Costume :Rinoa Heartilly V.2
Variant :Normal
Source :Final Fantasy VIII
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Manchester MCM Expo 2011

Costume Photos

The Group x

Sad Rinoa

Ready to Launch!

Angelo Cannon!


Wing/In-Game Ref


Costume Information

Well the Rinoa Heartilly outfit I have was bought from CosplayMagic. It's been a year and a half and it's starting to fall apart (probably from overuse XD). The zip on the shorts is broken to the point it won' zip up (luckily the skirt covers it. And at Expo Oct 10 I was standing around minding my own business and then suddenly "PING" the elastic in one of the armbands broke -.-

Plus since I'm losing weight I want one that fits better. (Plus the shape of the duster made me look huge in the other one so I want to make it more slanted so my figure looks better XD)

So this time I want to make it myself and it shall be as accurate as possible =D I want the duster and arms to be a slightly darker blue than what I had before. I want to find a lovely wig that I can sew brown tracks in (since I bought a "Rinoa wig" off eBay and it wasn't too good) and I will actually make/commision her weapon so it doesn't break XD and then I want to make lovely big wings which I've tried before but I ran out of time to complete them.

So yes @_@ this is a big mission but I'm not going to rush it. If possible I'll have this done by April 9th when I'm having a gigantic FF8 photoshoot at my house with Hynes Children =D Then if it is done I might wear it at Expo on the Saturday since I still dunno who to be that day.

- I've decided to put all the costumes I've got planned for upcoming events into progress since I keep working on the wrong ones and this way I can feel a bit more organised XD

- Moving back to Planned as the photoday isn't until June now

- Being moved to In Progress as I'll be working on it in the next two months for the photoshoot

- All completed! It was done on Friday XD most of it being done by FusionRose and SilveraDestinova...but I helped! XD Basically they did near enough all of the sewing. I cut everything out and had to do some unpicking as some stitching went wrong and then I had to hem my armwarmers :D But yay complete! I really can't thank those guys enough <3

For the Duster I placed my v.1 duster over the fabric and cut around it. It was then to thin as it was quite see-through so we I then cut around the fabric again and lined them up. SilveraDestinova then used her sewing machine (as for some reason it kept breaking for me) to sew up along the top and we turned it inside out and then sewed the bottom. For the wings I used an old top. We printed off the wings and I cut around the wings and pinned it to the top so I could use it as a stencil. Then I neatened it up and Fusionrose stuck the wings onto the duster with no nails glue xD and she also hand sewed the arm holes and straps as it was too thin for the machine.

For the armwarmers I cut out a rectangle that fit my arm. Same with the duster one layer was two thin so I then cut four out. SilverDestinova sewed the pieces together and Fusionrose worked some magic to get it all together XD As they were too long I folded it in the length I wanted. Sewed them in place and cut off the access.

For this I cut the velvet into a rectangle. I sewed one end so it wasn't so rigid and such. Fusionrose then sewed the two ends together so I could stretch it over with ease. Whilst I was wearing it we determined where the buttons would go and then she sewed them on. Quick and simple! It's a bit too big so I had to safety pin it onto me and use boob tape to keep it down as it would roll up XD

Top and Shorts:
These were re-used from my v.1

I borrowed these from Fusionrose, I don't really know how she added the buckle XD

Just a black wig and I went into Claire's and bought some brown clip in extensions and clips them in.

Bought from Liz-Chan

I was really nervous entering the masq as it was the first time I'd ever done it =D I also thought I wouldn't be allowed coz the others did so much but since Fusionrose was in the group as well I was reassured it was okay xD I love this Rinoa its so comfortable but does get hot xD I'm already thinking of a v.3 but I adore this one so much. I want to make my own shorts and remake the skirt so it doesnt ride up and such and I need to edit the duster a little bit so it fits better around the torso and the shape is more accurate =D we were doing all this all through the night @.@ I fell asleep at 5am - 7:30 and the others didn't sleep at all. I have no idea how the made it through the expo! I love those guys so much :D <3


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Very pretty!!

by Ammy on Friday, 17 December, 2010 - 02:10

where did You get the material for duster?;D It's amazing!

by LadyShizuka on Saturday, 23 April, 2011 - 10:42
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I'll PM you a link :D it's quite expensive though >.< x but thanks :D

by BabemRoze on Saturday, 23 April, 2011 - 13:42
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You really do suit Rinoa so so well - I can't to see this new version x

by Pandora-Chi on Saturday, 23 April, 2011 - 15:36
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Yay for another Rinoa! Your fabrics look great. Will see you there! :)

by SakuraWings on Tuesday, 26 April, 2011 - 14:46
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you're gonna look great in this version 2! Coz you ALWAYS look great as Rinoa!

by FuriePhoenix on Saturday, 14 May, 2011 - 10:36
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Thank yoooou!! =D She's my favouriteeeee!!!

by BabemRoze on Saturday, 14 May, 2011 - 11:40
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Velvet for the skirt? That's different, but I can see why. Look forward to the finished product :D

by j_mercuryuk on Saturday, 2 July, 2011 - 13:45
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You've made so much more progress than me! My fabric's a deep shade of blue too, but I have seen pictures of Rinoa wearing a darker duster, so all's well! I'm really looking forward to the Expo now, there's gonna be so many FFVIII cosplayers there! :D

by SakuraWings on Wednesday, 13 July, 2011 - 18:20
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Awww haha I'm really slow xD Gonna make the skirt and armwarmers this week >.< hopefully will get the duster completed soon as well D: I'm just scared i'm going to mess up! Can't wait to see your Rinoa! <3

by BabemRoze on Wednesday, 13 July, 2011 - 18:47
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so pretty :D

by J-Po on Sunday, 31 July, 2011 - 23:16
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You make such a pretty rinoa - you really suit her :-)

by gaming_goddess on Sunday, 31 July, 2011 - 23:20
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You make a really cute Rinoa!

by DuskatNight on Sunday, 31 July, 2011 - 23:21
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Thank you guys :D I love heeerrrr <3

by BabemRoze on Sunday, 31 July, 2011 - 23:27
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You looked awesome in this ^_^ You deffo need some pics up with Angelo though lol :)

by Archer on Sunday, 31 July, 2011 - 23:48
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by Phee on Sunday, 31 July, 2011 - 23:52
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Was behind you in masq queue - looked aweseomes :-)

by Newdles on Monday, 1 August, 2011 - 00:39
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I just can't get over how beautiful you are as Rinoa :D Well done for completing it! <3

by Pandora-Chi on Monday, 1 August, 2011 - 17:05
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Eee, thank you everyone >3<

by BabemRoze on Monday, 1 August, 2011 - 20:58
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love your version 2!

by FuriePhoenix on Monday, 1 August, 2011 - 21:12
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by Numta on Monday, 1 August, 2011 - 21:29
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hahaha .... hahahahaha best pic ever :D could you imagine the game makers, hhmm what move can we make Rinoa do? i know, lets launch a dog :P

by J-Po on Monday, 1 August, 2011 - 21:38
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You made such a beautiful Rinoa :) *steals dog*

by Megitymeg on Monday, 1 August, 2011 - 21:50
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XD It was a great shot! stealing mah dog!

by BabemRoze on Monday, 1 August, 2011 - 21:57
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that dog went through a lot lol

by J-Po on Tuesday, 2 August, 2011 - 19:53
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you look great (also loling at the flying angelo pictures XD)

by Leolarua on Tuesday, 2 August, 2011 - 20:52
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OMG, love the pic of Angelo flying :D

by Archer on Friday, 12 August, 2011 - 23:30
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Cant believe I havent seen this until look amazing and love this pictures

by SamanthaKaiba on Wednesday, 2 May, 2012 - 20:30
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Thank you =D I'm already planning version 3! lol x

by BabemRoze on Wednesday, 2 May, 2012 - 23:28

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2:28am and counting! (Posted 30th July 2011)

So here I am at half two in the morning with the wonderful silveradestinova and fusionrose by my side helping me get this finished for We&#039;ve cut everything out - Duster wings, duster, armwarmers &amp; skirt. The top &amp; shorts i&#039;m reusing. I&#039;ve got clip on brown extensions which work really well. We&#039;re cracking on into the night but these two are deffo putting in loads more hard work @.@ coz I somehow break the sewing machine...and numta3 playing ff8 on the psp xD

Duster Progress (Posted 24th July 2011)

I was failing trying to make it from my own idea. So I got my v.1 duster and put it over the material and cut around it. Now I need to neaten the edges, thicken it up a bit, edit the shape a little bit and then add the fastener/tie and white wings. @.@ I can't believe I left it so late to start this...

Update 2 (Posted 3rd July 2011)

The knitted material arrived. Its alot darker than it looks =/ but I'm gonna give it a go anyway. I bought some buttons online but then found the perfect buttons in a market XD I'm currently making the skirt and so far so good!..I hope xD After that I'll do the armwarmers and then duster. I'm leaving the shorts til last because if I run out of time I can use my old ones. I'll be using my Rinoa top I already have but will try and make/edit my own shorts. I've got to get some different boots because the shoes I have give my nerves horrible pains and something or other @.@ but at least I'm finally starting! :D

Update (Posted 30th May 2011)

Okay. So the hair extensions arrived and they were red >_> not a browny red. Red red. So I'm going to buy extensions from an actual shop so I can see the colour as it actually is. At MCM Expo I was able to collect my new necklace from Liz-Chan and it's such good quality and is so lovely and pretty :D I'm very pleased! The velvet has arrived too and I'm still waiting for the ribbed material. Our photoshoot has been changed to August now so we can look for a Squall to join in so I'm now working toward Manchester expo in July. This also gives me a month to try and shed some lbs! I want this version 2 to be perfect and not just the outfit but myself as well. I'm even looking into lazor eye surgery which my nan has offered to contribute too as well! I'm sick of contacts so hopefully by July everything will be perfect!

Hair Extensions (Posted 23rd April 2011)

I know they seem pretty dark, but ages ago Fusionrose bought a colour from this place that we thought was 100% perfect. But when they arrived they were VERY light. So I'm hoping when these arrive they're lighter and a good colour. If not there are lots of wig/extension shops near where I live so I'll see if I can buy some in there

Knitted Fabric (Posted 22nd April 2011)

I noticed it would take 4-6 weeks to get here! omg. So by my Calcs that's like end of May. And since our photoshoot is 11th June I was like O_O!!! So I regretfully spent £33.72 on this fabric -.- but it's so pretty =D I got three metres as advised. So I hope that's more than enough as I might need some for my secret cosplay >.>... but yeah it better arrived!! *shakes fist*