Rinoa Heartilly - Dead Fantasy- Gee


Ayacon 2011




This had to be done! XD Another version of Rinoa for my collection heehee.

Dead Fantasy- Gee (music video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcK7Y9VSs5M

This time Monty Oum has Rinoa in her SeeD Ball dress with the usual minor differences in design. I should be able to make this using the pattern from my regular Rinoa dress but the fabric will be white instead of cream, the halter-neck ribbon a silvery colour and the bottom hem looks slightly wavy also. Her shoes are similar to the original design but in white.


~Please see my journals for more details on the construction of this costume as well as progress photos~

The dress was hand-made by myself using a shimmery white lycra material and ribbons for the halter neck and bottom hem.

The shoes I already owned.

I used the same wig, contacts and make-up as my regular Rinoa costumes.

I also have a pair of chibi wings for con parties.


Wore this the Saturday evening of Ayacon 2011. Had a photo shoot with Manga Girl and did some filming for the next Cosplay Fever music video which I made the cut for! I'm in 3 clips, see if you can spot me =p
Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGrOUlmNl10

The costume was comfy to wear and I managed to dance in it without flashing my underwear to everyone lol I still need to learn the dance to "Gee" though.


letmelive posted on 17 April, 2010 - 21:32
Can't wait for this ahah!

Leonie Heartilly posted on 17 April, 2010 - 21:43
But omg the wings!!

SamanthaKaiba posted on 17 April, 2010 - 22:38
where did you get these ref pics from? they look so cool...

Leonie Heartilly posted on 17 April, 2010 - 22:39
I took screen shots of the video =)

SamanthaKaiba posted on 17 April, 2010 - 23:02
could I have the link for it? really like the look of it ^_^

Leonie Heartilly posted on 17 April, 2010 - 23:41
Links listed with the information for this costume.

SamanthaKaiba posted on 18 April, 2010 - 01:18
thanks the video looks awesome and can't wait to see your outfit ^_^

leumas posted on 18 April, 2010 - 07:58
interesting,I'm sure you'll look great

Leonie Heartilly posted on 18 April, 2010 - 18:48
Thanks guys ^^

perfectly_purple posted on 26 April, 2010 - 17:53
Love Dead Fantasy and love Gee! This is awesome. <3

Leonie Heartilly posted on 26 April, 2010 - 20:56
I can't get the song out of my head lol

perfectly_purple posted on 1 May, 2010 - 00:02
The video is pretty cool too, if a little bit clunky at times. But hey it looks good and I certainly couldn't do any better... Seriously considering Ayane's outfit now (even if it is the worst one of the lot!!) We should totally get a Dead Fantasy Gee group together! ^_^

Leonie Heartilly posted on 1 May, 2010 - 14:35
We would have to learn the dance if we did XD

perfectly_purple posted on 1 May, 2010 - 15:23
True but it would be very cool! ^_^

GraceyDarling posted on 1 May, 2010 - 15:41
ahh love it! cant wait to see this you will look gorgeous, id be interested in a group also ^^

Leonie Heartilly posted on 1 May, 2010 - 16:36
Cool =) Which character would you want to be?

GraceyDarling posted on 1 May, 2010 - 17:56
Probably tifa or maybe cissnei thats nice and simple xD

DuskatNight posted on 1 May, 2010 - 21:49
You'll look fantastic in this ^^

Charlie-Bear posted on 3 May, 2010 - 16:11
I can't wait to see this, the video is so cute! *O* You really suit Rinoa so this is bound to be awesome!

Leonie Heartilly posted on 3 May, 2010 - 18:21
Thanks ^^ It's just a challenge to get the wings looking decent

Moonchild posted on 11 May, 2010 - 12:31
Can't wait to see this ^^ I LOVE the gee video XD I'd also be up for a group depending on when it would be of course...I could re-vamp my Songstress Yuna haha =)

Leonie Heartilly posted on 11 May, 2010 - 21:29
Colzy- That would be awesome hun! Not sure when I'll have this done though

Zelda posted on 25 September, 2010 - 23:47
*squeals* Ahhhhhhh hehe you make such a beautiful Rinoa!!! Really can't wait for this.

Leonie Heartilly posted on 26 September, 2010 - 18:22
Thank you hun =) Not sure when I will do it though.

RevolverKitty posted on 18 February, 2011 - 18:42
*poke* would you by any chance like to do the Gee song dance with me in this? You make a lovely Rinoa ^_^

Leonie Heartilly posted on 18 February, 2011 - 23:08
I would! I need to learn it though haha

SnowmanKline posted on 17 March, 2011 - 01:10
wow you look very nice :) you suit Rinoa so well^^

Mangamad posted on 17 March, 2011 - 01:50
Are you going to wear a small pair of wings?

Ranma1-2 posted on 17 March, 2011 - 10:52
Wow That looks fantastic! Wig and makeup - spot on.

Leonie Heartilly posted on 17 March, 2011 - 14:45
Manga- Some of the evening I will yup =3 Then eventually I'll make a full size pair Ranma- Thanks! Although I think her eyebrows are thinner in Dead Fantasy compared to the game so I will work on that when I wear this.

Adamoluna posted on 19 September, 2011 - 22:22
looking fantastic lady! :D so flawless.

Leonie Heartilly posted on 27 September, 2011 - 00:07
Thank you very much ^^ I hope to add the wings at some point.

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Progress Journal

14th August 2011


She's all done whoop! I haven't got the contacts in or any make-up on in the photo so excuse that lol

I've been wearing it for at least an hour around the house and it's pretty comfortable, it just rides up a bit at times. I love how the fabric feels and that it's all shimmery =3

14th August 2011

Chibi wings!

Thought these would be good to use for con parties and places where there isn't space for a mahoosive pair.
I used a pair I already owned which were bought from Claire's Accessories. I just removed the white ribbon straps and replaced them with clear bra straps.

14th August 2011

Hem detail

Yeah it's not very neat I'm afraid and I think it looks better at the back as the waves are more widely spaced. Did I mention I'm terrible at getting anything even? lol I used clear nail varnish on the cut sections to stop the ribbon from fraying. This may mean the hem scratches my thighs a bit but I couldn't see another way around it as I can't over lock the ribbon.

14th August 2011

Ribbon added to bottom hem

Sheer ribbon was added to the bottom hem using a straight stitch but again with low tension. I didn't do a complete overlay of the dress like the original as in the Gee video it's not very clear the dress is two layers so thought it would be easier to just use a ribbon instead. The ribbon wasn't quite wide enough sadly but oh well.

I'm so pleased that even after adding the two ribbons I can still manage to slip this dress over my head, no zip required! Whoop!

14th August 2011

Halter neck

Close-up image

14th August 2011

Hem raised and halter neck added

Raised the hem to a more appropriate length (gotta be careful that my butt stays covered ^^')stitched it in place, removed the excess material and over locked the seam.

Pinned the ribbon into place and tried on the dress to make sure it looked ok before carefully sewing it on. I originally wanted to use a silver metallic thread I had however I soon learnt this type is thread isn't really made for use with sewing machines... So I unpicked the small bit I had done and started again with a grey thread.
Once that was done I cut the excess ribbon, folded and sewed the ends to neaten them and prevent fraying and added a snap fastener.

7th August 2011

Dress- main part complete

Sewed the dress pieces together on my machine using a zig-zag stitch with low tension due to the stretchy material. I cut away some of the excess fabric due to my generous seam allowance and then overlocked the seams.

It doesn't look the best shape laid flat and you can see the right side isn't shaped right (I'm clearly rubbish at getting anything even) but I'm not too bothered about it as the fabric clings to my curves any way, hence why I went with the dodgy pattern making as was mainly relying on the fabric to do the work. I'm pleased I can get this on just by pulling it over my head, no zips or buttons required.

The bottom hem needs to raised to the right length before adding the sheer ribbon and the silver halter neck needs to be done also.

7th August 2011

Dress- pieces cut

I only had one metre of fabric but it was still enough to enable me to double layer both sides of the dress (hence all the pins in the photo, two pieces are being held together). This gives the dress a nice weight, makes it feel sturdier and removes any see-through-ness so I don't have to line it or wear a slip or something underneath.

7th August 2011

Dress- making the pattern

As you can tell from the photo I pretty much cut around my original ball dress for Rinoa as a mock pattern for this, I just made sure I considered the seam allowance. I honestly don't recommend doing this for costume making in general as it can be inaccurate and the lines sloppy. I can't cut in a straight line as it is...

Oh and in case you're wondering I do still have the pattern used for my original dress but due to the weird American sizing it had to be taken in a lot so I couldn't be bothered with that again. Plus I'm skipping out on some of the seams and darts.

17th April 2010


Pair of white high heels I already owned.