Franziska Von Karma - Phoenix Wright: Justice For All


After I completed the Ace Attorney series, and was looking for cosplay ideas, I decided on Franny Von Karma. This is probably the most complicated costume I've made so far, surprisingly - her waistcoat caused me no end of grief. This is partly because the material I decided on turned out to be completely unsuitable, crushed velvet. It took me 5 attempts to get a waistcoat that was passable, thanks to me not owning a dress form at the time. I'd have to take a stab at the right size, sew it together and hope for the best, without being able to easily pin it into shape. This is something I have thankfully now rectified - my dress form arrived a couple of days ago :)

The previous incarnation of the waistcoat had yellow ribbon as trim, but for this version I decided to change that. As Franny is most likely incredibly rich, she would certainly have something more luxurious, so I bought some gold braid, and used that instead. I far prefer the look.

The shirt was made from 3 other shirts, and some off-white material (possibly its biggest drawback. The different tone of the off-white in the puffy shoulders was noticeable at times, but sadly was all I had on hand. Other than that, I liked how it came out, although just now I thought of a better way to make the shoulders, which I shall use for next time.

The buttons were passable. The cuff ones looked nice, but were attatched at the last minute with hot glue, and I lost one or two as the day went on, and had to sew the others on with the black cotton that I had in my briefcase. The brooch on the cravat came out nicely actually, although was not totally accurate to the description. It was made from the backing of a necklace I had, which I painted gold, and the middle was a large turquoise bead. The buttons on the waistcoat were made at the last minute from painted wood, and are one of my least favourite parts of the costume.

I shall definitely be remaking this costume in the future - I will use black suiting material for the waistcoat and skirt, along with more of that gold trim. For the buttons, I am going to grit my teeth and go for the very expensive but perfect option. At the bead fair where I bought the beads for the brooch and cuffs, they had the perfect stone, which was unfortunately expensive. I don't know what it is called, sadly, I should have asked. They even had a brooch of this stone, set in gold-plated metal, for about £20 (yes, ouch.) I shall see.

JakeX posted on 17 November, 2008 - 01:43
:O I Saw you!!! i love Fran Von Karma, makes me lol so much spesh with the whip xDD pulled her off nicely as well :D

HystericalDame posted on 17 November, 2008 - 03:21
Ooh wow, your cactaur was absolutely epic xD I took your picture on the day I was dressed as Angel Starr.

AmethystEyes posted on 2 January, 2009 - 12:23
Puffy sleeves of doom! You got a very good wig for this, I'm jealous! >:O Franziska cosplayers rawk!

HystericalDame posted on 3 January, 2009 - 03:38
I did rather love the wig XD I still wear it lots. It's from cosworx, style's called Wisp, and I think it's the light blue one.

Anonymous posted on 3 January, 2009 - 18:31
Ah, you did get the wisp one. >W< I was going to get that but they had sold out. D:

Freyarule posted on 12 January, 2009 - 12:15
wha-how did I miss this??!!! I fail ._. but it looks so awesome :D

HystericalDame posted on 12 January, 2009 - 17:38
^____^ thanks!

kitamurin posted on 13 February, 2009 - 13:20
I can't believe I missed you on the day o__o such a brilliant Franny... well done <3