Costume :Garnet
Variant :Queen Coronation Gown
Source :Final Fantasy IX
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo October 2011

Costume Photos

Castle door

the window light

expo oct 11

glen/Abbey shoot with Acoustica

glen/Abbey shoot with Acoustica

when i am queen


Waltz with me my dear


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Costume Information

Cost : £200
Time Taken : 3 weeks

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~for the Friday of Ayacon 2011 with the final fantasy gathering and will be entering the cosplay competition and masquerade.

---- also due to the demand i will be wearing her again at mcm expo october 2011 for the Sunday Masquerade ^^

------ Retired for now as the crown didnt make it back from expo as it broke :(

This was a DREAM cosplay for me and i had put it off till i thought i would have the skills to make this properly.

Turns out i have the skills i just needed to be pushed to do it ^^

This came about when i decided to cut up my old wedding dress for another cosplay and the ff roundup begged me not to till someone said it would make a perfect Garnet coronation gown then the wheels turned in my head and i thought can i make this dress in 3 weeks??

so the wedding dress was stripped back to factory settings and i used the base fabric to give weight to the white polyester that i fell in love with and was only £4 a meter so bargain fabric was used to cover the off white casa satin dress panels.

my dress has a corset back to it rather than the plain zip but other than that the dress is the same style as her in game reference for the dress as i made sure it had the heart shape and the long train.

i revamped this dress for mcm expo october 2011


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Can't wait to see this =D You'll look so beautiful ^_^ x.

by FusionRose on Sunday, 19 December, 2010 - 23:06
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ty hunni, i hope i do her justice xx

by Sasashie on Wednesday, 22 December, 2010 - 22:25
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Can't wait to see this complete! :D
A lot of us were thinking a FFIX group for the next Auchinawa.
Do this for it! :D x

by NakedSalad on Thursday, 10 March, 2011 - 19:33
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i will either do this or my Ruby for next Auchinawa ^^ just for you NakedSalad ^^

by Sasashie on Thursday, 10 March, 2011 - 21:48
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gonna be great bring her on friday im gonna be battle garnet and we got a zidaneeeee

by J-Po on Tuesday, 5 July, 2011 - 21:51
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ok hun i hope this comes out ok ^^

by Sasashie on Tuesday, 5 July, 2011 - 21:56
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it will your the pro of detail :D

by J-Po on Tuesday, 5 July, 2011 - 22:05
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Can't wait to see this :)

by Archer on Tuesday, 5 July, 2011 - 23:28
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This is looking amazing!

by sjbonnar on Wednesday, 6 July, 2011 - 08:18
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That dress is perfect for Garnet! I can't wait to see this :D! Will deffo be getting piccies

by BabemRoze on Wednesday, 6 July, 2011 - 08:56
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You're going to be a beautiful garnet sweetie, it's really sad you are going to cut up your wedding dress though >.< x.

by FusionRose on Wednesday, 6 July, 2011 - 10:59
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wow you're going to look SOOOOOO beautiful in this!!

by FuriePhoenix on Wednesday, 6 July, 2011 - 17:20
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Yaaaay more garnet loooove <3 im looking forward to the progress on this :)

by Zelda on Wednesday, 6 July, 2011 - 20:20
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Detail is brilliant :D

by BabemRoze on Friday, 8 July, 2011 - 20:17
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My gosh you're getting through that embroidery quickly, I am in awe of your embroidering speed and skills!! It's looking very pretty so far, can't wait to see it all finished :)

by CrystalNeko on Sunday, 10 July, 2011 - 22:06
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Looking good Sasashie! What day are you doing this for? I HOPE to get Beatrix finished for Ayacon.

by SlimDefinition on Sunday, 10 July, 2011 - 22:42
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The details look amazing so far!! I look forward to seeing it completed ^^

by Einmyria on Sunday, 10 July, 2011 - 22:48
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thanks for all the wonderful comments ^^

@SlimDefinition - This will be worn on the Friday

by Sasashie on Sunday, 10 July, 2011 - 23:46
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So much detail! and so brilliant.

Wish i could see this in person! :£

by isamiaella on Friday, 15 July, 2011 - 16:47

It looks SO pretty though and you've done such a good job!

by Hannah-Kiwii on Friday, 15 July, 2011 - 17:19

Oh man, that beading must've taken ages. Might have to pop along to the FF gathering to catch a glimpse of this as the progress pics look super. :)

by Pudding on Sunday, 31 July, 2011 - 19:13
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This is beautiful! Can't wait to see it finished :)

by kitty_sama on Monday, 8 August, 2011 - 15:11
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Can't wait to see this in real life hun :D

by Freyarule on Tuesday, 16 August, 2011 - 17:01
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Loving the progress pics and cant wait to see it for real on friday! I'm gonna be ff9 ruby so i'll be hunting you down for pictures xD

by Megitymeg on Wednesday, 17 August, 2011 - 21:40
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This was pure brilliance! Your Majesty ! You truly owned Ayacon like you Owne Alexandria!

by Manticore on Tuesday, 23 August, 2011 - 00:11
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wow this utterly gorgeous!!!!

by FuriePhoenix on Wednesday, 24 August, 2011 - 19:01
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Beautiful cosplay! :D You can really see how much work you've put into it :)

by Lady Bahamut on Wednesday, 24 August, 2011 - 20:25
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You look amazing! You've put a lot of work into it and it's certainly paid off. :3

by DuskatNight on Thursday, 25 August, 2011 - 08:16
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truly impressive you looked amazing :D steals pendant :P

by J-Po on Thursday, 25 August, 2011 - 19:31
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Such a stunning Dress, soo pleased i got to see this in person! your embroidery and bead work is just fantastic <3

by ElegantAura on Tuesday, 30 August, 2011 - 17:12
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thank you so much everyone im very proud of the dress xx

by Sasashie on Tuesday, 30 August, 2011 - 20:16
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This was absolutely breath taking hun, you did such an amazing job on her and you suited garnet so well! X.

by FusionRose on Tuesday, 30 August, 2011 - 21:28
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You look absolutely gorgeous! You've done a fabulous job, HUGE well done <3

by tripletriad on Tuesday, 30 August, 2011 - 23:05
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You look so beautiful, the dress and tiara are gorgeous. Great job =]

by Kacela on Tuesday, 13 September, 2011 - 10:24
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by Freyarule on Monday, 19 September, 2011 - 21:47
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Are you still doing this at October expo? I'm Beatrix on the Friday and Saturday. I loved you in this at Ayacon.

by SlimDefinition on Saturday, 24 September, 2011 - 21:22
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@SlimDefintiton - i may bring her out on the Friday as well as the Sunday so we can get photos together ^^

by Sasashie on Saturday, 24 September, 2011 - 22:23

You make a very pretty Garnet, great job!

by Donna on Friday, 14 October, 2011 - 13:37
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Love the new shots, you look absolutely stunning!

by tripletriad on Friday, 14 October, 2011 - 23:10
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I love the beading and embroidery work on this, it's a beautiful dress.

by Angelphie on Monday, 31 October, 2011 - 22:06
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Everything about the dress was just beautiful!! and you looked so gorgeous!!! Also, thank you so much for your kind words on Will of the abyss and the congratulations - it really did mean a lot lovely xx

by Pandora-Chi on Wednesday, 2 November, 2011 - 13:50
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thank you so much for all the nice comments xxx

by Sasashie on Saturday, 5 November, 2011 - 12:42

Gorgeous dress, and it suits you so well!

by Hannah-Kiwii on Saturday, 12 November, 2011 - 18:00
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epic love XD

by J-Po on Saturday, 12 November, 2011 - 19:56
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It was great meeting you! You look beautiful in this x

by CharlieDoryRose on Saturday, 12 November, 2011 - 21:24
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You look amazing!

by Luna Ciele on Sunday, 13 November, 2011 - 16:37

To-Do List

Crown HighComplete
hooped skirt HighComplete
base dress - strip down HighComplete
attach bodice to dress base HighComplete
make new bodiceHighComplete
attach skirt pannels to the dress base HighComplete
hem dress pannels to form a heart shape HighComplete
add layers of tulle to bottom of underskirt HighComplete
Arm bangles MediumComplete
Paint gold pattern on main dress pannels MediumComplete
bead and embroider bodice MediumComplete
make and embroider gloves MediumComplete
bead outter pannel of dress MediumComplete
white/cream shoes MediumComplete
add bustle to hooped skirt LowComplete

Shopping List

Base wedding dress £25.00Bought
green and white thread£7.00Bought
craft foam £5.00Bought
hooped skirt materials £23.00Bought
Crown materials £25.00Bought
silver chain for crown and arm bangles £4.00Bought
gold fabric paint £10.00Bought
ballet flats in cream £4.00Bought
pendant £10.00Bought
hair combs - clear £8.00Bought
white tulle £5.00Bought
beads £14.00Bought
bias binding - white satin 9mtrs£9.00Bought
white polyester £38.00Bought
long black wig £20.00Bought


new embroidery and beads (Posted 10th October 2011)

i have decided to add a bit more detail and beads to the costume

new wig (Posted 10th October 2011)

as i borrowed my friends black wig for Ayacon and it was a brilliant wig but it was a bit to short

i have decided to get this wig from wonderland wigs as its long and has the right fringe plus its next day delivery ^^ and all i have to do is remove the curls and trim it to the right style and i will be one happy Garnet

breakage of the crown (Posted 6th October 2011)

we had to do an emergency repair on my crown today my sister picked it up wrong and a pointy bit cracked i managed to repair it with hot glue i hope it makes it to expo as its my pride and joy

crown (Posted 7th August 2011)

made from air clay and a plastic headband for shape and strength painted black then silver and dark silver shading

green beads to finish

Gold pattern with fabric paint (Posted 6th August 2011)

today i marked out the pattern and painted the gold fabric paint over the design needs another 2 coats but its coming along nicely

Gloves (Posted 3rd August 2011)

i made the gloves with leftover off white satin and covered it with the white polyester just like i did with the dress sections

then i edged the edges with white satin bias tape and embroidered the leaf pattern

Hooped skirt part two (Posted 3rd August 2011)

once i measured the length i needed the skirt to hang i measured out the white tulle and pinned it around the glow stick hoops and hand sewed the tulle around it and moved onto the next section and sewed that onto the 1st set

Hooped skirt part one (Posted 3rd August 2011)

i made a hooped skirt for going under the dress to make it easyer to walk in, i couldnt find one in my local town so i had not choise as im running out of time

i started off with making the hoops out of glow sticks and then wrapped them with black tape and then the last hoop i covered with white tape

Hair tie (Posted 3rd August 2011)

finished gold hair peice

beads arrived and the work begins (Posted 11th July 2011)

6 hours into the beading

tracing the details (Posted 11th July 2011)

once i cut out the templates i drew them onto the skirt with pencil

pendant (Posted 10th July 2011)

i bought this pendant 3 years ago in a local British heart foundation as it was a perfect stone for Garnet but never used it till now

leaf design template (Posted 10th July 2011)

i used a peice of pink craft foam to cut out the templates for the vines and leafs

outer skirt progress (Posted 10th July 2011)

the outer skirt was made buy cutting both fabric polyester outer layer and cotton under lining layer using a circle skirt pattern on the d shape and sewed then together on the hem.

once sewn i began to sketch the leaf design

detail begins (Posted 8th July 2011)

today after i have handsewed the 3 bodice peices together i sketched out the basic shape of the leaf design on Garnets dress

i did this in peicil now i have begun to sew this design with grean thread and will start adding the leafs b4 i add the beads ontop of the design so i have the same design on both sides of the bodice

dress front (Posted 7th July 2011)

here are the front peices for the boddice once sewn back together i will draw out the design for the leafs to be sewn on with the beads

base dress stripped (Posted 7th July 2011)

today i finished taking the dress back to the base pattern peice's the photo shown is the under dress that i have added tulle to help make the skirt fuller i may add more tulle if needed along with the hopped skirt later

this whole process took 2 days to fully take each bit of detail off the dress along with taking each seam out by hand

Extra fabric (Posted 5th July 2011)

as the base dress has only one train i had to buy extra fabric for her outter dress layer and her gloves

beads (Posted 5th July 2011)

these are the beads i will use for the leaf pattern on the dress and the headress

Base dress detail (Posted 1st July 2011)

this is the detail on the front and back of the dress and the outter fabric that will be removed from the dress and salvaged for my Amano Rosa

Base dress (Posted 1st July 2011)

this is my base dress that i will be taking to bits and using the base white fabric for the dress

refrence artwork (Posted 1st June 2011)

reference artwork