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Rikku (Thief) - Final Fantasy X-2


 


When planning costumes for Viencon 2019, I immediately starting thinking about potential swimsuit costumes and landed on the Rikku costume that I never made back when Final Fantasy X-2 was the in thing. I love cosplaying Rikku and yellow is my favourite colour so this was a great choice. I don’t really like Rikku’s actual swimsuit design and, since I was going to have to make a bikini top for the costume anyway, I decided to extrapolate that into making matching bottoms so it’d become its own pool outfit. Unfortunately my wig was a bit too decrepit and needed to be replaced, but I see it as a worthwhile investment since I might now re-wear the other dressphere costumes I still have.

I was most concerned about the scarf since I was not prepared to learn how to knit for this or spend the time on crocheting it (with my limited abilities!) so I bought a white scarf from TaniaNeedleArt on Etsy and gradient dyed it with Jacquard’s iDye Poly in yellow, orange and red. While the existence of a synthetic fabric dye is a great innovation; it made things a bit more difficult so I regret not searching for a scarf made from natural fibres. Dyeing it yellow was fine since I could just submerge the whole scarf and keep it simmering on the stove for as long as required. It was harder work when it came to dip-dyeing it first orange and then red – it was not fun having to hold the scarf for ages over a boiling pot. Usually I dye things using a bucket in the bath so there’s not the same risk of staining anything, but having to keep this stuff simmering was a nuisance and because I was forced to work in the kitchen I had to be very careful to avoid drips when going between the hob and the sink for rinsing. I safety-pinned the scarf together to keep the section I wasn’t dyeing out of the way and also used pins to mark where I wanted the next colour to start, then just dipped it in the dye pot and gradually pulled it out so that the area that needed to be palest spent the least time in the dye. One odd advantage of the iDye Poly was that it takes more effort to get it to stick to your fabric, so I was able to create a gradient quite easily and just varied the length of time parts of the scarf were immersed in the dye – I didn't bother with also varying the dye concentration. Still, it wasn’t easy - I had to do the orange twice since it didn’t take well the first time and I had the opposite problem with the red – it took really well so I didn’t get a good fade between it and the orange on my first try, rather a stark line, so I had to do that again too.

I bought some yellow lycra for the bikini and while working on my scarf dyeing project, I dyed some of it a pale orange to use as the trim. This was the only time I played with the dye concentration – I used a small amount of orange iDye first to dye the lycra, then threw in the rest for dyeing the scarf afterwards.

I had initially bought a yellow bikini hoping I could alter it, but found it wasn’t quite the colour I had in mind and the bottoms were far more revealing than I wanted, but it still proved helpful since I ended up using the cups for my top. I cut them into a more accurate shape, covered them in my yellow lycra and also used the fabric to extend the shape a bit a create the side section of the top. I then applied the orange binding, which I sliced up with my rotary cutter. I sewed it right sides together on the outside, flipped it round then stitched in the ditch to secure it. I could then trim the excess off on the inside. Since the cups don’t stretch it was straight stitch all the way and then a stretch straight stitch when I got to the side panels, which were a bit more fiddly to bind nicely especially with the corners to mitre. I had to buy extra-long eyelets to fit through the foam of the cups. The lacing is hand sewn in place; it’s easy enough just to pull the top on and off over my head without unfastening it.

I wanted the black straps to be removeable for wearing the top as a swimsuit so I have orange straps underneath that tie around the neck. I got quite adept at making narrow straps on this costume, although lycra makes it easy. I liked to sew a piece of string to the top of the strap and enclose it as I sewed, then I could pull on it to turn the strap the right way out. The black straps are made from leatherette and I just need to slide the buckles over the orange straps to hide them. I also have some loops further up to thread the orange straps through and prevent them from showing when I wear the full costume.

I designed some matching bikini bottoms to suit my own preferences, so I ignored the high straps that show above her skirt (mine are attached to my skirt). I copied a bikini I already had to create my pattern and cut a double-layer of yellow lycra. Because the edges would be bound I didn’t need to add seam allowance so this was very simple. I basted the two layers together with a zigzag stitch. I then added orange binding and elastic around the outside of leg openings (cut about 25% shorter than the length of the opening). The binding was then flipped around to the inside (the elastic gives a nice structured edge here) then I used a zigzag stitch to secure it. I decided to topstitch on the yellow lycra for a less visible finish. I didn’t bother with elastic along the waistband and the ends of the binding are turned into straps to match my top. Again, the bows are decorative and are hand-sewn in place.

The base white boots are from ebay, which is also where I got the blue leatherette. I covered the boots in clingfilm and tape and drew on that to make my pattern. I also made a mock-up in some spare fabric to refine it since it needed to be a bit looser and flare out at the top. I then made covers to slot over the boots using the blue leatherette. I made my piping from some spare white leatherette I had. The boots I used have black elastic panels in the sides so had to make sure the covers would hide them, which means they extend a little lower than I’d have liked, but I think I got the overall proportions fairly accurate considering. The front of the cover is glued to the boots with shoe goo, then I left the rest unsecured so the elastic could still stretch to let me get my foot in and out. The cover laces up at the back using lacing I made from yellow lycra so that also stretches.

The sleeve fabric is a crinkle cotton from Minerva Crafts. It was not easy to cut accurately and I was scared of pressing it too much, but at least a precise fit wasn’t too important for arm warmers. It was quite a fine fabric so I lined all my pieces to make them more opaque. The main section is a rectangle about the width of my upper arm, with elastic enclosed in the top so they stay up securely. The bows are then made from an assortment of rectangles and took a bit of hand sewing to gather up and attach. This was surprisingly time-consuming for such a simple project.

The skirt fabric is also from Minerva Crafts and is sufficiently stretchy that I didn’t need to include a zip! I added some complexity back in by using French seams for it all. I had a lot of difficulty incorporating the 4 darts at the front without getting an unsightly look where they ended, so I gave up and cheated by adding a horizontal seam that’s hidden by the belt. So I have a separate a panel at the top of the skirt with 4 darts in it ( I pressed the seam allowances away from the grommets because I like to think the lines could be pleats caused by the lacing pinching the fabric). I had to sew the waistband before inserting the grommets to be able to stitch in the ditch. All the orange lacing is sewn in place to the skirt.

I also bought yellow leatherette along with the blue for the boots and used this for the belt and pouches. I struggled to find a suitable silver buckle so painted one with nail polish and did the studs to match. I was having difficulty thinking through how to construct the pouches and somehow hit on a simple route using this tutorial for box corners: https://sew4home.com/tips-resources/sewing-tips-tricks/how-box-corners-two-methods-formulas Essentially I made very simple bags with only side seams, but then topstitched down each corner of the bag to give it the appearance of being constructed from 4 panels. The side seams ended up being helpful to act as a pleat for the bags to concertina closed neatly. They are lined with some spare yellow quilting cotton I had and close with magnetic snaps that are inserted either side of the grommet in the centre of the flap. I cut slits in the back to thread the belt through - because the pouches are lined they remain functional.

I was irrationally picky about the colour for the wig; I like to make things unnecessarily complicated. I think, for accuracy, CosCraft’s gold colour is probably closest, but it’s a bit too cartoony for my liking. My favourite blonde they offer is probably pale ash blonde, so I used a Lily wig and ponytail clip in that colour as my base then sewed in in some gold wefts along with some of the extensions I’d used in my old wig. I’m overly attached to those old extensions because they’re such a nice blend of shades so, although they’re a bit worse for wear, I wanted to recycle them. I think I must have got them from Dr Locks back in the day – they came as loose hair and I had to sew my own wefts, so it’s impressive they’ve survived at all!

Since so much is hidden by the bandana it didn’t matter if my wig was properly in a ponytail or not, so only the top section is tied up to form the tufty short ponytail, with the rest trimmed (apart from the loose sections framing my face). The rest of the ponytail is the clip which I chopped a lot shorter. I used wefts for the braids and sewed them in place. A lot of the braids and beads are recycled from my old wig. I had some spare blue dye and white jersey fabric so used that for the bandana.

The earrings are yellow feathers from Minerva Crafts which I coloured orange at the top with Letraset marker. They’re glued to earring hooks.

I had a look for gloves to buy without success so resorted to making my own, but I made it easy by more or less following this tutorial: https://lulukocosplay.wordpress.com/2015/03/03/tutorial-the-easiest-gloves-youll-ever-make-probably/ The gloves were one of the last costume pieces I made right before the con (as the costume would have been perfectly wearable without them) and I really lack the patience for proper gloves with all the fiddly seams. I had some spare brown jersey leftover from Crumbelina which was stretchy enough and wouldn’t fray so I quickly stitched these together.

Sephirayne posted on 10 September, 2019 - 17:06
Awesome Rikku. Loving the photos.

8th September 2019

Boots

The base boots and a cover before it was turned the right way out.

8th September 2019

Pouches

Not sure how much help the photo is to illustrate this, but I used this tutorial for box corners: https://sew4home.com/tips-resources/sewing-tips-tricks/how-box-corners-two-methods-formulas then topstitched down each corner of the bag to give it the appearance of being constructed from 4 panels. The side seams ended up being helpful to act as a pleat for the bags to concertina closed neatly.



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