Ashelia B'nargin Dalmasca (Wedding Dress) - Final Fantasy XII

In Progress

Amecon 2012




Oh my God this is a big project, please shoot me now.

Om_nom_nom is cosplaying my husbando Rasler with me.

I actually love this game. Admittedly I hated it when it first came out because I kept dying to rats. But then when I defeated the rats and actually learnt how to use the battle system it was fun and I loved Fran and Ashe. Can't pull off Fran so cosplaying Ashe instead!

Detail detail detail, that's all I actually see in this costume.


LemonPanda posted on 23 December, 2010 - 07:55
fwaoooorrrrr~ 8D awesome dressss~ hurr can't wait to see progress on itttt~ 8D your'll look amazing! >;D

Mungojerrie posted on 23 December, 2010 - 09:09
Ahhhhh you will look amazing as Ashe 8D Good luck and I really can't wait to see it!

Kaythenia posted on 23 December, 2010 - 14:43
I’ve always loved Ashe’s wedding dress ever since playing the game, it’s a stunning design as to be expected from the FF games. I wouldn’t dare cosplay her myself despite her awesomeness because we’re very different body types but I can’t wait to see some progress on it! Major kudos to you for being so brave! You're going to look lovely. xxx

DuskatNight posted on 23 December, 2010 - 15:39
I'm sure you'll do a fantastic job of this!

ZombieNerdz posted on 24 August, 2011 - 01:56
YESSS! This will be so beautiful!! Eeee, can't wait to see it finished!! <3

KonohaKunoichi94 posted on 30 August, 2011 - 14:33
omg i looove ashe!! cant wait to see this ♥♥

Om_nom_nom posted on 13 September, 2011 - 15:23

eternal_aranel posted on 17 July, 2012 - 11:03
This looks amazing so far! Big project! I'm impressed!

MadameLapin posted on 28 July, 2012 - 17:12
Ive never appreciated how ODD this wedding dress is until seeing you having to make it and some of the references. This looks so challenging but I bet it will be fab when you finish it.

Relion posted on 29 July, 2012 - 19:48
Looking forward to this!

Freyarule posted on 29 July, 2012 - 23:18
The painting is looking awesome! Can't wait to look for the faces XDDD

Sammykins posted on 30 July, 2012 - 07:57
Long live the cute little monster XD Good luck with the mammoth of a costume (I wonder if Square Enix make these super detailed costumes to say "There- have a go at THAT!" to cosplayers??!)

Freyarule posted on 2 August, 2012 - 22:31
The foam details look fine hun - it will give it a nice 3D effect :D

Keekal posted on 4 August, 2012 - 01:18
I cannot wait to see this. You are going to look absolutely fantastic. :D <3 All of your progress pics are amazing!

KiraraYumi posted on 4 August, 2012 - 17:20
This is looking AMAZING! 8D

Pandora-Chi posted on 4 August, 2012 - 21:40
I can feel the dedication and the number of burns and cuts u could have accumulated from all the foam XD Everything's gonna look so lovely :3

alienqueen posted on 5 August, 2012 - 22:00
This is going to be bloody amazing whens it done, anyone who dedicates that amout of time and effort to costume will have something beautiful to show at the end of it xxx

KiraraYumi posted on 15 August, 2012 - 21:54
Aaah, I only got to see you in all of this from a ways away, but you looked so gorgeous ;~; Still kinda astounded you could move in it! xD

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Progress Journal

15th August 2012


I wore this for a grand total of an hour at Amecon \o/

Was originally entered for the masquerade but decided to drop out at the last minute because I refused to wear it unfinished. But I thought I'd carry on wearing it regardless to see how well it fares to wear and tear.

I took off the veil due to rage because it drags on my wig. Next time I am sewing it directly onto the wig and then putting in even more grips to make it stay on! You can see the veil on the floor, I call it my chicken head. Yeah, my wig was sliding off due to that veil, didn't realise it slid off that badly though otherwise I would have fixed it!

My con badge is also still on my waist, I keep forgetting about the thing because it feels like it's not there.

I'm going to wear clear straps with the costume next time. I sewed in some loops before lining the bodice just in case it doesn't sit right and I'm so glad I did now because it really, does not sit right.

Now that I have a bit more time I'm going to add one more (maybe two) layer to the bustle.

Then there's just additional detail to the veil and dangly bits on the skirt. Which will take forever mind you, but this cosplay shall be done eventually!

Thank you Spirit of the Stage for this photo~

8th August 2012

Bustles 70%

(Technically later today)

But not without a cheeky journal update!

I've done all the detailing for the bustles now. All that's left is to sew on all the bias binding (I may need to make more), attach it to the skirt and that's that done. Bustles were very quick and easy though it did take a bit of thinking and some quick calculations to try and figure out what's the best pattern for them.

The second layer of the bustle is the most confusing thing ever. I made one side as accurate as I could from a screenshot but then I got bored and did random designs. It just had to look busy, and busy it looks. Though one side looks busier than the other because I got bored and skimped out a bit, you can't actually tell, it's just me!

I've sewn on the bias binding for three of the veils, got one more to do but I need to make more bias binding. I also need to hand embroider the details because paint looks horrible and the detail is too intricate to cut out and hem on duchess satin ;_____;

Embroidery will be the last job I do. Going to fit together all the armour pieces tomorrow, ahhhhhh.

You can see my headdress peeking into the photo as well hah. I need to mix together proper acrylic paints in order to paint the gold detail. The feathers are ready for attaching, just have to drill a hole through the middle so I can attach it onto a comb.

5th August 2012

Skirts 100%

I can finally list /something/ as complete XD

All the bias binding is sewn on and they now have zips!

Well, maybe they're not 100% complete exactly, they just need minor things like cutting away long bits of thread from the machine and ironing the blasted the bias binding. But that's a hotel room job probably as the whole thing will need ironing after being packed away in a suitcase anyway. Although I'm contemplating it carrying it in a plastic suit bag if it's rather fragile for the suitcase, in which case I shall iron it before leaving!

Cba to shoot in manual mode and my light bulb turns everything yellow so please excuse the yellow tinted photo \o/

I'd go ahead and add bias binding to the bodice as well but I'm going to wait til the armour is finished so that I know where exactly it will go.
I was going to finish the veils today as well but going to do that tomorrow whilst armour is drying because dad's in his room and I use his room for cutting large bits of fabric. So for now I'm going to work on the bustles! I haven't even started them yet, woops! But I'm going to applique everything rather than paint so I should get it done quicker.

4th August 2012

Armour 50%

Meet daddy, mummy and baby 8D

They're not stuck down for obvious reasons that I need the un-raised bits white so I'm painting it separately. But I thought I'd share this family portrait <3

The baby ones are a killer to cut out though and I want to throw them all out the window. In the reference you can't make out what the slightly bigger than the beads bits are so I thought it'd be cool to make everything match. WHY DID I DO THAT? STUPID DECISION. STOOOOOOPID. I have 24 of the things to cut out, this will be a nightmare. I've cut out all of mummy and daddy though, they were pretty easy.

I forgot to buy spray paint today and I'm pretty sure the car shop is closed on Sundays, going to have to buy it on Monday, woops XD;

Going to start sculpting tonight probably!

4th August 2012

Armour 40%

Guys guys, take a look. It's taking shape 8D

Although I realise that the bottom bit needs reshaping and I think I must have threw a layer in the bin by accident... As it's missing a layer in one of the gaps LOL. Awkwaaaaard... It's not the first time I've done this, I did it before on one of the bits in the middle.

But yeah, have a picture of half the bodice armour! Other half is still being drawn out and in the stage of getting more glue on my fingers than the foam.

You can't tell from the picture but I did a very small bit of engraving to emphasise the different direction of bands (?) in the middle section where the random oval things are. THESE DETAILS WILL PROBABLY NEVER SHOW UP ON CAMERA BUT I MUST DO THEM FOR MY OWN EASE OF MINE OTLLLL.

It's a bad idea to do gluing in my room late at night as despite the window being open, the smell will linger for a while. Therefore if I awake loopy tomorrow, then you will know why 8D

2nd August 2012

Armour 25%

Going to pretty much stop progress for the evening and I haven't taken any real progress photos lately despite pretty much working solidly every day. I just haven't had any photo worthy progress!

All the templates are all drawn and cut out. They've all been drawn out onto the red foam which is the thinner foam and I have yet to draw out the remaining pieces onto the thicker foam. I could have really done with 1mm foam but sadly money will not allow for it and I already had the standard 2mm foam leftover from a big project which never sadly took shape - that project will take shape hopefully but I no longer want to use foam for it anymore so it's all good for Ashe XD

I'm hoping my way of making the details raised and defined works? Please tell me it works, my brain cannot handle all these fumes I've inhaled from gluing the bastards together! It would make me cry if I had to rip it all apart and redo it XD

More things I've done that aren't photoworthy:
Added more tulle to the petticoat, it makes a huge difference! I can turn around full circle on the spot and the skirts will stay perfectly in shape, touch wood. I'm going to add on just a bit more tulle for added security as I may have just been very lucky at the time of trying it on but I'm quite proud! But you don't want to look at it, ugliest petticoat I've ever seen XD

Both skirts are now fully lined but need new zips as the ones I bought were too long. Well I could put them in, but it'd look a lot nicer if I used the shortest zips possible.

I don't think I've mentioned this any where, but I made the veiling ages ago. It's just been sat on the wig head for ages now. I just have yet to alter it so that it has less volume as it looks like a bird's nest on the top as I had to gather it so much, it was really wide tulle! XD

I'm hoping tomorrow I can finish off all the foam bits and PVA it once or twice depending on how much time I have so that I can spray paint it on Sunday. I can go back to plain ol' sewing in between drying time. Assembly of everything will take the longest X____x

29th July 2012

Painting 80%

The skirts are done! Would have done them quicker but I was watching the Gymnastics at the same time \o/

Picture reposted from my tweet as it's still kinda drying and I cba to wear it right now anyway.

Fun fact: I painted the underskirt by stuffing a shoebox between the satin and lining as I needed a hard surface. But then with the corners I switched to stuffing newspaper inside.
Life would have been a lot easier if I hadn't lined the thing before painting but I needed to know where all the curves were and it would have been too bothersome to unpick it all then stitch it together again after painting!

29th July 2012

Painting 30%

I've done 2/3 of the underskirt now. Going to do the rest today and make a start or maybe finish the upperskirt if I'm lucky!
I got a flick of paint on the side of the skirt hence why one side is soaked due to me furiously scrubbing it off... orz.

Try and spot the faces on it! There's a face that looks like a creepy clown, one that looks like Akamaru from Naruto (Kiba's dog!) and one that's my cute little monster. And one that looks like a killer plant. I'll have you know I didn't paint these faces on purpose, I did my best to follow the design, with some artistic license D;

Watching the Olympic games have been a huge distraction... But also gives me entertainment whilst painting \o/

29th July 2012

Armour template

My internet decided to pack up on my last night so have a bit of a backlog of pictures!

I only have to make a template for the back dangly bits, the clasp and the biggest side dangly bits and that should be it. Everything else has a template and has been drawn and cut out from foam. Most just need a second layer for raised details and then they're good for PVA and paint!

Showing picture of template as the foam has no detail drawn on so thought this would be easier to look at.

28th July 2012


I've sketched out half of it and painted about 1/5 of it in the past... 2hrs??

Now I don't normally repost my silly tweets because the photos I take on my phone are really quite poor quality. But it was just so amusing that I thought I'd share.

Well there goes my excitement.
But if you do see it: 8D

Points to whoever can spot it on my dress when I come to wear it. But there will soon be other bits of lines and stuff so it may not look like a little monster any more, which will make me sad. BUT I SHALL FOREVER HAVE THIS PHOTO PROOF THAT I CREATED A CUTE LITTLE MONSTER.

I think the paint fumes and late nights cutting foam are getting to me... Even though I don't think there are actually any fumes from Dylon fabric paints...

This cosplay is giving me the crazies, please excuse me.

26th July 2012



This is all the bits to the side and underneath my boob. I've already drawn out the actual bit surrounding the boobs and it's already transferred onto the foam. That was the easier bit, the harder bit was this whole side bits of armour because it's considerably bigger meaning more detail to work out.

The quality of the videos may be good, but still not good enough to work out because her damn veil or arm gets in the way in a lot of the shots!

Photo to show a very rough sketch which will be transferred onto newspaper to scale so I can transfer it onto the foam. For the boob bit I did it the other way around, used newspaper to get a rough shape and then sketched it out properly onto paper because it's easier to see the details on paper. Sadly A4 isn't large enough for this job and I don't have any A3, so newspaper it is!

Honestly, the hardest bit is trying to work out the design. Once this is all done then cutting out the foam and assembling it all should be fairly easy, note, I said should.

26th July 2012

Detailing 5%

These past few days have been me, staring endlessly at all the different references I've gathered, and just staring... Occasionally trying to sketch out dafuq is going on in the armour pattern, but yeah, lots of staring.

I've lost track of how much time has been spent on this costume now, it's taking me several hours every day to make the smallest of progress!

Have a picture of the circle bits, I've also cut out the oval shaped things which I forgot to take a picture of.

Got the easiest bits out the way, the mind boggling bits are all the detailing on the torso, gaaah!

26th July 2012

Detailing 5%

All of the bias binding! Which I gave up with ironing after like... Half a metre. Duchess satin isn't iron friendly, that and I have little patience and didn't want to turn up the heat too much in case I wasted expensive material!
If I feel like I'm failing to sew it on when I come to do that then I shall iron it properly...

Mainly posted a picture so you can see the colours I'm using for the costume!

20th July 2012

Mock up 50%

Again, you get a picture of the polycotton mock up. Cause I'm far too lazy to take another picture of the satin one XD

I'm currently in the process of adding on the fastenings of the bodice and trying to shape the back. I took screenshots of a HQ video and I noticed that her bodice is even weirder than I thought! THERE'S A RANDOM GAP IN THE SIDE FOR HER ARMOUR, I MEAN DAFUQ SQUARE-ENIX? DAFUQ!?

For once I can sew the lining and the satin together because there's no detailing on the bodice (except all the armour, beads, bias binding, etc... But no painting XD) so when I'm done I may take another picture and call the bodice done, wooo!

Bodice was a quick easy job as when I was making Just be Friends Luka, I copied the bodice pattern onto newspaper so I wouldn't have to spend time drafting it again. I just altered this pattern.

I forgot how rubbish making bodices with polycotton is...

Time Taken: 2hrs

19th July 2012

Mock up 30%

Not gonna lie, I was a bit baffled on how to draft a pattern with the overskirt without darts. So I literally wrapped the fabric around me and pencilled in where the seams should be and it actually fits perfectly... ... ... The one time drawing around yourself actually works LOL.
I was prepared to accept the fact I will need horrible looking darts that no one else would see except me, but it's not needed, yaaaay :D
It probably helps that I don't have much of an ass :x

This is just the polycotton mock up. I always seem to take pictures of the mock up... But you can see the underskirt in all its duchess satin glory now! It looks terribly draped I know. I have plans that will fix this, but first I need to do all the detailing, make the petticoat bigger, sew the lining together then it should drape better once I add some hidden stitches here and there...

Pictures were taken before I changed the shape of the triangles. It's now raised higher up and the back one isn't as big.

The more layers I add the more I can feel the inability to move...
First picture shows it with just all the layers. Second picture shows it without the layers but with denim shorts on, hence the weirdness on the top!

I deeply apologise for messy room. White fabric everywheeeeere. And clothes, and more fabric, and craft materials, and oh God I just hate cosplay making frenzies. I'm a messy person but this is just too much ;;__;;

Time Taken: 3hrs

16th July 2012

Mock up 20%

Skirt is made from polycotton. This will eventually be used as the lining but after ripping it apart again to use as a pattern for the duchess satin, as the satin will most definitely need lining anyway due to the back looking messy due to the detailing so killing two birds with one stone here!

So this was just rushly sewn to see if my drafted pattern translates well in real life and to see how well the petticoat is coping. I don't think it's a bad attempt? I've already taken it in once where my knees are, might take it in just a bit more because it's still not as tight fitting as I want it (dad asked if I can move, I said "Yes, perfectly fine" - but this is wrong because mobility is suppose to be limited hahaha!). Figured I'd take a picture anyway, you can see all my seams as it's easier to pin things tighter this way and all these seams will be facing that anyway!

No zip hence why I'm trying to hold it up! It'll look a lot better with the duchess satin as it's a much heavier fabric so my petti won't show through the fabric as much. But as you can see, the petticoat definitely needs a lot more poof to support the fabric and the skirt needs to be a tad tighter to get Ashe's silhouette!

On the plus side, this skirt makes my legs look long, omg 8D

Time Taken: 8hrs (roughly... I'm losing count)

15th July 2012

Petticoat 90%

All my time! I think a second full petticoat was all that was needed, just from the photos the front was full enough as in the reference it doesn't flow out that much, so this was sufficient! However the back fishy tail needs a bit of extra tulle to poof it out as it's pretty flat, same for the side tails. But I needed to make the skirt first to see how well it copes with fabric on top so the petticoat will be left in progress for a while longer. AT LEAST I CAN GO TO MORE EXCITING SEWING NOW, FINALLY!

Another journal to come.

26th June 2012

Petticoat 70%

Half way through making it I noticed that the side tulle looks like little fish the way it was gathered, it amused me for a short while \o/

All my rage, most weirdest looking petticoat I've ever seen. And it just consumes all my tulle, I need to buy more D:
But thought I'd show a picture of the first layer regardless, I've started a second layer but I can't bring myself to continue... Especially as I can't make a full second layer as I just don't have enough tulle!

Me being incredibly stupid I also sewed the petti the wrong way around. So the back slit is now on the side as there's nothing worse than having to unpick tulle. I don't give a damn anymore XD

Time Taken: 3hrs

Excuse messy room...

25th June 2012

Petticoat 30%

I've never made a pencil skirt before... It shows!
Fabric also needs an iron.

Made from cotton and insides are neat as I've sewn the edges twice so that it's hiding inside the hem. I don't even know why I bothered as no one will ever be able to see the petticoat except for the millions of metres of tulle that may be peaking through the edge, but thought I'd try my hand at good craftsmanship for once in my life... Already failing :P
It's not done up yet because I need to buy some velcro for the back, so it's sort of just hanging on me atm.

I've cut out all 3m of tulle as well, each around 6" wide and 60" long. It totals to 24m long when all sewn together. This is going to be one hell of a petticoat!
I have the strongest suspicion that I accidentally bought ballet tulle instead of standard cheapy tulle as it's just so stiff! I don't remember tulle being this stuff! At least it gives me petti extra poof hah.

I couldn't bring myself to sew all the pieces of tulle together as the pencil skirt has already given me much grief. And this is just the start of the construction ;___;

Bought all the veiling fabric, a wonderful 6m worth. Bought 2m of gold duchess satin as well. I have 6m of polycotton ready to line the whole thing as well which Freyarule is bringing down when she comes to visit, many thanks to her <3

I shall post another update when I actually get the petticoat sewn, once I can brave sewing all that tulle. I remember why I dislike petticoat making now ;__;

Time Taken: 2hrs

And yes, I do struggle to walk in this thing.

11th May 2012

Wig test

After food, wanted to try on the wig before putting it in the cupboard to clear up the space so I could actually do some work.

The wig is a perfect length! Yaaay! The fringe is a tad too long and annoying though, keeps getting in my eyes. I'll trim it a bit when I next get the wig out, as well as adding more layers in because it looks a bit boring, but I won't alter too much because I like the length and how it frames my face.

I know she has her hair slightly curled for the wedding but I'll do that when I go back to home home so I can use my other wig head with a hole on the bottom and my old music stand to pour hot water over it. Hence why I'm not fussed on trimming it any more now.

Noooo make up so I look hilarious blonde. Especially with black eyebrows and just how tanned I am... And my skin has been terrible all week so I kinda picked the wrong time to do a wig test, woops.

11th May 2012


Collected my wig from reception today, yaaaay~

It's so purdyyyyyy. I wasn't expecting it to have a skin top but after having read the description again they did actually specify. It's okay though, I chose the wig from the pictures because of its side parting so I don't care if it has a skin top, I generally don't like them but for this case I think it's good. Haven't owned a skin top wig since my very early days of cosplay when that was the main type of wig to be sold!

I wasn't going to style it, was just going to pop it on the wig head to see how it looked so I could review it on eBay. But then I just couldn't leave it alone and started hacking away at it...

Basic layering and feathering the bangs and trimming the fringe. But the layering took a while because there's SO MUCH HAIR. Took a hairband (left my hairstyling clips at home home) and just spent ages tying up each layer and cutting it, oh my days, at least it's thick <3

First round of styling so far, I want to try it on before hacking away even more for more layers but I should really be either cooking or doing a maths paper right now and so I'm going to wait til I'm a bit more free before I go trying it on and styling it more. But thought I'd take pictures regardless because it's prettyyyyy~

Really pleased with the colour too! Although this is my 9th blonde wig now... 11th if you include the two Sheryl Nome wigs but I didn't actually buy them, and they're not mine even though I still have them... So yeah, 9th bloody blonde wig. I may as well dye my hair blonde D:

Time Taken: 1hr

27th April 2012

Base wig

I've actually lost track of the number of blonde wigs I've owned and the different shades, here's another one to add to my list!

Bought this base wig. There were two from the same seller which I had my eye on, the other was a slightly lighter shade which is more accurate to some of the scenes in the game. But then in other scenes, such as the wedding one, it's more the shade I bought. FFS Square-Enix, keep it consistent!

I looked at other cosplayers, specifically those with my skin tone, to see which wig looked the best. The slightly darker shade looked best on more tanned people like me so hopefully when the wig arrives, it's true to the colour!

I've bought the fabric for the petticoat and dress. Bought lots of cotton to make a mock up which I will probably also use as lining to stiffen the skirt so it stays in place better.

I can't actually make any progress until Uni is over though so don't expect too much progress from me until late June/July!

Need to buy veil fabric as well as some foam, spray paint and matching gold fabric for the detailing. As well as some blue dye to dip dye the feathers in, need to research what kind of dye works for dying feathers.

This cosplay will be the death of me...