Selphie Tilmitt
Final Fantasy VIII

Cosplayer: Leonie Heartilly

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

17th August 2010: Seam lining The inside of the dress was fraying like mad so I brought some white cotton tape (about an inch wide) which I sewed over the fraying seams as a sort of lining to protect the dress fabric from wasting away on the inside. I did this on and off for nearly 2 years... On the train to Amecon I finally finished- about time! Better late than never eh?

12th August 2010: Nunchaku complete I bought a black chain from B&Q which they cut to my desired length (30") and attached this to the wooden poles using wire staples which had been painted black to match the chain. My mum's partner helped me to hammer the staples in as I would prob end up splitting the wood...

And so now I have Selphie's Flail! I'm really pleased with how this prop turned out and it was quite simple to do. I have a lot more scope for posing now =)

11th August 2010: Nunchaku progress The nunchaku are nearly done, I just need to add the black chain. I'm wondering if they might be slightly too short in length... but I'm sure it'll look okay. I can always re-make them otherwise.

I started off with a long wooden dowel which was sawn in half then the ends were sanded to neaten them. I put on a couple of layers of red craft spray then the black detailing was done using electrical tape to give it a neater finish. If I hand-painted it I would prob end up with un-even rings ^^' I'm finding electrical tape to be pretty useful for props lately lol

10th August 2010: New zipper pull I'm still not entirely happy with it as I think I'm rubbish at sculpting clay lol but at least it looks better than my last two attempts.
After re-checking the references (fully animated ones being limited and blurry at times) I noticed the zipper pull is attached to the top of the zip on a little metal loop/ oval. I originally had mine stuck onto the top of the zip (which caused some issues... see info box) so now I wanted to attach it differently. I got some thin silver head pins and pushed one through the top of the zipper pull to make a hole before I baked it. Once the clay was hard I put the pin back through the hole and used pliers to shape it into the loop (a rather wonky one). With some help from my mum's partner we got the old zipper pull off the zip so I could put the loop and new zipper in it's place.

It's not great but it does the job and looks better than before so yay =)

22nd May 2010: New zip I finally got around to getting a new zip in the dress that is actually long enough, no more annoying gap at the bottom horray! I first tried to hand-sew it in myself but I messed it up >_< So my grandma un-stitched it and put it through the machine for me.

I need to make a new zipper as my old one broke (and it wasn't that good anyway..) and I STILL haven't finished sorting out the fraying seams on the inside of the dress oops.
I have no plans currently to wear this costume again but I like to make sure my cosplays are kept in good condition and up to date.

18th July 2009: Green contacts After the success of my brown contacts for Rinoa I ordered some bright green ones for Selphie =) Freshlook Colorblends in "Gemstone Green".

20th October 2008: Necklace There is no close-up image or an official detailed description of her necklace. Some say it's a flower, others a shell, someone else said a four leaf clover... who knows. I guess you can use a bit of artistic license with this one so I just brought a small silver flower necklace from Claire's Accessories that looked suitable. A lot of people say it's the same as her zipper pull but from studying (squinting) at the images I highly doubt this.

19th October 2008: Dress label On the Selphie figures it looks like she has a label (small white square) on the back of her dress so I cut some white cotton fabric to size and sewed it on.

18th October 2008: Boots I bought a pair of brown knee high boots and painted the soles black. I spent ages looking for just the right buckle and straps to put around the top of the boot. Strappy boots are in fashion at the moment but couldn't find anything suitable or cheap... Slim brown belts don't even seem to exist where I can buy two. In the end found some suede (would have preferred leather-look but ah well)brown boots with buckle and straps on ebay and just cut the straps off them and glued them to mine. Seems a lot of money to spend and waste of a pair of boots but hey that's the price for being picky. My sister can have the boots once her feet grow a bit more anyway. I cut off the tabs used to pull on the boots and re-used them as the strap loops.

7th October 2008: Test Photos of everything done so far including the wig.

7th October 2008: Zipper pull I made her shell-like looking zipper pull out of Sculpey oven bake clay. I have decided that I don't like making things with clay and I'm not very good at it lol Oh well. When gluing my "creation" to the normal zipper pull I tried to avoid getting glue on the zip itself as I still need it to open. Unfortunately I failed and the zip is now stuck. Bugger. I can pull the dress over my head for now but kinda need to sort this out...

EDIT- Issue has been sorted, see more recent journals.

29th September 2008: Wig I commissioned the wig from Seph Noir and it looks amazing! All I did was pick the base wig and the colour, she did all the ordering and styling. I highly recommend her for wig commissions =3

29th September 2008: Dress The dress was commissioned by Dream Angels who did excellent work with my Rinoa duster and arm-warmers. The general length, fit, design and colour are perfect but I was disappointed to find the zip doesn't reach the bottom of the dress and the bust is slightly baggy (I found this with my Rinoa duster actually). I might see if it can be adjusted one day but for now I just wear a padded bra underneath so it's not too bad.

1st September 2008: Hair and face reference Hair and face reference.

1st September 2008: Reference images Reference images

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BlusterSquall - 6th August 2008
You've got to do this! Selphie is sooo cute and I could see you really suiting her!

"Everyone! Love! And! Peace!"

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Moonchild - 17th September 2008
YAY another FF8 cosplayer xDD
Im the one going as Rinoa on the sunday of the expo
would love to have some photos with you ^^ if thats ok x

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ryaoki - 29th September 2008
the wig is fantastic well done!!!

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Moonchild - 29th September 2008
Love the wig ^^ can't wait to see this now!! x

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SephNoir - 29th September 2008
Yay I'm so pleased you like the wig! I'm going to have to come get some pics of you in it. ^^

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BlusterSquall - 29th September 2008
You look adorkable!! I just want to hug you!! I so can't wait to see you in this! Photos are going to be uber fun!! <3

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nanahara - 30th September 2008
looking great, can't wait to see this in oct

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Anonymous - 2nd October 2008
this is looking so awesome, which day are you wearing it leonie?

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Shazz - 8th October 2008
Wow, I love the wig!:D

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MoonLily - 8th October 2008
Wow! You look perfect! Seph did a great job on the wig. ^^

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nanahara - 8th October 2008
your looking cute, nicely done ^^

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SephNoir - 8th October 2008
You look so great Leonie! I'm going to have to grab that photo your mum took for my site. :3
*Huggles MoonLily*

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Mangamad - 8th October 2008
Wow, your Selphie cosplay look so cute. ^o^oo

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BlusterSquall - 8th October 2008
You suit Selphie so well! Okay. NOW I'm excited for the Expo. I cannot wait to get photos of this! SQUEE.

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angel aiko - 8th October 2008
awww cuteness!! i loves the wig :3

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Moonchild - 8th October 2008
it looks really awesome leonie ^_^ You really suit her! can't wait to get some nice rinoa & selphie pics with you!! xDD

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Fizzykat - 8th October 2008
WOW!!! your wig is PERFECT!

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Freyarule - 15th October 2008
yay! That wig looks so good! It really suits you :D

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Komapsunida - 20th October 2008
as much as I dislike Selphie you look wonderful! great costume! <3

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Anime_Angel - 30th October 2008
Heya, remember me, I am the Man Misa and Man Amy from Expo, just like to say again that your wig is grrreat and suits yer very well^___^ your wig is better than my Amy wig lol

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MattDark - 15th November 2008
Very nice piece, if quite daring thanks to the small size of it. And I have to agree on buying items, its not a bad thing having to buy costumes or pieces to the costume if it makes it looks better.

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kitamurin - 10th January 2009
This is really cute n_n I'm impressed!

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Angelphie - 25th January 2009
Love this! You really suit Selphie, and I especially like how you paid attention to all the little details, like that zip pull, the label, and the straps on the boots. The wig is totally adorable too! You should be very pleased at how nice the commissioned pieces are; definitely worth the cost.

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Leonie Heartilly - 26th January 2009
Thank you for all the lovely comments ^-^

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caylithe - 13th March 2009
Your Selphie costume is so cute, the detail on it is great :D, love the boots! Struggling to find an accurate pair at the moment :S

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LittleMissChikorita - 18th July 2009
Those new contacts look bloomin fantastic with your wig! <3

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HotshotShan - 20th July 2009
Seeing the thumbnail in the random photos slot I thought you were a figurine, just so perfect!!! (I don't mean the avatar by the way XD I'm THAT dumb)

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Bambi. - 11th July 2010
You look awesome!
So cute and really suits you! =D

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Leonie Heartilly - 11th July 2010
Thank you ^^

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TheStarlightFairy - 24th July 2010
Your costume is so accurate!

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Anonymous - 30th August 2010
you make such a good Selphie Leonie!

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Zelda - 26th September 2010
You make such an epic and adorable selphie, lovely work ^^ and perfect detailing!!

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Leonie Heartilly - 26th September 2010
Thanks everyone =)

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sjbonnar - 8th July 2011
A very cute Selphie ^_^

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Leonie Heartilly - 8th July 2011
Thankies ^-^

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Donna - 30th September 2011
Fabulous Selphie ^_^

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Dunva - 15th September 2014
Nice Selphie :) Irvine approves lol