Marta Lualdi - Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World




This cosplay will be to go with my friend's Tenebrae cosplay.

The wig is going to be made from dyed fabric, because a) it's cheaper than a long wig, b) it's easy to maintain and c) I want it to look like the in-game version instead of a more realistic version. :3

EDIT: I'm gonna make several wigs for this, to see which I like the best~~



I know it says it's complete, but I've just put it as that because I doubt I'll finish this costume. Sure, I like the character, but I really don't think it suits me very well. If I was ever to resurrect this, I'd need to make new boot covers, skirt, and jacket.


Mungojerrie posted on 12 June, 2010 - 11:15
Really excited to see this! Nice idea about the wig too, I think it'll look excellent :)

Kess posted on 16 June, 2010 - 19:33
Thanks :D I've seen people make Cloud's wig (FF7) from fabric to make it look cartoony, so I thought it might work better than a long wig :)

Arianna posted on 1 September, 2010 - 16:33
yeah.. that is a good idea for the wig! long wigs are a pain!

Smallfry0 posted on 9 January, 2011 - 00:07
can't wait to see you progress on marta XD

KiraraYumi posted on 28 April, 2011 - 23:35
Progress looks great so far! =D Accurate wig length are very brave. Ooooohmygod, her skirt. That was hard for me too, there's just something difficult about it Dx Good luck on completion! =)

Kess posted on 29 April, 2011 - 21:50
thanks :3 I really want to make this cosplay as accurate as possible, even if it means styling a knee long wig xD It's the brown dress that I'm finding annoying, I've managed to sort out the skirt now xD But fingers crossed the technique my textiles teacher taught me will work.

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Progress Journal

31st October 2011


I didn't manage to finish it before expo, mainly because the jacket went terribly wrong and I didn't have any time to fix it, but luckily I got a substantial enough amount done for people to recognise me~
I really want to remake this costume one day, when I'm better at wig styling, since I want to use a different method next time.

23rd May 2011

wig test run

Since I don't expect to be able to try on the wig before the expo once it's finished being styled, I decided to give it a test run this evening, which also helped me to see where it needed extra support. At one point I was tempted to just let the tails hang loose (like the one to the left), but decided, primarily due to this picture, that I might as well go the full mile and get it as accurate as possible.

20th May 2011

sleeves almost done

3 1/2 hours

4th May 2011

wig half done

At least five hours of styling here, mainly on the two tails at the back. I think the front part took no more than 15 minutes ^^; I still need to spray paint the bottom part of the wig and add some more wire to extra support, since although it is literally caked in spray until solid, it just can't support its own weight.

2nd April 2011

dress and skirt WERE near completion

That's right, I've actually started to get something done xD I just need to hem the bottom edge of the skirt and sort out the ruffles, then the top part of the dress if I don't get that done tonight. I'm actually quite pleased with how it's looking so far~

EDIT: erm :/ I don't like skirts or dresses anymore.... the triangles along the bottom are proving difficult to get right, so I think I'll give it a rest for a bit.

27th March 2011

Ordered the wig(s)

I just bought one of the wigs from eBay, and am waiting to see the results of the second one. I'll try to finish the fabric wig sometime this week, so I don't loose interest in it once they arrive xD I'm really happy with what I've ordered, but it's completely wiped me out.

15th February 2011

base patterns and wig

yeah..... who knew two days off sick would bring so much progress, eh? Anyway, I've got the pattern for the jacket just about done, and have started on the wig, though I have no idea whether I should glue or sew it together. Anyway, I'll test out how the edges will look either way and decide then.

23rd January 2011

skirt progress~~

Just finished the petticoat, and am working on the skirt. I'll hopefully have the brown dress and shoe covers finished by the end of this week too. No progress pictures yet, but I should post some more during the week. This is going to be so awesome! I've also found a pair of leggings to adjust, since I can't bear sewing elasticated fabric yet, and I'm using some killer heels (because I can't wear them for long without my feet complaining xD) originally for another cosplay as the base boots. They add a couple of inches to my height, but it's worth it due to the overall effect.