Costume :Terra Branford
Variant :Amano
Source :Final Fantasy VI
Progress :Complete
Worn At :

Costume Photos

The Gift of Magic

Ready for Battle

Not a Puppet

Magical Girls

The Returners

The Flame of Rebellion

Magiteck Elite

Celebration of Life

What is... Love

A Mysterious Young Woman

With Fire in Her Eyes

World of Balance


Costume Information

Cost : I can't
Awards : Judges' Award - Gemucon 2013
Time Taken : No

I have adored the Amano artwork of Terra for so so long. Having started playing FFVI recently and being a fairway through the game, I have come to adore her character as well (Sabin is my favourite but like hell am I cosplaying him!)
But yes, this artwork. HNNNNG is all I can say.

I am going to throw as many beautiful fabrics and trimmings at this cosplay as I can (without over do-ing it!). At the moment I could not be happier with how this has turned out. I feel like I've gained a lot of new skills with this cosplay, especially embroidery!

-Choker necklace made with trim and ribbon, with beads and chain sewn on.
-Bag is red brocade, with gold ribbon and multi-coloured beads sewn on with metallic thread.
-Scarves are a mixture of bought and made. I have made scarves from blue brocade, pink embroidered chiffon and some wierd stretchy zebra print fabric.
-Dress is red brocade with embroidery and swarovsky crystal bead detail, metallic bias, pearl and gold trims.
-Gauntlets made to match dress, but with less embroidery and beads
-Pauldron is a shoulder pad covered in red brocade, with chain and bead detail, and trims to match the dress and gaultlets
-The cape is lilac organdy, hemmed with matching chiffon ribbon and decorated with more fabric flowers than I ever care to see again in my life. Trimmed with a red beaded ribbon.
-Leggings are a white lycra with rainbow stars.
-The arm-cape-thingy is a piece of the most beautiful fabric I have ever seen. It's a gradient-dyed net embellished with glitter and tiny beads in floral patterns. So lovely! I shaped the bottom of the fabric, and then turned the top corner into a tube to form a psudo-sleeve which I attached to the strap that I made to attach the pauldron to the dress.
-Bootcovers are white pleather covered in red brocade. Trims to match everything else. Hemmed with gold bias binding, with little beads sewn on. Big beady applique thingy on outer sides of the covers are salvaged from a top I got inordinately cheap in a sale.

Hopefully with Luminescence as Amano-style Celes Chere and Devil_Trigger as Locke Cole

GEMUCON 2013- This was the first time I actually put this all together and it took AGES because I didn't know what I was doing haha! I'm really happy with how it looked and moved, though I had to chop off one of the hooks inside the boots as it bent and was catching :/ Other than that, no problems!
Definately wearing this again, though I'll have to remember to find ways to keep cool, it was a suprisingly warm cosplay!
The masq was so fun, I made friends with most of the other entries as everyone was so nice! Definately the most close knit masq I've entered! Please watch the video of everyone: (everyone worked really hard! I'm on at about 5:50 :)

AYACON 2013- Wore this again with my growing FFVI amano group! Wore it to the chess and it held together, and this time my boots didn't catch c: Have added a sword to the costume now.

GEMUCON 2014- Will be wearing this again, with Moonlily as Relm <3

Credit and a million thank yous to LittleGeeky for the amazing showcase video she's made of me! ( if it doesn't work)


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Oooooooooo this should be interesting c: I remember you saying you wanted to cosplay her xD I've played FFVI many times on different consoles xD

by Devil_Trigger on Sunday, 29 July, 2012 - 21:53
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by Mungojerrie on Sunday, 29 July, 2012 - 22:25
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Great choice!! :D

by Siouxsie James on Monday, 30 July, 2012 - 08:11
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The necklace is so pretty!!!

by Einmyria on Sunday, 7 October, 2012 - 20:24
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The chocker looks absolutely gorgeous :) I can't wait to see this finished :3

by Alouette on Sunday, 7 October, 2012 - 21:37
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I'm looking forward to seeing this finished, looks so pretty :)

by kunoichi-me on Wednesday, 14 November, 2012 - 18:47
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AAAAAAAAAAAAAH progress on this is looking good! My god what you've done with the design is amazing... I can see why you've been sewing for a while on it O.O

by Devil_Trigger on Thursday, 10 January, 2013 - 23:39
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The progress looks amazing. Really loving the necklace. Great job ^^

by Sephirayne on Friday, 11 January, 2013 - 04:54
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Progress looks great :)

by Siouxsie James on Friday, 11 January, 2013 - 12:39
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Thank you everyone!

by TheStarlightFairy on Friday, 11 January, 2013 - 23:48
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omg its looking great

by J-Po on Wednesday, 20 February, 2013 - 22:26
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That cape is GORGEOUS!! So excited for GemuCon now!!

by Yuka on Thursday, 7 March, 2013 - 22:18
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I am excited by your progress pic :) looking awesome!! So sad that I wont get to see it in person so please re-wear :D

by Siouxsie James on Friday, 8 March, 2013 - 10:13
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Wow! This looks amazing so far! I can't wait to see it finished :D

by Littlegeeky on Friday, 8 March, 2013 - 11:51
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This looks so pretty! you always amaze me with your detail skills :D

by Einmyria on Friday, 8 March, 2013 - 21:23
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Thank you everyone! I'm so glad ya'll think it's turning out well!

@afireinsidegirl I've spent too long and too much on this to NOT rewear it to lots of events haha!

by TheStarlightFairy on Saturday, 9 March, 2013 - 01:07
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YAY!!!! :D can't wait to see it at a future con then :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

by Siouxsie James on Saturday, 9 March, 2013 - 11:00
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Beautifully styled wig, it's all looking great so far :-)

by puzzledpenguin on Wednesday, 13 March, 2013 - 01:47
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Congratulations on getting judge's choice award in the masq. You looked stunning in this, one of your best cosplays by far.

by MadameLapin on Monday, 8 April, 2013 - 19:55
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Congrats on getting the award c: You looked sooooo beautiful in this <3 (also despite how many times ya said, you did not look like a drag queen xD)

by Devil_Trigger on Monday, 8 April, 2013 - 20:37
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Looks beautifully made! Lovely fabric choices and colours =]

by Kacela on Tuesday, 9 April, 2013 - 19:06
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Such a beautiful, well crafted costume, you are truly worthy of the win hun!

by Raye-chan on Wednesday, 10 April, 2013 - 18:30
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You look amazing! wish I could have seen it in person

by Einmyria on Wednesday, 10 April, 2013 - 22:53
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Loving all the photos <3

by Devil_Trigger on Sunday, 14 April, 2013 - 17:00
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Oh man, I didn't know you got an award for this! Congrats, you totally deserve it!

by KiraraYumi on Sunday, 14 April, 2013 - 17:00
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Thank you everyone!

by TheStarlightFairy on Sunday, 14 April, 2013 - 17:02
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Wow! This is gorgeous! ;o; You make a lovely Terra!

by Squiggles on Sunday, 14 April, 2013 - 17:23
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Beautiful photos, you look lovely. The costume is gorgeous (great fabric choices) and the fire effect is really nicely done.

by puzzledpenguin on Sunday, 14 April, 2013 - 17:37
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Soo beautiful! *_*

by ToroSonyCat on Sunday, 14 April, 2013 - 17:59

I was so amazed when I saw this in person! You looked absoloutly gorgeous! Amazing attention to detail, so beautiful.

by No thanks on Sunday, 14 April, 2013 - 20:01
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This is stunning!!!!!!!!!!!! Amazing work :) nice one!

by Siouxsie James on Monday, 15 April, 2013 - 00:11
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You look so beautiful! Loving all the details, Beth's photography is amazing as always too. You deserved the award so much!

by CrystalNeko on Wednesday, 17 April, 2013 - 23:22
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Stunning costume, the effort really shows in the details :)

by Amy-Lou on Thursday, 18 April, 2013 - 11:06
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I love your cosplay and such a brilliant shooting !!! ♥
I like ♥

by KC-HOME on Thursday, 18 April, 2013 - 11:32
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Absolutely stunning! I love the photos, the detail put into the cosplay and you look gorgeous <3

by Pandora-Chi on Thursday, 18 April, 2013 - 15:55
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beautiful!!! x

by FusionRose on Thursday, 18 April, 2013 - 17:13
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Thank you everyone again <3

by TheStarlightFairy on Thursday, 18 April, 2013 - 19:34
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Heck yes!! Gratz on the showcase Lou!! Beautiful costume!!

by Siouxsie James on Sunday, 28 April, 2013 - 20:13
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LADY YOU GOT A SHOWCASE? I am so proud of you, it's well deserved <3

by Mungojerrie on Sunday, 28 April, 2013 - 20:16
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vjfddukih thank you everyone!

by TheStarlightFairy on Sunday, 28 April, 2013 - 20:25
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You so deserved the showcase hun!
This cosplay is so amazing! You look so beautiful in it hun!

by Littlegeeky on Sunday, 28 April, 2013 - 20:30
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Well deserved showcase! So beautiful!

by kunoichi-me on Sunday, 28 April, 2013 - 20:34
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Yaaaaaaaay you got the showcase! 8D SO PROUD OF YOU RIGHT NOW (THAT IS A LIE, ALWAYS PROUD)

by Devil_Trigger on Sunday, 28 April, 2013 - 20:37
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CONGRATS YOU BUNDLE OF LOVELINESS! You 100% deserve this, so pleased for yooou!! >w<

by KiraraYumi on Sunday, 28 April, 2013 - 22:20
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Yaaay such a deserved showcase! This is gaaaawjus! The level of detail is outstanding. :3

by MoonLily on Sunday, 28 April, 2013 - 22:40
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Beautiful cosplay!! Congrats on the showcase! ^_^

by alytheluvly on Monday, 29 April, 2013 - 09:53
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SO MUCH PRETTIES I wish I'd seen you in real life ;__; it looks so gorgeous! I love it <3 beautiful Terra!

by Freyarule on Monday, 29 April, 2013 - 13:00
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Gorgeous costume and photos. You look really stunning.

Congrats on the showcase ^_^

by Sephirayne on Monday, 29 April, 2013 - 14:50
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Congrats on the Showcase! well deserved, looks gorgeous!

by Yasmia on Tuesday, 30 April, 2013 - 16:07

Gorgeous costume, highly visually striking, you look fantastic! Congrats on the very well-deserved showcase! :D

by Pudding on Tuesday, 30 April, 2013 - 16:45
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Thank you again everyone! I worked really hard on this so I'm glad people like it so much <3

by TheStarlightFairy on Tuesday, 30 April, 2013 - 21:20
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This is so gorgeous! <3

by HarryKurt on Friday, 3 May, 2013 - 22:03
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This cosplay is so many levels of epic I don't even know where to start praising it XD

by Lady Bahamut on Sunday, 5 May, 2013 - 18:39
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This is absolutely stunning! Fantastic job. Well done!

by SlimDefinition on Sunday, 12 May, 2013 - 20:06
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Wow you got a showcase :) well done! you definably deserve it. Your costume was beautiful at Gemucon and I remember you said you'd put a lot of hours into it but I had no idea just how MUCH effort you put in. The attention to trims really pays off. Hope to see you again, possibly ayacon?

by littleshoni on Thursday, 20 June, 2013 - 00:50
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@meercatcool Yes, I hope to see you at aya! I'll be wearing this again for the Cosplay Chess c: Thank you <3

by TheStarlightFairy on Thursday, 20 June, 2013 - 21:55
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Yep I saw you at Cosplay Chess. You looked so beautiful I could only gasp and stutter. Sorry you didn't get any sense out of me..

by Kei Lin Sama on Wednesday, 21 August, 2013 - 21:55
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This costume is stunning and so detailed you wear it so well :)

by Clockwork Dandy Noodles on Wednesday, 30 September, 2015 - 19:37

To-Do List

Boot coversLowComplete
Arm cape thingyLowComplete


New addition for Ayacon! (Posted 15th August 2013)

Mum and I were clearing out the attic and we came across an old sword prop she'd made years ago. It was designed to be a pirate sword for a costume party, so it had the same curve Terra's sword in Dissidia art does.
A bit of editing on the handle (removing the guard and covering it in swag) and a repair/paint job on the 'blade' and SUDDENLY TERRA SWORD

Wig (Posted 13th March 2013)

Had a couple of spare hours today so decided to style the wig
I wish I'd taken a 'before' photo, it looked like a cloud!
Spent at least 30 minutes brushing the tip og the wig with warm water so it would sit flat-ish on my head, then pulled it into a half-ponytail with the help of my mum, pinning it down with pearly hair-grips. It was originally a full ponytail, but because the wig is so curly, the pony was too short.
Once the half pony was secure, we (Mum and I) tied a beaded hair scarf thingie around it to hide the bobble. We then used a couple of sparkly clips to pull the rest of the hair up so that it looks like a proper high ponytail, pinning remaining stray bits of hair with pearly grips. Finished off with the pink chiffon bow thingy I made ages ago!
Really happy with how it's turned out :) I bought some pearl spiral things to add a bit more jazz to it but I'll put those in at the con. It's safe in a box and it's not coming out until Gemucon haha!

Boot covers of doom (Posted 9th March 2013)

I can't beleive how much stress these have caused me!
I made these by cutting a base of white pleather (after multiple mock-ups and paper patterns), then covered them in red brocade.
This was no where near shiny enough so I threw some trims at them. I bought a top really cheap in a sale because it had beautiful applique beadwork on the shoulders, and used said applique to jazz up the outer sides of the boots. I then sewed some beads (like on the bag) onto the bias binding around the toe bit.

They probably could be better, but I'm happy enough with how they look.
Photo is of the outer side (on shoe) and front view (not on shoe) of the right boot. It fits on the shoe better when it's on my foot

Cape, arm cape and strap (Posted 22nd February 2013)

I started work on the cape today and it's not going too badly
So far I have hemmed some lilac chiffon with matching sheer ribbon. I'm in the process of pinning some fabric flowers onto it because I cannot paint for toffee. Run out of fabric flowers after severely underestimating the amount I'd need. May try to get some varying size ones, failing that buy extra and clump them together.
So far the cape looks like a big rectangle with some flowers on it. Once the flowers are on, I'm going to gather the top edge of it to give it some swoopy volume. Not sure how I'm going to do the rest of the cape thingy. I'm HOPING to somehow use the surplus at the top to form that wierd hood bit some of the art has, and bring one side over into a strap.

...It makes sense to me okay haha

EDIT 26/2 I am seriously done with flowers. There are approximately 121 on that cape
EDIT 5/3 Cape is attached to dress, and I managed to get the hood/strap concept to work after all of the trial and error. Sewed the rest of the purple crystals (a grand total of 5 or 6) onto the hood to give a little sparkle. On the strap bit, I added some red jewel beads from the remnants of the chocker trim.
On the other shoulder, I used a strip of christmas ribbon to form a strap. I sewed the arm cape onto the underside of this strap, and sewed the pauldron to the topside of it. I actually can't believe this is almost done!

Dress progress and gauntlets (Posted 19th February 2013)

After god knows how long, I have finally nearly finished the dress. I somehow managed to make the skirt about 4 or 5 sizes too big, and so I ended up having to gradually take it in bit by bit so I didn't screw up.
I've taken a bit of artistic licence with the shape of the skirt. It's still a little flared as if I'd taken it in any further it would have looked awful. I've also given the hem more of a scallop shape than in the art. This was mostly due to how the skirt was sitting on me. The straight skirt with the side splits just didn't work with the fabric, it looked too harsh to me! The rest of the dress and costume is very fancy and feminine, so the rounded hemline just seemed right.
Just need to sew the hems and add some gold bias.

I used more brocade, and did a little embroidery (just a fishbone stitch to look like a vine and a rosette chain flower). I put the same trims as the dress and pauldron around the top, and some gold bias around the bottom.

top and embroidery (Posted 10th January 2013)

I finally reached a point with the top half of the dress where I felt I could take a decent progress image. I utterly screwed up my first attempt, so I made a second. Screwed up the front panel so redid that one, so the one you see in the picture I uploaded is version 2.5
Got an embroidery book for christmas so I have been having a LOT of fun. In the end I used a fair few different stitches: satin, split stitch, double-threaded backstitch, fishbone stitch, herringbone stitch and scroll stitch (this sounds like a game of spot-the-stitch).
I still need to add some beads for embellishment, and the trims around the top. Also, I only roughly pinned in the zip, so the front looks really wonky right now. It'll look a lot better when it's finished!
Time taken: just don't even try asking

Pauldron (Posted 22nd November 2012)

I am a wuss and won't start the dress yet, so I made the pauldron over the past couple of days.
I covered a shoulder pad with brocade (and dress lining) to start off with. I then did a swirly pattern over the top with a chain (pic 1). This was frustating as hell. In the end I used Terra's anthology design and then went crazy with the rest of the chain.
Next, I sewed on a pretty leaf/bead thing I bought and a couple of shiny beads (pic 2)
Finally I went around the edges with a gold and a pearl trim to match what I will do on the dress and gauntlets (pic 3).
I'm really happy with the result! Sooo gaudy XD

Other achievements include putting together a bunch of scarves using various fabrics and trims. Oh, and I made a bead chain thing. Said bead chain ended up being too heavy to just be tied onto my hips, so I sewed it lightly to one of the scarves.

Bag (Posted 14th November 2012)

So I have spent at least 20 hours making a bag that blends into my cosplay.
Using some red brocade, I have made a drawstring pouch. On this I have sewn on ribbon and more beads than I care to count.
No photo does this bag justice

Shiny things (Posted 25th October 2012)

I've been a busy magpie, collecting lots of shiny things to jazz up the cosplay a bit. I have a couple of hairclips, a bigass flower, some pretty rings and a big brooch. So many sparkles~

wig and trims (Posted 16th October 2012)

This one is a pretty pink chiffon trim with lilac flowers. I spotted it while gtting stuff for Susan, and was like HNNNG THAT WOULD LOOK AMAZING AS ONE OF THE HAIR SCARF THINGIES. So I pulled it off the shelf and looked at the price, wondering how much of my soul I would have to sell to obtain this beautiful trim.
76p a metre. 76P WAT
So I bought a metre at vast expense. It's going to clash HIDEOUSLY with the redness of the costume but idgaf.
Oh and wig is on order. Its white and curly and poofy. I am going to have a cloud on my head and it will be glorious.

Necklace choker (Posted 7th October 2012)

I spotted yet more pretty trims and ribbons in the fabric shop today, and so decided to make a choker necklace. The choker is made from a maroon velvet ribbon and a beaded trim. I then attached beads and a pendant to this. This didn;t seem like enough, so I used an old necklace chain to make it look more like the Sakizou artwork.
So goddamn happy with this. Took about 4 hours in total.

So it begins (Posted 31st July 2012)

Mum treated me to some blue and red brocade fabrics today because I was feeling inordinately sick but still helped with the food shop and housework
It such beautiful fabric ;_; I will use the red for the dress, gloves and boot covers and the blue for one of the many waist sashes.