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24 Nov 2009 - 10:0722977
Aeris staff help
Hi everyone.
So my first ever costume is going be Aeris from Final Fantasy 7.
Ref picture: http://www.ffcompendium.com/art/7-aeris-a.jpg

I just need little help to choice the right materiel to make it out of.So what would you say be best to make it out of?

Thank you in advance.

p.s sorry for any spelling mistakes or other wrong things with this post having some trouble today so please forgive me.


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Last edited by Dragon wings (24 Nov 2009 - 10:09)
24 Nov 2009 - 10:1022978
If there's a fabric land near you I would try their poly cotton. It comes in lots of different colours so it's easier to match them, and is nice and easy to sew. Because of it's surface texture it won't shift around like satin will when you sew it.

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24 Nov 2009 - 13:1122985
I'd say polycotton is probably the best fabric for the dress, definitely. It's easy to sew, though to stop it showing everything I'd say line it or at least make it with two layers, as polycotton can be very thin.

The Advent Children film makes it look like her jacket is made from denim, but since red denim isn't the easiest fabric to find (unless you get white and dye it, but dyeing can be awkward) I'd suggest trying for a cotton drill - again, friendly to sew, and with the same ribbed texture as denim as well as being a bit heavier and more structured for a jacket.


24 Nov 2009 - 13:1322986
Hang on, just noticed that the thread title is about the staff - is it the prop you're asking about?

If so, it depends on which staff you want to make, but I'd personally say the best thing to make any staff-type object from is a cardboard tube - the type rolls of fabric come on (try asking your local fabric shop for one of the empty rolls, often they're more than happy to give you as many as you want!) It's light, but sturdy, and con-safe.


24 Nov 2009 - 13:2622987
Quote Odangochan:
Try asking your local fabric shop for one of the empty rolls, often they're more than happy to give you as many as you want!

Ooh thanks odangochan - I never knew that

@Dragon Wings: if this is for the staff rather than the costume, an alternative product you could use is drainage pipe (from hardware stores). I've used it for weapon-making before and it might not be as rigid for the shaft as the cardboard tube but at least it gives you an alternative option.
Good luck


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24 Nov 2009 - 14:0222990
You might want to consider the cores that get used in larp weapons as well - there are several UK larp stores online, though I'm a bit out of date as to which ones are the best to go to. I would have thought dranage pipe would be too wide for the whole staff, though it might do for parts.

If you make it out of anything hard, like a larp core, I'd be tempted to cover it in something like pipe lagging to make it a bit softer, as many cons have rules about weapons props and it would be ashame if you were limited when carrying it around.


24 Nov 2009 - 16:5123000
Thank you everyone.
I was after the staff help yeah, I didn't make the post clear and Iam sorry for that, had little trouble with being a puffer fish this morning and couldn't see to well so Iam sorry for the confusion.

Not sure what staff yet though whats everyone's fav?

Thank you for fabric help too, these a fabric shop just a short walk away where I plan to get the fabric from.So I will ask about the tubes while Iam there Friday or tomorrow if I got nothing planned.

Once again sorry for making my post not clear.And thank you for all the help.Let you know what happens


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Last edited by Dragon wings (24 Nov 2009 - 16:52)
25 Nov 2009 - 13:5223047
Quote ailsa-chan:
I would have thought dranage pipe would be too wide for the whole staff, though it might do for parts.

Drainage pipe is available in different diameters so width shouldn't be a problem.

Quote Dragon wings:
And thank you for all the help. Let you know what happens

Glad we could assist - that's what this forum's for.
Look forward to seeing your costume


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