Costume :Fran
Source :Final Fantasy XII
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Kitacon 2009

Costume Photos


Photo taken before we got into the building ^^

Fran and Balthier again

Looking on

Posing for the Photoshoot


Fran and Balthier at the Photoshoot


Costume Information

Awards : 1st Place Masquerade, with Fishyfins as Balthier (at KitaCon '09)

Suiting up as Fran was, for lack of a better phrase, a pain in the much exposed butt!

When I first played the game in 2006 I didn't think much to it, but replaying it March '09 gave me the boost I needed to cosplay her for KitaCon in April. I was very ill before the con so nothing was getting done and I had to produce most of this in the two days before the convention (which I'm told is a testament to my skill). Two days worth of work, and salvaged items made this one of the most makeshift costumes I've ever made but I like the way it looks. Because I love Fran to pieces I'll be remaking and modifying and updating this costume over time, including adding lots of extensions and thickness to the wig (which actually, I had the wig done since early March I believe to make sure I actually did the costume!), silverising the entire of the armour, fitting it properly (the first time I tried it all on was at the convention!) and adding elastic and etc inside it to make sure it will all stay up properly and strengthening the armour. Whilst wearing the false nails I couldn't do anything at all so poor Fishyfins had to do nearly everything for me for the entire day! What a darling Balthier ^^

This was quite exciting (if a little stressful and time-pressed) to make, with many different fabric and materials and techniques and processes. I can't wait to make a bow for her, but I have yet to decide which one!

To wear, well, it was a lot of fun and I couldn't help but slip into her voice every now and again! I will definitely be wearing this to future cons!

Notes: I updated the bustier design and went with a more pointed top than Fran's straight across design, mainly to accomodate my bust but also because I just like it more and like to take liberties with my costumes! Besides that, it's all accuracy baby including the split heel which actually doesn't make much difference to walking around!


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Fran ^.^ she's old she's bold and she's a whole lot of...rabbit...woman...man..sort of thing ^^ either way I would be all over that like a flannel...erm..yeah cant wait to see this gonna be scrumtrilesent ^^

by Captain_Marvelous on Tuesday, 3 February, 2009 - 14:41

Knock em dead girl!! You'll look fab :D I love the wig so far!

by on Monday, 2 March, 2009 - 17:42
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nice progress on the wig

by Defrain on Monday, 2 March, 2009 - 19:18
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It's looking great so far! (You are seriously so brave for wearing this costume! XD) Can't wait to see this at Kita! O.O

by MoonLily on Sunday, 5 April, 2009 - 22:24
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Hate to say I told you so but [/shot]

You know what I think but I stand by it, people will be swooning from near and far, it's a great costume and likeness so far, and you're not even finished so there you go!

by HotshotShan on Monday, 6 April, 2009 - 00:39
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this costume is gonna rock so much! together with my Balthier, we are truly gonna be the sexiest sky pirates out there! im proud that your gonna be doing this with me!

by Fishyfins on Monday, 6 April, 2009 - 09:21

lovely fran!! :D

by Adamoluna on Tuesday, 21 April, 2009 - 14:24
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this costume is so good~

by Kannacchi on Tuesday, 21 April, 2009 - 14:34
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I hear you won in the masquerade! Congratulations! Epic costume and DAMN sexy ;-)

by sjbonnar on Tuesday, 21 April, 2009 - 15:42
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nicely done we need a shoot some time

by Defrain on Tuesday, 21 April, 2009 - 16:14
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This is awesome! =D

by Elyiel on Tuesday, 21 April, 2009 - 16:31
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congrats on winning you two :) hopefully this costume will be seen again once it's repaired?

by Manjou on Tuesday, 21 April, 2009 - 20:56
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you where both epic, and did indeed deserve to win the masquarade

by nanahara on Tuesday, 21 April, 2009 - 21:18

Hurrah on winning! You look amazing as Fran!

by on Wednesday, 22 April, 2009 - 09:49
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Loved this outfit, you looked awesome.

by Archer on Wednesday, 22 April, 2009 - 11:05
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Adore your fran costume way to go... really should start on my Penelo :D

by Limegreenjelly on Wednesday, 22 April, 2009 - 20:52
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You are one sexy bunny woman ^___^ loved you as Fran! both you and Fishyfins deserved to win the masq! I've never met anyone who can pull off such an awesome cosplay before =] You've inspired me to attempt a Viera Cosplay! Probs not Fran though [but it would be fun to attempt it xD] I think I might replay Ff12 to get to the Viera village to find me a easy Viera outfit to make!

Once again Congratulations Tetra =D hope to see you again at a future Con!!!


by Frederica la Noir on Friday, 24 April, 2009 - 21:11
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Major congrats for winning!
You both were so unbelievably epic! ^_^
Such a good cosplay!

by eternal_aranel on Friday, 24 April, 2009 - 21:48
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How is Fran (or any of your costumes) in any way lame looking? XD

Fran is almost like a ladies version of the costume i'm working on, what was the armour made from? craft foam?

by Manjou on Sunday, 26 April, 2009 - 21:40
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Awesome Fran!

by Ilpala on Wednesday, 29 April, 2009 - 10:42
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Really loved your Fran cosplay! :D

by Manga Girl on Sunday, 3 May, 2009 - 22:12
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I adore your Fran, you're so brave to do her but you did her perfectly! (I wish I had the guts to cosplay her, shes a fab character!)
I particularly love your wig and ears, and congrats on the win, you and your Balthier most definitely deserved it! ^o^

by Charlie-Bear on Thursday, 7 May, 2009 - 17:19
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Oh wow... I really wish I'd seen these earlier. I am literally blown away and that's after seeing the bits and pieces. When worn it's spectacular and despite your expectations you look an awful lot like her. Fantastic hun. I'm so lucky~ 8D xxx

by HotshotShan on Wednesday, 13 May, 2009 - 21:37
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I loved this outfit so much tetra! Thought I should finally show some love by leaving a comment :) It's amazing though and it must of taken so long! Brilliant job matey!

by gaming_goddess on Monday, 27 July, 2009 - 09:49

Your attention to detail is incredible.

by takopup on Friday, 30 November, 2012 - 02:04