Ashe - Final Fantasy XII


I'd been sort-of considering an Ashe costume for a while, but I think I felt rather intimidated by all the armour and the difficulty, so decided to leave it until I actually played the game. However, the cosplay competition for the UK release of Final Fantasy XII was enough inspiration to get me enthusiastic again! Although it was announced with a two week deadline, I decided to have a shot at it anyway, and I'm glad I finally got the motivation to make the costume.

The armour etc. is all craft foam. Detail either done with layers of foam or by pressing in designs before painting. I also embedded a few studs to get particular shapes - like the ones on the wrist guards. I made black stocking sections to go under the armour, using the sticky tops from a pair of hold-up stockings to go inside and (theoretically) hold everything up on my legs ok. The armour's then glued to the black fabric underneath.

Shoes were a cheap pair of sandals which had straps approximately in the right places and a relatively accurate heel. I added foam to alter the shape a little, and create a paintable surface since the shoes were originally covered in glitter. I'm surprised at how well it worked, clearly there are no limits to the powers of foam! Underneath I wore pink socks. I tried making some from the same fabric as the skirt, but it didn't have enough stretch. Couldn't find any knee length socks, so I resorted to sewing two pairs of Primark ankle socks together to make them long enough!

The skirt is made from slightly stretchy fabric so it can pull on and off, and I made a matching pair of shorts which are sewn into it (well, not really shorts; more like a leotard with a little more coverage). I'm still concerned the skirt's too short...but I suppose it's accurate. The belt buckle came from a cheap belt, was painted, and then I made my own belt for it using the same fabric I used on the boot cuff things.

Waist cincher is denim with plastic boning. I topstitched it in white to try and recreate the effect on hers, and give it that classic denim look. I couldn't get a buckle with a central bar, so improvised and added one using a paperclip (of all things...). The white top was an absolute pain. Took three mock-ups, and I'm still unhappy with it. It was trial and error all the way, changing my mind continuously about everything as I went along, but I got it alright in the end.

The gold detail is bias tape, ribbon and PVC for the designs. Brooches and pieces on the front of the top are foam again, and the gems in the brooch are painted fimo clay. Sleeves were very simple, elastic in the tops and foam pieces glued on. My wrist guards are on bracelets of the same stretch gold PVC as used elsewhere, so they just slip on and off.

I know I could do a better job now (especially after figuring out that white top), and the rushed armour is failing after being worn several times now, but I still love some aspects like the waist cincher and my wig, so maybe I'll remake some of it rather than bin all of it just yet...

White Leviathan posted on 10 November, 2007 - 20:46
Well done for your award in the FF look-a-like competition! The costume is awesome as I told you at Amecon, you really suit the character.

GraceyDarling posted on 26 March, 2008 - 15:12
omg this is amazing =) you look like ashe aswell, the leg armour looks awesome i wouldnt have a clue how to even start this -.-

PapercutPerfect posted on 3 April, 2008 - 17:58
Omg, so amazing!

Defrain posted on 17 December, 2008 - 11:38

Adamoluna posted on 17 December, 2008 - 16:05
really nice costume, well done. The wig is, in my opinion, perfect.

letmelive posted on 21 March, 2010 - 15:08
I love this so much! The leg armour is amazing :| xxx

26th August 2009

Unpainted Armour

I love this sort of photo, because seeing costumes in Fischer Price style colours makes them so much better :P

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Shoes 3

And then they look slightly saner when painted

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Shoes 2

Then the multicoloured craft foam attack! This let me alter the shape of the shoes, and also covered all that glittery surface which I wouldn’t have been able to paint. The foam is simply hot glued down. The shoes buckle closed as before, and the foam cover fastens with a snap at the side so it doesn’t affect the normal shoe closure.

26th August 2009

Shoes 1

These are the base shoes I started out with

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More Materials

The armour ingredients - craft foam, pva glue to coat it, and gold spray paint.

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Most of the materials I used for the sewing side of things, from top: - Gold bias tape. I also used identical gold ribbon in some places - Blue polycotton for the boot cuffs and belt - it needed heavy interfacing - Pink polyester twill for the skirt, and matching shorts underneath it - Black stretchy stuff for the stockings underneath the leg armour - Red velvety stuff (from the remnant bin) for the lace-up leg things - Gold stretch pvc. This was for the applique on the top “tails” and was also used for stretchy bracelets which hold my wrist guards - Blue denim for the waist cincher - White dull satin-y stuff, from the remnant bin, for the top, collar and sleeves

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