Ursula - Breath of Fire IV

Status :Complete
Worn At :Ayacon 2011


Costume back

Taking cover


Sitting in the sun

Ursula in the masquerade

Ursula and Fou-Lu

Posing with the gun


Reference pic



Ursula's just the best female character in Breath of Fire IV. I love her attitude, and her costume is really interesting! Working on this costume turned out to be the biggest stretch of my costuming abilities so far as it involved so many different techniques, and although I still have a lot to learn, it was great experience and I like how it came out.

The pauldrons were made using paper mache, wonderflex and friendly plastic, as per this tutorial. I did attempt to put straps on them to keep them on my shoulders but it didn't work very well, which is why I'm standing like a tank or posing with one hand on my hip in most of my photos! I'm going to figure out a more secure method of keeping them on my shoulders for London Expo.

The trousers were slightly modified from Simplicity pattern 3626 - they were cut to a 3/4 length and cut into a different shape on the inside legs in order to accommodate the gaps. The top was havily modified from New Look pattern 6203 - I designed it so that it folded down on both shoulders rather than just the one, and traced points onto both the front and back to get the flaps and the flares at the sides. The "jewels" were bra cups that I painted with metallic green paint and I thought they looked great in the end! The flares were stiffened with buckram in between the outer fabric and the lining.

The tail was jointed so (in theory) it moves naturalistically when I walk! I made it by cutting a long, cylindrical foam swimming aid into segments and threading a length of string through the centre of each one, tying knots in the string as I went along. The bottom of the tail was made in the same way, but using a foam football to get the right level of bulk.

The gun will be built on top of a toy pirate's pistol. The ears were a pair of World of Warcraft Night Elf ears that I painted.


RebaSephiroth2 posted on 2 May, 2011 - 16:12
Excellent job, well done. ^_^

Amy-Lou posted on 25 May, 2011 - 10:28
Looking good! I love this game and Ursula, very excited to see this when it's finished :D

NightmareWings posted on 13 June, 2011 - 23:10
Oh this will be awesome!

SlimDefinition posted on 13 June, 2011 - 23:29
Awesome Silla! We need pictures definitely. I'm doing Fou-Lu.

SlimDefinition posted on 31 July, 2011 - 18:50
Trousers are looking good!

kitty_sama posted on 12 August, 2011 - 20:05
Looks amazing! Can't wait to see it all finished, and the photo's together with SlimDefinition :D

SlimDefinition posted on 22 August, 2011 - 22:21
You looked fantastic! ;-)

CrystalNeko posted on 24 August, 2011 - 23:57
Really gorgeous costume! You look amazing in this~

Plasticsharkattack posted on 24 August, 2011 - 23:59
This is fantastic, very awesome job!

SlimDefinition posted on 31 August, 2011 - 19:59
You make a fantastic Ursula, I must say! I'm so proud to have done the masquerade with you, and thank you for all your encouragement. ^_^'

Amy-Lou posted on 31 August, 2011 - 21:51
You looked so good on stage, every inch the soldier :D Great work with the all structural tailoring, that must have been fiddly.

SlimDefinition posted on 31 August, 2011 - 22:02
Thank you for the comment, I've replied to it on Fou's comments. My confidence with doing masquerades has been significantly boosted thanks to you. :-) Now I feel I can take some more on in the future. I'm definitely looking forward to having more photos (and perhaps some random moments too that will hopefully be captured on film/photo) at expo!

Freyarule posted on 10 September, 2011 - 22:01
This looked beautiful! I loved the pauldrons, it really pulled off!

theisaak89 posted on 24 October, 2011 - 11:43
Yay, Ursula! Looking forward to doing the group with you guys!

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