24th May 2012: Main outfit minus belt Complete- Duster and arm-warmers, top, skirt, shorts, boots, ring and chain, wig.
(Wig and necklace not in the photo)
The main outfit is now finished apart from the belt and I'm really pleased with how it's looking so far =)
24th May 2012: Shorts, skirt & top- Complete How the finished items look together.
24th May 2012: Skirt alterations I un-picked the yellow thread in the seam near the top of the waistline before shortening the hem with wonderweb. The top seam was still visible without the stitching and this bugged me so I folded it over and hid it inside the skirt. I allowed for this before raising the hem.
Rather than fuss about making the wrap skirt functional (it has a zip at the back hidden by the duster) I just folded over a bit of the fabric at the front and stitched it down using my machine to create a wrap effect. I purposely made the fold over-hang a bit at the end by not sewing it completly straight to help with this illusion. The buttons were hand sewn on, the DF version has brass ones not silver.
24th May 2012: Base skirt I tried making a mini-skirt once and failed miserably. I didn't want that issue again so bought a base skirt to modify. I should be able to shorten it but keep the waistline intact so I know it will fit me properly.
The DF version of Rinoa does not have a marble effect skirt and the shade of blue is darker.
24th May 2012: Shorts I tried once again to sew the zips into the shorts themselves to make them fuctional, this time I had hoped using my machine with a low tension setting might help but during my efforts decided I hate lycra lol I tested it out on my old shorts so didn't ruin these thankfully. So I went back to the popular method of sewing them direcly on top of the shorts to minimise bunching, this was done by hand whilst I was wearing them.
Checking the references later on I noticed on a zoomed in shot that her zips have a slight dark border around them as if hers had been placed on top also so hey it works!
24th May 2012: Top progress Lace detailing being added to the vest top. I hand stitched it in place first then went over it with my machine to strengthen it.
I use a lycra vest top with my original Rinoa as the fabric seems similar to the shorts and it does in Dead Fantasy too but I didn't think the lace would look right against lycra somehow so I opted for cotton instead.
23rd May 2012: Boot alterations- Part 3 Eyelets and laces added to one boot. Glad they came out how I wanted! Now to do the other.
23rd May 2012: Boot alterations- Part 2 Started adding eyelets to the cuffs.
23rd May 2012: Boot alterations- Part 1-2 Both cuffs have now been re-attached in the correct position with the zips removed.
23rd May 2012: Wings progress 6 Spray painted the black gutter mesh white. This shall be used to help shape the wing and for the feathers to attach to. I didn't want the black showing through as the insulation foam I am using for the feathers is quite thin. I shall prob cover this with plain white fabric also.
23rd May 2012: Wig styling- part two The wig was labled as heat resistant so I straightened it with my mum's straighteners but the condition felt crap after. Tch. Used the hot water method after to try and smooth it out a bit but didn't do much tbh.
Anyway I went ahead and trimmed the fringe and sewed the brown highlights into the netting. I used a bit of wax to separate the fringe a bit but I'm not keen on how it looks so brushed it out after this photo was taken.
I'm not that happy with how the wig looks overall but it'll do for now.
22nd May 2012: Wig styling- part one As I did with my last wig I cut up some auburn clip in extensions ready to be sewn onto the wefts of the wig.
19th May 2012: Boot alterations- Part 1 Removed the zips from the cuffs and cut them off so I could twist them round making the split face the front. They were glued back onto the boot using super glue. The join won't be seen once the laces are in.
13th May 2012: Wings progress 5 After round 2 we got a height and shape I was happy with and which is similar to one of the references I have.
13th May 2012: Wings progress 4 This is what we had after the first round of heating and bending the PVC pipes. However I felt it was way too tall for my liking (in how it looked and for myself being able to support it) so the ends of the pipes were cut down a bit and we started round 2 of shaping...
13th May 2012: Wings progress 3 sjbonnar heated the PVC pipes for me because I'm too much of a wimp to use my own heat gun... Although 2 people were needed anyway as I had to hold the ends of the pipe to stop them bending too far whilst hot and snapping.
13th May 2012: Wings progress 2 My lovely bf sjbonnar was on hand today to help me test the harness. He noticed the pipes were leaning forward and trying to snap out of the clips. He thinks adding another support bar of plastic over the backplate and attaching a V shaped pipe connector for the ends of the pipe to sit in will make it a lot more stable.
I am also going to add another webbing strap to go under my bust to help keep the harness flat against my back.
12th May 2012: Wings progress 1 This is how the PVC pipes looked in the harness without them being shaped or cut. I felt like a weird bug with giant antenna...
9th May 2012: Wig- to be styled My Rinoa wig has seen better days so figured it was about time I got a new one. Unfortunately this hasn't got a side skin-top parting which seems impossible to find but it'll do. I'll find a better wig for my regular version when I update her one day. I do like the framing around the face on this though.
25th October 2011: Wings removed from duster I easily spent between 10 and 15 hours un-picking those... Had no idea it would take that long ><
This was done over the last month whilst watching anime/ a film or on lunch breaks at work.
22nd October 2011: Wing harness complete Added duct tape for extra support lol It also smooths off edges to be fair.
The shoulder straps close and can be adjusted via D-rings.
22nd October 2011: Wing harness progress The pipe clamps were bolted to the plastic plate but it wasn't enough to keep them from swivilling so I ended up adding tons of hot glue ^^' They don't move now but I don't know if they will hold up once the weight of the wings are added. I made 4 shoulder straps from nylon webbing and heated the cut ends with a lighter to stop them from fraying. These were hot glued to the back of the plate and then I covered this with part of a laptop sleeve so it will be cushioned against my back (this should also prevent the shoulder straps from coming off completely if the glue becomes loose).
22nd October 2011: Wing supplies! A week to go and I only just finished getting everything I need... No pressure right? Not to mention I haven't finished the outfit yet either...
Here we have:
10 metre roll of insulation foam (hiding at the back)- for the main feathers
Bag of Turkey flats and fluffier feathers- for possible detailing
Plastic rectangle wall plate- base of harness
2 x PVC overflow pipes- "bones" of the wings
Overflow pipe clips- so the wings can be snapped in and out of the harness
Pack of knuts and bolts- for attaching pipe clamps to wall plate
Heat gun- to bend the pipes into shape with
Webbing of various widths- shoulder straps
Slides and D-rings- for tightening shoulder straps
Neoprene laptop sleeve (I couldn't get a camping mat or mouse mat)- to cushion the side of the plate that will rest against my back.
Gutter guard mesh- to make the basic shape of the wings, feathers will attach to this.
Glue gun and duct tape- to help keep everything together!
31st August 2011: Base boots bought I spent ages looking for a pair of black ankle boots with a small heel and large cuff. All I could find was some with a weird heel but finally came across these. I need to remove the zips, add eyelets and laces in their place and twist the cuff around so the laces are front facing.
1st August 2011: Feathers! Although I plan to mainly make my wings out of craft foam due the un-natural size of the larger feathers I bought a load of white turkey flats and the fluffier feathers (forgotten the name) from Speckles as figured they could be used along the top of the wings for added detailing. If not then I'm sure I can find some other use for them in the future.
7th December 2010: Duster closure I had to alter the way the duster closes at the front. What is a little annoying is FairyPorchQueen originally made it as it is in DF where it ties but then she changed it to match the button closure of the game. I've had to remove the buttons and unpick her stitching to get the original ties back although they're a little short as she must of cut them before sewing it up.
3rd November 2010: Duster and arm warmers The duster and arm warmers were bought from FairyPorchQueen (I do not know who made them). They're hand-knitted and are gorgeous as well as being that slightly darker shade of blue so I was happy to hear she was selling them. The wing pattern on the back is a little off but it can be picked out as it was done once the main duster was knitted. I may end up cutting into the back a little anyway depending on how I do my massive wings of doom!
22nd June 2010: Vanishing Star- attempt at details Tried sketching out the feather and lettering on the gunblade ready for painting but I wasn't happy with how they turned out so have left it for now.
23rd July 2009: Silenced Tear- first attempt This is how far I got with my pinwheel before my mum threw it out thinking it was for recycling -_- It was made with foamboard and painted with a metallic acrylic paint.
I shall have to buy more foamboard at some point and start again.
12th July 2009: Vanishing Star- main paintwork done Spray-painted the gunblade black, I taped up the blade edge to keep it silver as shown in some references.
31st May 2009: Vanishing Star- base gunblade bought I brought Squall's gunblade from the Uniquities stand at Expo and as I grabbed it late on Sunday they had put it on sale so saved myself some money whoop! It's solid wood and has quite a bit of weight to it.
I plan to modify this to look more like Rinoa's gunblade.
Excuse my squinting face, the sun was shining on it.
sjbonnar - 24th March 2009
This will be completely epic!
KamikazePenguin - 25th April 2009
Wahh I love this costume design, it's so cool.
I think you'll do an amazing job your costumes are always spot on!
I wish you best of luck on the wings they look like they could be a pain. =P
Leonie Heartilly - 26th April 2009
Aww thank you so much! ^-^ And yes the wings scare me 0_o But I shall be getting help with those =)
nert - 28th May 2009
I've been toying with the idea of begging people to put a Dead Fantasy group together!
I know enough people have done the relevant costumes it's just getting everyone together and encouraging the rampant destruction of scenery..
Leonie Heartilly - 28th May 2009
Well you're in luck Nert as me buying a gunblade at expo officially put this costume in progress ;)
Odd-One-Out - 31st May 2009
Gunblade was only £20?! Where?!
Leonie Heartilly - 31st May 2009
Uniquities- the main weapon stand at expo. Was £29.99 but reduced it late on the Sunday as "End of Show" price
Zaiburst - 31st May 2009
I'm not aware of what dead fantasy is, but this looks like it'll be great.
Rinoa will be a force to be reckoned with. Especially if you factor in her sorceress powers and that crazy mutt of hers :D
Leonie Heartilly - 1st June 2009
The "mutt" would be Angelo lol but he doesn't make an appearance in DF, too dangerous for the poor thing methinks!
You should search youtube for "Dead Fantasy II" and all will be revealed ;)
Ragepotato - 17th June 2009
Eeee love dead fantasy! Monty Oum is a genius OWo
Cannot WAIT to see this!
Captain_Marvelous - 12th July 2009
Very attractive sword, the site is amazing that sells them and your cosplay is awesome tooz I to got a little vexed at Rinoa in 8 but after watching DF have a little more respect ^.^
Leonie Heartilly - 12th July 2009
Yeah that's what I love about DF, it really shows Rinoa to her full potential, she is a sorceress after all! The game didn't quite highlight her powers but in DF she kicks ass!
Shenny - 13th July 2009
*squee* Other than being generally impressed by this wonderful costume I'm going to be increadibly scared of you XD
Ranma1-2 - 13th July 2009
You are a true Rinoa fan! ^_^
I can't wait to see your wings.
Leonie Heartilly - 13th July 2009
Shenny- Aww no don't be scared XD
Ranma 1-2: I'm so worried about making them >_<
Anonymous - 13th July 2009
Oh my goodness. Gunblade is HEART MELTING... I need it to live... Curse your talent! (tee hee! I'm just kidding) But it does look spectacular!
Leonie Heartilly - 14th July 2009
Aww thank you so much! But I haven't even finished it yet! Haha. Having brought a ready-made gunblade to alter really helped.
Anonymous - 20th July 2009
Man thats some epic prop work! im looking forward to seeing this finished 83
Leonie Heartilly - 20th July 2009
Thanks ^-^ I can't take credit for the base of the gunblade though, that was brought. I just painted it.
perfectly_purple - 10th May 2010
How did I miss you were doing this???? You're going to look EPIC! Can I wear my Ayane with you when you do this?
Leonie Heartilly - 11th May 2010
Of course hun ^^ Not sure when I will have it done though
Zelda - 7th December 2010
Ohhh im loving the duster, the progress looks lovely ^^
Pandora-Chi - 24th May 2012
I'm loving the progress of this and I'm hoping to see it 8D
Viola - 24th May 2012
I´m sure you´ll make a great Rinoa (:
gaming_goddess - 31st May 2012
the wings came out really well - and they look a lot lighter than I was expecting :) Perfect cosplay :D
Leonie Heartilly - 1st June 2012
Thanks sweetie =) Not perfect though as the wings aren't finished >< Need to get a bigger fan to spin my pinwheel too. They are quite light! The weight's mainly in the pipe which isn't much.
Kata-san - 18th July 2012
Those wings look great! Very wing-y(?) great use of the foam. The gunblade and duster look great as well.
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