Costume :Lightning - Claire Farron RETIRED
Variant :Gardian core outfit
Source :Final Fantasy XIII
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo May 2009

Costume Photos

Lightning [with her belt ]


Rinoa,Aeris and Lightning

Lightning's wig


Costume Information

Cost : £200
Time Taken : 4 months

This cosplay was made with only a few refrence photo's to go with and i feel that i did quite well with it, i feel that after playing the game she needs alot of work perhaps a whole new costume to be made as i have missed alot of the detail and i would like to have a go at making her shoulder armour with the glowing pannels and try making a fully moving gunblade


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Dooooooo it!!! Doooooooo it!!!!
If you put as much effort into this like you did with Aerith going to look so good :P :D

btw ty for the cactuar love :D


by JakeX on Wednesday, 19 November, 2008 - 16:54
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thanks jakeX i will lol im starting her gunblade thiw weekend ill post up pohotos asap xx

by Sasashie on Thursday, 20 November, 2008 - 16:06
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Freaking win.

by Odd-One-Out on Tuesday, 2 December, 2008 - 21:45
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thanks thats the sword finished i have also finished her jumper starting the rest of her costume this week xx

by Sasashie on Tuesday, 2 December, 2008 - 21:54
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wow the weapon is looking so good, love to see the finished cosplay

by timpey on Tuesday, 2 December, 2008 - 22:58
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well im finaly working at the costume lol 2 weeks b4 the expo !!

by Sasashie on Friday, 8 May, 2009 - 09:49
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looking good!

by GunstarVixen on Friday, 8 May, 2009 - 09:58
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The jacket looks so neat and comfy, I'd wear it out normally. Looking good!

by Amy-Lou on Friday, 8 May, 2009 - 10:06
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thanks its just taking longer that i thought it would to finish of the last few bits xx

by Sasashie on Friday, 8 May, 2009 - 10:07
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well all i can say is that it was way to hot for this cosplay to be worn at the expo lol but i still loved it !!

by Sasashie on Wednesday, 27 May, 2009 - 15:58
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Woah that looks awesome!
Didn't see it around expo though D8

by MikeJenks on Thursday, 4 June, 2009 - 22:34
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i was there as lightning both days and hardley any1 knew who i was :( but i will re wear it once the game finaly comes out x

by Sasashie on Friday, 5 June, 2009 - 10:20
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Ooh, I think I saw you arouund at the Expo in your Lightening costume! I was too scared to ask for a picture though ^^; You looked brilliant though :) You should be proud of it!

by Lady Bahamut on Friday, 5 June, 2009 - 14:08
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awww am i that scary that people wont come and ask 4 a photo ? ^_^ i would have said yes lol

awww ty xx

by Sasashie on Friday, 5 June, 2009 - 15:30
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This is so perfect!! Excellent Lightning, I love the jacket and the Gunblade, I like it all!! x3 Wish I could of seen it in person ;-;
You look fantastic ^^

by Charlie-Bear on Saturday, 6 June, 2009 - 10:46
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awww ty so much *hugz*

i will fix her up and wear her again when the game finaly comes out ! xx

by Sasashie on Saturday, 6 June, 2009 - 11:27

To-Do List

finish sewing trim onto coat HighComplete


problems @ the expo (Posted 26th May 2009)

i was over heating asd the skirt was sticking to me and it was to heavy next time i wear this costume i will have to wear it in cooler weather !!

paint flaking off the pockets should have sealed it on better must fix it

boot inserts falling out had to superglue them to the boots zips!

well thats it for problems !! i loved the costume loved wearing it even tho i was warm loved how well my wig breathed !!

and had a great expo

fabric painting and craft foam sewing (Posted 19th May 2009)

well this week i have redone my gloves that fell to bits !!
but had problems with sewing on the silver trim as i kept on stabbing myself! lol
and i have been painting my yellow pockets! they now are a pinky tan colour as my sister bought a cark red instead of a brown ! but it looks realy good so much better than the yellow so im going to keep it.
had to re do the shoulder pad as it didnt fit right when i fixed it onto the jacket so i took it of trimed it down and velcroed it onto the jacket and it fits much better now.
i have finished the boots i added another belt in the middle to hold the fabric covered craft foam inserts and they are looking realy good.

3 months later (Posted 8th May 2009)

got my wig through and it was well worth the wait!! i love it to bits and i started on sewing together all the peices of fabric that has been cut out and waiting on some spare time to become a costume, everything went together quite quickly till the sewing machine went down!!! and to top it all off the stuff i sent to my mums came back and she has made the pockets and the trims for the coat out of yellow !! pleather and not tan material like it was supost to be so now im having to try and fix it should i just cover the yellow with the tan fabric?? or die the yellow and pray it looks ok?? or start from scratch again im so confused its not long to the expo so i hope it works out. xx

latest info (Posted 25th January 2009)

well im finished the gunblade and its looking good got all the material set out just waiting for my sewing machine to be delevered !!!! ( you have no idea how long i have been waiting for it to arrive feels like years lol) my wig is being commisioned by Seph Noir so its gonna be awsum i cant wait to see it finished xx