Stiltzkin (Mascot) - Final Fantasy IX



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EDIT 20/6/13: For people who don't know already, I'm bringing Stiltzkin back out for the summer! Unfortunately I lost the gloves, shoes and scrolls, so I've managed to remake them and improve on them! Instead of just making spats and gluing/sewing them to shoes exposing the sole, I've made a proper shoe cover with fleece at the bottom. Yes, they will get dirty as hell, but I'm hoping to not go outside too much in him so they shouldn't get wet XDD
Anyways, I'm wearing Stiltzkin on the Sunday of LFCC and the Saturday of Hyper Japan, both in July :D really looking forward to wearing him again, it's been too long <3

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Every newish cosplay, I set myself a challenge. This time was making a mascot costume. I learnt tons doing this and I hope it shows :)

Stiltzkin is one of my favourite moogle characters from Final Fantasy, and especially in FFIX when he sells you stuff and travels and seemingly survives everything.....SuperMoogleee. And I know moogles have been done a lot before, so I put my own twist on it by doing Stiltzkin <3

HOW I SOMEHOW MADE IT:

The head was the most expensive and time-eating part of the cosplay, and it's made up of a wire mesh frame with wadding and foam inside and outside it which is then finally fleeced and the various facial features made and stuck on.

The bodysuit was made from a costume pattern by McCalls, it was really helpful. I made the bodysuit, spats(boot covers) and gloves from the pattern.

I made both bags from scratch, one from cotton drill done up by a button, the other made of brown pleather and the top is drawstring.

The scrolls were made by cutting up various sizes of 4 A2 cream card, and each scroll has an inside joke or quotes from FFIX :)

I added some fluffy bits to the tummy and a fluffy collar to go over the bodysuit so as to cover up my skin as the bodysuit doesn't completely cover up to where the head starts :D

EDIT: I entered Stiltzy into the October Expo 2011 for a skit with Goldie Neko's Black Mage :) We didn't win anything but I'm very proud of us nonetheless :D


Comments

Crazedteensie posted on 8 May, 2010 - 09:30
STILZKIIIIIIIIIIN I will buy your stuff :D

MoonLily posted on 8 May, 2010 - 10:00
.......... <333333333 8D

Lady Bahamut posted on 8 May, 2010 - 10:42
OMG YAY! X3

Freyarule posted on 8 May, 2010 - 10:59
Hehe thankyou everyone :3 I'll give ya a Diamond, a Hi-Potion, an Elixir and a piece of cheese for 6'666 |3 yeaaah

Mungojerrie posted on 9 May, 2010 - 00:28
<3 SO EXCITED TO SEE THIS

Freyarule posted on 9 May, 2010 - 09:04
I'm so excited to make it! It'll be hard but if I annoy enough people who've made moogles before to give tips I should be fine x3

Paprika posted on 9 May, 2010 - 12:13
do want!

Freyarule posted on 11 May, 2010 - 00:49
Thankies very much :3

GoldieNeko posted on 12 May, 2010 - 09:31
GAH! If I go to Kitacon 2011 I am oblidged to bring out my moogle to join you oh masterfull Freyarule XD

Freyarule posted on 12 May, 2010 - 11:09
YESSSS DOO EEEEET Emma's Artemicion as well so we can have an epic moogle group! Might be asking for your halps and advice on stuffs though, specially with the head :)

GoldieNeko posted on 12 May, 2010 - 11:37
I did find the head (as demnted as mineis) to be the most evil construction piece I've ever come across to date! Beware many burns may indeed follow along the path of making a mascot moogle. At least it did for me, I ended up losing several of my fingerprints for three days due to hot glue burns DX

Freyarule posted on 12 May, 2010 - 13:20
Oh my T_T well I'll try and stay away from the hot glue and my finger :D (I'll use it but try not to stick my fingers in it lol)

picklesofdoom posted on 22 May, 2010 - 18:49
You're wearing this for Kita III.....?! Okies! *must update her Artemicion* Hmmmmmmmm :3 YAY FOR RAMBO STILZSKIN. Don't you be stealing ma Superslick, yo!

Freyarule posted on 22 May, 2010 - 19:00
We should totally have a bit where you have a huge cardboard cutout of a bottle of superslick and attempt to use it and then I hit you with a scroll and scold x3

picklesofdoom posted on 22 May, 2010 - 19:18
omg..that would be epics :3

Freyarule posted on 22 May, 2010 - 19:41
toootallyyyyyyyy 8D

Clood posted on 4 September, 2010 - 19:15
FUNNY FURRY THING, GIVE YOUR WARES. MY KUJATASTIC CROTCH DEMANDS IT <3

Freyarule posted on 4 September, 2010 - 19:46
OH MAI OH MASTERFUL LORD OF THE CROTCH, I SHALL GIVE YOU RANDOM ITEMS FOR A 4 DIGIT NUMBER THAT INCLUDES THE SAME NUMBER ON EACH DIGIT. THEN YOU SHALL SCRATCH YOU HEAD ON HOW I EVEN MANAGED TO GET HERE WHEN YOU BELIEVED ME TO BE BLOWN UP IN THAT WEIRD EXPLOSION IN THE LAST CUT SCENE. /caps

Quinzel posted on 31 December, 2010 - 00:40
So much win!! Good luck; I can't wait to see it!

picklesofdoom posted on 12 February, 2011 - 19:59
I agree, fleece is so nice to cut! looking forward to seeing the suit finished. Its fairly easy to sew with that pattern when you get round to doing it :3

Freyarule posted on 12 February, 2011 - 20:15
I'm kicking myself up the ass this week, gotten a lot of the props done or in progress today which I'm happy with (started on Nausicaa's gun, it looks pretty cool!) and I WILL sew the bodysuit, and then get started on the head :D

BabemRoze posted on 13 February, 2011 - 21:17
Can't wait for this :D It's gonna be adorabubble! x

CrystalNeko posted on 15 February, 2011 - 23:22
OMGGGGG that bodysuit looks amazing, so squishy!! I demand major huggles with you in it!!

Freyarule posted on 15 February, 2011 - 23:26
Thankyoooou! You shall receive many snuggles and huggles my dear >w<

NixieThePixie posted on 15 February, 2011 - 23:40
Naaaaaaay, I so want to hug you in that!!! But I don't think it'll be possible in my Quina cosplay... I shall just have to bounce into you or something....

J-Po posted on 16 February, 2011 - 00:14
amazing this is absolutely great work :D :D cant wait to see it on the day this is mad of a lot of epicness :D

BabemRoze posted on 16 February, 2011 - 01:27
That looks so comfy!! *¬* I'd sleep in it! LOL! XD

Freyarule posted on 16 February, 2011 - 10:03
Thankyou everyone! Oh it is sooo comfy to be in >w< I was sitting in it for a good half hour all snuggly :D

GoldieNeko posted on 16 February, 2011 - 14:20
I agree with BademRoze, I wanna sleep in the body suit! XD Gawd I'm now thinking that I'll have to totally re-vamp me moogle so we can has pics together as moogles! XD

Freyarule posted on 16 February, 2011 - 15:14
That would be epic!!!!! 8DD

Raye-chan posted on 16 February, 2011 - 20:34
Awesome! I'm making Freya Crescent for distant worlds ^^ cant wait to see more pics of this!

Lady Bahamut posted on 4 March, 2011 - 19:36
OMG Stilitzkin! You are looking AMAZING SUPER AWESOMENESS!!! X3 I wanna hug yoooou!!!

Rain posted on 4 March, 2011 - 20:01
How cute!! :3

J-Po posted on 4 March, 2011 - 20:10
OMG AMAZING! YOU ARE ACEFACE :D this is seriously epic!

Numta posted on 4 March, 2011 - 20:12
this is epic! Can't wait to see it at Kita ^_^

Freyarule posted on 4 March, 2011 - 20:21
Thankyou everyone!!! <3

GoldieNeko posted on 4 March, 2011 - 20:21
XD THIS LOOKS EPIIIIIIIIIIIIIC!!!! We SO have to have a moogle get together now!

Freyarule posted on 4 March, 2011 - 20:32
YESSSSS I AGREE <3

BabemRoze posted on 4 March, 2011 - 20:33
OMGOMGOMG THIS IS SO ADORABLE!! I need to give you hug!! =D IT'S SO CUTE!!! <3

Megitymeg posted on 4 March, 2011 - 23:42
omg you;re gonna have to cope with a ruby glomping you all day, this is so amazing xD

gaming_goddess posted on 5 March, 2011 - 18:01
This looks amazing - and so cuddly can't wait to see it at kita!

Charlie-Bear posted on 7 March, 2011 - 09:40
Omg Mel I knew you were struggling with this at some points but you really cant tell now its so amazing *O* I'm so getting dibs on hugging you in this :'D

Freyarule posted on 7 March, 2011 - 21:27
Thankyou my sweet >3< prepare for it to take up a corner of our room >8D

Quinzel posted on 4 April, 2011 - 21:18
I saw this in a masquerade vid and I was actually grinning...so awesome! Amazing work :D.

Freyarule posted on 5 April, 2011 - 08:23
Thankyou very much! I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

Kacela posted on 5 April, 2011 - 09:05
This is really amazing!! Looks so adorable =]

Frederica la Noir posted on 14 April, 2011 - 07:43
this was soooooooo cute! (and amazing!) :) x

SilentDragonfly posted on 5 June, 2011 - 11:04
I really like it, kupo!

Freyarule posted on 6 June, 2011 - 11:32
Thankyou very much! Kupo!

Raye-chan posted on 15 June, 2011 - 20:10
I love this soooo much! I will buy your medicine pack anyday :) x Brilliant work x

Freyarule posted on 16 June, 2011 - 08:38
Thankyou my dear! :D

Demented Kid posted on 22 June, 2011 - 20:24
Waaah Your Stiltzkin is sooo cute 8D I need to see this IRL! >(

Freyarule posted on 23 June, 2011 - 07:32
Thankyou my dear >w< I'm rewearing him for October Expo if that helps? :D

MADALEENA posted on 18 August, 2011 - 13:10
wow this is super cool!! ^_^ great stuff!

Freyarule posted on 23 August, 2011 - 13:23
Thanks very much!! :D

SlimDefinition posted on 23 September, 2011 - 20:18
Thank you for your comment. ^^' And this was AWESOME!

Freyarule posted on 27 September, 2011 - 16:18
Thankyou very much hun! :)

RebaSephiroth2 posted on 27 September, 2011 - 17:32
Really cool!

gaming_goddess posted on 7 November, 2011 - 20:42
This was so amazing in the masquerade :D Loved seeing this again its one of my favorite cosplays of yours :D And your skit was so funny :D

Freyarule posted on 8 November, 2011 - 15:03
Thankyou dearie! Glad you enjoyed it! :D

Kei Lin Sama posted on 30 June, 2013 - 21:01
Dammit I am so bad at recognising people in costume..!! Thank you for returning my escaped Cri-Kee to me after May Expo Masq! I look forward to seeing your Stiltzkin at LFCC - he's my favourite moogle.

Freyarule posted on 2 July, 2013 - 08:01
Not a problem! <3 see you there!! :D

Kei Lin Sama posted on 29 July, 2013 - 17:49
KUPO KING!! Great photo on the Iron Throne, and your performance at Hyper Japan was brilliant as always!

Freyarule posted on 29 July, 2013 - 20:50
Thank you my dearie!! <3

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Progress Journal

4th March 2011

How I made the head PART 14

The pom pom was done by taking a felt ball pattern (you can easily google it) and cutting out 6 of the sections from red silk. Then I sewed the sections together to form the ball, filled it with stuffing and made a circle of silk to close the top opening of the circle, while gluing the other opening onto the top of the wire. It's not too heavy and bounces nicely :)

4th March 2011

How I made the head PART 13

I attached the ears on. I also made some "tufts" by cutting out semi circles of fleece, closing up the circular side when folded in half, then filled with stuffing and stuck onto the sides of the face. It's a method I learnt when making Gardevoir's spikes on her face.

4th March 2011

How I made the head PART 12

I made the ears by getting triangles of foam sheeting, cutting it down the middle without cutting it straight off, and then gluing it together so it formed the 3d shape (if that makes sense). Then I covered them with fleece, then glued red fabric (same as the nose) onto the insides.

4th March 2011

How I made the head PART 11

I added the nose (an oblong shape of foam sheeting, and stuffing in a red fabric casing) and the eyes (black felt) to the face. I also added the wire for the pom pom and painted it black.

4th March 2011

How I made the head PART 10

Covered the head with fleece! It's a bit of a crappy job, but it was my first attempt so I'm happy.

Don't really have a method for this, just basically threw fleece on and then glued and cut it to size in different sections.

4th March 2011

How I made the head PART 9

I cut out some foam sheeting and glued it around the wadding, except for the muzzle part, to give the fleece a smoother surface to cover!

23rd February 2011

How I made the head PART 8

This part I added more wadding to try and make it less cylinder, more sphere - I think it worked alright. I also added the top layer on one half to create more shape to the mouth/nose area (so it's a sort of muzzle)

I also cut out the mouth hole at this point - this is where I'll be looking through (yup, that mouth hole is level with my eyes so this head is quite huge!) and my next step will be to put the rest of the wadding inside the head to cover up the wire mesh completely.

I've tried out the head and it gets hot quickly, imagine what it'll be like on the day, geeeeeeeez.XDDD

23rd February 2011

How I made the head PART 7

Now for my secret weapon - WADDING!

I bought some expanding foam after looking at examples of other awesome cosplays using it. However, when I also bought some wadding I found it was thick enough to bulk up the mesh without need of the foam! I still have the can of foam for whenever I do a prop :D

So this is putting the wadding together. No real method, just laid the wadding out (I got quite a thick density, about 2. something grams) and then rolled the structure to get an exact one. Then I hot glued it all together, and trimmed the bits at the top, which here aren't done yet.

23rd February 2011

How I made the head PART 6

This is the head with all the wire panels joined together.

I was a bit disappointed in the shape, it looked like a LEGO head rather than a sphereish shape :( but never mind, for my first attempt I'm happy with it :)

23rd February 2011

How I made the head PART 5

As you can see I was able to fold in the top panels.

I attached them together using duct tape!

23rd February 2011

How I made the head PART 4

I snipped the panels into triangles rather than having just squares - this enabled me to fold them in far easier at the top end!

23rd February 2011

How I made the head PART 3

Unfortunately the top edge didn't work very well, and I began to lose confidence in this D:

But a quick chat with people on Facebook and text (love to you all who helped out) gave me some ideas on how to proceed.

23rd February 2011

How I made the head PART 2

I began to shape the bottom end, for where my head would go through. To do this, I snipped down the side in sections to create panels, and then I folded them in. I made sure there was room for my head!

23rd February 2011

How I made the head PART 1

I got some wire mesh from B&Q for about 7-8 quid per sheet, I got 2 sheets. If I did this again (I doubt I'll make a head out of wire mesh again!!!!) I'll get hexagonal mesh instead of rectangular, because hexagonal I feel will be more flexible. Meh too late now :P

Anyway, I then shaped the wire sort of round my head but not really close, a few cm away so I had room to be able to move my head in and out. It turned out to be a cylinder, and because I needed more I had to cut a panel out of the second bit of mesh sheet and then duct tape it to the other bit. It's not as bad as I thought, I was afraid there would be a pointy dent bit where the joint wasn't secure enough but it turned out alright.

14th February 2011

Bodysuiiiiitttt!!!!!

I've almost finished the bodysuit! Just got to elasticate the other leg bottom :) (I've elasticate the leg and arm holes to make it fit more)
But I am loving it, it fits well with the style and it's nice and warm too (which means if it's warm I'm screwed)
Next I'll make the mittens and spats (basically removable shoe covers) and then I'll take some pics :) and then I start the most important part, the HEAAAD

12th February 2011

Basic shapes

I've got the basic shapes for the jumpsuit cut out, just a matter of sewing it all together D: I'm scared LMAO. It should be fine.

Fleece is a lovely material to cut though. Mmmmmm <3

24th January 2011

So...........

I've got the fleece material for Stiltzkin and the pattern......so why aren't I doing it D<
Oh yeah, uni has been exhausting but after tonight (when I have a performance) I should be fiiiine!

Going to have a daytrip to Hobbycraft and B&Q, Hobbycraft to geek over craft supplies and B&Q to look for chicken wire for the shape of Stiltzkin's head!

I think I'm a bit scared with starting this, I don't want to get it wrong :(

The fleece is nice and snuggly :) I use one bit as a blanket sometimes when it's cold so it'll be sad to cut it up LOL