Nina (Metamorphosis/Shamanised) - Breath of Fire II


London MCM Expo October 2010

Showcased 18th February 2011 What is this?




I was very doubtful about doing this to begin with as I wasn't sure about the design and if it would suit me. After wearing it this weekend though I'm so pleased I went ahead with it, the reception I got was just amazing! Everyone was wonderful and so helpful when I was trying to walk around with my wings on!

The dress itself is a satin backed dupion with silk jersey for the sleeves along with the the underskirt and scarf. It's not lined simply for the fact that even in October it gets hot wearing all the layers and the wings!
The top of the sleeves are slightly puffed and the gold is folded bias to match the rest of the trim.

The detailing on the skirt is all done with craft foam covered in gold lycra. Each side of the golden feathers have around 70 individual feathers separately covered and all held together with impact adhesive. The central design is similarly made but split into a number of different sections as I was working with A5 sized sheets. The centre gem is made from three sections slotted together and covered.

The underbust is a poly cotton drill base for strength with lyca as a top layer. It zips up at the back slightly to the side so it's in line with the pleat zip. The red gem once again is craft foam covered.
The pleats are all individually cut out from buckram and covered in silk jersey and lycra. All of them are glued to the underbust at the top of the folds. The beads are attached to the bias on both the pleats and underbust using wire and crimp beads.
The thinner belt is glued into place on the front and sides with a clasp at the back and the larger belt hooks onto the underbust and pleats twice on both sides.

The headdress is a plastic band base with craft foam on top. The beads are removable just incase they get tangled at all.

The shoulder armour base is from Yo Sushi sealed and sprayed blue with craft foam building up the rest of the design. It's held on with very strong magnets on the base that click together through the shoulders of the dress.

The wings were definitely interesting to make! First came the custom made harness which fits around my waist, underbust and above my bust with shoulder straps. It clips together at the back so everything is hidden. The back of the harness has slots in the back for the wings to fit in with small button hole openings in the back of the dress.

The wings are built up from a steel bar shaping the top half with chicken wire shaping the bottom half and filling it out. Next the wire was covered in wadding on both sides and everything sealed with gaffer tape. Finally working from the bottom the whole thing was covered in white feathers using a stupid amount of hot glue and both were then sprayed into the yellow/pink/purple gradient. The ends of the steel bar are left uncovered so they can slot in easy to the harness.

Plan to make the shoulders much bigger and alter the harness slightly to have another strap at the back. The wings need a little touching up after wearing and being a little battered walking around. Most of all though I want to improve my stage presence and performance as I know that's where I lost points.

Also for those interested, yes it was fire on stage. I used a small flint flash gun that fits on one finger and is loaded with flash cotton which burns at a very low temp very quickly.


Freyarule posted on 28 October, 2010 - 11:45
OMG!!!!! I cannot wait to see this, this is going to look so amazing!!!!!

GunstarVixen posted on 28 October, 2010 - 12:03
:D I can't believe you finished this! Very much looking forward to seeing it!

drowned_panda posted on 28 October, 2010 - 12:19
Looks incredible! I look forward to seeing it on stage this Saturday.

Mighty Odango posted on 28 October, 2010 - 12:27
I'm very glad you picked this design - really looking forward to seeing what you've made of it!

Fizzykat posted on 28 October, 2010 - 13:17
HOLY CRAP!!!! this is gonna be fucking awesome!! you were not joking about £200 worth of feathers!!

sjbonnar posted on 28 October, 2010 - 13:37
OMG YES! WHat an amazing choice! I can't wait to see it!

montblanc posted on 28 October, 2010 - 14:42
liz. i am your biggest fan ever :3 (and I'm totally not saying this cause I'm in your house right now....) its gonna look awesome. <3 love you!

Mangamad posted on 28 October, 2010 - 14:47
Wow....that dress looks pwiddyful. O,O< CAn't waitr to see this cosplay. ^o^

GoldieNeko posted on 28 October, 2010 - 14:51
*jaw drops to the floor* Holy Mother Of Fudge I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THIS! XD

Limegreenjelly posted on 28 October, 2010 - 16:15
This is going to look really good up on stage :) Will be rooting for you ^^

Lulu Rose posted on 28 October, 2010 - 17:14
This is going to be amazing. I really cannot wait to see this!

RebaSephiroth2 posted on 28 October, 2010 - 17:20
Wow! XD Can't wait to see the photos. ^_^

Kacela posted on 28 October, 2010 - 17:26
O My, Wow!!! I can't wait to see pictures X3

Sillabub posted on 29 October, 2010 - 01:18
Oh wow! It's an amazing design - and yay, Breath of Fire! I can't wait to see photos! Good luck with the finals! :D

Amy-Lou posted on 31 October, 2010 - 21:07
Liz you looked stunning! Such a beautiful costume and the gradient down the wings was really smooth. The flame show was the icing on the cake, really exciting :D

Littlerascal92 posted on 2 November, 2010 - 08:11
Simply breathtaking costume Liz, you have so much detail in it! You look amazing! You are a really talented person and those wings are beautiful!

perfectly_purple posted on 2 November, 2010 - 08:55
You looked incredible! Those wings are freaking awesome! Congrats on an epic costume of epicness!!

- posted on 2 November, 2010 - 10:18
Wooooow you looked amazing! stunning in fact. I love them wings. great work!

Shinigami_ky posted on 2 November, 2010 - 10:39
You looked absolutely epic darling. Great to see you. Hope you got to sit down eventually!!

agi posted on 2 November, 2010 - 11:43
i said it many times on the day but lovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelovelove :D

Telly posted on 2 November, 2010 - 12:39
Your skills are un-fricking-believable. So beautiful, and so close to the ref! <3

Defrain posted on 2 November, 2010 - 12:48
was a beautiful costume

drowned_panda posted on 2 November, 2010 - 19:13
Even when I saw you without the wings this looked great. With the wings it was stunning and shooting fire out of your hands on stage was unexpected and brilliant!

Chibi posted on 2 November, 2010 - 20:09
Missed Euro but the photos look fantastic, well done~ The pyrotechnics were a nice touch

AmethystEyes posted on 2 November, 2010 - 20:11
This was truly wonderful! I can't believe you managed to get it all done in the short space of a month. You totally deserved to be in the EC finals xx

Leonie Heartilly posted on 2 November, 2010 - 21:15
Gorgeous wings, wish I could of has a close-up look at them but they were in a car at the time! Darn lol I didn't watch Euro Cosplay as got a headache towards the end of the day but I shall deff be looking it up on youtube, the fire looks awesome =D

Tak posted on 3 November, 2010 - 10:25
Amy-Lou texted me on the day to say that you were cosplaying Nina - and seriously, I love you for it! You look amazing in the photos, I just wish I'd seen it in person.

Pez posted on 3 November, 2010 - 10:52
You looked absolutely magnificent!

Lady Bahamut posted on 4 November, 2010 - 15:56
Woah, absolutely AMAZING. Words cannot describe your craft-woman-ship, seriously *_*

Berserk667 posted on 5 November, 2010 - 00:08
Goodness gracious great balls of win :D

eternal_aranel posted on 5 November, 2010 - 19:37
So gorgeous!

Archer posted on 5 November, 2010 - 19:45
That is one pretty costume :D Love the wings ^_^

J-Po posted on 8 November, 2010 - 13:38
this was amazing so much detail :)

Alyx posted on 8 November, 2010 - 14:34
O_O Amazing!!!

Freyarule posted on 8 November, 2010 - 22:10
I loved loved loved this!!! The wings were gorgeous, in fact the whole costume was >w< you probably saw me squeeing when you were around the cosplay area XD

Zelda posted on 8 November, 2010 - 22:11
THis was amazing! Beautiful work!!!! <3

Bambi. posted on 8 November, 2010 - 22:13
I got a picture of you yay! <3 You looked beautiful hun!

NightmareWings posted on 8 November, 2010 - 22:17
This was awesome! I wanted to take the wings away so many feathers!

- posted on 19 November, 2010 - 14:46
really well done on this, it was stunning to see and the feathers where so beautiful.

Sasashie posted on 19 November, 2010 - 15:51
this was jaw dropping and so beautifull xx

NixieThePixie posted on 20 February, 2011 - 01:38
This is so amazing. And you're so dedicated *been reading the information bit* Out of curiousity - were the wings heavy?

SephNoir posted on 20 February, 2011 - 17:31
Thankyou everyone for the lovely comments! The thing I actually loved most about this costume was simply the reception it got from everyone! @Nixie The wings weren't heavy at all. They weigh no more than 1.5-2kg each so can easily be picked up in one hand! Really nice and comfy to wear too thanks to the lightness and the harness!

Sephirayne posted on 21 February, 2011 - 15:45
I can't believe I haven't commented on this yet!!! This is truly epic. The wings are so awesome and I love the fire effect. You looked so amazing. Well done hun ;)

Clover-tan posted on 22 February, 2011 - 07:26
Looks so fantastic, I'm speechless *-* I can't believe I didn't see you there D: aw, I wanted a picture~ ;w; *beats self*

tripletriad posted on 8 April, 2011 - 00:59
Holy crap! O_O"

TheEmoEmu posted on 12 June, 2011 - 16:52
This was too amazing!

LinkyLex posted on 12 October, 2011 - 23:10
Holy hell, them wings! This is just too perfect aha

blissfulbanana posted on 8 August, 2013 - 21:36
These wings are just stunning and I love the pyrotechnics xD. All the detailing is very beautiful