Terra Branford
final fantasy dissidia

Cosplayer: BlusterSquall

Variant: Alternate Costume

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

Amecon 2010

2nd August 2010: Basically Completed Everything is pretty much complete. Except the last hair item, the thing that slides into her ponytail.

I have the material for it, a king of translucent salmon pink ribbon, but sadly have misplaced my last remaining clear slide. So I'm going to be buying another of those tomorrow and doing the last bit tomorrow.

Aside from that, I can pretty much say this is finished. Hurrah!

28th July 2010: Shoes complete So; progress.

Well, the shoes are pretty much done. They had a second coat of gold paint on the front of them today which has dried now. I don't think they need another, so that is something out of the way!

I dyed the top of the cape today its somewhat yellow/orange. So the decorative bits are done, now all that needs doing is attaching the clasp. I'm actually thinking of making it a little off one shoulder. It won't be 100% accurate, but it would stop it from falling back the whole time.

26th July 2010: Shoes Yay - shoes arrived in the post this morning. I've already cut the fringing off and cut down to make the triangle shape in the front. Going to paint them today I hope, and also get some gold bias for the decor around the edges.

25th July 2010: Sleeves Sleeves are finished, hemmed and taken in etc.
Need to make the remaining hair decoration and also edit/customise the shoes when they arrive!

13th July 2010: Bead Belt I decided, while I was messing around with beads and my glue gun to get the bead belt done. This is basically a length of clear elasticated ... rubber thread threaded with beads.

Because the thread doesn't knot, it was another job for the hot glue, so at the ends of the belt there are big blobs of hot glue to stop the beads fall off. The beads are an assortment of ones I bought today and previously. Its impossible to see exactly the colours of the belt on any ref art, and even when looking at the character in the game museum you can't zoom in that close so I had to wing it.

Each bead is threaded on and then a blob of hot glue is placed on one side making a gap, then the next bead. In the gaps there is small, individual strands of gold fringing, as you can see, just about, there is dangling stuff between the beads in game and artwork.

13th July 2010: Hair clips These are the side clips that Terra wears in her hair just in front of her ponytail on either side.

They are clear slides with the same gold fringing on all the clothing hot glued onto the slide. The beads were then carefully and painstakingly threaded onto the fringing, and to stop them sliding off, the ends of the strands were hot glued so there was a block there.

The 'pearls' on the top part of the clip are just hot glued into place. I think they look sweet.

When the clips are in hair, the clear side is obviously covered by the hair, so it does just look like gold fringe and beads, like in ref artwork.

12th July 2010: Sashes Okay, all for sashes have been made, dyed and trimmed with the same gold fringe as the dress.

The purple and orange sashes have flowers on them, which I have painted on. Orange on the purple sash, and pink flowers on the orange sash. They are currently drying in my doorway.

I've done a second coat of paint on the flowers on the sleeves so they're pretty much done, just need hemming and taking in. UHM... need to find suitable boots too.

I have beads to make the little belt she has and also the 'chain' that goes on the cape. I have bought a couple of slide in clips too for the hair decor.

Additionally, I found a large purple stone that I'm going to use as the clasp on the sashes. It needs to be varnished, and it needs a brooch pin on it.

12th July 2010: Sashes I have two of the four sashes complete, the pink one and the orange one.

Both are made of georgette, and hand dyed using watered down dylon paint. I have the third in progress, which is the yellow one, but its not dry yet and probably won't be until I can put it outside in the morning to dry completely.

I have enough georgette to make the forth sash, the purple one and once that's done I'll get the yellow and purple hemmed and then sew on fringing to both ends of the sashes for a textured look.

I will probably also paint on some flowers, with heavily watered down dylon paint, if it works.

12th July 2010: More painting Most of the painting on the dress is finished, one of the flowers needs their middle, and the yellow needs some touches up. I'll be ironing the dress so that the paint gets secured on and won't peel etc.

The sleeves are painted, but need their extra coat. I'm going to take in the sleeves before I paint the second coat though cause the bagginess is bothering me a bit.

12th July 2010: Wig The wig was one I luckily already had, so no last minute wig buying for me! :D

Its the wig I originally used for my Rydia cosplays. The colour is pretty much perfect, and its easily styled into a ponytail. Admittedly, its a mid-ponytail, not the higher one that Terra has. But it'll do. It has some fringe at the sides, so that works too.

Originally I was going to use my Feena wig, which would have been wildlly inaccurate, so I'm glad I remembered I owned this one! :D

11th July 2010: Sleeves Sleeves have had their first coat of paint on the flower pattern, they're currently drying by the window. I have noted that the top hem of the sleeves is gold lined, like the dress.
Having thought about this, this will be painted on. If I use gold bias, as with the dress, I will not be able to get the sleeves up onto my upper arm without struggling or at all/risking cutting off blood supply.

11th July 2010: Paint Painting is quite fun and fairly easy.

I'm using the character museum on the Dissidia game as a constant reference and keep looking back at it, because you can zoom in on details. Its been more helpful than most things I can find on line. But there we go.

As I mention in the photo, most of the colours are custom mixed.
I started with several pots of red, white, one of blue and two pots of yellow. The red and blue were used for the purple, and then white was added to create the lilac.
Blue and yellow for the green, with white to make it lighter.
Red and yellow for the orange.
And red and white for the pink! Fun times!

I've mixed them all on plates, so I should have enough to do more coats and the sleeves.

11th July 2010: Cape Cape is georgette, which is like a slightly heavier chiffon fabric. Is semi-see through, and because its a man made fiber its not really possible to dye the traditional way with dylon. So I went and did what I did with my Padme dress; only because I don't have a garden any more to do the dying it, I had to fill a bowl with watered down red and white Dylon paint and dip the end of the cape in so it took to the paint. I then set it outside the window to dry (and nearly lost it in the wind).

I will be dying the belts the same way.

11th July 2010: Dress Dress is a really simple pattern. A KwikSew, same pattern I used for Celine. It has two side seams, so its really easy to make.
its made out of cotton lycra mix, so its soft and stretchy, but not shiny. I had to take it in a bit to create the figure hugging appearance the dress has but that was easy enough.

The top hem lining is butterscotch ribbon (because there was no gold bias binding) and that is folded over the top hem and really carefully sewn into place.

The fringe on the bottom is just cotton, and sewn on the bottom of the dress which was already hemmed.

The sleeves are just two tubes of the cotton lycra folded, sewn and then at the hand section, cut into shape and hemmed. The top still needs hemming and obviously they need painting.
Probably going to take the gloves in a bit to make them more snug as at the wrist at the moment they are a little on the loose side.

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- - 11th July 2010
Ooo looking good so far <3 loving the dress

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Sephirayne - 11th July 2010
So can't wait to see this. You are going to look awesome.

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BlusterSquall - 11th July 2010
Thanks much Sachiko. :]

Thanks Emma. I really hope it turns out okay. It would be fun to join in the Dissidia group.

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Sephirayne - 12th July 2010
Wow! You've done some amazing progress today. You look amazing. Can't wait to see it in person. I'm so looking forward to the Dissidia Group.

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BlusterSquall - 12th July 2010
Haha... yeah - I'm quite impressed with myself!
I hoping I can keep this up for the next few days so I can get this done, Sheena and Lloyd. That would take a load off my shoulders if they were all done for Amecon!

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Amy-Lou - 12th July 2010
I didn't know Terra was a dream costume of yours, good choice :)
You're really moving through this fast and it's looking great.

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Mungojerrie - 12th July 2010
Damn girl, that was some quick progress! :D Regardless, everything you've made so far looks brilliant and Terra really, really suits you! I can't wait to see the rest of it all :)

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BlusterSquall - 12th July 2010
@Mungojerrie - Yeah, I can make quick progress when I am inspired, it hasn't happened in a while, so I'm really happy to be feeling it on this costume. :]

@Amy - Yeah; it was on my to do list, but like I said, never thought I would have the skill to pull it off. ^^ But I'm really happy to be doing it now.

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Sasashie - 12th July 2010
looking fantastic hun keep it up cant wait to c it xx

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caylithe - 12th July 2010
Looking smexy :D! bonus points for not getting dye all over the kitchen :P

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FusionRose - 12th July 2010
looks amazing so far hun =D Loving the attention to detail x.

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BlusterSquall - 13th July 2010
@Sashie: Aw thank you so much! ^^ I really hope it looks okay when finished. ^^

@Caylithe: YAY! NO MESS. PET ME. :D

@Fusion: Thank you. Yeah, I figured it'd be good to pay extra attention here to the little details cause the other costumes I'm doing don't have oodles of detail to them. :)

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Luminescence - 13th July 2010
This is looking so pretty so far <3 I can't wait to see the final thing!

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Anonymous - 13th July 2010
wow so far thats amazing 8O! will deffintly lok out at Ame XD

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Monkey - 13th July 2010
Hehe need pictures wid'choo hunny if you're Terra! I can be your whiney "I'm Totally Smart!" Knight! Booyah! *gangsta*

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KuroStylr - 13th July 2010
Looking wicked hun! I will have to try and beat the snot outta you when i see you at ame! *Insert sinister kuja laugh!*

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BlusterSquall - 14th July 2010
@neo: Not if my trusty Onion Knight has anything to do with it! XP I can't wait to see your Kuja~! :D :D Are you coming to the Bristol Cosplay night?

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Defrain - 15th July 2010
looking good

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Komapsunida - 20th July 2010
You pretty lady you!! This costume is beautiful!!

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BlusterSquall - 20th July 2010
Awww~! Thank you lovely! <3 <3
Are you going to be at Amecon?

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Anonymous - 22nd July 2010
Terra is like my fave FF character of all time :D cant wait to see this you look beautiful in it so far

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PapercutPerfect - 26th July 2010
Looking amazing!

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BlusterSquall - 26th July 2010
Ah~ thanks guys. ^___^

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AmethystEyes - 26th July 2010
Looking lovely!

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Tak - 28th July 2010
I really would like to wear those boots!

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Sands - 2nd August 2010
lovely gradient dying on the cape, can't wait to see this love

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Amy-Lou - 20th August 2010
That green hair really suits you. I like the gradient dye and the way you weaved tassels into the bead string too, really effective.

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perfectly_purple - 21st August 2010
I love the icon picture and agree with Amy-Lou - green hair really suits you! ^_^ Everything looks stunning - bet it looked even more amazing in person!

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- - 22nd August 2010
great photos you have there really love them <3

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Strawberry_Sprite - 3rd September 2010
Beautiful costume :D It's wonderful to see a green haired Terra ^^

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PapercutPerfect - 5th September 2010
Looks amazing!

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goodbyeworld - 15th September 2010
This is amazing!
You make such a pretty Terra~ =)

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Zelda - 24th September 2010
You made a beautiful terra ^^ lovely work!!

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Leonie Heartilly - 7th October 2010
I can't believe you threw it away 0.O Fair enough if you were never going to wear it again but I'm sure someone would want it, especially with all the detailing.

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Zelda - 11th October 2010
You threw it away? But it was such a beautiful costume especially with all the beading on the flowers. Was so amazing ^^!