Costume :Cid Highwind
Variant :Original Final Fantasy VII
Source :Final Fantasy VII
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo October 2012

Costume Photos

Cid's Gloves

Cid Highwind - complete

Final Fantasy VII/Crisis Core group


Dog Tag




Jacket - completed

Jacket - before modification

Reference - Cid full length


Costume Information

Cost : £60
Time Taken : 3 months

Worn to:
London MCM Expo October 2012 - Friday/Sunday
London MCM Comic Con May 2013 - Friday
London MCM Comic Con October 2013 - Friday
London MCM Comic Con May 2014 - Friday
London MCM Comic Con October 2014 - Friday
London MCM Comic Con May 2015 - Friday
London MCM Comic Con October 2015 - Friday

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.


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wow so much cool progress and in such a short time too ! this is very similar to the costume i did for may which im hoping to improve for october :D . are you taking a prop e.g a spear (or mop ) gunna be watching and looking out for this :D.

by cosplaymatt1 on Tuesday, 18 September, 2012 - 19:16
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Thanks for the comment. I am planning to make a collapsible version of the spear so that I can transport it to the event without any problems. I also have the dynamite for his limit break. I am planning to go to the Final Fantasy photoshot if I can find out when and where it is taking place so I might see you there

by ArcaneArchery on Wednesday, 19 September, 2012 - 17:28
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there is a group called THE FINAL FANTASY ROUND UP on facebook which im a member of they're great with advice and stuff ( theres a few other cids going too , mainly advent children varients) . if it helps i can put up some pic under "improved/updated cid " of my spear and list how i made each part of the spear including how i used a hinge (bit wonkey but i had no other idear on how to make it portable so to speak). I made a dynamite too ! :D it looked odd as it was and old balloon pump lol . if you want to ask how i made any of my costume id be happy to help but ya seem to be doing great anyways :D

by cosplaymatt1 on Sunday, 23 September, 2012 - 18:38
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I have heard about the THE FINAL FANTASY ROUND UP but I am not on facebook. I think I will be ok making the hinged spear (I'm going to need it to fold in two places to fit in my suitcase) but I would be interested to know how you are making and attaching the spear head.

by ArcaneArchery on Monday, 24 September, 2012 - 21:13
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This is looking good!
Looking forward to seeing it.

I replied to your question on my page for Faris,
but I'll say it here too, indeed I will be at some of the FF shoots.
Sat and Sun, yes. Not sure if I am doing her Friday as well or not yet.

by SlimDefinition on Sunday, 21 October, 2012 - 23:45

Thanks for the comment on my Yuffie outfit :) I didn't get many pics of the shoot unfortunately so all the pics i've put up are basically my best ones

by Creative-Stitches on Sunday, 11 November, 2012 - 17:14
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The accuracy of our progress is amazing! Love the props!
Cannot wait to see finished images of this!

by NakedSalad on Monday, 12 November, 2012 - 21:38
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Wow! The prop detail is amazing.

by Sephirayne on Wednesday, 6 March, 2013 - 20:03
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Awwww I wanna see a piccy <3 Pleaseeeee pretty pleaseeeee

by Koiice on Wednesday, 6 March, 2013 - 23:55
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This is looking awesome, I hope there's a costume photo soon!

by Plasticsharkattack on Sunday, 10 March, 2013 - 18:50
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The detail on your props is great! Would love to see some pictures of the completed thing!

by Yasmia on Sunday, 10 March, 2013 - 23:59
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The jacket looks fab! :D Awesome job!

by Lady-Aira on Wednesday, 13 March, 2013 - 21:32
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Great costume! And the group looks really good :)

by Siouxsie James on Thursday, 28 March, 2013 - 10:48
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Awesome! :)

by Ragepotato on Thursday, 28 March, 2013 - 16:33
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This looks really well put together and I love the result! :)

by MoonLily on Saturday, 13 April, 2013 - 18:08
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Fantastic work! Love the pack of smokes!

by Captain_Marvelous on Sunday, 21 April, 2013 - 15:36
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looks awesome - love the jacket =3

by blissfulbanana on Sunday, 5 May, 2013 - 20:26
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All the little details you put in are amazing! Love CID!

by SyriusLionwing on Saturday, 15 June, 2013 - 20:56

Wow, brilliant Cid cosplay! :D

by Pudding on Tuesday, 15 October, 2013 - 20:35
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Love this cosplay!! Really suits you :)

by Siouxsie James on Wednesday, 30 October, 2013 - 22:26
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Thanks for your comment :) Thought I would nosey at your costumes! This one is ace - so much attention to detail! Love it :)

by Sammykins on Tuesday, 5 November, 2013 - 21:04
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hope to see cid if you are wearing him this Friday, I'll be cactuar.

by cosplaymatt1 on Thursday, 22 May, 2014 - 17:59

To-Do List

Finish buckles and straps on jacketHighComplete
Add straps to gaiters (lower leg coverings)MediumComplete
Add pockets to jacket to match reference imageLowComplete
Make spearLowPlanned

Shopping List

Denim Jacket£8.51Bought
Blue/grey t-shirt£4.45Bought
Olive combat trousers£14.98Bought
Dog tags£3.45Bought
Welding gloves£15.89Bought


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.

Jacket completed (Posted 13th September 2012)

I finally finsihed modifying the jacket - I hadn't appreciated how slow it would be to sew through multiple layers of Denim by hand. With this part finished I could wear the costume as it is but I still have some smaller components to work on.