|Cost :||Not that much! ^_^|
|Time Taken :||Two days|
|As it was my first cosplay, I didn't want to attempt something that was too difficult. I was fairly new to Final Fantasy, too. I decided to go with Cloud because it was something that was easily recognisable and people would be able to tell me if I had done alright or not I suppose. I already had a pair of black boots and the perfect trousers for the job. |
I confess that compiling this costume was not an immense task nor huge effort on my part. The top was bought and the sleeves were removed as soon as I got it home. The gloves I'm wearing were bought and the red ribbon was cut off from an old dressing gown. For the wig, I searched high and low for something suitable to dye and style. Unfortunately, this is not one of my strong points. In the end, I decided to order the wig online. Something about wigs disagrees with me! I've never worn a comfortable one and so wasn't caught wearing it on the day of the Midlands Expo. I bought myself a black cape for rouhgily £3 at the local costume shop, cut off the colar and folded it into the shape I wanted it to hang from on my belt. To get the ends to hold together, a simple running stitch was sewn into the ends. The belt itself held the "cape" in place for me and a second belt acquired from a coat I own was used to go over my shoulder.
The sword was the fun part and the first thing I made! I gathered several empty crisp boxes and cut them up in to thick strips. When I had those, I placed them on top of each other and alongside one another until I had the shape of the sword. When that was done, I taped the whole thing together with several layers. After that, it was a trip to Wilkinsons for some wallpaper to wrap around the mop handle that became the hilt of the sword. The wallpaper required no glue and so simply stuck on to the mop handle and I forced it up through the bottom of the taped cardboard sword. Forcing it in rather than making room for it before hand helped keep the handle secure. When that was done, I grabbed some silver wrapping paper and stapled it to the cardboard all the way down the side. Voila! One Cloud sword.
EDIT: The black sword seen in the Manchester MCM photos was bought from the London Expo in May 2011 at one of the stalls.
The shoulder pad was actually made from a police helmet from the local costume shop. Bought one, ripped the badge off the front and the little thing on the top. Then using the holes where the straps were on the sides, and the holes underneath the thing on the top, I sewed the cut in half helmet onto my top. :)
If you look at the photos, you can see the progress over time made with the costume in my attempts to make it look better and more accurate. New trousers, a broach resembling Cloud's and other pieces were eventually found and sewed or glued on to the costume.
EDIT: The newer, more accurate version of the sword scene in Advent Children that I am carrying in the London Expo pictures was acquired from a website called Milanoo.