Rinoa Heartilly (Concept Art/Game) - Final Fantasy VIII


London MCM Expo May 2013

I got into Neo Magazine under Cosplay Corner ^^


I have always taken a liking to Rinoa, shes one of my favourite FF characters.

Rinoa's outfit is immense to me, so simple and elegant and I finished the Concept Art version (different hair) for our AniMedia East Thetford Forest meet on 21st August 2010 with time to spare to wear both this version and do the vampire adaptation for Sunday - October 2010 MCM London Expo (Both normal Rinoa with the added Pinwheel and Vampire Rinoa) I have black wings for it ;)

-I also wore this for Distant Worlds (Albert Hall in November 2011)

And I plan on re-wearing the Game version for MCM London Expo May 2013 (Friday)

I particularly like Riona's arm warmers and detail on the short straps as well as the wing detail on her back - I am making the costume VERY detailed (I am hand making the shorts, cardigan, arm bands and eventually the pin wheel)

About the character…

''Rinoa Heartilly is a character from the Final Fantasy VIII videogame.
They say that opposites attract, which would explain why Rinoa finds herself drawn towards Squall Leonhart. She’s everything he isn’t – outspoken, outgoing, comfortable expressing her emotions, and otherwise pretty good at relating with other human beings.

The daughter of a general in the Galbadian military, Rinoa leads a double life – she’s also part of the Forest Owls, a small resistance faction seeking to liberate the nation of Timber from Galbadian control. That’s how she winds up in contact with Squall, first through a chance meeting at Balamb Garden, and later when she hires Squall and two of his associates as mercenary reinforcement for her resistance group.

As one might expect, given their clashing personalities, the two don’t get along well to start. With a little help from her friends, though – who organize a deliberate campaign to set them up – Rinoa gradually succeeds in pulling Squall at least some of the way out of his shell.

He’s able to return the favour when Rinoa is caught up in the machinations of the sorceress Ultimecia. It’s Rinoa who nearly becomes the second vessel of the sorceress after her earlier plans have gone awry, although neither she nor her comrades are going to give in on that score without a fight. ''


DefineImagineMJ posted on 31 March, 2010 - 21:58
Go for it Raye!

Raye-chan posted on 31 March, 2010 - 22:05
I shall do my best ;)

NightmareWings posted on 12 May, 2010 - 11:10
You will look amazing as her hunny! Go for it.

FairyPorchQueen posted on 4 June, 2010 - 20:51
good luck!! :D

Raye-chan posted on 4 June, 2010 - 22:10
Thank you ^.^ just need to get on with the main jumper!!

J-Po posted on 11 June, 2010 - 21:44
rinoa is the best character to cosplay :D im going as her on sunday pweease double pic :D

Raye-chan posted on 16 June, 2010 - 19:28
Aw im going as her the sunday tooo! Vampire spin off that is ;) you can be the good rinoa FFGamerGirl i will be the bad one! lol

DefineImagineMJ posted on 23 June, 2010 - 21:07
Yeah! Looking good Raye!

Raye-chan posted on 25 June, 2010 - 17:53
Thank you :) Have put ribbon to keep the jumper from stretching on the inside - few bits left to do now - i really need to look at getting boots soon....

DefineImagineMJ posted on 27 June, 2010 - 22:14
Well, we have about a month and a half. So get cracking!

Raye-chan posted on 1 July, 2010 - 21:44
Lol XD Well i am getting there ;) the main bits are there really, just odd peices to do - argh need to make time to do the arm bits, wing detail oh and buy me some boots...

Zelda posted on 2 July, 2010 - 20:42
The progress on this is looking so amazing hun ^^

Bambi. posted on 2 July, 2010 - 21:11
Looking great huni. This is so lovely =)

Kitticus posted on 3 July, 2010 - 10:24
Some very good attention to detail with this!. Looking forward to seeing it complete ^^

Raye-chan posted on 7 July, 2010 - 18:16
@Tif9123 - Thanks so much :) I finally get to do a Final girl ^^ @Bambi. - Thank you, all going well so far :) @Kitticus - Yeah I hope to use as much detail as possible :)

NightmareWings posted on 31 July, 2010 - 22:09
I cant wait to see this! You will look so pretty.

Raye-chan posted on 11 August, 2010 - 23:05
@NightmareWings - thank you!! Cant wait to finish!! ^_^

Raye-chan posted on 20 August, 2010 - 17:32
Finally finished! ^_^ So so happy! x Just the pinwheel for October ;) Bring on the meet up tomorrow!!!

DefineImagineMJ posted on 4 September, 2010 - 17:08
It is truly amazing Raye. Awesome!

Raye-chan posted on 16 October, 2010 - 10:43
^_^ thanks - pinwheel progress going well but think i will put this on my vampire version so not to confuse myself!

Solarista posted on 5 November, 2010 - 21:33
I think this is a really pretty costume ^^.

Raye-chan posted on 8 November, 2010 - 22:57
@Solarista - Thank you very much ^^ I really enjoy wearing Rinoa - i think she will be a regular wear

Raye-chan posted on 4 December, 2010 - 19:07
I am so pleased this costume made it into this months issue to Neo Mag! (79) I am on page 19 ^_^ dream come true!!!

J-Po posted on 4 December, 2010 - 19:55
i saw it i saw it :D :D

Raye-chan posted on 10 December, 2010 - 18:58
@FFGamerGirl - thats awesome :) i subscribe to Neo so its so exciting to finally make the page! I'm very pleased you have seen it! :) *big grins*

gbow posted on 2 April, 2011 - 16:59
I saw you in NEO! :D

Raye-chan posted on 2 April, 2011 - 17:45
@gbow - yay! I get so happy when people recognise me from Neo :) i love that magazine! I'm definitely going to wear Rinoa again and make two more version's of her on top of the two i have already made :3

Make silver short straps
Buy Wig
Buy Necklace/Rings
Get cardigan material
Get foam for pinwheel
Cut leggings into shorts
Make arm warmers
Make blue overskirt piece
Make silver short straps
Make black ribbon arm band
Find boots!
Buy buttons for skirt
Make jumper
Get black top for underneth - v-neck
Cut leggings into shorts
Back wing detail
Make black ribbon arm band
Make arm warmers
Find boots!

Total cost: £0.00

9th May 2013

Bring on expo!

Decided to re-wear Rinoa's game version for the FF8 photogroup Friday of MCM London Expo May 2013! ;)

5th July 2012

Rinoa to return xD

Finally doing the in game version to wear in a fortnight and wear at Amecon 2012!

17th August 2011

just an icon

Just making a little icon to use ^^

20th July 2011


I got some new boots this weekend for Rinoa, I want to wear her again!!! Maybe at a cosplay ball or mini meet ^^

15th August 2010

Limit Break!

I finally finished the hand sewn wings today, it took a few hours but the end result is perfect ^_^ My costume is now ready for our cosplay meet this saturday at Thetford Forest, just need to do a pinwheel for October expo now - got there in the end, like a limit break!

11th August 2010


I have started drawing the wing detail, to make it real pretty I am using white material, cutting it own and sewing on ^^ Almost there!!

25th July 2010

Buttons and Boots... the cosplay making journey continues...

So this weekend I have done most of the rest of the costume with the help of my wonderful mum ^_^ So 85% complete (pinwheel and wing detail still to do) The arm warmers are cut, sewn and fit perfectly The arm band with tassels is sewn and ready (I used spare black material from my cut up leggings) The skirt is finished and the buttons are on - but what a pain they were.... I just had to go for expensive heavy buttons with loads of detail.... which when sewn on hang lose.. so I filled the hollow backs of the metal buttons with material then stitched the material through the skirt and through the button hole - which now holds the 3 buttons nice and tight ^_^ (yay!) I have styled the wig as the fringe needed some tlc so it looks like Rinoa's ^_^ The boots, wonderful awesome boots! The are heeled and laced, black, with a metallic zip - very cool and looks great with the outfit ^_^ So as soon as I have done the wing back detail I will be finished with the main outfit for the Thetford Forest AniMedia East meet ^_^ on 21st August 2010 The pinwheel will be made for the Expo in October 2010 ;)

1st July 2010

More pics added :)

I have now sewn white ribbon to stop the material from stretching inside of the top half of the blue jumper, next i need to make the arm warmers with the same material. The skirt is almost there, i just need to sew up the hem and add the 3 buttons - i have elasticated it so its nice and tight ;) After this i just need to get me some boots then do the wing detail on the back!

23rd June 2010


Finally put some of my progress pictures on of the jumper, skirt and shorts :) let me know what you think!

22nd June 2010


Yay! Just got home to find my black wings have arrived :) awesome

21st June 2010

LOTS of progress ^.^

Got loads of this costume dont at the weekend - more detailed updates and pictures to follow :) hopefully this wednesday. The long jumper has been cut, the skirt is almost finished, i have finished the shorts and i have purchased my buttons for the skirt. So apart from finishing off the costume i just need to design the pinwheel and get me some boots!! :)

18th June 2010

Shorts, Boots and Wings???

Ok so today I have basically checked all my materials over (total cost for materials for jumper, skirt and cotton - came to just over £24 from Anglian Fabrics)... The leggings I had have now been pinned ready to be cut into shorts, they also need taking in a little so they don’t fall down! >.< ! Up the city of Norwich tomorrow so I hope I can get the boots - the last accessory I need really - apart from making the pinwheel and short straps. So wish me luck that I can find random army style boots in a size 8 at an affordable price!! Oh and I will upload more progress pictures when i start making the main costume tomorrow (yay!) This costume will be completed for our AniMedia East Cosplay Adventure and Picnic in Thetford Forest 21st August 2010 and also.... Sunday London Oct Expo.. Oh and I have just purchased black wings for the Sunday Expo - Vampire Rinoa wuu!!

16th June 2010

The day of sewing is getting close

Its almost Saturday.... that means..... I can actuall start putting this together! YAY! ^.^ Also shop around for Fina materials hehe! October Expo will be here before i know it and i am so pleased to be making Rinoa for two events. Our AniMedia East Cosplay Adventure Picnic on 21st August in Thetford Forest AND Sunday of the October London MCM EXPO! Exciting times :) Must google black wings tooo...... Oh and i cant stop wearing the Rinoa necklace to work everyday hehehe!

11th June 2010

More progress!

My shopping spree last Saturday was a success! I now have 2 and a half meteres of light blue material for the long jumper and over 1 metere for the skirt. I also have the cottons and the zip. So only the sewing, wings, boots, shorts, pinwheel to go - few!

4th June 2010

Progress good so far..

So far i have the rings, wig, a black top and a pair of leggings to make into shorts..... must do much more >.<

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