Costume :Hope Estheim
Variant :Standard
Source :Final Fantasy XIII
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo May 2011

Costume Photos

Hope Estheim



Vanille | Hope




By the Moonlight


This Way!




Costume Information

-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.


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Hope is sooo cute, can't wait to see this ;P

Just wanna give hope a hug xD

by CGOPbleachbabe on Monday, 15 March, 2010 - 08:17

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

by Anggul on Monday, 15 March, 2010 - 10:21
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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)

by Solaria on Monday, 15 March, 2010 - 10:31
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Yay! Hope! He's also my favourite X3 Not got to Alexander yet though >_> Can't wait to see!

by Lady Bahamut on Monday, 15 March, 2010 - 10:56
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Hell yes Hope is soo cute can't wait till its done it will be awsome

by CheekyFlower on Monday, 15 March, 2010 - 11:37
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Awesome. c: Boy with a Mech/Castle you can't go wrong. XD

He's so cute, it'll be cool to see. ^^

by Natsumi on Monday, 15 March, 2010 - 13:04
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Whineylittlefaggit -owait- 8D ossum

by MikeJenks on Monday, 15 March, 2010 - 13:07

I know you would be Hope as soon as I saw his character design!
This will be so awesome 8D

by goodbyeworld on Monday, 15 March, 2010 - 16:04
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Oooh, can't wait to see this! 8D

by Auyanne on Monday, 15 March, 2010 - 16:27
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I know you'll do a great job ^.^

by Dark and Light Samurai on Monday, 15 March, 2010 - 19:29

His characters is to cute not to cosplay! lol (I'm cosplaying him to Oct's MCM XD)

by Creative-Stitches on Wednesday, 17 March, 2010 - 19:40
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You'll do this so well =D Can't wait to see

by FusionRose on Monday, 22 March, 2010 - 21:34
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This will really suit you! :D

by Mungojerrie on Wednesday, 16 June, 2010 - 15:49
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I'm prepared to bet that you'll look super cute in this! I can't wait to see this ^^

by MadameLapin on Wednesday, 16 June, 2010 - 15:55
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Charlie, Cloud and I are doing Vanille, Lightning and Fang so we will have to steal you for a photoshoot <3

by Kerhys on Wednesday, 16 June, 2010 - 18:48
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Gaaaaah I can't wait for this, you're going to suit him so so so well 8D

by PapercutPerfect on Thursday, 13 January, 2011 - 14:36

you really are going to make the most adorable hope :)

by - on Saturday, 15 January, 2011 - 12:39
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by Kinreal on Tuesday, 1 February, 2011 - 19:59

your going to look SOOO facking cute in this Emzone!
Gunna make the best hope ever!
Glad you finally got the wig sorted :)

by - on Monday, 11 April, 2011 - 14:47
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Amaaaazinignigndifsldfzf <3

by CharlieDoryRose on Monday, 11 April, 2011 - 22:45
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ASDFGSFHFHA SO EXCITED <3 you look so good!!

by Yuka on Thursday, 28 April, 2011 - 08:43

Dayum this is looking so good. You will pull this off perfectly.

by goodbyeworld on Thursday, 28 April, 2011 - 14:02
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Holy crap! You are just the spotting image of Hope 8O You are gonna look amazing!

by Demented Kid on Thursday, 28 April, 2011 - 16:34
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Looking really awesome. Can't wait to see it finished.

by Sephirayne on Thursday, 28 April, 2011 - 16:50
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Eee that wig is perfect!! You'll look so cute as Hope :)

by Freyarule on Thursday, 28 April, 2011 - 17:36
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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.

by Snap on Thursday, 28 April, 2011 - 18:42

I'm so in love with white/gray wigs xD

Looks awesome! :D

by No thanks on Friday, 29 April, 2011 - 00:47

Wig is awesome! ^^

by Creative-Stitches on Saturday, 30 April, 2011 - 17:54
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This is looking. SO. GOOD. *___* <3 And haha, Master Loom Guaranteed... :'D

by Yuka on Wednesday, 18 May, 2011 - 20:44
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Awwwwww you make a cute boy.....wait that came out wrong >.<

by tousen_218 on Wednesday, 18 May, 2011 - 23:02

Looking ammmmmmmazing so far!!

by - on Wednesday, 18 May, 2011 - 23:21
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I wish Serah and Hope interacted in the game so we could get some photos T_T

by CharlieDoryRose on Thursday, 19 May, 2011 - 14:30
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Looks great! :D Dem eyebrows.

by Nightrain82 on Thursday, 19 May, 2011 - 18:52
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Scarf looks great! :D

by Kinreal on Tuesday, 24 May, 2011 - 18:18
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Scarf = Amazing.

by CharlieDoryRose on Tuesday, 24 May, 2011 - 18:40
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progress looks Amazing =]

by CGOPbleachbabe on Tuesday, 24 May, 2011 - 20:36
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Wow the jacket looks fabulous! Perfect choice of textures.

by Nomes on Thursday, 26 May, 2011 - 08:43
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The jacket looks soo so amazing!! You are gonna make a fantastic Hope!! <3

by Pandora-Chi on Thursday, 26 May, 2011 - 14:14
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by Kerhys on Thursday, 26 May, 2011 - 15:23
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FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF <3 <3 <3 Can't wait to see this in person!!

by Yuka on Thursday, 26 May, 2011 - 17:22
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so cant wait to see this! The jacket is bloody amazing!!!

by FuriePhoenix on Thursday, 26 May, 2011 - 18:27
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Looking incredible Emi, you've really outdone yourself with this one :D

by Mungojerrie on Friday, 27 May, 2011 - 08:36
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You guys looked so good! Nicely done 8)

by GAINAX on Wednesday, 1 June, 2011 - 15:48
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Looks great!

by Berserk667 on Thursday, 2 June, 2011 - 00:08
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emi you look so awesome. next time DONT ATTACK ME SO MUCH it herts lol

by SnowmanKline on Thursday, 2 June, 2011 - 00:53
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This looked so amazing <3

by CharlieDoryRose on Thursday, 2 June, 2011 - 13:14
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Oh wow! The shots look amazing - you look fabulous as Hope! :D
You suit him a so much, great cosplay. <3

by amayhun on Thursday, 2 June, 2011 - 21:56
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shots are amazing- I saw you from a distance on saturday evening at Hope and thought you looked amazing as Hope!

by FuriePhoenix on Friday, 3 June, 2011 - 09:29
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This looks really good...love it

by SamanthaKaiba on Friday, 3 June, 2011 - 09:30
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Wow! You look fantastic here hun. You look so spot on.

by Sephirayne on Friday, 3 June, 2011 - 11:44
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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

by Pandora-Chi on Friday, 3 June, 2011 - 15:23
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Yaaay the gloves arrived!!! 8'D

This entire cosplay is just so adorable~~♥♥ *w*

by SockFish on Saturday, 4 June, 2011 - 09:57

You looked amazing!! and soo in character hahaha it was great to meet you and would gladly cosplay with you again anytimme

by - on Sunday, 5 June, 2011 - 16:13
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Awesome! :)
Look forward to more shots with you.

by Kinreal on Monday, 6 June, 2011 - 18:03

this looked so awesome ;-; im so jelly

by No thanks on Tuesday, 7 June, 2011 - 23:10
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You're the perfect Hope!

by tripletriad on Tuesday, 14 June, 2011 - 00:08
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Best Hope ever!

by Cattrocious on Tuesday, 21 June, 2011 - 17:18
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your hope cosplay is amazing!!
Love it! <3

by Puppykitten14 on Wednesday, 22 June, 2011 - 00:09
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You look fantastic!

by phalor on Wednesday, 22 June, 2011 - 11:37
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Wonderful cosplay and photos! :D

by ToroSonyCat on Friday, 24 June, 2011 - 17:59
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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!

by CrystalNeko on Friday, 9 September, 2011 - 01:15
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I adore your new photos!!!! Such a perfect Hope!

by FuriePhoenix on Friday, 9 September, 2011 - 16:40
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Loving the new photos.

by Sephirayne on Saturday, 24 November, 2012 - 23:05
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Wow, you did a perfect job. Really well done. :)

by Nesabi on Thursday, 7 November, 2013 - 20:39

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Progress (Posted 21st June 2011)

Progress collage

Gloves complete (Posted 21st June 2011)

Moved progress shots into the journal to leave space for awesum photos =]