Rydia Drake (Amano/ds/sprite (RETIRED)) - Final Fantasy 4


London MCM Expo May 2011

Judges award for most detailed costume -sat mcm expo

Watch on Youtube

Showcased 8th January 2012 What is this?


This has been the most fiddly costume to date, with all the beading embroidery and sequins.

Now to mention all the detail on the cape altogether i reckon i did a months worth of sewing sequins on the cape what is now called "the cape of sparkle doom "

i have stabbed myself so many times,burnt my arm on the iron and left a scar trying to get the sleeve fabric to be crease free, have fought my cat for thread and sequins as she loves to eat them and dropped so many beads and sequins on the floor im sick of seeing them and so is my Hoover.

I loved Rydia as much as Rosa that i had to do both and i have managed to get Takage to do Edge for me so im a happy bunny.

11/5/11 - has had her place for the may expo masquerade on the Saturday in expert confirmed

18-5-11 - consider her finished there will be one last photo b4 expo when i get her wig and do my final fitting

for this cosplay i have

burnt my arm with an iron and it has left a scar
tore my hands to shreds with all the hand sewing
learnt Sequins are EVIL
burnt my hands with hot glue
and it was worth it ??

Sasashie posted on 22 June, 2010 - 18:34
cant wait to get started on this one im looking forward to the RydiaXEdge in May 2011 :) so much beading ahead of me lolz xx

- posted on 21 July, 2010 - 13:14
Wow this is coming along wonderfully. can't wait for more progress. Oh and BEADS :D

Archer posted on 23 July, 2010 - 20:45
Ooo, i bet this is going to look great ^_^ Your design looks really cool :D

Sasashie posted on 23 July, 2010 - 20:56
thanks very much girls! will have sum progress up soon xx

ChibiandthePenguin posted on 25 July, 2010 - 19:47
Gorgeous fabric work, I love the design too! :)

Sasashie posted on 25 July, 2010 - 21:57
thank you so much,im happy with the progress so far xx

KhaosKreator posted on 25 July, 2010 - 23:24
This looks great! I love the fabric! -Tab

FusionRose posted on 25 July, 2010 - 23:56
the progress looks stunning hun =] really looking forward to seeing this when it's finished x.

Sasashie posted on 26 July, 2010 - 12:13
thanks alot for the nice comments =] im realy enjoying making this costume xx

Yuka posted on 1 August, 2010 - 01:11
Looking pretty so far! +watch :D

Sasashie posted on 1 August, 2010 - 01:14
Thanks so much My 1st watch O.o thanks xx

DefineImagineMJ posted on 4 September, 2010 - 21:34
Looking good with those preparations for Rydia. Do you know when this is for? I'm looking forward to seeing it finished as your Amano Rosa was phenomenal.

Sasashie posted on 4 September, 2010 - 22:42
Thanks so much ^_^ im not one for green but i love Rydia so i thought id give it a go and im liking the green more and more lolz She will be ready for May 2011 Along with Edge (worn by Takage) i just hope to do her as well as Rosa xx

DefineImagineMJ posted on 24 October, 2010 - 22:11
Well with how you pulled off Amano Rosa, I am pretty sure your Rydia will look just as amazing!

Sasashie posted on 24 October, 2010 - 22:58
awww ty hun, im looking forward to the finished result xx

Archer posted on 12 January, 2011 - 22:22
Loving the progress pics :D

GoldieNeko posted on 18 January, 2011 - 21:09
EEEEEEEEEE I am so gonna come bug you in my Ifrit Cosplay! XD Looking lovely thus far!

Sasashie posted on 20 January, 2011 - 00:02
ty girls im glad its coming together well xx @Goldieneko - i cant wait to be stalked by Iffie :D

FuriePhoenix posted on 21 January, 2011 - 21:26
progress is looking great!

Sasashie posted on 23 January, 2011 - 17:44
ty hun xx

Kouji posted on 25 January, 2011 - 15:15
awesome progress *__*!!

FusionRose posted on 25 January, 2011 - 18:33
I can't get over how stunning all this progress is hun. Truly beautiful work x.

Sasashie posted on 26 January, 2011 - 18:36
ty so much its got alot more work but its coming together nicely xxx

DefineImagineMJ posted on 3 February, 2011 - 20:21
Progress is looking amazing! Looking forward to seeing it.

Sasashie posted on 5 February, 2011 - 14:03
ty hun, its coming together but its so much detail to get through x

- posted on 2 April, 2011 - 23:25
So much detail here! looks fantastic and so nice

Sasashie posted on 3 April, 2011 - 01:28
ty hun, i will have some more progress photos up this week xx

zabuza89 posted on 3 April, 2011 - 18:11
WOW it looks great im epecially loving the skirt =]

Pandora-Chi posted on 3 April, 2011 - 22:41
I love the detail in this cosplay - it's absolutely gorgeous ^^

Sasashie posted on 3 April, 2011 - 23:13
ty so much ^_^ i know i have alot more work to do but hearing such nice comments keeps me going xx

Moonchild posted on 9 April, 2011 - 22:05
This is looking great so far ^^ Love all the detailing, looks soo pretty =)

FusionRose posted on 18 April, 2011 - 15:48
The progress on this is so beautiful hun <3 x.

Sasashie posted on 18 April, 2011 - 17:28
ty guys still got alot to do with tis one b4 expo hope i get her finished in time >.<

Newdles posted on 28 April, 2011 - 15:56

Newdles posted on 29 April, 2011 - 09:50
Love the whip! And those sleeves! Want so bad! :-P

J-Po posted on 30 April, 2011 - 22:59
wow that detail :D

FusionRose posted on 30 April, 2011 - 23:06
The detailing is really beautiful hun x.

Sephirayne posted on 30 April, 2011 - 23:10
This is looking really great. Love the detailing.

CrystalNeko posted on 30 April, 2011 - 23:15
This looks so gorgeous so far!! Can't wait to see it :)

Manticore Arts posted on 1 May, 2011 - 00:54
All hail Queen Rydia!...Ahem!... you already know what I think of you hon!

KhaosKreator posted on 2 May, 2011 - 11:56
All those details look great!

Kacela posted on 2 May, 2011 - 12:14
I am loving all the details in this . . . cannot wait to see it finished, it will be stunning =]

HatsuneHawke posted on 2 May, 2011 - 23:36
Really am looking forward to seeing this in person, i dont think the camera shows up the detail I've seen in close up shots as much as there is, You've put a lot of hard work into this, really cant wait til its finished =)

Sasashie posted on 8 May, 2011 - 21:41
ty so much everyone xx

DefineImagineMJ posted on 10 May, 2011 - 17:55
You are already looking epic Sasashie. Can't wait to see the whole thing.

Archer posted on 12 May, 2011 - 17:27
This is looking epic :D Can't wait to see the whole thing put together ^_^

Sasashie posted on 16 May, 2011 - 11:29
ty girls the rest of the detail is underway as we speak.not long to go so i am im a panic about finishing her the way i had her planned out in my head >.<

ElegantAura posted on 24 May, 2011 - 22:06
You've done a gorgeous design here for Rydia! you've really gone to town with all the little details, ever so pretty!

rosieroo posted on 25 May, 2011 - 17:13
wow this is stunning what day r u wearing this x

DuskatNight posted on 25 May, 2011 - 18:49
I cannot stress how beauitful this this!

Sasashie posted on 25 May, 2011 - 20:04
ty girls im getting quite proud of it now its done i will be wearing this Satuday and Sunday x

Pandora-Chi posted on 30 May, 2011 - 17:01
This cosplay was SOO beautiful and a real treat to see in person ^^ - you looked stunning and the amount of the detail in the cosplay showed how hard you worked on it! Even though it was windy on the day and hard to take a photo, I loved how the trail flew with the direction of the wind - it made it even more epic! x

j_mercuryuk posted on 31 May, 2011 - 13:51
The detail on this is absolutely stunning. A beautiful cosplay, but the best part is the clock, hands down. It's just the icing on the cake and screams amano :D

FusionRose posted on 31 May, 2011 - 14:40
This was so beautiful hun <3 By far my favourite cosplay from all of expo, you and neil looked amazing! <3 x.

CrystalNeko posted on 31 May, 2011 - 14:54
So prettyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy, my mind sort of blanked and I didn't realise this was yoooou, aaaaack. I adore the detailings on your costume and you've worked so hard. An award well deserved *____*

FairyPorchQueen posted on 31 May, 2011 - 16:34
you both look wonderful!

VeXerLINK posted on 1 June, 2011 - 15:56
Congratz on the judges award you costume was so awwweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesome XD Xx

Sasashie posted on 1 June, 2011 - 16:57
ty so much hun im proud of it even tho im still going to finish it and give her a new bodice as i cut the neck line to low >.<

BlueberryTale posted on 1 June, 2011 - 20:11
Your cosplay is beautiful, congrats on winning the judges award :D

Cosplex posted on 1 June, 2011 - 23:37
Congratulations on your award, such a beautiful costume!

Sasashie posted on 2 June, 2011 - 11:52
Thank you so much xxx

Anonymous posted on 16 June, 2011 - 19:56
Those are some amazing skills you've got there! Congratulations on the award, definitely well deserved!

Anonymous posted on 31 July, 2011 - 19:15
Um, wow. Just wow. I am really blown away by this costume. So much detail and excellent workmanship. Man, wish I'd been at Expo and seen it in person. You look stunning in it.

Strawberry_Sprite posted on 9 August, 2011 - 22:45
:O Wow this is amazing!!!

FuriePhoenix posted on 16 August, 2011 - 19:33
LOVED your Rydia costume!! Great photos too!

BluePanda posted on 8 January, 2012 - 16:23
You look amazing!! Awesome cosplay! :3

Kinreal posted on 8 January, 2012 - 17:15
Well done on the showcase Ash! :D

Freyarule posted on 8 January, 2012 - 17:27
Wheeeeeeeeeee!!! Well done for the showcase my honey!!!! :D

TheEmoEmu posted on 8 January, 2012 - 17:37
Congrats on your showcase my dear. :3

SnowmanKline posted on 8 January, 2012 - 18:09
you look great, well done on the showcase Ash

Leolarua posted on 8 January, 2012 - 18:12
congrats on the showcase! well deserved

TheStarlightFairy posted on 8 January, 2012 - 23:16
Well done on the showcase, this is beautiful ^^ Rydia is my favourite character in ff4 and you look stunning as her!

Manticore Arts posted on 9 January, 2012 - 00:09
As expected! Well done love! Well done!

Sephirayne posted on 9 January, 2012 - 01:50
Well done on the showcase. This costume deserves it. The detail work is amazing ;).

BabemRoze posted on 9 January, 2012 - 11:44
Congrats on the showcase bub! You look amazing in this! <333

Lady Bahamut posted on 10 January, 2012 - 19:32
So much detail *_*

InfiniteJester posted on 25 July, 2014 - 22:43
This looks amazing!

Dylon fabric die ( Amazon green and dark green )
Dylon fabric die salt x2
Beads (dark jade colour)
Dark green fabric (was cream before i died it)
Gold fabric
Light green fabric (was cream before i died it)
Green flower embriodered fabric (was cream before i died it)
white leggings (to be dyed green)
Lime green Voile
Sequins in gold,green and pink
Flower patterned voile
headress materials

Total cost: £0.00

24th May 2011

Wig and Makeup

wig arrived today so i did ha wig and make up test

24th May 2011

The Cape is FINISHED

finaly the cape is finished no more sequins no more sewing it x

22nd May 2011

Perfect wig

i have found the perfect wig now i just need to purchase it ^^ thats it purchased from Coscraft ^^ it should arrive Monday 23rd May 2011

17th May 2011

10 days to go

well im almost finished the sparkle cape of doom ^^ the under cape is finished and the foam edge has been painted gold and has a red jewel and green details on each section along with a tassel so its finished the other smaller sections are finished just need a once over with the iron the outer cape is still getting sequined and driving me mad im going to twitch everytime i see a sequin from now on :P the bodice just needs to have the jewels attached and the last bit of beading to finish it leggings have had the trim attached and the trim was painted gold and had its patches attached the boots,skirt, head dress and bag are finished

17th May 2011

Tassels pt2

once the tassels were made i had to sew them onto the foam bits so i made a hole with scissors then widened the hole with a paintbrush and attached the tassels with more green wool

17th May 2011


hand made out of stripped down green wool white embroidery thread light green embroidery thread gold thread i was going to buy tassels but i ran out of money so i had to hand make them to go on the gold foam panels

13th May 2011

14 days left

im halfway through the sequining on the top cape almost finished the hem on the undercape and halfway through painting the edgeing panels im almost finished painting the trim gold on the leggings almost finished the beading on the bodice just have to glue the gems on top of the buttons amd add all the other little bits and bobs and Order my wig from coscraft Everything else is finished ^^ so im almost there but its taking its time >.<

13th May 2011

More cape progress

i have added 2 white and gold layers to the front of the lime green cape and the 2 light green layers to the back of the cape all attached to the top so they still flair out. i have since added a green and white tassel to the end of the white and gold layer and silver coins to the bottom of the light green layers

12th May 2011

Cape edge progress 2

once the foam pieces were attached to the cape i painted them gold once they have had 2 coats and dry i will add the rest of the detail

12th May 2011

Cape edge progress

to finish the hem line of the under cape (the lime green one ) i added a length of blue/green fabric to the lime green cape and covered the join with a cream braid with a green design onto it. then i added 8 edging panels out of craft foam

8th May 2011


The skirt was a simple enough task to draw up the pattern and cut out and sew the sides together out of the lycra material and the green silk made a wonderful belt. the silk ties at the back of the skirt to keep it up and was hand beaded to a design drawn onto the silk with chalk once that was finished i sewed it to the lycra and added the flower and a small bag for money and keys to one side and the tie for the whip and sash on the other hip, on the front i hemmed the skirt with a gold trim and gold star details.

8th May 2011

whip progress

My whip started life as a glow stick tube from pound land,a ball of green wool, a Xmas tree decoration, feathers flowers from the craft store and gold thread. i gathered up 10 lengths of the wool for the main whip ant attached the jewel to the en and threaded it through the tube that i had covered with a channel of green Lycra, once i had the jewel at the end i glued it into the tube and glued the elastic covered in gold sequins to the top end to stop the wool from detaching from the tube. Next came the winding process i started from the base of the handle and wound the wool to the top of the handle after 4 layers i added the flower and the beaded end section and did 2 layers after that to secure them, then i went onto the main whip making the wool a solid length once i was happy with the size i added the gold thread wrapping it around the green wool till it was sparkling and added the feathers to the end and the flowers to the top gold piece and thats it finished. its light and easy to carry and con safe

8th May 2011

Fabric list

voile - lime green panel voile - white embroidered panel cotton - dyed dark green fabric for sleeves cotton - dyed medium green fabric for inside sleeves Lycra/cotton mix - dyed dark green for leggings and bodice Lycra/cotton mix - dyed medium green for skirt and bag silk - gold embroidered fabric for sleeves Silk - dark green for belt

6th May 2011

cape progress

Capes are my pride and joy thats why i loved ff4 as its full of capes :) this cape has a lime green voile panel with a white voile hand embroidered and sequined top panel along with two ploy cotton green panel's with silver coins attached at the hemline. the cape has two loops on it to attach it to the back of the bodice. to finish off the bottom of the cape i am waiting on a green/gold fabric to arrive that has a beautiful scalloped edge on it and a gold trim to finish the top layer

6th May 2011

Bodice progress

With the bodice i used a old swimsuit to make the template's for the green cotton lycra fabric to be cut in the right shape and size for my body. the lycra/coton mix material i got was white as thats all my local shop had in stock and i dyed it with Dylon Dark Green fabric dye once sewn together i added the sleeves and added the gold detail to the neckine at the front and added the large buttons to the back so i can attach the cape to the bodice and remove it when i need to i also added the leaf embrodered center pannel and beads to finish the front off i will be adding some gold embroidery in swirls around the center design.

6th May 2011


The reason i decided to make full sleeves rather than cufs and drapes was to hide my tattoo on my right shoulder as it wont go with Rydia as she would never have a tattoo. sleeves have always been a problem for me as i could never get them perfect, this time i managed to get them to be the same length till i got to the bottom cuffs even tho i cut them the same shape as i made one 3 months b4 the other one they dont look the same shape but it cant be helped and with only 19 day's left to go im not taking them apart again to fix them. i love the bell shape at the bottom as i hate having somthing tight around my wirst due to me over heating if i cant keep my wrists cool. they were made in about 7 sections starting off with the puff sleeve then the middle sections down to the bell shaped bottom i used the dark green cotton, the floral mid green cotton and the silk embroidered gold fabrics and my machine embroidered leaf details with red bead detail on both sleeves to finish the look.

27th April 2011

26 days to go will i finish in time ......

ok so im in panic mode as im not finished yet >.< and havent started on Edge yet >.< got the pattern for Edges trousers yestorday just need Takage to get his fabric for Rydia im getting her gold braiding and the last of her fabric dye and feathers today and once i finish work today im going to power through this costume ^^

18th January 2011

Boots :D

well........ i found the perfect gold pixi boots last summer and lost them >.< and i found them when i was packing my flat up :D so i decided to start work on them and pack them up b4 i loose them again >.< so they had these stupid bows round the ankle that was the 1st thing to go! then i cut away an arch on the top of the front pannel, the next thing i did was make a template in the shape of a star and drew them onto the side of the boot then i painted the stars on with gold paint, once the paint was dry i added a green outline with a marker. Next came the beading which was not an easy task as the boot fabric was tough to get through with the needle but i added a string of jade beads around the edge of the boot and a string of smaller beads round the ankle in a swirl pattern. and thats it for my boots

7th August 2010

Fabrics 2

so the fabric turned out perfectly,i love how they all go together so well the cutting has begun! i first cut out the sleeves the top of the sleaves will be made from the gold fabric with an elastic section at the bottom of the puffed sleave section and the bottom of the sleave will be the dark green lined with the floral light green fabric the sleaves will be attached to her cape so it will look like a shrug holding up the cape.

20th July 2010


As we speek i am watching my fabric being died! never used Dylon fabric die before but was told it was the best to use so the base fabric will be a beautifull dark green! (i love this colour it reminds me of my favourite green velvet dress that i no longer have)once the fabric has had its second was and is dry i can start to cut out the shapes i need and start sewing again, I have bought the other fabric for Rydia it has a floral embriodered pattern on it which i am in the midde of dying a lighter green colur (Dylon Amazon green) to contrast with the darker green i have (Dylon dark green)and i also bought some shimmery gold fabric with an embroidered pattern on it, so i have all my fabric i can get to sorting out the design and putting it together =] x

18th June 2010

Sketch progress

well i decided to draw up a design for Rydia so i have a starting point and its turned out to be realy beautifull i decided to add bits from all her forms like i did with Rosa, the next task is to gather up the materials which will take a little bit of time and a long bus ride to the fabric store lolz

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