Hope Estheim (Standard) - Final Fantasy XIII




-Jumps on the large rickety bandwagon-
Was originally worn for May expo with CharlieDoryRose, Kerhys, David, Alex, SaichikoYumi, and Bloo <3 <3
Iloveyouguys :'D

It will be next worn for the Big Summer shootup with this team:

Lightning - Felixize: http://www.cosplayisland.com/costume/view/44102
Snow - Plummer: http://www.cosplayisland.com/costume/view/22332
Serah - SachikoYumi: http://www.cosplayisland.com/costume/view/36037
Vanille - Yuka: http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/costume/view/29446
Hope - ~
Sazh - Nemesis-Yojimbo (Leon)
Fang - Sands


The wig was bought from ebay - it came with some half-hearted styled attempt
despite me wanting it untouched oTL
I had to rinse the wig out and reshape it while it dried. Afterwards it was styled over several sessions using Got2BeGlued and a hairdryer.

The corduroy was a PAIN to get a hold of. I spent ages searching for an ideal shade of orange corduroy. Included attempted dying of samples. In the end I found this wonderful orange shade which I sort of grown used to as when it first arrived I thought I was going to have to replace it but now I'm pretty happy with how it looks XD;
I used the same method for creating circle skirts when making the cape. I ended up trimming and modifying the final shape but it was reasonably painless overall. I decided to add a seam into the back of the cape as it was impossible to keep it seamless like his and have the ribbing of the corduroy travelling horizontal. I decided it was better to add the seam than have vertical stripes on one side and horizontal on the other XD;

The pants were made from scratch - using the base of my Zidane pattern I drew up agesss ago. I modified it to suit Hopes needs and cut them out. This was my first time making inside pockets - I studied my work pants and talked the method over with my dad and gave it a shot XD - aah they're not perfect but they're not bad for a first try I suppose? oTL
I also mimicked the French stitching that features on his pants - I read through some tutorials - I'm not 100% sure I did it like they did - but I think it's right? XD It at least 'looks' right - right >.<

The strips were made and sewn into place before covering the join with the pockets. The side pockets were made by cutting several pieces of the material out and sewing them together. It was a bit of a struggle sewing both pockets into place.

The corduroy/ribbing trim round the bottom of the pants was taken from an olive hoody I found in a reduced basket at my sewing shop. It was pure luck. 100% golden luck I found this XD; I cut the trimming from round the base of the jacket and sewed it into the leg holes.

The jacket pattern was crafted from scratch. The collar piece took some figuring out and I scrapped a few attempts before settling. I ended up making one larger than the other the first time round and had to redo the whole thing oTL
The collar was made from suiting fabric sandwiched either side of some heavy duty interfacing.
The collar flaps line the two front panels of the jacket adding thickness and keeping the insides tidy in case the jacket ever blew open. I also added the stamp on the material on the inside for novelty reasons :]

The sleeves were straight forward - the trim was made using a similar shaded fabric as the suiting material. The clasp and button were added at the end.

The scarf took a few attempts. I first originally bought some lovely minty green material and used a white material paint spray - this failed. It spat and spluttered and toxicated my room out despite claiming to be toxic/smell free Bl

The second attempt was to bleach the edge of the material - I left it bleaching for hours - it faded ever so slightly - aka failure XD

The third time was the success - I bought some white cotton and dyed it the minty shade. I had to mix the colour from scratch so I guessed - luckily it seems to have worked out XD; The patterns were then drawn on using a black fabric pen. I un-stitched the edge of the material and added the trimming and sewed it back up.

The shoes are a nightmare! They're two sizes too small or something. I replaced the laces and painted the bottoms black with oil paint and sealed it with leather sealer - surprisingly worked XD;
I added two flaps with buckles onto the backs and mimicked some stitching lines using a pen.

These shoes are being scrapped - I have bought the same shoe - two sizes larger. I will repeat the process of painting the bottoms and replaceing the laces and then add the details and buckles again.

The belt bag was made cutting out several shapes from the pleather and doubling it over. Again like the side pockets I made the pattern up on the spot XD;
It worked reasonably well - I again had some small issues sewing it all together but it worked in the end.
The clasp on the bag is a workable button - this is [embarrassingly] my first button hole ever sewn ¬¬; So I was a bit proud that it actually worked XD
I understand them now so hopefully I can make use of buttons in my future costumes now hahahaha oTL

My gloves weren't finished in time for May expo as the leather bases hadn't arrived. I've since got some white leather gloves and painted the tops and thumb piece using black leather paint and leather sealer. I've added the small slit into the bottom and they're ready for the next shoot =]

My L'Cie mark was made by Kerhys who used water based tattoo paper. I used a left over scrap of material from the jacket to make the 'bandage' Hope uses to hide the mark.


CGOPbleachbabe posted on 15 March, 2010 - 07:17
Hope is sooo cute, can't wait to see this ;P Just wanna give hope a hug xD

Anggul posted on 15 March, 2010 - 09:21
Yay, one of my two favourite party members ^-^ Him and Sahz, but I can't expect you to turn tall and black and grow an afro x3

Solaria posted on 15 March, 2010 - 09:31
YAY cant wait x3 I knew youd like him xDDD "You're not going to go through this ordeal alone, you know"(Sorry if youre not that far D8)

Lady Bahamut posted on 15 March, 2010 - 09:56
Yay! Hope! He's also my favourite X3 Not got to Alexander yet though >_> Can't wait to see!

CheekyFlower posted on 15 March, 2010 - 10:37
Hell yes Hope is soo cute can't wait till its done it will be awsome

Natsumi posted on 15 March, 2010 - 12:04
Awesome. c: Boy with a Mech/Castle you can't go wrong. XD He's so cute, it'll be cool to see. ^^

MikeJenks posted on 15 March, 2010 - 12:07
Whineylittlefaggit -owait- 8D ossum

goodbyeworld posted on 15 March, 2010 - 15:04
I know you would be Hope as soon as I saw his character design! This will be so awesome 8D

Auyanne posted on 15 March, 2010 - 15:27
Oooh, can't wait to see this! 8D

Dark and Light Samurai posted on 15 March, 2010 - 18:29
I know you'll do a great job ^.^

Creative-Stitches posted on 17 March, 2010 - 18:40
His characters is to cute not to cosplay! lol (I'm cosplaying him to Oct's MCM XD)

FusionRose posted on 22 March, 2010 - 20:34
You'll do this so well =D Can't wait to see

Mungojerrie posted on 16 June, 2010 - 14:49
This will really suit you! :D

MadameLapin posted on 16 June, 2010 - 14:55
I'm prepared to bet that you'll look super cute in this! I can't wait to see this ^^

Kerhys posted on 16 June, 2010 - 17:48
OH FUCK YEAH EMI YOU ARE GONNA ROCK THIS. Charlie, Cloud and I are doing Vanille, Lightning and Fang so we will have to steal you for a photoshoot <3

PapercutPerfect posted on 13 January, 2011 - 13:36
Gaaaaah I can't wait for this, you're going to suit him so so so well 8D

- posted on 15 January, 2011 - 11:39
YES!! you really are going to make the most adorable hope :)

Kinreal posted on 1 February, 2011 - 18:59

- posted on 11 April, 2011 - 13:47
your going to look SOOO facking cute in this Emzone! Gunna make the best hope ever! Glad you finally got the wig sorted :)

CharlieDoryRose posted on 11 April, 2011 - 21:45
Amaaaazinignigndifsldfzf <3

Yuka posted on 28 April, 2011 - 07:43
ASDFGSFHFHA SO EXCITED <3 you look so good!!

goodbyeworld posted on 28 April, 2011 - 13:02
Dayum this is looking so good. You will pull this off perfectly.

Demented Kid posted on 28 April, 2011 - 15:34
Holy crap! You are just the spotting image of Hope 8O You are gonna look amazing!

Sephirayne posted on 28 April, 2011 - 15:50
Looking really awesome. Can't wait to see it finished.

Freyarule posted on 28 April, 2011 - 16:36
Eee that wig is perfect!! You'll look so cute as Hope :)

Snap posted on 28 April, 2011 - 17:42
Dawmn girl, you pull off Hope really well! Looking forward to seeing the group... just make sure Laura and Leon don't drink before any shoots.

No thanks posted on 28 April, 2011 - 23:47
I'm so in love with white/gray wigs xD Looks awesome! :D

Creative-Stitches posted on 30 April, 2011 - 16:54
Wig is awesome! ^^

Yuka posted on 18 May, 2011 - 19:44
This is looking. SO. GOOD. *___* <3 And haha, Master Loom Guaranteed... :'D

tousen_218 posted on 18 May, 2011 - 22:02
Awwwwww you make a cute boy.....wait that came out wrong >.<

- posted on 18 May, 2011 - 22:21
Looking ammmmmmmazing so far!!

CharlieDoryRose posted on 19 May, 2011 - 13:30
Ffffffffffff EMI THIS IS SO AWESOME. I wish Serah and Hope interacted in the game so we could get some photos T_T

Nightrain82 posted on 19 May, 2011 - 17:52
Looks great! :D Dem eyebrows.

Kinreal posted on 24 May, 2011 - 17:18
Scarf looks great! :D

CharlieDoryRose posted on 24 May, 2011 - 17:40
Scarf = Amazing.

CGOPbleachbabe posted on 24 May, 2011 - 19:36
progress looks Amazing =]

Nomes posted on 26 May, 2011 - 07:43
Wow the jacket looks fabulous! Perfect choice of textures.

Pandora-Chi posted on 26 May, 2011 - 13:14
The jacket looks soo so amazing!! You are gonna make a fantastic Hope!! <3

Kerhys posted on 26 May, 2011 - 14:23

Yuka posted on 26 May, 2011 - 16:22
FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF <3 <3 <3 Can't wait to see this in person!!

FuriePhoenix posted on 26 May, 2011 - 17:27
so cant wait to see this! The jacket is bloody amazing!!!

Mungojerrie posted on 27 May, 2011 - 07:36
Looking incredible Emi, you've really outdone yourself with this one :D

GAINAX posted on 1 June, 2011 - 14:48
You guys looked so good! Nicely done 8)

Berserk667 posted on 1 June, 2011 - 23:08
Looks great!

SnowmanKline posted on 1 June, 2011 - 23:53
emi you look so awesome. next time DONT ATTACK ME SO MUCH it herts lol

CharlieDoryRose posted on 2 June, 2011 - 12:14
This looked so amazing <3

amayhun posted on 2 June, 2011 - 20:56
Oh wow! The shots look amazing - you look fabulous as Hope! :D You suit him a so much, great cosplay. <3

FuriePhoenix posted on 3 June, 2011 - 08:29
shots are amazing- I saw you from a distance on saturday evening at Hope and thought you looked amazing as Hope!

SamanthaKaiba posted on 3 June, 2011 - 08:30
This looks really good...love it

Sephirayne posted on 3 June, 2011 - 10:44
Wow! You look fantastic here hun. You look so spot on.

Pandora-Chi posted on 3 June, 2011 - 14:23
OMG OMG OMG O.O Amazing!! Absolutely amazing! You look exactly like Hope and I love the group shot too - it's the best FF13 group I've ever seen hands down <3

SockFish posted on 4 June, 2011 - 08:57
Yaaay the gloves arrived!!! 8'D This entire cosplay is just so adorable~~♥♥ *w*

- posted on 5 June, 2011 - 15:13
You looked amazing!! and soo in character hahaha it was great to meet you and would gladly cosplay with you again anytimme

Kinreal posted on 6 June, 2011 - 17:03
Awesome! :) Look forward to more shots with you.

No thanks posted on 7 June, 2011 - 22:10
this looked so awesome ;-; im so jelly

tripletriad posted on 13 June, 2011 - 23:08
You're the perfect Hope!

Cattrocious posted on 21 June, 2011 - 16:18
Best Hope ever!

Puppykitten14 posted on 21 June, 2011 - 23:09
your hope cosplay is amazing!! Love it! <3

phalor posted on 22 June, 2011 - 10:37
You look fantastic!

ToroSonyCat posted on 24 June, 2011 - 16:59
Wonderful cosplay and photos! :D

CrystalNeko posted on 9 September, 2011 - 00:15
Have I seriously never commented on this before? Imustfixthisnow. BEST HOPE EVEEER! All the photos are great and you suit him so well! Every detail in the outfit is perfect!

FuriePhoenix posted on 9 September, 2011 - 15:40
I adore your new photos!!!! Such a perfect Hope!

Sephirayne posted on 24 November, 2012 - 22:05
Loving the new photos.

Nesproxy posted on 7 November, 2013 - 19:39
Wow, you did a perfect job. Really well done. :)

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