Costume :Ashelia B'nargin Dalmasca
Variant :Wedding Dress
Source :Final Fantasy XII
Progress :In Progress
Worn At :Amecon 2012

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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.


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fwaoooorrrrr~ 8D awesome dressss~
hurr can't wait to see progress on itttt~ 8D
your'll look amazing! >;D

by LemonPanda on Thursday, 23 December, 2010 - 08:55
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Ahhhhh you will look amazing as Ashe 8D Good luck and I really can't wait to see it!

by Mungojerrie on Thursday, 23 December, 2010 - 10:09
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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.


by Kaythenia on Thursday, 23 December, 2010 - 15:43
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I'm sure you'll do a fantastic job of this!

by DuskatNight on Thursday, 23 December, 2010 - 16:39

YESSS! This will be so beautiful!! Eeee, can't wait to see it finished!! <3

by ZombieNerdz on Wednesday, 24 August, 2011 - 02:56
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omg i looove ashe!! cant wait to see this ♥♥

by KonohaKunoichi94 on Tuesday, 30 August, 2011 - 15:33
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by Om_nom_nom on Tuesday, 13 September, 2011 - 16:23
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This looks amazing so far! Big project! I'm impressed!

by eternal_aranel on Tuesday, 17 July, 2012 - 12:03
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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.

by MadameLapin on Saturday, 28 July, 2012 - 18:12
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Looking forward to this!

by Relion on Sunday, 29 July, 2012 - 20:48
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The painting is looking awesome! Can't wait to look for the faces XDDD

by Freyarule on Monday, 30 July, 2012 - 00:18
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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??!)

by Sammykins on Monday, 30 July, 2012 - 08:57
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The foam details look fine hun - it will give it a nice 3D effect :D

by Freyarule on Thursday, 2 August, 2012 - 23:31
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I cannot wait to see this. You are going to look absolutely fantastic. :D
All of your progress pics are amazing!

by Keekal on Saturday, 4 August, 2012 - 02:18
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This is looking AMAZING! 8D

by KiraraYumi on Saturday, 4 August, 2012 - 18:20
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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

by Pandora-Chi on Saturday, 4 August, 2012 - 22:40
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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

by alienqueen on Sunday, 5 August, 2012 - 23:00
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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

by KiraraYumi on Wednesday, 15 August, 2012 - 22:54

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Teaser (Posted 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~

Bustles 70% (Posted 8th August 2012)

(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.

Skirts 100% (Posted 5th August 2012)

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.

Armour 50% (Posted 4th August 2012)

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!

Armour 40% (Posted 4th August 2012)

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

Armour 25% (Posted 2nd August 2012)

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

Painting 80% (Posted 29th July 2012)

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!

Painting 30% (Posted 29th July 2012)

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/

Armour template (Posted 29th July 2012)

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.

IT BEGINS (Posted 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.