Terra Branford (Amano) - Final Fantasy VI


Judges' Award - Gemucon 2013

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I have adored the Amano artwork of Terra for so so long. Having started playing FFVI recently and being a fairway through the game, I have come to adore her character as well (Sabin is my favourite but like hell am I cosplaying him!)
But yes, this artwork. HNNNNG is all I can say.

I am going to throw as many beautiful fabrics and trimmings at this cosplay as I can (without over do-ing it!). At the moment I could not be happier with how this has turned out. I feel like I've gained a lot of new skills with this cosplay, especially embroidery!

-Choker necklace made with trim and ribbon, with beads and chain sewn on.
-Bag is red brocade, with gold ribbon and multi-coloured beads sewn on with metallic thread.
-Scarves are a mixture of bought and made. I have made scarves from blue brocade, pink embroidered chiffon and some wierd stretchy zebra print fabric.
-Dress is red brocade with embroidery and swarovsky crystal bead detail, metallic bias, pearl and gold trims.
-Gauntlets made to match dress, but with less embroidery and beads
-Pauldron is a shoulder pad covered in red brocade, with chain and bead detail, and trims to match the dress and gaultlets
-The cape is lilac organdy, hemmed with matching chiffon ribbon and decorated with more fabric flowers than I ever care to see again in my life. Trimmed with a red beaded ribbon.
-Leggings are a white lycra with rainbow stars.
-The arm-cape-thingy is a piece of the most beautiful fabric I have ever seen. It's a gradient-dyed net embellished with glitter and tiny beads in floral patterns. So lovely! I shaped the bottom of the fabric, and then turned the top corner into a tube to form a psudo-sleeve which I attached to the strap that I made to attach the pauldron to the dress.
-Bootcovers are white pleather covered in red brocade. Trims to match everything else. Hemmed with gold bias binding, with little beads sewn on. Big beady applique thingy on outer sides of the covers are salvaged from a top I got inordinately cheap in a sale.

Hopefully with Luminescence as Amano-style Celes Chere and Devil_Trigger as Locke Cole

GEMUCON 2013- This was the first time I actually put this all together and it took AGES because I didn't know what I was doing haha! I'm really happy with how it looked and moved, though I had to chop off one of the hooks inside the boots as it bent and was catching :/ Other than that, no problems!
Definately wearing this again, though I'll have to remember to find ways to keep cool, it was a suprisingly warm cosplay!
The masq was so fun, I made friends with most of the other entries as everyone was so nice! Definately the most close knit masq I've entered! Please watch the video of everyone: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8kJxwlCr4g (everyone worked really hard! I'm on at about 5:50 :)

AYACON 2013- Wore this again with my growing FFVI amano group! Wore it to the chess and it held together, and this time my boots didn't catch c: Have added a sword to the costume now.

GEMUCON 2014- Will be wearing this again, with Moonlily as Relm <3

Credit and a million thank yous to LittleGeeky for the amazing showcase video she's made of me! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46nzO4EDx8E&list=PL9IePIFsAt7iEWt93kj3n8lv3BmP6WguV if it doesn't work)

Devil_Trigger posted on 29 July, 2012 - 21:53
Oooooooooo this should be interesting c: I remember you saying you wanted to cosplay her xD I've played FFVI many times on different consoles xD

Mungojerrie posted on 29 July, 2012 - 22:25

Siouxsie James posted on 30 July, 2012 - 08:11
Great choice!! :D

Einmyria posted on 7 October, 2012 - 20:24
The necklace is so pretty!!!

Alouette posted on 7 October, 2012 - 21:37
The chocker looks absolutely gorgeous :) I can't wait to see this finished :3

cosrai posted on 14 November, 2012 - 18:47
I'm looking forward to seeing this finished, looks so pretty :)

Devil_Trigger posted on 10 January, 2013 - 23:39
AAAAAAAAAAAAAH progress on this is looking good! My god what you've done with the design is amazing... I can see why you've been sewing for a while on it O.O

Sephirayne posted on 11 January, 2013 - 04:54
The progress looks amazing. Really loving the necklace. Great job ^^

Siouxsie James posted on 11 January, 2013 - 12:39
Progress looks great :)

TheStarlightFairy posted on 11 January, 2013 - 23:48
Thank you everyone!

J-Po posted on 20 February, 2013 - 22:26
omg its looking great

Yuka posted on 7 March, 2013 - 22:18
That cape is GORGEOUS!! So excited for GemuCon now!!

Siouxsie James posted on 8 March, 2013 - 10:13
I am excited by your progress pic :) looking awesome!! So sad that I wont get to see it in person so please re-wear :D

Littlegeeky posted on 8 March, 2013 - 11:51
Wow! This looks amazing so far! I can't wait to see it finished :D

Einmyria posted on 8 March, 2013 - 21:23
This looks so pretty! you always amaze me with your detail skills :D

TheStarlightFairy posted on 9 March, 2013 - 01:07
fdvgakvusgd Thank you everyone! I'm so glad ya'll think it's turning out well! @afireinsidegirl I've spent too long and too much on this to NOT rewear it to lots of events haha!

Siouxsie James posted on 9 March, 2013 - 11:00
YAY!!!! :D can't wait to see it at a future con then :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

puzzledpenguin posted on 13 March, 2013 - 01:47
Beautifully styled wig, it's all looking great so far :-)

MadameLapin posted on 8 April, 2013 - 19:55
Congratulations on getting judge's choice award in the masq. You looked stunning in this, one of your best cosplays by far.

Devil_Trigger posted on 8 April, 2013 - 20:37
Congrats on getting the award c: You looked sooooo beautiful in this <3 (also despite how many times ya said, you did not look like a drag queen xD)

Kacela posted on 9 April, 2013 - 19:06
Looks beautifully made! Lovely fabric choices and colours =]

Raye-chan posted on 10 April, 2013 - 18:30
Such a beautiful, well crafted costume, you are truly worthy of the win hun!

Einmyria posted on 10 April, 2013 - 22:53
You look amazing! wish I could have seen it in person

Devil_Trigger posted on 14 April, 2013 - 17:00
Loving all the photos <3

KiraraYumi posted on 14 April, 2013 - 17:00
SO. DAMN. GORGEOUS! Oh man, I didn't know you got an award for this! Congrats, you totally deserve it!

TheStarlightFairy posted on 14 April, 2013 - 17:02
Thank you everyone!

Squiggles posted on 14 April, 2013 - 17:23
Wow! This is gorgeous! ;o; You make a lovely Terra!

puzzledpenguin posted on 14 April, 2013 - 17:37
Beautiful photos, you look lovely. The costume is gorgeous (great fabric choices) and the fire effect is really nicely done.

ToroSonyCat posted on 14 April, 2013 - 17:59
Soo beautiful! *_*

No thanks posted on 14 April, 2013 - 20:01
I was so amazed when I saw this in person! You looked absoloutly gorgeous! Amazing attention to detail, so beautiful.

Siouxsie James posted on 15 April, 2013 - 00:11
This is stunning!!!!!!!!!!!! Amazing work :) nice one!

CrystalNeko posted on 17 April, 2013 - 23:22
You look so beautiful! Loving all the details, Beth's photography is amazing as always too. You deserved the award so much!

Amy-Lou posted on 18 April, 2013 - 11:06
Stunning costume, the effort really shows in the details :)

KC-HOME posted on 18 April, 2013 - 11:32
I love your cosplay and such a brilliant shooting !!! ♥ I like ♥

Pandora-Chi posted on 18 April, 2013 - 15:55
Absolutely stunning! I love the photos, the detail put into the cosplay and you look gorgeous <3

FusionRose posted on 18 April, 2013 - 17:13
beautiful!!! x

TheStarlightFairy posted on 18 April, 2013 - 19:34
Thank you everyone again <3

Siouxsie James posted on 28 April, 2013 - 20:13
Heck yes!! Gratz on the showcase Lou!! Beautiful costume!!

Mungojerrie posted on 28 April, 2013 - 20:16
LADY YOU GOT A SHOWCASE? I am so proud of you, it's well deserved <3

TheStarlightFairy posted on 28 April, 2013 - 20:25

Littlegeeky posted on 28 April, 2013 - 20:30
You so deserved the showcase hun! This cosplay is so amazing! You look so beautiful in it hun!

cosrai posted on 28 April, 2013 - 20:34
Well deserved showcase! So beautiful!

Devil_Trigger posted on 28 April, 2013 - 20:37
Yaaaaaaaay you got the showcase! 8D SO PROUD OF YOU RIGHT NOW (THAT IS A LIE, ALWAYS PROUD)

KiraraYumi posted on 28 April, 2013 - 22:20
CONGRATS YOU BUNDLE OF LOVELINESS! You 100% deserve this, so pleased for yooou!! >w<

MoonLily posted on 28 April, 2013 - 22:40
Yaaay such a deserved showcase! This is gaaaawjus! The level of detail is outstanding. :3

alytheluvly posted on 29 April, 2013 - 09:53
Beautiful cosplay!! Congrats on the showcase! ^_^

Freyarule posted on 29 April, 2013 - 13:00
ASJHFTYWSBS SHOWCASEEEE Congratttsss!!! SO MUCH PRETTIES I wish I'd seen you in real life ;__; it looks so gorgeous! I love it <3 beautiful Terra!

Sephirayne posted on 29 April, 2013 - 14:50
Gorgeous costume and photos. You look really stunning. Congrats on the showcase ^_^

Yasmia posted on 30 April, 2013 - 16:07
Congrats on the Showcase! well deserved, looks gorgeous!

Anonymous posted on 30 April, 2013 - 16:45
Gorgeous costume, highly visually striking, you look fantastic! Congrats on the very well-deserved showcase! :D

TheStarlightFairy posted on 30 April, 2013 - 21:20
Thank you again everyone! I worked really hard on this so I'm glad people like it so much <3

HarryKurt posted on 3 May, 2013 - 22:03
This is so gorgeous! <3

Lady Bahamut posted on 5 May, 2013 - 18:39
This cosplay is so many levels of epic I don't even know where to start praising it XD

DefineImagineMJ posted on 12 May, 2013 - 20:06
This is absolutely stunning! Fantastic job. Well done!

littleshoni posted on 20 June, 2013 - 00:50
Wow you got a showcase :) well done! you definably deserve it. Your costume was beautiful at Gemucon and I remember you said you'd put a lot of hours into it but I had no idea just how MUCH effort you put in. The attention to trims really pays off. Hope to see you again, possibly ayacon?

TheStarlightFairy posted on 20 June, 2013 - 21:55
@meercatcool Yes, I hope to see you at aya! I'll be wearing this again for the Cosplay Chess c: Thank you <3

Kei Lin Sama posted on 21 August, 2013 - 21:55
Yep I saw you at Cosplay Chess. You looked so beautiful I could only gasp and stutter. Sorry you didn't get any sense out of me..

Clockwork Dandy Noodles posted on 30 September, 2015 - 19:37
This costume is stunning and so detailed you wear it so well :)

Boot covers
Arm cape thingy

Total cost: £0.00

15th August 2013

New addition for Ayacon!

Mum and I were clearing out the attic and we came across an old sword prop she'd made years ago. It was designed to be a pirate sword for a costume party, so it had the same curve Terra's sword in Dissidia art does. A bit of editing on the handle (removing the guard and covering it in swag) and a repair/paint job on the 'blade' and SUDDENLY TERRA SWORD

13th March 2013


Had a couple of spare hours today so decided to style the wig I wish I'd taken a 'before' photo, it looked like a cloud! Spent at least 30 minutes brushing the tip og the wig with warm water so it would sit flat-ish on my head, then pulled it into a half-ponytail with the help of my mum, pinning it down with pearly hair-grips. It was originally a full ponytail, but because the wig is so curly, the pony was too short. Once the half pony was secure, we (Mum and I) tied a beaded hair scarf thingie around it to hide the bobble. We then used a couple of sparkly clips to pull the rest of the hair up so that it looks like a proper high ponytail, pinning remaining stray bits of hair with pearly grips. Finished off with the pink chiffon bow thingy I made ages ago! Really happy with how it's turned out :) I bought some pearl spiral things to add a bit more jazz to it but I'll put those in at the con. It's safe in a box and it's not coming out until Gemucon haha!

9th March 2013

Boot covers of doom

I can't beleive how much stress these have caused me! I made these by cutting a base of white pleather (after multiple mock-ups and paper patterns), then covered them in red brocade. This was no where near shiny enough so I threw some trims at them. I bought a top really cheap in a sale because it had beautiful applique beadwork on the shoulders, and used said applique to jazz up the outer sides of the boots. I then sewed some beads (like on the bag) onto the bias binding around the toe bit. They probably could be better, but I'm happy enough with how they look. Photo is of the outer side (on shoe) and front view (not on shoe) of the right boot. It fits on the shoe better when it's on my foot

22nd February 2013

Cape, arm cape and strap

I started work on the cape today and it's not going too badly So far I have hemmed some lilac chiffon with matching sheer ribbon. I'm in the process of pinning some fabric flowers onto it because I cannot paint for toffee. Run out of fabric flowers after severely underestimating the amount I'd need. May try to get some varying size ones, failing that buy extra and clump them together. So far the cape looks like a big rectangle with some flowers on it. Once the flowers are on, I'm going to gather the top edge of it to give it some swoopy volume. Not sure how I'm going to do the rest of the cape thingy. I'm HOPING to somehow use the surplus at the top to form that wierd hood bit some of the art has, and bring one side over into a strap. ...It makes sense to me okay haha EDIT 26/2 I am seriously done with flowers. There are approximately 121 on that cape EDIT 5/3 Cape is attached to dress, and I managed to get the hood/strap concept to work after all of the trial and error. Sewed the rest of the purple crystals (a grand total of 5 or 6) onto the hood to give a little sparkle. On the strap bit, I added some red jewel beads from the remnants of the chocker trim. On the other shoulder, I used a strip of christmas ribbon to form a strap. I sewed the arm cape onto the underside of this strap, and sewed the pauldron to the topside of it. I actually can't believe this is almost done!

19th February 2013

Dress progress and gauntlets

After god knows how long, I have finally nearly finished the dress. I somehow managed to make the skirt about 4 or 5 sizes too big, and so I ended up having to gradually take it in bit by bit so I didn't screw up. I've taken a bit of artistic licence with the shape of the skirt. It's still a little flared as if I'd taken it in any further it would have looked awful. I've also given the hem more of a scallop shape than in the art. This was mostly due to how the skirt was sitting on me. The straight skirt with the side splits just didn't work with the fabric, it looked too harsh to me! The rest of the dress and costume is very fancy and feminine, so the rounded hemline just seemed right. Just need to sew the hems and add some gold bias. GAUNTLETS ARE DONE I used more brocade, and did a little embroidery (just a fishbone stitch to look like a vine and a rosette chain flower). I put the same trims as the dress and pauldron around the top, and some gold bias around the bottom.

10th January 2013

top and embroidery

I finally reached a point with the top half of the dress where I felt I could take a decent progress image. I utterly screwed up my first attempt, so I made a second. Screwed up the front panel so redid that one, so the one you see in the picture I uploaded is version 2.5 Got an embroidery book for christmas so I have been having a LOT of fun. In the end I used a fair few different stitches: satin, split stitch, double-threaded backstitch, fishbone stitch, herringbone stitch and scroll stitch (this sounds like a game of spot-the-stitch). I still need to add some beads for embellishment, and the trims around the top. Also, I only roughly pinned in the zip, so the front looks really wonky right now. It'll look a lot better when it's finished! Time taken: just don't even try asking

22nd November 2012


I am a wuss and won't start the dress yet, so I made the pauldron over the past couple of days. I covered a shoulder pad with brocade (and dress lining) to start off with. I then did a swirly pattern over the top with a chain (pic 1). This was frustating as hell. In the end I used Terra's anthology design and then went crazy with the rest of the chain. Next, I sewed on a pretty leaf/bead thing I bought and a couple of shiny beads (pic 2) Finally I went around the edges with a gold and a pearl trim to match what I will do on the dress and gauntlets (pic 3). I'm really happy with the result! Sooo gaudy XD Other achievements include putting together a bunch of scarves using various fabrics and trims. Oh, and I made a bead chain thing. Said bead chain ended up being too heavy to just be tied onto my hips, so I sewed it lightly to one of the scarves.

14th November 2012


So I have spent at least 20 hours making a bag that blends into my cosplay. Using some red brocade, I have made a drawstring pouch. On this I have sewn on ribbon and more beads than I care to count. NEVER METALLIC THREAD AND BROCADE AGAIN No photo does this bag justice

25th October 2012

Shiny things

I've been a busy magpie, collecting lots of shiny things to jazz up the cosplay a bit. I have a couple of hairclips, a bigass flower, some pretty rings and a big brooch. So many sparkles~

16th October 2012

wig and trims

I BOUGHT MORE TRIMS NOTHING CAN STOP MY INCESSANT NEED TO PURCHASE TRIMS This one is a pretty pink chiffon trim with lilac flowers. I spotted it while gtting stuff for Susan, and was like HNNNG THAT WOULD LOOK AMAZING AS ONE OF THE HAIR SCARF THINGIES. So I pulled it off the shelf and looked at the price, wondering how much of my soul I would have to sell to obtain this beautiful trim. 76p a metre. 76P WAT So I bought a metre at vast expense. It's going to clash HIDEOUSLY with the redness of the costume but idgaf. Oh and wig is on order. Its white and curly and poofy. I am going to have a cloud on my head and it will be glorious.

7th October 2012

Necklace choker

I spotted yet more pretty trims and ribbons in the fabric shop today, and so decided to make a choker necklace. The choker is made from a maroon velvet ribbon and a beaded trim. I then attached beads and a pendant to this. This didn;t seem like enough, so I used an old necklace chain to make it look more like the Sakizou artwork. So goddamn happy with this. Took about 4 hours in total.

31st July 2012

So it begins

Mum treated me to some blue and red brocade fabrics today because I was feeling inordinately sick but still helped with the food shop and housework It such beautiful fabric ;_; I will use the red for the dress, gloves and boot covers and the blue for one of the many waist sashes.

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