|Time Taken :||15-20 hours|
|Well after my attempt to re-create the famous "Waltz for the Moon" dance at The Grand International Cosplay Ball (2008) I realised this costume had to be done. It's kinda expected with my fandom of Rinoa and Final Fantasy 8 in general really.|
This is the outfit Rinoa wears during the SeeD Graduation ball and the concert at Fisherman's horizon.
Fabric wise I was told to go with duchess satin but I found a cheaper satin (acetate) in a suitable cream colour and thought seeing as it's my first attempt at making a dress maybe I should start with the cheaper fabrics lol I can always re-make it if I wish too. In some lights the colour of the satin looks a kinda gold colour but the ivory chiffon I got for the top layer of the dress tones this down. Brought some basic ivory ribbon for the halter neck. Picked up some snap fasteners from my local market to make undoing the halter neck easier. Also had to get a concealed zip as I won't be able to just pull the dress on like I would if I used a stretch fabric.
Searched for ages for a dress patter, the halter neck is not the usual design so hard to come by. Had to order one from America in the end and the seams aren't right but they're needed to give the dress shape so oh well. I might remake it at some point with a more clingy fabric. My Grandma helped me a lot with the making of the dress and did the more tricky parts for me herself as I haven't had experience with using a pattern or sewing machine before.
I already have a wig and necklace with a ring on from my main Rinoa cosplay.
It's really hard to get a decent image of Rinoa's bracelet but it's clearly silver and a chain of some sort. I decided to match the figaro style chain that her ring hangs on and found something suitable on ebay. I'll probably get a few links taken out though as she seems to wear it quite tight on her wrist.
New Look sold a pair of cream double-strap heels very close in style to Rinoa's but when I decided to start work on this costume they had been discontinued. After over 4 months of searching on ebay I finally got a pair in my size.
Brought some brown contact lenses seeing as my natural eye colour is blue and I'm being a picky arse as usual. I really struggled with these, my eyes really dislike having strange objects poked in them (naturally)and my blink reflex is very strong. But I got there in the end! I've also got some false eyelashes as Rinoa's are really thick and dark. In general her eyes stand out so I want to make sure I draw attention to them.
This dress has been on my list since I first started cosplaying so I'm so glad to finally have it completed. I have a great sense of pride and achievement knowing it's completely hand made so I just hope it doesn't fall apart! Making this was a big learning curve as I hadn't used a pattern or sewing machine before so I feel I have gained something from making this and I hope to expand on it as I make other costumes. I have also learnt to make a better estimate of how much fabric I'm going to need (or get what the pattern says) as I have quite a lot leftover!
I first wore this cosplay to the May 2010 London MCM Expo and entered in the masquerade as part of a Final Fantasy girls group. I had a great response to the costume and had lots of compliments throughout the day yay! ^-^ However the heels hadn't be worn prior to the event so by the end of the day my feet had blisters and I was in a lot of pain =( Also my eyes were a bit irritated with the use of contacts and false eyelashes for a long period of time. But apart from my personal pains this cosplay was a success!
I re-wore this to the Amecon 2010 Cosplay Ball. It was fun dancing with Keekal in her Rinoa dress as we're roughly the same height and size so everyone was staring- cosplay twins! lol My heels didn't give me so much bother this time thankfully.
November 2011- Managed to get tickets to "Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy" and this costume seemed the most suitable to wear. However I have put on weight since I last wore this and found it a little tight =( Also the chiffon was caught in some places. I hope to remake the dress one day.
|Make up test (including false eyelashes)||Low||Complete|
|Learn "Waltz for the Moon" dance||Low||In Progress|
|3 metres of cream acetate satin||£11.97||Bought|
|Freshlook Colorblends Brown contacts||£12.00||Bought|
|Silver Figaro bracelet||£8.98||Bought|
|New Look cream double-strap heels||£20.00||Bought|
|Butterick pattern (3366)||£7.77||Bought|
|Pale cream/ivory concealed zip||£1.89||Bought|
|Ivory polyester thread||£1.30||Bought|
|3 metres of ivory ribbon||£0.96||Bought|
|3 metres of ivory chiffon||£8.97||Bought|
|Eylure Volume Plus false eyelashes||£4.95||Bought|
Finished! (Posted 21st May 2010)
My Grandma dropped the dress off for me today with all the sewing complete. I still wasn't quite happy with how the top layer hanged around my chest so I took it in at the sides a bit until it looked better. It was very awkward to do and it isn't a tidy job... but not very noticeable I hope. I then sewed the snap fastener to the halter neck.
I'm going to do a make-up test tomorrow with the contacts and false eyelashes and then get some photos taken in the full outfit with wig and shoes.
Coming together (Posted 20th May 2010)
Round my Grandma's again this evening for more progress on the dress. Over the last week she cut out the chiffon layer for me and starting tacking the dress together and adding the ribbon to the neckline and the zip ect.
It was getting late so we left it there. Grandma will sew the hem for me tommorow, attach a hook and eye above the top of the zip and if she get's time overlock the seams before dropping it off to me when I finish work. I will then just have to get the snap fastner sorted on the halter neck.
First part of dress complete (Posted 7th May 2010)
Today I finally started work on the dress with my Grandma helping me along the way. First we sorted the pattern pieces out, pinned them to the fabric and worked out where to cut for the size we were aiming for. For this pattern I'm a US size 12 0_o My UK sizing is a 8-10 which is around a size 6 in the US so dunno how I managed a size 12 for this! We thought it was wrong but that's the size I needed according to my measurements apparently.
Anyway. After cutting the fabric I was shown how to put tacks in for the darts and cut out some triangle markers at the sides (think they were just to help you line up the edges of the dress... I forgot ^^').
Then it was to the sewing machine! I didn't have any experience with one so Grandma started me off and sewed the curved edges and then let me do the straight lines. I was holding the material back a bit and so some of the stitching was too close together oopps but I'm learning!
That was all for today. Grandma's going to overlock the seams for me and then when I next see her we'll work on the chiffon overlay and the neckline before putting it all together with the zip and raising the hem etc.