Costume :Julia Heartilly
Source :Final Fantasy VIII
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Midlands MCM Expo 2011

Costume Photos

Progress Montage

Complete 2!


Costume Information

Cost : 43.41
Time Taken : 3 months on and off

To be Worn at Midlands 2011

I was searching through eBay (my drug I know D:) for a dress I could edit into Ultimecia's...however I stumbled across a dress that is basically perfect for Julia and I couldn't let it get away...I guess whilst I have money I should donate it to a worthy cause =] my cosplay island ;D

-I was lucky to find the shoes =D and then a wig that seems fairly decent I just have to wait for them to arrive. Next I gotta edit the dress and then find the jewelry :D and voila!

- After spamming Fusion with a bunch of bracelets on eBay she helped me decide on one XD it's gonna take 20-30 days to arrive though =[ but it's worth the wait in my opinion :D I've edited one half of the dress XD Not much left to do now though its just finding the time and energy to do it. Waiting on the wig too but as soon as the bracelet and wig arrive and the editing is done then it's complete =D yay! Even though I haven't really made the dress all the editing and stuff makes it the hardest I've worked on a cosplay XD haha and one I pieced together myself =] is awesome.

- So my wig arrived but it was the wrong one, so I'm just waiting on the proper one. My bracelet arrived a lot sooner than expected and it's perfect :D Today, after being epically slow with it all @_@ I've finished hemming the dress since it was floor length but now it's mid-calf like Julias :D Next I'm adding the other black bit and making the straps out of the left over material from the hemming :D Once I've attached them, with the help of my mum I'll be working on the split.

- FINALLY FINISHED! WOOP! There are a few tweaks I want to do but it's good enough to be called finished :D I'm happy!

Detailed Description:
Okay, so I started off by buying a long strappy red dress from eBay. When I saw it Julia was the first person who came to mind. When it arrived I originally started off by buying black polyester material and adding it in triangles to the top. But I only did one before I got bored after a while, this was before I had done a lot of sewing and my attention span was awful! I Then put the dress on and my mum pinned it up on me to the hem was even as it was way too long and grazed the floor. Then my mum taught me how to hem neatly by folding it doubley over then sewing it so it doesn't fray. It took me a good few days to do that and I was so bored with sewing afterward. But I had cut off most of the red material before hemming it so I had a lot spare to start making the extra straps. So once the hemming was done the straps were next. I cut four strips of material. 2 different lengths. Then I folded them in half and sewed them one side. Then the hard part which was turning them inside out so they were nice and neat. It took me a good few hours before of how thin the straps were and I tried poking pencils and straws and such for quickness but in the end I had to pick the inside material out. Once the straps were finished I marked the dress where I needed to put them. I removed the original straps and sewed them back on for the straps around the arms. Then sewed on my 4 straps for the criss-cross on the shoulders. Once that was done I went back and finished the black material. I also had to cut and sew in the split which took a while as well.
During the weeks/months I was working on this I was able to find the perfect criss-cross shoes on eBay :D they were really perfect! And I thought I'd found the perfect wig as it swept back like Julias. When it arrived it turned out to be the wrong one. It was more a bob then a sweep. So they sent me the right one. I thought I looked okay in it but it was way too short but I didn't have time to buy another one. One day I intend to get a longer wig for her. The last item was the bracelet which was a wooden beaded one I found. That took ages to arrive but when it did the outfit was finally complete! When I wore her I wasn't too comfy as I hate the wig and I was too lazy to put in my contacts. So I plan to wear her again for a photoshoot in the future so I can get nice photos and this time with better hair.


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se-hexey! =D Can't wait to see this hunny ^_^ x.

by FusionRose on Sunday, 28 November, 2010 - 19:56
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looking forward to seeing this!

by FuriePhoenix on Sunday, 28 November, 2010 - 20:35
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all of my love! :D Julia cosplay is looking awesome so far! Cant wait to see it all together!

by VampiricAngel on Wednesday, 15 December, 2010 - 18:04
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Thanks so much everyone =D hopefully this'll be complete soon :D x

by BabemRoze on Friday, 17 December, 2010 - 01:39
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I loves teh dress and shoes and wig you gots =D They ish peeeerfect! You'll make teh best Julia ever meh darling ^_^ x.

by FusionRose on Friday, 17 December, 2010 - 01:40
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Looks awesomesauce!

You'll make an epic Julia!

Easily make Laguna's leg go stiff! xDDD

by Numta on Friday, 17 December, 2010 - 01:46
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Not just his leg ;D

by BabemRoze on Friday, 17 December, 2010 - 01:46
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...his elbow? x.

by FusionRose on Friday, 17 December, 2010 - 01:48
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Rude...just rude....>.>

by Numta on Friday, 17 December, 2010 - 01:50
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thumbs up :)

by J-Po on Wednesday, 5 January, 2011 - 21:03
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Teh Bracelet is beautiful =D x.

by FusionRose on Tuesday, 11 January, 2011 - 03:33
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Wooo for progress!! ^_^ You are going to look so stunning as Julia x.

by FusionRose on Thursday, 27 January, 2011 - 20:36
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you have such a lovely figure great wip pics :D

by J-Po on Friday, 28 January, 2011 - 02:33
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<333 Thanks guys ^_^ xx

by BabemRoze on Friday, 28 January, 2011 - 16:41
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very nice, I'm sure you're going to look beautiful in this ^^

by nanahara on Monday, 31 January, 2011 - 07:37
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The dress looks spot on! well done!

by Numta on Monday, 31 January, 2011 - 23:54
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beautifullllllll and you cant tell the straps are wrong

by J-Po on Tuesday, 1 February, 2011 - 00:02
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Thankiiiiess :D I just have to swap them to either side of my head and they'll be fine XD It's hard putting it on O_O so many holes to put your arms and head through XD

by BabemRoze on Tuesday, 1 February, 2011 - 00:10
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Pure Epic Love for this <3 The straps are perfect =D x.

by FusionRose on Tuesday, 1 February, 2011 - 00:23
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your gonna look amazing...can't wait to see this at Midlands <3

by L-Lionheart on Tuesday, 1 February, 2011 - 02:17
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This looks beautiful!! ^__^

by FairyPorchQueen on Tuesday, 1 February, 2011 - 13:08
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Thanks so much <3! Yours looks amazing too =D Julia deffo needs more love! x

by BabemRoze on Tuesday, 1 February, 2011 - 13:26
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Ooo Wow! That's utterly amazing! You've done an awesome job on this! <3

by DuskatNight on Tuesday, 1 February, 2011 - 18:36
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This looks amazing so far! Julia is rarely cosplayed, I can't wait to see!

by Relion on Tuesday, 1 February, 2011 - 22:18
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I love your dress...its amazing, Im having problems with mine so this shows it can be done lol you will look amazing ^_^

by SamanthaKaiba on Wednesday, 2 February, 2011 - 00:00
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Aww haha thankies, I didn't make mine from scratch like yours though =D you've got a lot farther than I ever would had I tried @_@ I would have had no idea where to start :D I'm sure yours will come out great! ^_^

by BabemRoze on Wednesday, 2 February, 2011 - 00:15
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the dress looks awsome on you ^^

by nanahara on Sunday, 13 February, 2011 - 05:13
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this looks fantastic!...milf xP

by L-Lionheart on Sunday, 13 February, 2011 - 14:39
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Thankiessss :D and I am not a MILF! ;-;

by BabemRoze on Sunday, 13 February, 2011 - 14:45
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*leg craaaaamp* x.

by FusionRose on Sunday, 13 February, 2011 - 21:21
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looking beautiful <3

by Alyx on Monday, 14 February, 2011 - 16:05
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wow you look beautiful as Julia!

by FuriePhoenix on Saturday, 21 May, 2011 - 20:06
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>3< Thank chu!

by BabemRoze on Saturday, 21 May, 2011 - 22:30
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You look gorgeous in this.

by SlimDefinition on Friday, 30 September, 2011 - 16:08
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Looks lovely, Julia's dress is such a nice design ^^

by Tsuchinoko on Thursday, 19 July, 2012 - 13:50

To-Do List

Sew split in dressHighComplete
Hem the DressHighComplete
Make straps for dressHighComplete
Add Black to dressHighComplete
Cut slit in dressHighComplete
Add straps to dressHighComplete
Recieve WigMediumComplete
Recieve BraceletMediumComplete

Shopping List

Black Polyester Material£3.45Bought


Wig Arrived! (Posted 1st February 2011)

The correct wig arrived today :D It's not as long as I thought but with a bit of styling it should be fine I think. Looking at the ref pic her hair is to the base of her neck and this wig is basically that long but it curves so I'm going to find away to style it so it's a bit straighter down the neck. This wig looks so realistic to me and I think I don't look too bad oO I thought I looked awful with short hair but if I do say so myself I think I look rather cute xD *big head* Now I just got to cut and sew the split in the leg and Julia is officially done! EEP!

Almost Finished! (Posted 1st February 2011)

Well the straps are done after what seems like forever! So I've just got to make the split and recieve the wig and then *boom!* Julia is finished =D Can't wait! In the "Straps: Back" picture though I realised I got the straps the wrong way round so I'll need to be aware of that in future.

Black II (Posted 27th January 2011)

Finished sewing on the black! Finally! @_@ I really need to get off my bum more. But I'm glad that parts done =D now just to make and attach the straps and cut in the split (which I'm terrfied about! O_O). The wig is on its way :D it should arrive no later than the 14th Feb ^_^ will probably wear this for Midland's now as I wanna give it a test run before Kitacon =D Peace x

Hemming II (Posted 10th January 2011)

FINALLY D: After working on it on and off for four days the hemming finished. Overall it took me roughly 5+ hours (if I put how long it took all together) @_@ which I know is epically slow but I'm not very good at handsewing XD Next I'll be adding the last black bit and then making the straps but I'm going to have a go with my new sewing machine. Once that's done I'll do the slit and then the dress should be complete :D

Hemming (Posted 6th January 2011)

I've been hemming the dress since yesterday @_@ it's taking so long but it's worth it :D The stitching isn't very neat but I don't think it's noticable unless someones looking up really close. I'm going to finish the hem in the next hour or so and then my mum is going to help me sort out the split. Then with any luck after I've neatened it up I'm going to make the straps and add the final black bit and voila :D dress is done.

Split Side (Posted 5th January 2011)

There's a picture going around that's been reversed and I think it's confusing people =/ I went and double checked but Julia's split is definatly on the left side, but this picture shows it on the right. I was panicking for a moment because I thought I was going to cut the split in wrong @_@ but it was all good :D In this picture you can see the split on the left leg so I think that decieving picture needs to piss off :{

Wig was wrong :( (Posted 1st January 2011)

Here you can see the wig I recieved (Modelled by my sister). And It's completely wrong to the one I ordered. I'm currently sorting out the problem with the seller and I had to send them pictures to show them it was wrong. I'm hoping they'll send the correct one but let me keep this one as well since it would be perfect for a few characters I have in mind :D I just hope I don't have to buy another wig for Julia >.< tis a pain

Black (Posted 15th December 2010)

The black material is going on well but the thing is it'll be the wrong shape >.< it's just a triangle and not a diamond. I'm gonna have a go trying to make it the right shape but it'll be tricky.
On the upside I bought a sewing machine :D it's only a little one but I think it'll be quite good for a lot of things ^^ Next I gotta buy red material to make the straps. Hem up the dress, make the split and then find/make her bracelet. Then voila :D *excited*