Serah Farron
Final Fantasy XIII

Cosplayer: FuriePhoenix

Variant: SELLING SHIRT AND SKIRT!

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

18th May 2012: selling!! Okay, I'm having to bite the bullet and sell the main shirt and skirt as I'm in desperate need of money to pay off a holiday that I'm in dire need of.

I'm only selling the skirt and shirt for £15 with postage included in the price. Though it might be a little bit less, if it is I will refund the person the over balance. ^_^ Or I could do pick up at EXPO or LFCC. I may be at entertainment media show in September IF my holiday gets fully paid off. But the sooner I can get my items sold the better.

Please PM me if your interested.

THE SIZE OF THE SHIRT IS A SIZE 12, AND SKIRT WOULD FIT A SIZE 10-12.

17th August 2010: work work work... So the polyball of the necklace has now been painted silver, so now I need to find a chain and a cheap ring that would pass as a engagement ring to put on the top. Then that's complete!

Skirt: Pretty much complete- only thing left to do is add material round the waistband to make it look neater. Only problem is... since doing to my measurements, I have lost weight and is now way too big for me! *sigh* Soooooo... I got to now pull it in by putting darts in the back so it will fit me haha! But what I'll do is leave that until the week before Alcon. As I intend to lose another 4pounds before then, so I figured I'll leave it until I know how it should fit first.

Armband: Yes! I've started work on the armband she wears! A lovely friend of mine had spare pleather in brown so she sent me some of it and I have begun work on it. It's pretty much done (I have done a simple version of her armband-photo up soon!) apart from just adding two silver buttons (that look like poppers) on it as a way to fasten it onto my arm!

Shirts: both complete, I just need to buy one more little black button onto the main shirt, but that's nothing major.

Wig: bought pre-styled, but I managed to get hair bobbles that are like hers, so now I'm considering the wig 100% complete!

Socks and Shoes: Still waiting to receive my beige converse in the post- hopefully they'll arrive in the next two weeks and in time for Alcon! Socks are 100% complete!

12th August 2010: going to start Necklace So this morning I wake up to find on my floor my parcel of polystyrene balls have arrived!! And luckily I got a pack of 10, so if I do it wrong the first time, I can try again!

Yesterday I bought the earrings that are just about passable for the bottom half of her necklace. At least, it will do for Alcon at any rate!!

So I'm going to try and make the sphere part today from memory of a step by step I found the other night. Unfortunately I didn't bookmark the page on my laptop so I coud get back to it! So I've got to try and do it from memory. I'll make a note of how I have done it (if all goes correctly!) So if anyone in the future is doing Serah, they can use my step by step as a guide ( but remember to credit me for the step by step! LOL)

10th August 2010: Necklace and progress I've got the other top pretty much finished. I just bought one button too little (doh!) so I got to buy one more button to add to it and that's done! Both tops complete hoozah!!

I've pinned the lace in place round the bottom of the skirt so that just needs to be stitch round now and the zip still needs stitching in. phew!

As for the necklace, I have decided to give it a whirl and try and make it myself. (First attempt at making fiddly cosplay jewellery!!) as I found polystyrene sphere balls on Ebay just now (a bag of 10 for £2.70!) and yesterday I saw in Claires some earrings that are swirly (not as much as the necklace but enough to give the overall effect!) for £3.50, so I think tomorrow when I go back to Croydon I'll buy them and give it a whirl as I still have silver spray paint somewhere around.
Also, using a pair of earrings, it will give me a ready made hoop to add the necklace chain onto. ^____^!!!

So wish me luck!!

9th August 2010: full costume is about 80% complete! Okay, so after MANY malfunctions and set backs with this costume, I can finally say that the actual costume itself is about 80% complete. This percentage does not include all the accessories but they're little minor things compared to the main costume.

The over top is now 100% complete which I'm very glad about. I have never known a top give me so hassle in the making as this has done! And if anyone states from the photo of the back that I haven't cut gaps in between the bows I will give them a piece of my mind, because I don't care that I purposely left the gaps out of the costume. The reasoning behind this is simple: After all the hassle I have had, I simply cannot bare the thought of cutting the muslin fabric again, seeing it fray then having to hem it all up by hand sewing again.

So if there are any elitists out there don't start with me please!! I simply ask that people accept my reason for what it is and deal with it lol! Call it creative license with it haha. At least the main detail of the bows are on the back!!

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Now what has to be done are as follows:

a) Complete the stitching the second thigh high sock.
b) Put the zip into the back of the skirt with the aid of my Mom.
c) Add the lace trim to the bottom of the skirt.

They are the main things that I consider important. Other than that it's just the accessories like her bracelet, hair bobble and armbands if I can get them done in time for Alcon. If not the arm bands and necklace will definitely be done for Kitacon III! Oh yeah, I'm also waiting on beige converse for the outfit too!

31st July 2010: Over shirt panels So now I've managed to stitch up the edges of the over shirt's panels. So now I'm hoping in the next few days get the panels stitched up together, and the over shirt will be 90% complete (like the main shirt).

Once I have the over shirt stitched together, I will then be stitching "eye shapes" down the middle of the back, hem the areas up and then add cream ribbon in between each gap in the shapes of bows once I've tied the ribbon into several little bows.

Then once that's done, the over shirt will be 100% complete! The first bit to properly complete out of the whole costume haha!

27th July 2010: 3RD TIME'S THE CHARM! After failing with two white shirts from primark to modify to be accurate to Serah's, I bought a third one (in total the shirt alone has cost me £7.50, when it should have cost me only £2.50!) I finally got it the design right and figured out how to the criss crossed design down the front where the buttons are placed. HOORAH!!!

So I've got round to pinning everything in place, all ready to be stitched down maybe tomorrow or at the end of the week. I'm hoping I will be motivated enough to do it tomorrow so at least one of her shirts is pretty much complete.

I will also be sewing the edges of the criss cross pattern over to make it look a lot neater.

23rd July 2010: tops WIP I managed to fix the over top okay luckily without having to re do the panels completely! So I now only need to stitch the panels together and make sure I did it correctly! Only thing I didn't do b mistake was make the back panels in two halves. But not all hope is lost, because I can get the same effect by cutting eye shaped holes into the back and hand stitch ribbon bows onto the back. It will give the same effect without the risk of the back coming undone!!

After accidentally cutting the wrong side on the main shirt, I had to buy a new one, so hopefully this time I will learn from my mistake and actually cut the zig zag shape on the right side!! haha!! I will just need to cut the sleeves off too, and the bottom front bits of the top.


On another note, I need to look out for beige converse again also, because I got sent the wrong size and have had bad dealings with an ebay seller because of this. But luckily I'm getting a full refund, get to keep the wrong sized converse (which are on sale by the way!) and have to look out for more converse. *sigh*

14th July 2010: over top FAIL!!!! I tried to do the over shirt today by making my own pattern with an old item of clothing and I failed so badly, it stressed me out so much I wanted to cry. I want this to be pretty much perfect now I seen the kind of comments on the net of elitest and how they see Serah etc.

I'd really appreciate some help by someone guiding me in the right direction to getting a pattern or being put in the direction of someone who has already made this cosplay so I can get advice. Seriously guys, This cosplay means alot to me and I really need aid!!

12th July 2010: Skirt in Progress So today I was lucky enough to get a helpful hand from mom to get the skirt started from the shirt (see photos).

It's going really well! I've had to add an extra bit of material in the back so it will do up though, coz unfortunately I'm not as thin as Serah ^.^ But I'm really pleased with how it's turning out!

Mom is going to put some darts in round the top of it, so it will have some shape and look like a skirt. I can't do the big inverted pleat though as I have no sewing machine, mom said it will be a pain the ass to get right, so we're going to take a bit of artistic license with that! XD!

Pictures will be up soon enough, but I have to wait for the camera battery to finish charging before I can upload the photos! ^^


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letmelive - 10th March 2010
Can't wait to see this :D!

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FuriePhoenix - 27th April 2010
i cant wait to do this! I'm hoping if i can get to kitacon next year it will be made for that! Unless something comes up this year to do it.

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InfiniteJester - 6th July 2010
yay progress! i hope i get to see ya there, me and my friend are doin ff13 too\!

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FuriePhoenix - 6th July 2010
woo! I'm sure you'll see me around in this! ^^ Nearer the time ill try and sort out which day ill do which cosplay. I'm doing Lightning on one of the days and Serah the following day, i know that much! lol. I can;t wait to be able to buy the wig and tranform that shirt into her skirt! This is gonna be fun me thinks!

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InfiniteJester - 6th July 2010
yee we havent really worked out days for it either, im doing fang and my friend is bein dragged as hope so hopefully we'll manage to catch the same day! il look forward to seein ur costume!

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FuriePhoenix - 6th July 2010
cool! I'm looking forward to seeing yours too! Fang is awesome!

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InfiniteJester - 6th July 2010
she is :) im soo gonna fail at doin her australian accent tho... and im gonna be a midget fang... who is even shorter then my hope.. o the fun! :)

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FuriePhoenix - 7th July 2010
haha aww!

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FusionRose - 12th July 2010
Progress is looking great Cez, keep up the good work =D x.

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FuriePhoenix - 12th July 2010
Thank youuuuuuu!!!

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Yuka - 30th July 2010
Looking good so far! +watch :D

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FuriePhoenix - 30th July 2010
thank you for the watch! Im hoping to get the over shirt done today! So keep your eyes peeled for progress haha

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InfiniteJester - 30th July 2010
wow that wig is win!

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DuskatNight - 30th July 2010
Looks absolutely fantastic! >3

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FuriePhoenix - 30th July 2010
Thank you so much! <3!!! I'm now really eager to get this complete!

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Auyanne - 13th September 2010
Awwh, you make such a pretty Serah! <3

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FuriePhoenix - 13th September 2010
Thank you so much!!!!! I love Serah so much! And this has instantly made it's way into my top 3 fav costumes of mine! It was so much being Serah at Alcon!

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DuskatNight - 13th September 2010
You make a fantastic Serah! :3

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FuriePhoenix - 13th September 2010
Thank you!!!!!!!

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InfiniteJester - 13th September 2010
aw u make such a lovely serah, cant wait to see this at kita and hopefully grab u for some pics :)

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FuriePhoenix - 13th September 2010
Thank you SO much! I adore this costume! You can by all means nab me for some photos!

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InfiniteJester - 13th September 2010
yay :) be nice for me n my friend to find some other ff13 cosplayers there (we'll be maqui and hope)

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FuriePhoenix - 13th September 2010
awesome! I think there's going to be ALOT of FF13 cosplayers there, (if the kita forums are anything to go by!)

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Really good serah cosplay!

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FuriePhoenix - 14th September 2010
Thank you so much!

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Anonymous - 16th September 2010
It really was an awesome costume.
I had so much fun with you ^_^

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FuriePhoenix - 16th September 2010
^_^ Thank you!

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My__RoadOfBlood - 19th September 2010
You're a really pretty Serah! :)

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FuriePhoenix - 20th September 2010
Thank you so much!! Means alot!

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FusionRose - 22nd September 2010
Loved seeing your Serah hun, you looked amazing =D x.

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FuriePhoenix - 22nd September 2010
Thank hunni!! Serah has definitely become my second favourite cosplay to do!

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MikeJenks - 13th October 2010
You make an awesome Serah 8D
Love the necklace! :O

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FuriePhoenix - 14th October 2010
Aww thank you!! And thanks, i really gotta get a thin enough and light enough chain for it! As the chain I had pulled the hook out of it the day before Alcon!! So i couldnt wear it!!

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letmelive - 25th November 2010
Your one of the best Serah's i've seen on here! I'm so jealous ahaah n___n

xxx

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FuriePhoenix - 26th November 2010
awww thank you SO much!! I cant wait to bring her out again to Kita next year. She's rapidly become one of my fav cosplays.

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Kiriye - 9th January 2011
I love it! You're amazing Serah~<3

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FuriePhoenix - 9th January 2011
Aww thank you!! I really oughta re make the over top for Kita, my one is fraying like crazy

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FusionRose - 21st January 2011
You'll always be my favourite Serah! =D Remember that when i get lightning done (if i everrr get round to it xD) you have to bring out Serah for sister piccytures =] x.

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BabemRoze - 22nd January 2011
You look soooo cute *¬* xo

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FuriePhoenix - 22nd January 2011
awwwww thanks guys!!!
@FusionRose- Of course I'll be your Serah for sister photos!!! I'm looking forward to it!!
@BabemRoze- thank you! I keep trying to work out what see through fabric to use to re do the over shirt as mine is fraying all over the place

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BabemRoze - 22nd January 2011
I have no idea how good it is but Organza is preeeetty =D x

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FuriePhoenix - 22nd January 2011
ive worked with organza before and it frays EVERYWHERE!!

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BabemRoze - 22nd January 2011
I'm glad you told me that XD I was planning on using some for my Rinoa O_O Now I might rethink that XD x

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FuriePhoenix - 22nd January 2011
XD You just have to be very careful with it, i personally hate working with it. The scissors constantly snagged on it

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J-Po - 3rd February 2011
what day you wearing thia cos its perrrrrfect :D and i wanna take picys

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FuriePhoenix - 4th February 2011
I'll wear it on Sunday hunni! You may indeed take photos XD! ^_^!

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J-Po - 4th February 2011
awesome an i really wantthat necklace ^.^

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FuriePhoenix - 4th February 2011
^_^ I need to get a new chain that will hold mine XD