|Time Taken :||30 hours|
|I love FF6 - it was the first Final Fantasy game I played, and it really got me hooked.When it came to cosplaying fro it, the in-game sprite versions don’t especially appeal to me, and the intricate Amano designs are beyond me – well, not really (I love detail) but I’m not that creative, and interpreting a drawing doesn’t suit me. (no forgetting I don't really like his art much) So I settled on the cg version of Celes. I gives me a solid design to follow, but still plenty of scope for detail to occupy me. Even better – it’s Celes who has to be one of my favourite FF characters!|
I was having no luck finding the correct colour fabric for the trousers and jacket - whether looking at clothing to adapt or fabric with which to make it from scratch. I was also aiming to have stretchy fabric for the trousers which made it even more difficult to find something appropriate. In the end I got a suit in a charity shop which I adapted. The colours aren’t precisely accurate, but I love it because the jacket and trousers were made from different fabrics yet still matched in their basic colour. The jacket is a brocade fabric, with gold detail, and the trousers are a slightly stretchy suede-type fabric.
I chopped up the jacket to make the waistcoat, separate sleeves and waistband thing. The trousers needed even less work, I just had to cut up the tops of the side seams and add grommets to lace them up (the grommets are pretty brass ones to go with the colour scheme). Lots of brown bias tape for the trim, and I also used it for the lacing to ensure it matched.
I added little touches of beading - along the trim on the top and the designs on the waistcoat, and may add more in future such as to the sleeves. I already had a suitable wig, and adapting the boots was fairly easy. Getting the gold paint to stay on them is another matter...They’re also evil to wear, combined with the tendency of any type of paint to chip off, that makes them photos-only footwear!
My sewing has improved since first making this costume, so I want to redo some of the bias tape and possibly the purple top now I'm more confident. With the construction improved, and perhaps more beading I'd love to wear this again!