Cid Highwind (Original Final Fantasy VII) - Final Fantasy VII


Worn to:
London MCM Expo October 2012 - Friday/Sunday
London MCM Comic Con May 2013 - Friday
London MCM Comic Con October 2013 - Friday
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Final Fantasy VII is one of my favourite games and I thought that Cid was the character that I looked most similar to. In addition I wanted a costume that would not be too obvious if I had to wear it while travelling to events. Without the accessories and jacket this costume is basically just combat trousers and a t-shirt.

The hardest part of this costume was either the goggles or the jacket. The jacket was certainly the most time consuming part but I am pleased with the way it has come out, unlike the goggles. The easiest part was the scarf.

One thing that I learned from this is that I am not so good at making large props like the spear but luckily this is not essential for the costume.

This was a fairly comfortable costume to wear but I found the welding gloves a bit awkward for operating my camera so I had to keep on taking them off. I was not recognised by that many people compared to when I wore my Pyro costume but it is a 15 year old game now so that might explain it.

cosplaymatt1 posted on 18 September, 2012 - 19:16
wow so much cool progress and in such a short time too ! this is very similar to the costume i did for may which im hoping to improve for october :D . are you taking a prop e.g a spear (or mop ) gunna be watching and looking out for this :D.

ArcaneArchery posted on 19 September, 2012 - 17:28
Thanks for the comment. I am planning to make a collapsible version of the spear so that I can transport it to the event without any problems. I also have the dynamite for his limit break. I am planning to go to the Final Fantasy photoshot if I can find out when and where it is taking place so I might see you there

cosplaymatt1 posted on 23 September, 2012 - 18:38
there is a group called THE FINAL FANTASY ROUND UP on facebook which im a member of they're great with advice and stuff ( theres a few other cids going too , mainly advent children varients) . if it helps i can put up some pic under "improved/updated cid " of my spear and list how i made each part of the spear including how i used a hinge (bit wonkey but i had no other idear on how to make it portable so to speak). I made a dynamite too ! :D it looked odd as it was and old balloon pump lol . if you want to ask how i made any of my costume id be happy to help but ya seem to be doing great anyways :D

ArcaneArchery posted on 24 September, 2012 - 21:13
I have heard about the THE FINAL FANTASY ROUND UP but I am not on facebook. I think I will be ok making the hinged spear (I'm going to need it to fold in two places to fit in my suitcase) but I would be interested to know how you are making and attaching the spear head.

DefineImagineMJ posted on 21 October, 2012 - 23:45
This is looking good! Looking forward to seeing it. I replied to your question on my page for Faris, but I'll say it here too, indeed I will be at some of the FF shoots. Sat and Sun, yes. Not sure if I am doing her Friday as well or not yet.

Creative-Stitches posted on 11 November, 2012 - 17:14
Thanks for the comment on my Yuffie outfit :) I didn't get many pics of the shoot unfortunately so all the pics i've put up are basically my best ones

LittleRecordGirl posted on 12 November, 2012 - 21:38
The accuracy of our progress is amazing! Love the props! Cannot wait to see finished images of this!

Sephirayne posted on 6 March, 2013 - 20:03
Wow! The prop detail is amazing.

Koiice posted on 6 March, 2013 - 23:55
Awwww I wanna see a piccy <3 Pleaseeeee pretty pleaseeeee

Plasticsharkattack posted on 10 March, 2013 - 18:50
This is looking awesome, I hope there's a costume photo soon!

Yasmia posted on 10 March, 2013 - 23:59
The detail on your props is great! Would love to see some pictures of the completed thing!

Lady-Aira posted on 13 March, 2013 - 21:32
The jacket looks fab! :D Awesome job!

Siouxsie James posted on 28 March, 2013 - 10:48
Great costume! And the group looks really good :)

Ragepotato posted on 28 March, 2013 - 16:33
Awesome! :)

MoonLily posted on 13 April, 2013 - 18:08
This looks really well put together and I love the result! :)

Captain_Marvelous posted on 21 April, 2013 - 15:36
Fantastic work! Love the pack of smokes!

blissfulbanana posted on 5 May, 2013 - 20:26
looks awesome - love the jacket =3

SyriusLionwing posted on 15 June, 2013 - 20:56
All the little details you put in are amazing! Love CID!

Anonymous posted on 15 October, 2013 - 20:35
Wow, brilliant Cid cosplay! :D

Siouxsie James posted on 30 October, 2013 - 22:26
Love this cosplay!! Really suits you :)

Sammykins posted on 5 November, 2013 - 21:04
Thanks for your comment :) Thought I would nosey at your costumes! This one is ace - so much attention to detail! Love it :)

cosplaymatt1 posted on 22 May, 2014 - 17:59
hope to see cid if you are wearing him this Friday, I'll be cactuar.

Finish buckles and straps on jacket
Add pockets to jacket to match reference image
Add straps to gaiters (lower leg coverings)
Make spear
Denim Jacket
Blue/grey t-shirt
Olive combat trousers
Dog tags
Welding gloves

Total cost: £0.00

2nd December 2012

Improved Gloves

I added fake leather straps to the welding gloves so that they can be tightened slightly, as it seems to be impossible to buy small welding gloves.

23rd October 2012


I finished the final part of the costume today - the cigarette packet that goes under the goggle straps

13th October 2012

Spear fail

I tried putting together the shaft of the collapsible spear today but the bolt and hinge design was too loose and the finished spear would have looked rubbish. I decided to cut my losses and stop doing any more work on the spear as I still have the dynamite prop. Plus on the brigt side it is one less thing to transport and carry around.

16th September 2012

Gaiters completed

Finished the gaiters today. Sewing the leather straps to the denim took longer than expected as I discovered that I had accidentaly sewn through both parts of the denim on the first gaiter. This meant I had to unpick the stitching and start again, paying more attention to what I was doing.

13th September 2012

Jacket completed

I finally finsihed modifying the jacket - I hadn't appreciated how slow it would be to sew through multiple layers of Denim by hand. With this part finished I could wear the costume as it is but I still have some smaller components to work on.

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