Costume :Shiva
Source :Final Fantasy X
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo May 2013

Costume Photos

I made a spinny thing

Empress of Ice


Wig Progress Start to finish


Costume Information

Over time, I have managed to feel better and better about myself and my abilities and feel like I really should tackle this now.

Like many others FF Fans, Shiva has always been my favourite and I find her FFX design particularly beautiful.

I plan to get this ready in time for Summer 2013 and whatever con I decide to go to then XD

I have a Shiva figure that I will HEAVILY analysing for details >_____<


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Cannot wait to see progress on this =]

by Numta on Monday, 15 October, 2012 - 15:22
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this is gonna be amazing <3

by HotshotShan on Thursday, 17 January, 2013 - 19:47
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by Angel_of_Algebra on Friday, 18 January, 2013 - 14:10
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Good luck with this...I love Shiva as a summon so can't wait to see this

by SamanthaKaiba on Tuesday, 29 January, 2013 - 14:57
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i love shiva in ffX i hope to see this :D

by jaks-kingdom-dwarf on Friday, 15 February, 2013 - 01:36
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Wow can't wait to see progress! Shiva is my fav aeon, I'm planning on FF8 Shiva someday! Good luck with the hair in particular!

by Raye-chan on Saturday, 16 February, 2013 - 14:26
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Omg I cannot wait to see this!! D8 <3

by Koiice on Sunday, 17 February, 2013 - 23:51
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Wow can't wait to see this :D

by WhiteWraith on Monday, 18 February, 2013 - 10:19
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This is going to look fantastic! Shiva definitely poses for a fun hair challenge, but it'll be totally worth it in the end.

by Fyria on Tuesday, 12 March, 2013 - 14:39
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not sure how helpful it would be but you could sew an elasticated strap set under the body suit...would hold your cup in place and hide the strap. not sure if it was a helpful suggestion but hope it turns out great will look forward to seeing the completed product.

by Kestra on Saturday, 16 March, 2013 - 01:00
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I look forward to seeing this when it’s finished. Making that wig will be an epic task though

by ArcaneArchery on Sunday, 17 March, 2013 - 17:39
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by Pez on Tuesday, 19 March, 2013 - 20:02
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Utterly gorgeous wig and lovely nails :)

by puzzledpenguin on Sunday, 24 March, 2013 - 19:57
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DAT WIG. Unf. You're going to be DAZZING.

by Storme on Wednesday, 27 March, 2013 - 12:25
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That wig is stunning!

by SlimDefinition on Tuesday, 2 April, 2013 - 21:40
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The wig is amazing. Can't wait to see this.

by Sephirayne on Wednesday, 3 April, 2013 - 10:12
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epic wig of doom !

by J-Po on Monday, 8 April, 2013 - 19:23
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This looks soo amazing so far, I love the wig *__*

by ToroSonyCat on Sunday, 14 April, 2013 - 22:29
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saw sneaky images via alyx FB, WOW that wig is incredible

by FlyingMammal on Monday, 15 April, 2013 - 08:53
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hnnng <3 Dat weave! Seriously looking forward to this!!

by Moonchild on Monday, 15 April, 2013 - 14:28
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Wow at that wig. It's looking great.

by SilentDragonfly on Monday, 15 April, 2013 - 22:16
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Wow your wig looks so so amazing!

by WhiteWraith on Friday, 19 April, 2013 - 20:57
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That wig is mad crazy! It looks so fantastic though!!

by Charlie-Bear on Friday, 19 April, 2013 - 21:37
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This is beautiful in every ways possible! I love it so much ;-;

by isamiaella on Saturday, 20 April, 2013 - 04:30
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Oh my god that wig, I'm in love with it already Hnngngunfjnkzxndkcd

by Freyarule on Saturday, 20 April, 2013 - 10:43
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Ohhhhhh my god THAT WIG

by TheStarlightFairy on Saturday, 20 April, 2013 - 23:20
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That wig is amazing!!

by Siouxsie James on Sunday, 21 April, 2013 - 08:14
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everything is looking amazing, it's going to look fantastic

by SamanthaKaiba on Wednesday, 24 April, 2013 - 18:06
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This looks so impressive :O I want your skills!! <3

by Yuka on Tuesday, 30 April, 2013 - 14:59
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Loving the progress on this =D

by Stubbled Grapes on Tuesday, 30 April, 2013 - 15:10
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Thank you so much everyone! Your encouragement really helps tons. I'm starting to fall out with this now but I'm hoping that that is down to time pressure >___<

Thanks again everyone! <3 <3

by Bambi. on Wednesday, 1 May, 2013 - 10:50
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Your progress is excellent hun keep going! :D

by Raye-chan on Thursday, 2 May, 2013 - 16:00
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Omg this is truly stunning <3 Youve doen amazing work ^_^ I love FFX SHiva and i adore the detailing on your body suit!
Good luck with the rest ^_^

by Moonlight_Requiem on Monday, 13 May, 2013 - 19:52

Looks fantastic, amazing work. :)

by Pudding on Monday, 13 May, 2013 - 20:09
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Absolutely incredible - really hope I see you for pics!

by Heorot on Tuesday, 14 May, 2013 - 10:03
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That is looking absolutely EPIC!

by SlimDefinition on Tuesday, 14 May, 2013 - 16:49
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this is looking sooooooooooooooo AMAZING XD

by nanahara on Wednesday, 15 May, 2013 - 10:15
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this is looking sooooooooooooooo AMAZING XD

by nanahara on Wednesday, 15 May, 2013 - 10:18
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Amazing wig!

by Zomboi on Saturday, 18 May, 2013 - 17:35
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Amazing O_O

by BelaDrops on Sunday, 19 May, 2013 - 03:41
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finished product looks great

by Kestra on Tuesday, 28 May, 2013 - 14:19
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You are fabulous <3

by eternal_aranel on Tuesday, 28 May, 2013 - 23:23
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This is sooo amazing, seriously beautiful! <3

by ToroSonyCat on Wednesday, 29 May, 2013 - 15:34
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Love the look fantastic ^_^

by SamanthaKaiba on Wednesday, 29 May, 2013 - 19:00
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That wig is just gorgeous, you've got it spot on! Really impressive!

by CrystalNeko on Monday, 3 June, 2013 - 10:55

To-Do List


Shopping List

Wig materials£120.00Bought
Foam rings and latex£15.00Bought
Base top£5.00Bought
Skirt fabric£5.00Bought
More sequins£10.00Bought


Post Expo Update (Posted 28th May 2013)

So.. Shiva happened at MCM Expo this weekend and everyone was so lovely to me and I'm so glad that people liked her.

However, there is SO much that I wasn't happy with at all, which kinda put a downer on everythiing. I plan to wear Shiva again, don't get me wrong BUT there is SO much i want to change such as;

- Make a new body suit using a different material because to be frank, the fabric I used for Expo SUCKED.

- Do a make up test against the actual body suit before investing in the body paint. (This couldn't really have been helped because Alouette and I didn't get time to do a proper pre expo makeup test.

- Buy different make up. Because the stuff I used was awful and my skin hated it. I would NOT recommend it.

- Make my ice shard gauntlet and the cape because capes are cool!

Thank you to EVERYONE who said such lovely things to me and took photos/had photos with me. It was really great! :)

Talons, Tidy-ups and yet more wig stuffs! (Posted 17th May 2013)

So I spent roughly 10 hours tidying this cosplay up ready for next week's MCM. The annoying thing was that it was all silly little jobs that I had to force myself to do :( such as;

cut, shape, paint and glue nails
add more feathers to feather wreath
tighen sleeves
finish ribboning and tidying up the end of the wig
paint leg panels and boot detail
etc etc
NOTHING Particularly fun. I was considering attempting the ice shard thing tomorrow but I think that that may have to wait for another con. (Maybe when I have a better suit too!)

On a more exciting note, currently chatting with Alouette who will be being an absolute angel and doing my Shiva makeup for me :)

It's a pretty mundane journal entry today so apologies. :(

Grinding into the ground x__x (Posted 30th April 2013)

So I spent most of my weekend making up the bodysuit which was going to be a big milestone for this costume. The colour match of the fabric was perfect.. However, the quality was horrific. It was so thin that I might as well have just body painted ¬___¬ .Luckily I had ordered more than enough to double layer the whole suit. (It's times like this, I am glad I usually order too much ^-^; )

So the suit is now double layered which is a pain in itself but the only way I could get a decent thickness in the suit without buying more fabric :(

Spider-boy CALLAMON knows spandex suits better than I do so he agreed to help through this ordeal. I'm still trying to work out how to make the leg panels (Probaby more shimmer and sequins) and also the boots are causing me a little headache, mainly because of the toes and the swirl detail at the top..

Next episode could be interesting folks! ;__;

Sequin and Bead sandwich! (Posted 21st April 2013)

After well over 10 meters of sequins. My base top is finally one its way to being finished. I spent a LOT of time trying to work out how to actually make Shiva's ice boob thing and considered so many things like resin casting, fabric, mould clear perspex, etc. But I decided to go with this route after seeing Frost G's take on it :)

I have also started thinking about accessories and such and have some beaded ribbon which I might use for a choker but I'm really not sure on it yet.

Geeez I'm really writing a lot about this huh o___o' I'll hopefully have some updates on the bodysuit with CALLAMON sometime soon too! :D

Over and out *click*

Drowning... (Posted 19th April 2013)

Working my way through the ribbon stage now.. *____* I've decied to go with wired ribbon as it will keep shape better and hopefully be less liable to slide and shift on the wig =___=...

20mts later and I've ran out and still have 4 dreads to do. I'm totally going to do a tally up of how much material this bitch has used up :'D

Dreadsdreadsdreadsdreads! (Posted 14th April 2013)

I finally got my ass down to the lovely Alyx's house to recruit her help with the mammoth task of make Shiva's dreadlocks.

I've carried on using the tutorial which I've linked before and used 5m of quilt batting/wadding material rolled up into long sausages, wrapped in wool yarn to keep in place. they were then sewn one by one into the wig base. (Front first then bottom upwards like in the tutorial.

As I cleverly forgot to bring hairspray, we had to make do with wrapping the hair tightly round to sausages and steaming it to fuse it temporarily until I got home :) The best way to sew in extra hair was in short wefts sew horizontally into/around the sausage. We found that we spent more time trying to cover the weft tops instead of the actual wadding! >__<

Overall this took about 10 hours on one quiet Saturday near Canterbury ^-^

I'm using Got2b and hairspray to seal/tidy the dreads up because that stuff works wonders. :D I'll be finishing the tidying up this week, adding wig clips to help keep it on my poor head (using, adding wired gold ribbon and hopefully start on the rings and.. SHE WILL BE DONE.. The wig at least :D

I made it! (Posted 7th April 2013)

I finally made it. One full wefted wig! (Before I have to make the dreadlocks that is!) I managed to make myself a little Pouf from a tutorial by Demode which was surprising nice to do :D I kind of wish that I had a curved needle to sew the mesh into the wig however >__< My fingers would have appreciated that I think!

Anyways, wig is now full of 12 wefts of fake ass weave and now I have to go back to make yet more wefts in order to make the dreadlocks with Alyx next weekend! :D SO EXCITED!

Peanut Butter Wefty Time! (Posted 20th March 2013)

I finished making my first 4 wefts for the back of my wig tonight! (⌒▽⌒)☆ *proudface*
Personally, they feel a bit thick but if that's the case I can just use 2 or 3 and use the rest for the front/dreads if need be :)

The tutorial I referenced in my last post is incredible, it is soo easy to make these wefts. The only problem I have is gauging how many highlights to put in. but for flat colours it would be lemon squeezy ^-^

It had only taken me about 10 mins per weft from start to finish so this weekend should be a doddle.. if I don't run out of royal blue that is... ( ;´Д`)

Wefts.. so many wefts! ;___; (Posted 18th March 2013)

I'm using a combination of two tutorials to attack this monster of a wig. A wefting tutorial by Kukkii-san and a wig tutorial by Gerodere

It is still VERY early days in this but I attempted my first weft last night and it seemed to go ok :) The only problem I had is with the highlights, I need to make sure that I don't put TOO many in that it draws attention away from the royal blue that the wig is actually meant to be :(

I have to make 12 wefts to sew into the actual wig then whatever is left to sort out the bottom of the dreads :) I'll be ordering my quilt batting at the end of this month and recruiting Alyx's help in making the dreads. I thought it best to make the wefts in good time so that we can just hammer through it as quickly and painlessly as possible :)

Top Progress (Posted 14th March 2013)

Ok, because there isn't exactly much to Shiva's top, I've tackled it one cup at a time. Let me just say now... hand sewing sequins is awful. ヽ(≧Д≦)ノ It is so tedious but I am sooo happy with how it has turned out. So much glittery fabulousness :)

I covered some standard bra cups with some polycotton and then began the long drawn out task of sewing on the sequins. Luckily the sequins came in the form of sequin thread so it was a lot easier to sew. I considered buying a ribbon/sequin foot for my machine but soon realised that wouldn't work on a bra cup very well. >///<

I'm still undecided on whether or not to sew the cups to the body suit that I will be wearing or to make a back strap to keep it secure.

I'll update more on this exciting endeavour another time. :')