|Time Taken :||2 year+ on and off, including improvements|
|Freya Crescent has always been one of my favourite characters, and even before I started cosplaying, I told myself that one day I would cosplay her. Finally, my dream came true in 2008! I spent ten months creating this cosplay with family and friends and I was really happy with the way it all came out in the end. Unfortunately the first time I actually wore this cosplay, it was unfinished! I'm finally getting to do the dream cosplay pair I've always wanted at Kitacon IV, because Cat is being my Fratley <3|
Midlands MCM Expo 2008 (with Crazedteensie's Vivi)
Birkenhead ReCon 2008
Midlands MCM Expo 2010 (with FFIX group)
The first version of the hat was made purely from foam, and superglue. I wasn't particularly happy with this attempt, because there was a gaping hole in the top that I didn't know how to close up. It wasn't until over two years later when I finally remade it! The new hat has the same basis as the original, made from foam, however it now has a fabric covering it matching the coat. The 'ears' on the hat are also made of foam, but now have wire in them to make the line across them look bumped. The second version of the hat is also weighted, which makes a huge difference - I didn't even notice when the first hat fell off! The arm grates on the coat are also made from foam.
I bought a red coat from eBay to save attempting to make my own, which was then modified by my best friend. The crest was made from felt and attached to the coat using poppers. The grey eyelets for the rope on the cuffs on the sleeves were also made from foam, then the rope was woven around the holes in the coat.
The cravat was made from some left over material from my Alice (In Wonderland) cosplay and was made by my sister. It was made into a sort of fan shape and sewn together. It keeps the pleats pretty nicely.
For the leather harness, I used a pleather material with a backing that you'd normally find on plastic kitchen/bathroom flooring. This worked pretty well as I had the initial thought that it wouldn't try to fold over when cut into thin strips, but in the end I decided to hem the whole thing anyway so it didn't really make a difference. All in all, it was a nice material to work with and I'm glad I found it in the first place! The black buttons and strips were just pieces of black foam superglued to the material.
Originally I planned to have the pants made of yellow fabric, but then my friends pointed out that compared to the yellow on the crest, the pants weren't actually that yellow. So we took a trip to the orange section, and everything was really expensive. x_x Fun stuff. We ended up with a peachy kinda colour, as it was only 99p a metre... xD My mum made the pants for me, and because I wanted them so baggy, they are HUGE. I love them. xD The ribbon on the tail is made from the same fabric as the pants.
The legs we originally planned to use brown spandex for but couldn't find any ANYWHERE. We did find white, but I didn't really want to take the risk of attempting to dye it, then the dyeing not working, so close to the convention. That and the fact that I wouldn't have enough money to buy the white spandex and dye, then if that didn't work, buy brown fabric after. So I ended up spending like... £14 on this fabric that would work. x_x My sister made the legs for me and they are awesome. The tail was made from the leftover fabric, stuffed and a wire was used to make it stay up.
The shoes were modded from some cheapo grey ugg boots style shoes. They were old and I hardly ever wore them any more, so my sister sewed some claws onto the front of the shoes for me :D
The spear was made by my Grandad back in May when I originally planned to wear this to May Expo. As I didn't end up going, I didn't actually paint the spear until three days before Midlands! I'd run out of money at that point as well, so he gave me £20 to buy paint for the spear. Love. ;__;
[17/02/2010] (Posted 17th February 2010)
Everything is finally complete on this cosplay! About time too... XD Really excited to wear the updated version this weekend with my FFIX group <3
[31/12/2010] (Posted 1st January 2010)
I completely reamade my hat today! Here's a comparison shot of the two - the new one on the left. It doesn't look much different, however I've finally managed to find a way of closing up the hole on the top (it annoyed me so much...). The major changes for my new hat is that it's completely covered in red material, rather than just being made of foam. This weighs it down a little bit and there's also some wire in the ears to add weight as one of the major problems of my last hat was that I didn't even notice it falling off! Some parts of the hat are bigger too (e.g. the front mask part) There's just one thing left to do on this cosplay then the entire thing will be complete <3
[02/05/2009] (Posted 2nd August 2009)
I've finally sorted out the leather harness for this cosplay! The third strip sits underneath the crest, but it's out here just for the purpose of a progress shot. :)
[20/06/2009] (Posted 20th June 2009)
I'm finally getting around to making improvements on this cosplay! Originally I left out the leather harness so I bought the material for that today. I'm hoping to get this done in time for a summer photoshoot, then my Freya cosplay will finally be 100% complete! :)
[10/09/2008] (Posted 10th September 2008)
After my Grandad heard that I'd run out of money for paint, he gave me £20 so that my spear would be finished in time for Midlands. So kind! Here's the finished result :)
[06/09/2008] (Posted 10th September 2008)
I procrastinated so badly with this... There's still quite a lot that needs doing, I know that the spear definitely won't be painted in time for Midlands. I don't really have the money to buy the paint in the first place, so Cat and I are skipping masquerade entry this time round and entering when our costumes are the best they can be.
I've finally got a photo of the updated coat now. Cat did a lot for me because I got stuck, and it looks awesomeeeeee. My sister's been making me a lot of stuff as well, so I owe her quite a lot of props in future... xD