Fran - Final Fantasy XII


Kitacon 2009

1st Place Masquerade, with Fishyfins as Balthier (at KitaCon '09)




Suiting up as Fran was, for lack of a better phrase, a pain in the much exposed butt!

When I first played the game in 2006 I didn't think much to it, but replaying it March '09 gave me the boost I needed to cosplay her for KitaCon in April. I was very ill before the con so nothing was getting done and I had to produce most of this in the two days before the convention (which I'm told is a testament to my skill). Two days worth of work, and salvaged items made this one of the most makeshift costumes I've ever made but I like the way it looks. Because I love Fran to pieces I'll be remaking and modifying and updating this costume over time, including adding lots of extensions and thickness to the wig (which actually, I had the wig done since early March I believe to make sure I actually did the costume!), silverising the entire of the armour, fitting it properly (the first time I tried it all on was at the convention!) and adding elastic and etc inside it to make sure it will all stay up properly and strengthening the armour. Whilst wearing the false nails I couldn't do anything at all so poor Fishyfins had to do nearly everything for me for the entire day! What a darling Balthier ^^

This was quite exciting (if a little stressful and time-pressed) to make, with many different fabric and materials and techniques and processes. I can't wait to make a bow for her, but I have yet to decide which one!

To wear, well, it was a lot of fun and I couldn't help but slip into her voice every now and again! I will definitely be wearing this to future cons!

Notes: I updated the bustier design and went with a more pointed top than Fran's straight across design, mainly to accomodate my bust but also because I just like it more and like to take liberties with my costumes! Besides that, it's all accuracy baby including the split heel which actually doesn't make much difference to walking around!


Captain_Marvelous posted on 3 February, 2009 - 14:41
Fran ^.^ she's old she's bold and she's a whole lot of thing ^^ either way I would be all over that like a flannel...erm..yeah cant wait to see this gonna be scrumtrilesent ^^

Anonymous posted on 2 March, 2009 - 17:42
Knock em dead girl!! You'll look fab :D I love the wig so far!

Defrain posted on 2 March, 2009 - 19:18
nice progress on the wig

MoonLily posted on 5 April, 2009 - 22:24
It's looking great so far! (You are seriously so brave for wearing this costume! XD) Can't wait to see this at Kita! O.O

HotshotShan posted on 6 April, 2009 - 00:39
Hate to say I told you so but [/shot] You know what I think but I stand by it, people will be swooning from near and far, it's a great costume and likeness so far, and you're not even finished so there you go!

Fishyfins posted on 6 April, 2009 - 09:21
this costume is gonna rock so much! together with my Balthier, we are truly gonna be the sexiest sky pirates out there! im proud that your gonna be doing this with me!

Adamoluna posted on 21 April, 2009 - 14:24
lovely fran!! :D <3

Kannacchi posted on 21 April, 2009 - 14:34
this costume is so good~

sjbonnar posted on 21 April, 2009 - 15:42
I hear you won in the masquerade! Congratulations! Epic costume and DAMN sexy ;-)

Defrain posted on 21 April, 2009 - 16:14
nicely done we need a shoot some time

Elyiel posted on 21 April, 2009 - 16:31
This is awesome! =D

Manjou posted on 21 April, 2009 - 20:56
congrats on winning you two :) hopefully this costume will be seen again once it's repaired?

nanahara posted on 21 April, 2009 - 21:18
you where both epic, and did indeed deserve to win the masquarade

Anonymous posted on 22 April, 2009 - 09:49
Hurrah on winning! You look amazing as Fran!

Archer posted on 22 April, 2009 - 11:05
Loved this outfit, you looked awesome.

Limegreenjelly posted on 22 April, 2009 - 20:52
Adore your fran costume way to go... really should start on my Penelo :D

Frederica la Noir posted on 24 April, 2009 - 21:11
You are one sexy bunny woman ^___^ loved you as Fran! both you and Fishyfins deserved to win the masq! I've never met anyone who can pull off such an awesome cosplay before =] You've inspired me to attempt a Viera Cosplay! Probs not Fran though [but it would be fun to attempt it xD] I think I might replay Ff12 to get to the Viera village to find me a easy Viera outfit to make! Once again Congratulations Tetra =D hope to see you again at a future Con!!! xxx

eternal_aranel posted on 24 April, 2009 - 21:48
Major congrats for winning! You both were so unbelievably epic! ^_^ Such a good cosplay!

Manjou posted on 26 April, 2009 - 21:40
How is Fran (or any of your costumes) in any way lame looking? XD Fran is almost like a ladies version of the costume i'm working on, what was the armour made from? craft foam?

Ilpala posted on 29 April, 2009 - 10:42
Awesome Fran!

Manga Girl posted on 3 May, 2009 - 22:12
Really loved your Fran cosplay! :D

Charlie-Bear posted on 7 May, 2009 - 17:19
I adore your Fran, you're so brave to do her but you did her perfectly! (I wish I had the guts to cosplay her, shes a fab character!) I particularly love your wig and ears, and congrats on the win, you and your Balthier most definitely deserved it! ^o^

HotshotShan posted on 13 May, 2009 - 21:37
Oh wow... I really wish I'd seen these earlier. I am literally blown away and that's after seeing the bits and pieces. When worn it's spectacular and despite your expectations you look an awful lot like her. Fantastic hun. I'm so lucky~ 8D xxx

gaming_goddess posted on 27 July, 2009 - 09:49
I loved this outfit so much tetra! Thought I should finally show some love by leaving a comment :) It's amazing though and it must of taken so long! Brilliant job matey!

takopup posted on 30 November, 2012 - 02:04
Your attention to detail is incredible.