Lightning - Final Fantasy XIII

Worn AtTokonatsu 2012
Awards3rd place in Toko masquerade I think?




Just another in a long list of Lightnings v.v
Usually, the sheer popularity of the character would put me off ever cosplaying her but the insane amount I want to cosplay her myself has won out. But therefore, I am determined to be the best damned Lightning cosplayer I can be, and hopefully one of the best out of all. I will not be happy with a half hearted attempt.

With a EscapedYesterday as Hope.

So much stress and effort and money has gone into this cosplay, but dammit, I love her.


CaptainKurfuffle posted on 17 June, 2011 - 13:49

CaptainKurfuffle posted on 21 July, 2011 - 20:40
As I have said before. THAT WIG <3 <3 <3 :D EXCITED FOR NEXT WEEK <3 <3

Manticore posted on 30 January, 2012 - 21:38
loving it Love!

Manticore posted on 30 January, 2012 - 21:38
loving it Love!

nadsnadine posted on 1 February, 2012 - 13:07
Going to find you and take lots of photos~

Starbucks dad posted on 31 July, 2012 - 22:33
I'll be honest and come straight out with not being familiar with the character but this is starting to show severe signs of awesomeness... (btw - Primark often saves the day!)

Manticore posted on 18 November, 2012 - 15:54
This looked awesome! Well done love, the cape just goes with added awesome here!

KC-HOME posted on 18 November, 2012 - 17:16
I really like your costume!!! It's so cool !!! And besides :DD° Did you see that akatsuki running away in ur second photo???? That's so epic !! srsly !! XD°° CHEERS, KC

Om_nom_nom posted on 4 March, 2013 - 22:31
That wig is beautiful! I love this cosplay so much, you even had the weapon! ffft so much love. The shots are great!

Darkiekun posted on 9 March, 2013 - 16:55
Awesome lightning! love the wig ^^

Yasmia posted on 11 March, 2013 - 00:03
Awesome Lightning cosplay. The detail is wonderful :)

Siouxsie James posted on 7 June, 2013 - 22:53
really great Lightning cosplay :) suits you really well too!

Kei Lin Sama posted on 15 June, 2013 - 01:40
Erm, I hope you don't mind me confessing.. In the Masquerade I was really suspicious of this costume. I thought 'This has to be a commission!' because the quality was so high. I was certain you'd had it custom made!

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Progress Journal

Finished Gunblade (Posted 6th September 2012)

Finally got round to finishing it!

The circle is a slight bend in the blade, which I need to strengthen up =3

Attempts #1 and #2 (Posted 31st July 2012)

Can you guess which is which?

Gloves of EVIL (Posted 26th July 2012)

Only evil because these were my 4th attempt at making gloves for Light. Still, these have worked lovelyly =]

Made from a cheap pair of stretchy leggings from Primark. Who'd have thought that Primark would save the day? <3

Bag of DOOM! (Posted 15th July 2012)

A completed bag of DOOM!!!
The pockets are all fully accessible and usable, all four of them. Damn pocket-ception.
4 days of hard work just for one silly bag.

MONEYZ (Posted 7th July 2012)

Totes gonna write out a full shopping list for this cosplay, just because I'm intrigued as to how much I have actually ended up spending on it.

So many things I didn't use in the end, or only half used. So much wasted money orz

Slowly getting there (Posted 3rd July 2012)

Having a love affair with my mum's sewing machine (about 25 years newer than mine, mine being my mum's old one with dodgy tension) so getting quite a bit done now.

Expo woes (Posted 28th May 2012)

Oh dear god. Last week was pretty much a week of hell.

Finished my last exam on the 18th so had exactly a week to finish this cosplay. And it was no where near enough.
I started rushing, getting stressed, shed many a tear and it still wasn't done.

I did get most of the gunblade done (as shown) but didn't have time to put the pieces together. And unfortunately, it snapped on the way to Expo.

Yeah, I took everything unfinished to Expo in the vain attempt to finish it, but in the end, I decided it wasn't worth it. I just wanted a nice relaxing weekend.

That heat.

But still, I wore my Light wig a little (just to feel a bit included) and took some photos and wore Lestrade and will continue Lightning and have her ready in time for Manchester Expo/Tokonatsu =]

/long rambley journal is long...and rambley....

I've been playing with craft foam! (Posted 30th April 2012)

As the title says ^^
Just a couple of quick things.

Have made a base template for the pauldron, which I'm making from clay. Would have used wire, but I don't have any wire cutters and bending wasn't enough.
Can also use it as padding for the finished thing as well.

Also made the bullet holders for the gloves (as shown).

WIP Jacket (Posted 22nd April 2012)

Very WIP mind you =p

Just need to work out how to do the collar before I sew front and lining together. Oh, and need to get those pockets of hers onto the front first as well.

WIP Jumper (Posted 17th April 2012)

Sewed in the zip but it's bobbling, so I've unpicked it since and am handsewing it in (not that that's helping much).
So I don't want to finish the bottom until the zip's in so I know the exact length.

More journals! (Posted 30th January 2012)

Have done a paper template for the bag this time. Might start cutting out the pattern pieces, not gonna sew it tonight though (also want to find out if I need better needles...).

The pockets are a bit wide (well, deep, as in, the bag sticks out too much from my leg) and maybe a little too wide from the other way. But I'll edit that as I sew.

I shall put some things in the actual photos when things are actually finished. Not much to show for now really.

*flails* (Posted 30th January 2012)

I'm going to be a terribly Lightning.

Too late now.

Shall do my best to get over that fact and do her anyway.

Then hide.

Skirt and shorts (Posted 29th January 2012)

Well. Not completely finished. Still need some eyelets for the shorts.

And it's a crap photo.
And I've started the jumper but it's a bit rubbish. And not the greatest colour. I may try to dye it.

Fabric is here (Posted 24th January 2012)

/£70/ worth of fabric. And the grey stuff is supposed to be off white =/ Guess I shall try to sell it on and find some more somewhere else. Unless I can work out a way to bleach it lighter, but if that fails I certainly won't be able to sell it.

Hopefully gonna try and do some work tonight, now that I have threads as well.

Fabric Purchasing (Posted 16th January 2012)

Within the next few days, I shall spend £60 on fabric for Lightning. That's a lot to me. Especially when there'll be lots of extras to buy as well (buckles, buttons, boots). And I already bought the shorts and had the fabric for the skirt. Most of it is the leatherette.

Remind me why I put my bank account through this again? I struggle to see why.

Armband done! (Posted 22nd December 2011)

Not much else to say =p
Made it out of strips of an old pair of Primark boots. Have also rescued the zips to reuse on the skirt =D (which should hopefully be made tomorrow)

Finished Wig (Posted 25th July 2011)

So I finished styling the wig today. I admit, I'm not completely happy with it. Apparently I'm not that great at styling wigs. I'm proud of how I cut it and then failed the styling =p

Oh well, I think it's good enough. I hope....

And it's a first wig, I've got to get credit for that surely?

Wig Beginnings (Posted 20th July 2011)

I ordered the wig from CosCraft over the weekend and it arrived today, little bit excited ^^

It's not quite as pink as I was expecting, it's more mixed, but actually I think that's good for Lightning. So many people have really pink wigs for her and her hair is just not like that. It's quite pale and has a tinge of peach to it. I'm not saying mine's perfect but it think it's a little closer.

Anyway, all I have done so far is part the hair an roughly position it so I can start to cut and style it tomorrow. I shall be doing a casual Lightning next week with EscapedYesterday's casual Hope. I just hope I don't screw the wig up =p
This will be the first wig I have ever cut and styled. I am a little nervous.