Okay now that's out of the way.
This is one of my BIG dream cosplays. I've wanted to do this since I knew what cosplaying was. ^^; FFIX is one of my favourite games of all time and I adore Garnet and I guess even I have that childish desire to be a princess. 8'D
Anyway i've been putting it off for years and years and years but i've finally decided that NEXT YEAR will be the year that I FINALLY take the lunge and do this dress. I finally feel like I might be able to do it some justice and I really want to do it whilst I look vaguely young enough. 8'D
I'm basically putting it up here so I can't back out again.
I might start making this as soon as after october expo, but the plan is for it to be done by next year some time.
I'm scared and excited and hope I do her justice. x.x
EDIT: This was going to be for Gemucon but now Gemucon went down the pan...it's for October expo. I've officially finally started work on this! My absolute dream cosplay so I pray I do it justice! :3
ALL THE REFERENCES (Posted 27th July 2014)
Despite this being quite a popular outfit to cosplay, I think you would be amazed by how few references exist for this dress. The attached image is from the art book and is really the only clear(ish) definite reference for the overall dress.
So as well as scouring the internet I've screencapped the entire opening and ending FMV sequences...which still leaves a lot of questions. I've noticed that there are some pretty major differences in the way people make this dress as some parts are just too blurry to see (god bless PS2 graphics eh?). One major point of difference seems to be the overall size of the dress. Whilst in some sequences it looks quite small, in the actual sprite of Garnet in-game it's huge! So I've decided that if I'm going to go for this I might as well GO BIG...so I've ordered a beast of an underskirt. If it's TOO big i'll get another, so we'll see...
I've also received my first ever roll of Worbla, which i'm excited to get stuck into to make the arm pieces and crown (maybe some other jewellery but we'll see!)And as I want to make a boned bodice, something i've never done before, i've ordered a pattern so I have something to go off.
Basically lots of new techniques are going to be used for this, which makes me excited and nervous!
(Bring on payday.)