Princess Garnet til Alexandros XVII (Coronation Dress) - Final Fantasy IX


London MCM Expo May 2008

1st Tokyopop ReCon @Taunton in October

Watch on Youtube


It's complete! Yaaay! And just in the nick of time too xD

Sooo why did I choose Garnet? Well to be honest I've wanted to cosplay as her ever since I got into cosplaying, but never had the skills, guts or money to! So after a year of cosplaying I found that there was a FFIX being held at expo and instantly thought 'Hmm, I wonder if I could pull off Garnet *ponders*' and thus I have made a Garnet cosplay xD. It helps that FFIX is one of my favourite games ;D Plus I wanted a real challenge, her coronation dress seemed perfect and plus I could use my own hair ohohoho

Materials used:
- 5-6m of polyester stretched [not so stretchy though xD] satin
- Boning
- Craft Foam
- Bake and Bend Sculpey
- Fimo
- Metal chains
- Heart shaped pendant
- Silver string
- Acrylic paints
- Glue gun

So the making:
For the crown it took me 8 attempts to get right. I used a variety of different materials such as fimo, das, hot glue and bake and bend sculpey. In the end I made my final crown out of bake and bend sculpey, the centre out of fimo and backed it with a piece of wire and a helluva lot of hot glue! Then I glued it onto a plastic headband, painted the crown grey and finally glued on the chains [which constantly gets tangled up lol xD]... I must say the crown gave me the biggest pain xD

At first I wanted to make the bodice and skirt seperately... til I saw better reference pictures and noticed that they weren't seperate at all! But I bought new fabric anyways as my second attempt at the bodice was hideously shiny! We went up to Trago Mills and I bought a ton of the fabric I have now which isn't too shiny ^__^ I actually used my first pattern for the bodice... Believe me it took me ages to try and figure out what to do... I used McCalls 5321 for the bodice and then lengthened the bodice loooads to make it a one piece! The pattern was then embroidered on, which was my own design because the reference pictures were terrible! Even after watching the FMVs loads it was still nearly impossible to see the pattern on her bodice and skirt clearly! I just did the best I could to follow the references ^_^;

The underskirt was be just fiddling around with it hoping for the best, which led to a VERY messy train xD So I had to shorten it loads - the train is now fairly neat but not as neat as I'd like... I can't be bothered to fix it now though otherwise I may end up making the underskirt shorter than the overskirt! XDD So I just painted on the gold details which was my own design, I started off using a stencil... this proved to be a hassle though so after about 5-8 prints I just painted them on by hand, I'm suprised it looks somewhat okay ahaha!

The armwarmer type things was a very lucky estimate! I just got a piece of scrap fabric, measured the top of my arm, and blasted it through the sewing machine not even taking care to see if it'd fit or not! And it actually did fit me perfectly XDD Once again I embroidered a pattern onto the armwarmers

Next was the armbands, I made them out of craft foam - Whoooo! I'm such a cheapstake! 8D Painted with acrylics and glued on the chains... the armbands were my own frickin' design as well... seriously it's so hard to find decent references of the odd things! D<

The rest of the jewelery were hand made also. The crown for the necklace was made from fimo, the waistband was made from half bake and bend sculpey and half fimo with string attached. Then finally I borrowed two rings from my friend as I found at the very last minute that Garnet does indeed have a ring on each middle finger! *shakes fists* I hate wearing jewelery >_>;

Last was the shoes, oh boy, I had a lot of trouble finding the suitable shoes for a cheap price! In the end I just borrowed Special-pleb's Esther shoes with fabric stuffed in them as they're two sizes too big haha xD. With elastic glued on just so I can actually walk around them without losing the shoes [now I know how easily Cinderella lost her shoe! D<]

Ichigo-Chan posted on 26 November, 2007 - 16:30
I am really sorry to hear what happened to your crown and I hope your 2nd attempt goes well. Good luck with the rest of the costume! I'm not going to start on my Garnet cosplay until I finish my Ashe FFXII costume because I have sooooo many costumes in progress which are not listed on my profile and I keep on leaving them unfinished.

CrystalNeko posted on 26 November, 2007 - 18:24
Lol aww it's okay xD I'm all over it ^^... Besides it's an excuse to play with MOAR fimo! XD Which is great cause I'm started to get addicted to fimo... again xD Yay! Ashe! =D I'm sure you'll do great ^^ Lol and I know how you feel! I have tons of costumes that I've made... but never finish xD

Anonymous posted on 2 December, 2007 - 11:07
Oh no!!! Sorry to hear your first attempt at the crown didn't work out (after all that time you spent on it as well) >_< Have you thought of using some other material that does not require heat setting? I myself am too scared to make anything out of clay because I know with my pathetic skills, the damn thing will crack after going through the oven... Maybe you can try something like Newclay or Milliput? Both of them are air hardening material so that could minimise the chance of the piece falling apart in the baking process. Good luck~!!!! I would love to see some FF cosplay other than *cough*overdonetodeath*cough* FFVII... and FFIX is probably my favourite FF out of all the ones I have played!!!!!

CrystalNeko posted on 2 December, 2007 - 22:57
Lol it's okay xD; I'm gonna give up on fimo after my 3rd attempt ¬_¬... Cause I still have quite a lot of fimo left! XD I'm getting faster and faster with fimo now so it's not so time consuming anymore ^-^. Newclay? Milliput? =O No I haven't heard of them but I'll definately hunt some down it it just hardens in the air! *o* *chucks darn fimo out the window* Right! Off to hunt some Newclay/Milliput! XD Lol I was thinking of doing a FFVII cosplay... but thought it was way overdone so I decided to go for FFIX XD. Thanks for the luck! ^^ I'll need it xD;

Mungojerrie posted on 19 January, 2008 - 00:45
Omg CN! That crown = EPIC! Well done, I'm sooooo proud of you LOL! 6th time lucky, eh xD WELL DONE!!! 8D

CrystalNeko posted on 19 January, 2008 - 00:51
Eeep! Thank you Freya! X3 I STILL have a silly grin over my face right now! XDDD And yeah forget about 3rd time lucky... It's 6th time lucky for me! XDDD

MoonLily posted on 19 January, 2008 - 13:38
You deserve a medal after sticking with that crown after SIX attempts. Well it looks like it paid off, well done! ^_^

PinkCharlieBear posted on 19 January, 2008 - 15:22
Yay Riku! I'm so glad you got there with the crown in the end! =D I know how much you were getting annoyed and stuff, so it's great too see your work paid off! =D

Anonymous posted on 19 January, 2008 - 15:59
Yay! You managed to get the crown done in the end! Good job~!!! Now on with the dress XD

CrystalNeko posted on 19 January, 2008 - 18:03
Lol I'm glad I stuck with it too! I was considering giving up... but decided to give it one last shot as otherwise that bake and bend sculpey would have gone to waste xD... And I'm so happy that it's not falling apart! [thank goodness the wire is holding up the snapped part!] It's not as accurate as I wanted it to be as some bits are too short... But I mustn't complain! XD I definately do not want to go through all that ever again.. EVER! XD And oh dear god! Yes onto the dress xD; This will be... fun xD;

Relion posted on 21 January, 2008 - 15:25
OH EM GEE CONGRATS ON FINISHING THE CROWN! :D You're gonna make SUCH a pretty Garnet!

Mungojerrie posted on 23 March, 2008 - 22:54
Whoaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. That is looking ACE! 8D You're gonna be such an awesome Garnet, I can tell! I can't wait to see you in May and take photos! X3

Luminescence posted on 23 March, 2008 - 22:55
My sister (FreyaCrescent) keeps raving to me about how brilliant a Garnet you're going to be, and I agree with her! :) I hope there'll be more progress on the dress soon!

Anonymous posted on 24 March, 2008 - 21:18
Wow! The dress is coming along really nicely~ Can't wait to see it complete!!! Btw, can I trade for some of your sewing skills please? XD

CrystalNeko posted on 24 March, 2008 - 21:43
@Relion: Thank yoou! ^o^ Though the crown broke again... my fault though... I prodded it too much eheh heh xD;; @Freya: Thank yooou! X3 And your gonna make an awesome Freya! 8D And yeaaah! First thing Sunday morning I shall hunt you down for photos! X3 @Luminescence: Aww thankies! And wow you've got Eiko planned? I can't wait to see it! ^o^ @Cat_Cat: Arigatou! Haha I'll trade some of my sewing skills for some of your drawing skills! XP [But you know you don't need my -bad- sewing skills xP... You've made a fantastic Chopin cosplay *o*]

stripey_dani posted on 24 March, 2008 - 22:45
You can do it! *dances* Looking lovely so far :3

GunstarVixen posted on 25 March, 2008 - 19:05

Hexi posted on 30 March, 2008 - 19:19
lewking good! i'm looking forward to seeing this even though i don't like FF. i tolerate it. but it's nice to see something other than all the over done characters *cough*yunacloudreno*cough*

Hexi posted on 5 April, 2008 - 21:48
schweet! Torchwood last night made me cry!!!! T~T Tosh and Owen were my 2 favourite characters!! Did you watch Dr Who? Catherine Tate is a bad addition i think. bad choice. but ROSE! OMG i want her back!

Mungojerrie posted on 6 April, 2008 - 00:39

Luminescence posted on 6 April, 2008 - 01:26
That embroidery's looking gorgeous so far, honey. :) Keep it up! I hope we'll see more soon.

Hexi posted on 11 April, 2008 - 19:25
STILL looking awesome! >< it just sucks i'm not gonna be able to get a photo! >3<

GunstarVixen posted on 16 April, 2008 - 14:46
Looking great hon! FFIX FTW!!!

Hexi posted on 12 May, 2008 - 21:53
It looks awesome Neko!

timpey posted on 13 May, 2008 - 19:25
your garnet cosplay looks great and the crown looks amazing

White Leviathan posted on 21 May, 2008 - 23:40
wow that's looking really awesome!

Defrain posted on 22 May, 2008 - 06:29
simply astounding i will need a picture with you

Manga Girl posted on 23 May, 2008 - 11:47
I can't wait to see this cosplay!

Mungojerrie posted on 25 May, 2008 - 23:10
Omggggg Fi. I'm so sad that I missed this in person, but you make such a fantastic Garnet. <3 You look so beautiful in that dress, and gahhhhhh. You look so awesome. I'm just hoping that some day we'll get to do our Freya and Garnet photos together xD

Hexi posted on 28 May, 2008 - 17:48
WOW! Neko~! itlooks sooooooooo good! you look so purdy in it! ^^ sorry i didn't have my hat on when we saw you on saturday! one of the ball chains broke and i was looking for a way to fix it at the time! ¬3¬ but hen i found someone with a lighter so it was all ok! ^^ you look awesome! ^^

Monkey posted on 30 May, 2008 - 16:38
Love this outfit! I did see you on the sunday in it (but only very briefly I'm afraid :S) We were being dragged away so I didn't get a chance to get a photo of you! Boo! But you looked gorgeous and I love the photos you have! - Plus I would've wanted to hug you and with the blood on me I think that would've been a bad idea! Next time if you wear it I'll be sure to get a photo and ask for hugs! Yay Princess Garnet! ^^

BlusterSquall posted on 11 June, 2008 - 23:00
You we just so CUTE in this outfit~! <33 All the hard work you put into it completely paid off. The dress is beautiful and I really hope you wear it again! ^__^

White Tigress posted on 19 June, 2008 - 21:31
Fantastic work, well done!

Anonymous posted on 10 July, 2008 - 21:46
Damn you fi, so popular *shakes fist* :P realized i don't think i've commented on this cosplay, and its awesome so hey, well done ^_^

Brinny-Chan posted on 23 October, 2008 - 11:26
Congrats on winning last night! (the quiz too! Deary me...) XDXD Awesome cosplay!

Uni posted on 27 June, 2009 - 16:15
i can't get over how adourable you look in this cosplay : D

Make more petticoats
Remake headdress
Make the bodice and underskirt neater

Total cost: £0.00

Featured Event

Online - 19th June

International Competitions