variant I will not make her default staff, but her nirvana staff instead as I think it's prettier! (well at least TRY and make it or get someone to help make it..)|
I'm going to do this for the Final Fantasy X Group on the Sunday of May's Expo next year when I'm not cosplaying Raven Madison from Vampire Kisses.
EDIT: Wont be doing this now as the FFX group has changed from sunday to Saturday and I wont be able to do both Yuna and Ariel
EDIT 15/11/10: WILL BE DOING YUNIE FOR KITACON 3 NOW! HAHA! I seem to keep switching this costume around so much, but this time it sticks!! Will be to go with FusionRose's LuLu and Numta3's Wakka. EEEEE!!
UPDATE:scrap what I last said.. I'm making a staff!!!!
UPDATE: I FINISHED IT COMPLETELY TODAY (28TH MARCH 2011) WITH 4 DAYS TO GO UNTIL I NEED TO WEAR IT!
UPDATE: Will be editing some parts to this costume to wear to Distant Worlds as I cant afford to do Refia anymore... :(
|modify and paint skirt||High||Complete|
|Buy new contacts||High||Complete|
|make nirvana staff||High||In Progress|
|get black halter bikini top||High||Planned|
|2metres polycotton for sleeves||£4.30||Bought|
|extra fabric paint (blue green)||£1.99||Bought|
|navy or purple trimming||£1.00||Bought|
|pink fabric dye||£2.95||Bought|
|new contact lense||£18.00||Bought|
sleeves (Posted 15th October 2011)
So I managed to get the other day online some flamingo pink fabric dye, which was despatched this morning so when I receive that I can go over the bottom of the sleeves with the dye to make the gradient stand out more all ready for distant worlds.
Once that is done, I can be happy with this costume. I'll have to make a backing for the little lotus flower thing so the beads dont drop out of it, but thats a minor thing i can leave until the last minute kid of thing lol. I'll have cut a small bit of cardboard and glue it onto the back of the flower thing and stab holes through it.
ripped a part! (Posted 7th October 2011)
So I ripped apart my obi/bow today for something to do. I took off the bow parts completely from the back of the obi and I also ripped off the smaller middle bit of "the tie" part of the obi too. I then decided to scrap the bigger middle piece and the bigger bow parts and so I'm just left with the smaller bow parts and smaller middle piece.
I've pinned the pieces together and now have a completely new bow!! It's much better and fits better too. I also brought right in the actual obi bit as I've lost sooooooooooo much round my waist even from Kita!! I've had to bring it by a good 3/4inches!!!! CRAZY!!!
So now it sits on my back better and it's not as heavy anymore.. in fact its barley heavy at all!! YAY!
I also tried out my top again, wearing it in a slightly different way gives me the more accurate lower neckline, which I'm pleased with too. I just have to shorten the top on the bottom bits as their too long now!!! HAHA!
I ALSO re styled my wig for her too, so now the flick is more natural looking and slightly more feathered on the ends. But because I pva glued it last time, I had to chop off the ends so the flick is shorter than Yunie's but it's still a damn sight better than it was before!
Now all that's left to do for Distant Worlds is re dye the bottom of the sleeves so the pink is more obvious and vibrant!
Distant Worlds (Posted 8th September 2011)
Okay, so I really REALLY wanna cosplay Refia for Distant Worlds but with the time limit I have to make it? I can&#039;t because I dont have the funds to do so. Then there&#039;s the time limit I have to get it commissioned? Again, same problem... funds. *sigh*
Sooooooooo I&#039;m having to look through my complete FF costumes and having to re wear one. The one that is the most suitable would be this one. So this one it is. ^_^
THOUGH I&#039;m going to be making major edits to it. The Obi bow will be re made much MUCH smaller and LIGHTER and I&#039;m going to re style my wig too so the flick actually flicks outwards and is feathered. I&#039;m going to feather the main wig too so its actually nice looking. I'll also re make the top so it sits more accurately at the front. I'll also re dye the sleeves with a slightly darker pink fabric dye so the gradiant shows up better!
Which means, I&#039;m having to take off my contacts for sale as I will need them for this costume. ^_^ I&#039;m hoping I can get nicer boots for this costume too that are more accurate to hers. I&#039;ll also not be bringing the staff for obvious reasons (and its broken lol).
I just hope I can make a better Yuna this time round.
A spanner in the works (Posted 24th March 2011)
So for the first time since I received the wig, I managed to try it on, with the contacts. Contacts are AMAZING! They're unbelievably comfortable and really cheap too.
The wig however SUCKS!!!! Off it looks fantastic and the right style, once worn however it's the complete opposite! It's actually Lightning's haircut but in a bob version. I'm SO annoyed its crazy. I'm low on funds yet the only way I can save it in time, is to buy from Primark the thick wide hair extensions for £6 unless I can find cheaper in another cheapish chavvy store. GRRRRR!!!!!
And there's only a week to go before Kita!!! So frigging raging right now!!!
List (Posted 7th March 2011)
Obi: complete! Wooo!
UPDATE: 15/03/2011 Yuna is like 100% complete now! I'll hot glue to bow together at the hotel on the Thursday when I get there XD
Obi (98%) complete (Posted 2nd March 2011)
Well obi is pretty much complete (apart from adding the rope and hibiscus), I wont be doing any photos though as to protect it more, I won&#039;t be hot gluing it together until I reach the hotel on the Thursday (31st March) and I&#039;ll put it together properly when I&#039;m there. But I did get some heavy duty velcro that is mega wide and put that onto my belt part and man does it stick!! It took 2 of us to get it off me!!
Then it's case of making the rod thingymabobs that hang from her hibiscus. I'm going to try and make them out of the clay I bought today at some point- maybe tomorrow?
Sleeves are 99% complete also! YAY! I just got to gradient dye the bottom of them and they&#039;re done! I managed to get some beads and purple ribbon today and did the top bit of the sleeves with them. They look so cute even if I do say so myself! XD! Expect pictures of the sleeves in the next couple of days, as I&#039;ll be dying them tomorrow which also mean I can get the frills of Ariel&#039;s night gown dyed and sewn on and that will be 2 costumes pretty much complete!
I&#039;m just finding it a hard time to find the right black bikini top for Yuna at the moment, I&#039;m hoping I&#039;ll find one soon!
UPDATE: Just found out my new mega bright contact lenses i bought last night for Yuna have been shipped today! YAY!
Hibiscus (Posted 28th February 2011)
I managed to start work on the hibiscus this afternoon. Got it mostly done in about half an hour, but it still needs painting the correct colours to make it look neater and better, so the sketch lines get hidden. As far as I'm concerned that's pretty minor now. At least I got the design done and cut out. All is made out of craft foam that I had laying around.
I then gotta cut out the holes for the rope to pierce through for the rod things she has, which I will probably make out of craft foam and/or modelling clay as I need to get modelling clay to finish my staff off. I'll post a photo of the hibiscus once its painted and it looks decent, but right now I'm not feeling to well so yeah...no pictures yet
Obi belt and sleeves (Posted 25th February 2011)
Started painting the belt part of her obi today.
I done one half of the green vine work and leaves of it, and that's about it. I'm trying to use as much of what's left of my fabric paint as I can to try and save money. (It hurt my fingers squeezing the tubes to get as much paint out of them as possible!) Hopefully tomorrow if I'm not feeling too bad, I'll paint the pink flowers and use the last of my green paint to do the other side of vine/leaf work. ^_^
Then I'm gonna do a test strip if I can to see how bright/dark my blue fabric dries to see which part of her circle I need to colour the right shade of blue in. I also need to get my white fabric paint out to do the bit above the circle motif part white and part pink. *sigh* I also gotta try and do her hibiscus flower which I suck at doing! So I'll see if I can print one out the right size and glue it onto the craft foam and paint it that way.
Sleeves- I oversewed the bottom of the sleeves so they're now ready to be gradiant dyed pink, which will also mean I can dye the trim of my Ariel nightgown cosplay!
UPDATE: OBI BELT IS PAINTED WOOOOO!!! Now I need to go over the flowers a bit more so the colour is more vivid. Glue the rope onto it on either side, do the hibiscus, thread the rope through the hibiscus, paint the rope, glue the bow pieces together, get velcro so I can wear the whole thing and finally gradient dye the sleeves and get purple ribbon to thread through the top of them!
OBI!!!! (Posted 28th January 2011)
Okay well, I have started the obi for Yuna! YIPPEE!!!!
But the consequence of that is a blister on my middle right finger from hand sewing through foam and layers of fabric! OUCHIE!!! And I've only done the belt part and one small bit for the back! Still gotta hand sew the fabric onto each and every piece of it yet!! *whimper* But I must say so for myself and a first attempt at making anything like this, I think it's turning out pretty damn well!!
I've attached a step by step collage onto this journal so you can see how I have done it! ^_^ I'll be receiving more foam (well.. another gym mat! XD!) to make the last bow on her obi so it's symmetrical and then it's case of hot gluing the bow parts onto the back, and all the other little fiddly bits that need hot gluing together and then it's a case of painting the detailing on! XD! Well, pencilling it out first then painting XD!
Staff WIP and Obi (Posted 28th January 2011)
First off Staff: I have made good progress with the staff head. I've added all the bits for it now, and I just need to spend time painting it so it gets tidied up (pencils marks disappear in other words!) and it looks more fluid from each colour to the next and stuff. Then I gotta reinforce the bottom bit coz it flops a little where somehow the bottom at the back (the cardboard) got damp (I have no idea how coz its been no where anything damp or wet) so I gotta reinforce it a bit, then with papier mache or something similar attach it to the pole. I haven't quite figured it out yet, but I'm sure I will!
The fabric for her obi turned up today and damn it's bright yellow!!! So it should be fun to work with! This will be my very first time making anything like this, so I apologise now if it's not good enough for anyone's personal preferences about this costume. See attached photo for the fabric colour. And believe me, the yellow is brighter in reality than it is in the photo. But its still passable.
Staff (Posted 23rd January 2011)
Well I decided to go with making the staff anyway, But looking at the nirvana staff in depth and in great detail I have decided I'll be pushing my luck for a first attempt at staff making. So I'm making her sphere one instead as its a lot more simple for a first try.
So... today mom bought a broom from Sainsburys basics range which is the perfect base colour for her staff! (basically not use the broom head, but the pole only! XD) So now I'll need to start to looking around for styrofoam spheres (BIG ones) and then to do it on the cheap, I'll be using the good old papier mache technique and paint it and so forth...
rope I found for her Obi (Posted 9th December 2010)
I found some old rope that I originally bought for Ariel's sail rags, but never actually used in the end.
Luckily there is more than enough rope to wrap round Yuna's obi and add the beads to. I may even need to trim it down but we'll see when I start work on her obi once the materials are bought. All I need to do is paint it pale baby pink! At least that has cut down the cost down for making this outfit which I'm thrilled about!
Obi and Bow (Posted 1st December 2010)
Okay I've gone through alot of tutorials and I now know that I'm WAY out of my league for this. But considering I have the main top and skirt, I don't want to cheat and buy the cosplay off ebay.
I'm determined to MAKE this as best I can, but I know I'm not skilled enough to make this obi and bow. So I'm thinking I'm going to have to commission someone for this. BUT, this is a big but.. I cant afford to pay out crap loads of money for just that part. Especially when I can make everything else (with the wig) for £38 est. So i dont want to pay the same price for just that part or more if you know what I mean?
So do any of you know where I can go to get a good deal, or do any of my lovely friends think they can give me a helping hand with this? I'm DESPERATE here!!
Skirt RE DO! (Posted 27th November 2010)
As luck would have it, just as I've started work on my skirt, I find a better more accurate one in Scope!
It's pretty much dead accurate for colour (which is better than my navy one) and its already pleated correctly too. All I have to do re fix the zip in place and put the slit in the left side and paint it. It's a tad shorter than hers (by like an inch) but that isn't bothering me in all honesty. As long as the main skirt is accurate that's what I'm more concerned with.
So yeah... the skirt wil be re done now. Photos will be up shortly too (probably tonight.)
Skirt WIP (Posted 19th November 2010)
I have finally started work on the skirt *phew!*
Okay so it's not much but at least it gets me abit ahead on doing it so all I have to worry about after christmas (possibly new year) is doing all the fiddly floral painting job on it.
So I shortened it, cut the slit in the left side and hemmed it up today. I ran out of wonderweb (yes I know... talk about being lazy!!!) just as I got really close to the end. Typical huh? XD!
I know alot of people will probably be like "AHHH WHAT ARE YOU THINKING!?? WONDERWEB?? ARE YOU INSANE???!!" at my statement, but to be honest, it saves time AND it's given a really nice smooth finish on the skirt (on both sides) so to be honest I don't care what people might think about that.
Also all my work and effort is wanting to go into Ariel's wedding dress, so ner! HAHA!
Base skirt (Posted 10th July 2010)
When I went to bed last night, I suddenly had a thought. I could use the base skirt that I originally got bought(for me) for my Psychic'er Yuna that I wasn't entirely convinced by, to make her summoner skirt. It won;t be as bright a blue as Yuna's but it's still blue.