Costume :Julia Heartilly
Source :Final Fantasy VIII/8
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Final Fantasy Distant Worlds 2011

Costume Photos

Julia With Minnie 1


Julia With Minnie

Rinoa With Julia



Costume Information

Time Taken : 1 Month Overall

I have wanted to do this outfit for a while now and my boyfriend has wanted to do Laguna for ages but we never got round to it...but I may be able to go to Kitacon and I thought it would be sooo romantic to have us both as Laguna and Juila ^_^

I want to get started on this as I cant wait for the con as it will be my second con and a big one too ^_^


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Can't wait to see this ^____^


by letmelive on Wednesday, 22 September, 2010 - 09:52
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Thanks Jade...I have nearly finished the dress and Im soooo happy with it ^_^ There are a few problems but overall Im sooo happy with the way it looks

by SamanthaKaiba on Friday, 1 October, 2010 - 00:38
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Juliaaaa ^_^ Will you be singing 'eyes on me' when you wear this? love Julia and her dress is so lovely ^_^ Can't wait to see this x.

by FusionRose on Friday, 1 October, 2010 - 01:29
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No singing for me lol cant sing to save my life but yeah I love this dress and Juila and she is Rinoa's mother so I had too lol

by SamanthaKaiba on Friday, 1 October, 2010 - 01:35
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If you don't sing...can you at least find a Rinao and be motherly like to her. XD

by Mangamad on Friday, 1 October, 2010 - 02:14
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lol Im doing a group for Kita and there will be a Rinoa there so of course lol ^_^ and I could mime but I think I would be too scared to do that too lol T_T Im hopeless

by SamanthaKaiba on Friday, 1 October, 2010 - 11:55
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The dress is looking beautiful @@ lovely work ^^

by Zelda on Friday, 1 October, 2010 - 14:25
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Thank you sooo much...I will need to take a picture of me wearing it but its all pinned on me so its a pain to do but it looks better...hopefully it will be completed in a day or so...hopefully...^_^

by SamanthaKaiba on Friday, 1 October, 2010 - 14:27
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The dress is beautiful. Velvet! ^_^ I adore velvet =D x.

by FusionRose on Friday, 1 October, 2010 - 19:52
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Thank you...velvet is lovely and comfortable too

by SamanthaKaiba on Saturday, 2 October, 2010 - 01:43
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This is amazing you should be very proud of yourself ^_____^


by letmelive on Monday, 4 October, 2010 - 19:36
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Thanks ^_^ I do sort of feel proud of it...but its just little mistakes that are driving me crazy lol but I should have the straps done today so more pictures will be uploaded soon ^_^

by SamanthaKaiba on Tuesday, 5 October, 2010 - 06:54
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This is looking brilliant! :D! I can't wait to see it complete! <3

by BabemRoze on Tuesday, 5 October, 2010 - 13:05
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Thanks...I will hopefully have the dress finished in the next day or so..^_^ need to order my wig next

by SamanthaKaiba on Tuesday, 5 October, 2010 - 13:12
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it looks like luxury :D great job looks very elegant :D

by J-Po on Saturday, 6 November, 2010 - 21:05
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Thanks....havent got time to finish it at the moment though lol

by SamanthaKaiba on Sunday, 7 November, 2010 - 11:38
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Your Julia dress is looking great ^^

by Pandora-Chi on Friday, 3 December, 2010 - 17:45
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thank you so much ^_^

by SamanthaKaiba on Saturday, 4 December, 2010 - 12:05
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I love that wig! Great choice ^^

by Zelda on Saturday, 4 December, 2010 - 12:06
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thank you...needs styled though...hoping to do that soon but work is a problem at the moment lol T_T

by SamanthaKaiba on Saturday, 4 December, 2010 - 12:08
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That is a good wig to work with ^^ I'm excited to see this cosplay complete ^^

by Pandora-Chi on Saturday, 4 December, 2010 - 13:08
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Thanks ^_^ I want to get this done but Im waiting for my dummy before I do ^_^

by SamanthaKaiba on Monday, 6 December, 2010 - 01:14
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Oh wowie! Just seen you with the wig on, you look so cute and julia like ^^!!! I can't wait to see this at kitacon ^^!

by Zelda on Wednesday, 15 December, 2010 - 21:16
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awwww thanks...^_^ I dont suit it at all I think but thanks for the kind words ^_^

by SamanthaKaiba on Wednesday, 15 December, 2010 - 21:31
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Amazing work =D Would love to see you in it ^_^ x

by BabemRoze on Sunday, 13 February, 2011 - 13:53
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Thank you...its not great but I just wanted to get it finished now

by SamanthaKaiba on Sunday, 13 February, 2011 - 18:36
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this looks great mantha x

by Guardianz on Sunday, 27 February, 2011 - 04:01
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thanks...will look great for the ball

by SamanthaKaiba on Sunday, 27 February, 2011 - 05:46
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cool. sent u email as i cant afford to go now so post pics me to see x

by Guardianz on Monday, 28 February, 2011 - 20:29
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I will post pictures here...shame you cannot come...would have loved to have seen your outfits

by SamanthaKaiba on Wednesday, 2 March, 2011 - 10:15
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YAY! MUMMYYYYY!!!! <3! That pic is fab :D x

by BabemRoze on Tuesday, 5 April, 2011 - 10:11
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I was so glad I got to have a picture with looked did look like a princess ^_^

by SamanthaKaiba on Tuesday, 5 April, 2011 - 10:57
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You look lovely as Julia ^^ FF8 cosplays for the win! ^_~

by Pandora-Chi on Tuesday, 5 April, 2011 - 11:58
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Thank you...there was a lot of FF8 cosplays at Kita ^_^

by SamanthaKaiba on Tuesday, 5 April, 2011 - 12:27
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OMG that pic is awesome of us :-D

by Guardianz on Wednesday, 6 April, 2011 - 23:16
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I do like the pictures we got in this outfit

by SamanthaKaiba on Thursday, 7 April, 2011 - 17:50
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Such a beautiful dress for Julia :D Looked great

by j_mercuryuk on Sunday, 5 June, 2011 - 10:46
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Thank you...I was happy with the way it turned out...I may rewear it at some point...

by SamanthaKaiba on Sunday, 5 June, 2011 - 17:05
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You should. there are plenty of cosplay balls (most during cons), so if you go to another con, there is alwasy that chance. Uless you have another cosplay lined up :D

by j_mercuryuk on Monday, 6 June, 2011 - 08:20
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yeah I hope to maybe rewear her as she wasn't out for long at Kita....I will have to see what happens with other cosplays

by SamanthaKaiba on Monday, 6 June, 2011 - 11:00
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I really like this one !!! The dress looks just like on your photo reference :DD I think it suits you well!!! It's beautiful :) !!~

by KC-HOME on Saturday, 2 March, 2013 - 19:43
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Thank you...I wanted to make it as perfect as I could ^_^

by SamanthaKaiba on Saturday, 2 March, 2013 - 20:31

To-Do List

Buy WigHighComplete
Buy FabricsHighComplete
Attach fabric shapes together to form dressHighComplete
Sew Pieces TogetherHighComplete
Make Pattern/Shape FabricHighComplete
Attach Straps Onto DressHighIn Progress
Buy BangleMediumPlanned

Shopping List

Black Strapless Bra£18.00Bought
Gold Bangle£0.00To Buy
Shoes£0.00To Buy


Distant Worlds (Posted 19th September 2011)

I don't think I will get Princess Garnet done in time for Distant Worlds so I want to wear Julia again as she didn't get a proper outing when I was at Kita.
I feel that this outfit is also appropriate for Distant Worlds as Julia was a musician, also it's a formal dress so it all fits.

I need to alter it a little bit as it's a little big for me now...but that won't take too long and I want to get better pictures of this outfit

Completed Finally (Posted 13th February 2011)

This was going to be completed ages ago but when I bought my dress dummy I noticed that it needed to be altered. I haven't had much time lately so I finally got some time today to do the alterations so now it's completed. It's not perfect but I think it will do, with the time I have at the moment.

I just need to get a bracelet but that won't be too much trouble

Dress Needs Altered (Posted 24th January 2011)

I have received my dress makers dummy today and I put my Julia dress on it to see what it looks like and I have hit a of the black cups is deformed and doesn't look right at all...I havent took any pictures as its late but I need to cut into the dress and try and get it to match the other side as thats perfect

I may have to remake the dress but I hope to avoid this as I don't have much time until Kita T_T

Me Wearing Wig (Posted 15th December 2010)

I have decided to take pictures today of me wearing the styled wig and it feels fine on...looks a little weird though I think...but it just shows that maybe I don't suit short haired characters at the moment or with all the hair gelled back lol

PS - I look awful sorry guys ^_^

Styling The Wig (Posted 9th December 2010)

I thought this would be difficult but I just brushed everything back and used the freeze spray that I was recommended...I think it came out really well ^_^

This Outfit Is Annoying (Posted 16th October 2010)

I love this outfit a lot but I never thought the straps would be soo hard...I never want to make straps again lol I have had so much problems with the top part of this dress that I have decided that I will put this on hold until I get a dress it would make it sooo much easier for me...hopefully will get one next month ^_^

Back of Wig (Posted 16th October 2010)

Back view

Side View (Posted 16th October 2010)

Side of the wig

Wig Here (Posted 16th October 2010)

Right now the wig has arrived and I love it...was hard to get on but I have never worn a proper wig before lol but I need to style it...and it needs to be gelled back...but I dont know what I should do with it :-S should I add product into the wig...I dont want to cut it...but I will post pictures of it from all angles please let me know ^_^

Wig Bought (Posted 5th October 2010)

I have decided to buy the wig now...then I can put this outfit to complete when it arrives ^_^ just to remind people of what wig I have gone for Ill repost the picture ^_^ will take pictures when it has been sorted and arrived

WIP (Posted 5th October 2010)

WIP shot of the dress

WIP SHOT (Posted 5th October 2010)

Hey I managed to sort out the straps...I know they are not perfect but they are okay...but I have pinned everything together and thought why not take some pictures so people can see what it looks like on?

It doesnt look great but not terrible either...but please mind the pins and loose fabric as it is WIP ^_^

Also the back isnt straight yet lol so dont mind that either lol

Problems and Straps (Posted 3rd October 2010)

Hey all

been slowly working on the straps for the dress and I tried it on and looked into a full mirror and found out something really bad...the two black patches are different sizes and you can notice !!!!!! so I need to amend that as well as sorting out the straps but uni starts tomorrow so I really wanted to get this done before then but im not sure if I will get to do that now. depends on how im feeling later and if I can amend the problem ^_^

aARRRRR (Posted 3rd October 2010)

Im not happy at all...Im doing the straps but it just doesnt look right I dont think...Im just getting frustrated by it T_T my boyfriend is supporting me but I just feel like quitting at the moment but at the same time I dont T_T so Im slowly working on the straps and one is attached but thats it at the moment

I was trying to use the same red fabric to make the straps but I have a hard time making 4 straps that look the same T_T so its proving hard at the moment and has put me in a downer im afraid T_T

Me Again (Posted 1st October 2010)

Hey I have been having a little break from the dress but when I looked at the front of it today...I just wanted to work on it again...I wanted to get it completed as I just cant wait to see it finished but not because Im hating it but because I just want to see the finished I said I feel so proud of this at the moment. ^_^

But yeah went off topic there lol but today I have hemed some of the edges on the side and back, then attached the back onto the front of the dress. I had some problems at first as I had to make sure that it would be tight fitting as the dress is meant to be but also making sure that I could take it on and off as I decided not to have a zip. This is because the fabric is stretchy so I can put it on over my head so it looks good.

The next part that I have gotten to is adding the straps onto the dress...but this is the part I have been dreading but I want to get it done so I can see the full effect of the dress and not it just pinned to me lol

Dress Started (Posted 27th September 2010)

Hey guys

I have finally started the dress and done the front of it...not the straps yet but added the black diamonds onto the front and measured it. I had some problems with trying to measure up the diamonds so they fitted around my bust nicely but they are now done lol So far its not perfect but Im soooo proud of what I have done so far...its strange as it was all just a bunch of fabric last night ^_^ will post pictures later ^_^

WIG (Posted 21st September 2010)

This is the wig that I have decided to get for this will need a little styling but it can be done ^_^
But Im not sure when I will get this though but its the one I will get ^_^

Fabric Bought! (Posted 21st September 2010)

I wanted to get started on this....well cosplay in general lol but I have bought the fabric for the dress today. I went for a velvet feel with the fabric and they look great together. Will get a picture added for the fabric so people can see...not sure if I should use a zip yet as the fabric is quite stretchy but that will be something to think about when Im shaping the pieces ^_^