Natalia Luzu Kimlasca-Lanvaldear - Tales of the Abyss


That is a name and a half!
I was trying to resist adding her until I'd finished the game, but I just couldn't.
When I started playing TotA I was honestly suprised by how quickly I came to adore every character, even though most of them are the kind of characters I usually hate. Natalia especially.
Natalia became my favourite very quickly. Not only do I love her design, I love her personality because despite being a bit of a brat at times, her senses of morality and duty are impeccable.

I swear this is one of the most difficult projects I've ever done! It looks simple at first glance but oh my word it was such a butt! I'm not 100% happy with the result if I'm completley honest, but I'd say I was.... 91% happy?

-DRESS: It started off so easily! I used pale aqua and white cotton for the basic dress, using my Love Ward pattern as the colour blocks were essentially the same. I then took in the skirt to the right amount and carefully measured out and cut the scallop shapes, edging them with navy blue bias binding.
Next, I cut the top of the dress off, and remade that section all in white, and pleated a strip of white to form the collar. So far so good.
The sleeves were made from an off-white jersey (so that the cuffs would stretch), with a strip of aqua cotton to make the cuff-ties. Again, no real problem.
The last easy bit was the dark teal thing on the front panel. Just cut the right shape, punched some navy eyelets through it and sewed it on.
EVERYTHING CHANGED WHEN THE SHOULDER THING ATTACKED. No seriously, it has been the bane of my life. I used the same teal fabric as the front panel thing, carefully measuring out the right lengths and shapes. The worst part was the circles on the chest. At first, I tried to make loops out of bias but this failed epically, so I had to cheat and sew circles of aqua and white cotton on and hope it looked convincing. I then carefully added bais around the whole lot. To finish off, I gathered more cream jersey than I ever care to think about again and attached to the shoulder thing before attaching to the dress at subtle points so it sat right but allowed movement. The cream gathered bit was too floppy, so I had to carefully stitch little parts together so it stood up. Then I gave it up as a lost cause and decided that it would do haha.

-ASCOT: The other bane of my life. Why does this look so much like a napkin IRL??? I tried to do something different, by making it look more like a real cravat or ascot than what it is in the art. I'm a lot happier with it now I've seen it on the dress, but I'm still wondering whether to do it again.
I used rusty orange cotton and a Simplicity pattern. I cut a long trapezium-esque shape and folded it into 3, then carefully hemmed it. I then gathered the top edge, folded it over to hide the gathered and stitched it onto a strip of the same cotton.

-BOOTCOVERS: MY PRECIOUS BABIES. They actually went right! I used off-white bodycon fabric and a lot of trial and error. I don't really recall my method but it started off with me drawing around my foot inside the base boot while awkwardly angling my foot so my leg/foot was as straight as possible (so I could cut the fabric on a fold and avoid a front seam). I then shaped the toe and heel areas, sewing gold bias around the heel. To finish off, I added a strip of black jersey around the top of each bootcover.

BOW: is an edited Merida bow. I drew the shape of the ends based on the ref art out of foam and them used a mixture of superglue, tears and milliput to build up the ends into something substantial. I then used model paint to make it look better.
Arrows made by In Your Dreams FX. They're the best part of this cosplay haha!

QUIVER: I used the postal tube the arrows came in as a base, cutting it to the right height. I then covered it in pleather, and made a matching strap.

GLOVES: basic bodycon fabric to match my boots. May remake then in the future

Going to push for a group for this so much 8D

Worn for May Expo 2013! This was a lot comfier than I expected, and a lot warmer! I'm so much happier with this now, as a combination of finally wearing it all together and the wonderful memories associated with it c: Also Hideo Baba said it was cool. If the head honcho of Tales liked it, it cant be as bad as I think it is!

If I go to May Expo in 2014, I'll be rewearing this as part of an epic Abyss group!

KiraraYumi posted on 9 June, 2012 - 20:43
Yes. Yes. Yes *rolls around* akjsndhj I can't waaaaait to see this! x3 I'm gonna be your Asch, okay? Good.

TheStarlightFairy posted on 10 June, 2012 - 12:25
That's fine by me 8D Aaaaaasch!

Devil_Trigger posted on 14 June, 2012 - 15:00
She's pretty awesome so I can't wait to see ya be her!

Captain_Marvelous posted on 16 July, 2012 - 23:16
Classic! cant wait to see pics!

Yasmia posted on 25 November, 2012 - 11:56
Cant wait to see you do this. You're going to look so adorable :)

Lady Bahamut posted on 18 April, 2013 - 20:17
Oooooh! Natalia! I'm a new Abyss fan, so I hope I get to see this! X3

Yasmia posted on 25 April, 2013 - 11:05
Oh gosh hun! That dress already looks awesome! I think you're like... the perfect person to cosplay Natalia!

KiraraYumi posted on 28 May, 2013 - 01:06
YOU TRADED PLUSHIES WITH BABA, THAT IS SO CUTE!! And, as expected, you made the perfect Natalia and your costume was so amazing and dat bow and quiver and Mieu and wig and bootcovers and YOU. JUST YOU. IN NATALIA. 100% THE BEST! Cannot wait to join you Abyssally!! >w<

TheStarlightFairy posted on 28 May, 2013 - 01:09
gtyjftgcjtyfv THANK YOU ;______; I hope to get my own Teepo plushie one day, or I could just make one haha! I cannot wait to get pics with you as Asch because your Asch cosplay is AAAAAAAAH <3

KiraraYumi posted on 28 May, 2013 - 01:12
I hope they sell them or give them away or something, after holding his I NEED ONE. (if you make one I'm commissioning you for your 2nd okay) YES!! AschNat cosplay and photos and everything has just GOT to happen, we've been planning it for too long now for it not to!

Exelia posted on 30 May, 2013 - 22:22
Cutest Natalia ever ;__;!!!! <33 It was lovely to meet you at Expo!

Siouxsie James posted on 4 June, 2013 - 07:57
Great costume and photos :)

CrystalNeko posted on 4 June, 2013 - 09:54
Oh my gosh HOW PERFECT ARE YOU!? Absolutely adorable! The photos are so gorgeous too!

Lady Bahamut posted on 4 June, 2013 - 16:22
Oh wow! You're the most perfect Natalia ever! All that hard work paid off, it looks amazing! :D

TheStarlightFairy posted on 4 June, 2013 - 17:53
Thank you so much!

Einmyria posted on 28 July, 2013 - 20:27
Really love this cosplay! looks perfect ^^

WhiteWraith posted on 8 September, 2013 - 20:05
Wow this is amazing! You suit her so much :)

Astral Locke posted on 18 November, 2014 - 22:04
Love this outfit! One question: where did you get that wig from? I am currently on the hunt for something similar.

Dress- main
Sleeves and shoulder thing

Total cost: £0.00

20th May 2013

Wig and stuff

I'm getting the prettiest wig in existance for christmas, it's exactly what I wanted for this costume (and its variants!) Also bought some white vinyl for the boots, it was cheap because it was a bit grubby, but the muck has washed off without a problem wooo Edit: Quick wig test! Typically awful photo haha

5th May 2013


Of all the things I've made so far for this cosplay, the boot covers have been the least frustrating. Go figure! I made them with bodycon fabric (pleather was never going to work WHAT WAS I THINKING), then added black jersey around the tops. I then hemmed the toe parts and put gold bais around the heels. The boots they go over are really comfy! Have a bad and slightly awkward photo of them :) I've started on the shoulder thingimajig but I'm not entirely sure if I'm happy with it.

23rd April 2013


I currently hate this cosplay and want to burn it in a ritual, complete with Wicked Witch cackling and screaming Mostly because of this ascot. I tried desperately to get it to look right and not like a napkin and failed with all the mock-ups and practices and failed. Sooooo I took a different angle and tried a variation on an ascot and I';m still not happy. Sooo I dont know what to do. Do I go for the napkin look, or do I try using this awkward-looking rag :c Sorry about the bad photo. I would get one with it and the dress on, but I'm having problems with my shoulders and trying on cosplay repeatedly aggravates it :/

16th April 2013


Finally have a base dress! I've used the Love Ward pattern S-Lawliet made for me , then changed the top of the dress so it wouldn't have seams. I then gathered a loooong strip of the white cotton for the collar, and put an invisible zip in the back. Need to take in the skirt a lot next!

27th March 2013

Bow and arrows

I bought a Merida bow from the Disney store (it;s actually quite big) and I'll be editing it to look more like Natalia's bow. I've commissioned some arrows from inyourdreamsfx as the arrows that came with the bow are awful haha UPDATE 2/5 The arrows arrived this morning and they are fantastic! I hope my edit on the bow looks as good!

30th August 2012

Plans and fabric

Bought some fabric for the dress today. After studying this outfit for a ridiculous length of time, I've finally worked out how I'm going to make it! Also have my eye on a potential wig

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