|Time Taken :||3 months|
|Final Fantasy VII is one of my favourite games and I thought that Cid was the character that I looked most similar to. In addition I wanted a costume that would not be too obvious if I had to wear it while travelling to events. Without the accessories and jacket this costume is basically just combat trousers and a t-shirt.|
The hardest part of this costume was either the goggles or the jacket. The jacket was certainly the most time consuming part but I am pleased with the way it has come out, unlike the goggles. The easiest part was the scarf.
One thing that I learned from this is that I am not so good at making large props like the spear but luckily this is not essential for the costume.
This was a fairly comfortable costume to wear but I found the welding gloves a bit awkward for operating my camera so I had to keep on taking them off. I was not recognised by that many people compared to when I wore my Pyro costume but it is a 15 year old game now so that might explain it.
This was created for the October 2012 Expo and worn on the Friday and Sunday. I will be re-wearing this at the May 2013 Expo on the Friday and possibly Sunday.
|Finish buckles and straps on jacket||High||Complete|
|Add straps to gaiters (lower leg coverings)||Medium||Complete|
|Add pockets to jacket to match reference image||Low||Complete|
|Olive combat trousers||£14.98||Bought|
Improved Gloves (Posted 2nd December 2012)
I added fake leather straps to the welding gloves so that they can be tightened slightly, as it seems to be impossible to buy small welding gloves.
Finished (Posted 23rd October 2012)
I finished the final part of the costume today - the cigarette packet that goes under the goggle straps
Spear fail (Posted 13th October 2012)
I tried putting together the shaft of the collapsible spear today but the bolt and hinge design was too loose and the finished spear would have looked rubbish. I decided to cut my losses and stop doing any more work on the spear as I still have the dynamite prop. Plus on the brigt side it is one less thing to transport and carry around.
Gaiters completed (Posted 16th September 2012)
Finished the gaiters today. Sewing the leather straps to the denim took longer than expected as I discovered that I had accidentaly sewn through both parts of the denim on the first gaiter. This meant I had to unpick the stitching and start again, paying more attention to what I was doing.