Freya Crescent - Final Fantasy IX



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Freya Crescent has always been one of my favourite characters, and even before I started cosplaying, I told myself that one day I would cosplay her. Finally, my dream came true in 2008! I spent ten months creating this cosplay with family and friends and I was really happy with the way it all came out in the end. Unfortunately the first time I actually wore this cosplay, it was unfinished! I'm finally getting to do the dream cosplay pair I've always wanted at Kitacon IV, because Cat is being my Fratley <3

Worn at:
Midlands MCM Expo 2008 (with Crazedteensie's Vivi)
Birkenhead ReCon 2008
Midlands MCM Expo 2010 (with FFIX group)


The first version of the hat was made purely from foam, and superglue. I wasn't particularly happy with this attempt, because there was a gaping hole in the top that I didn't know how to close up. It wasn't until over two years later when I finally remade it! The new hat has the same basis as the original, made from foam, however it now has a fabric covering it matching the coat. The 'ears' on the hat are also made of foam, but now have wire in them to make the line across them look bumped. The second version of the hat is also weighted, which makes a huge difference - I didn't even notice when the first hat fell off! The arm grates on the coat are also made from foam.

I bought a red coat from eBay to save attempting to make my own, which was then modified by my best friend. The crest was made from felt and attached to the coat using poppers. The grey eyelets for the rope on the cuffs on the sleeves were also made from foam, then the rope was woven around the holes in the coat.

The cravat was made from some left over material from my Alice (In Wonderland) cosplay and was made by my sister. It was made into a sort of fan shape and sewn together. It keeps the pleats pretty nicely.

For the leather harness, I used a pleather material with a backing that you'd normally find on plastic kitchen/bathroom flooring. This worked pretty well as I had the initial thought that it wouldn't try to fold over when cut into thin strips, but in the end I decided to hem the whole thing anyway so it didn't really make a difference. All in all, it was a nice material to work with and I'm glad I found it in the first place! The black buttons and strips were just pieces of black foam superglued to the material.

Originally I planned to have the pants made of yellow fabric, but then my friends pointed out that compared to the yellow on the crest, the pants weren't actually that yellow. So we took a trip to the orange section, and everything was really expensive. x_x Fun stuff. We ended up with a peachy kinda colour, as it was only 99p a metre... xD My mum made the pants for me, and because I wanted them so baggy, they are HUGE. I love them. xD The ribbon on the tail is made from the same fabric as the pants.

The legs we originally planned to use brown spandex for but couldn't find any ANYWHERE. We did find white, but I didn't really want to take the risk of attempting to dye it, then the dyeing not working, so close to the convention. That and the fact that I wouldn't have enough money to buy the white spandex and dye, then if that didn't work, buy brown fabric after. So I ended up spending like... £14 on this fabric that would work. x_x My sister made the legs for me and they are awesome. The tail was made from the leftover fabric, stuffed and a wire was used to make it stay up.

The shoes were modded from some cheapo grey ugg boots style shoes. They were old and I hardly ever wore them any more, so my sister sewed some claws onto the front of the shoes for me :D

The spear was made by my Grandad back in May when I originally planned to wear this to May Expo. As I didn't end up going, I didn't actually paint the spear until three days before Midlands! I'd run out of money at that point as well, so he gave me £20 to buy paint for the spear. Love. ;__;

Comments

Tak posted on 31 October, 2007 - 18:43
I'm really excited about seeing this. I love Freya, but nobody cosplays her. Go for your dream costume!

Relion posted on 1 November, 2007 - 17:45
SAME AS ABOVE YO. It will be totally bitchin' yo, pimpin' it sideways, orange plz and arsin' about with friends. :B Making your dream costume = WIN. I CAN'T WAAAAAIT. I wish I liked Garnet so I could do her with you or something. xDD MMYES LONG COMMENT

CrystalNeko posted on 4 November, 2007 - 12:21
Oh wow! I really can't wait for May now! It'll be so great seeing your Freya costume! She's just so awesome!! FFIX is my favourite game ever as well! =D Good luck with the costume! I know you'll be great at it! =D

Littlegeeky posted on 24 January, 2008 - 00:35
Oh cool, I can't wait to see how it turns out. Ooo and Happy Birthday too hun ^--^ hope you have a good day!

AnkoLove posted on 24 January, 2008 - 17:47
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! This is going to look grrrrrreat! Good luck!!!

Anime_Angel posted on 16 February, 2008 - 17:28
woh you sure are makin great progress with that costume^_^

Crazedteensie posted on 16 February, 2008 - 20:11
I'm stealing your hat. Ears are TOO CUTE.

Mungojerrie posted on 16 February, 2008 - 20:29
DON'T STEAL MY HAT >=

Anonymous posted on 16 February, 2008 - 22:28
Freya is amazzzing :D I'm such a fan of this kind of strong woman character, but everytime I dress womanly people think I'm a drag queen LOL so I stick to guys cosplay ;3 I wanna see your Freya!!

Ichigo-Chan posted on 18 February, 2008 - 16:15
I love the hat (I don't blame Crazedteensie for wanting to steal it lol) and as Amine Angel said, your making great progress with the costume so far and it's going to look awesome. Can't wait for our FFIX group in May (hopefully I can finish my Garnet dress in time)

Relion posted on 4 March, 2008 - 22:53
spear picz plz

Crazedteensie posted on 18 March, 2008 - 17:09
SPEARWANT D:

CrystalNeko posted on 18 March, 2008 - 17:12
Ahh your spear is just so awesome! *o* Garnet... must... steal... xP Go go dragon slayer! xD

Relion posted on 18 March, 2008 - 17:15
I CHRISTEN YOUR SPEAR: EPIC SPEAR OF EPIC. THAT IS ALL.

SakuraAngel posted on 18 March, 2008 - 18:49
TOTALLY loving the Spear! I agree with Rhi, It is EPIC

Relion posted on 10 April, 2008 - 00:15
pix of wig nao pl0x

GunstarVixen posted on 10 April, 2008 - 08:52
Taking it out of the pack might not be such a bad idea, that way you can brush it, and do all those other really important things we all say we'll do, when in fact it's a great excuse to take it out and prance round the house in you latest wig! (Oh and take piccies for CI!) Bring on the FFIX!!!

CrystalNeko posted on 26 May, 2008 - 11:27
Aww, thanks so much for the lovely comment! ^o^ And yeah I really hope we get those Freya and Garnet photos, that'd so rock! x3

Reagen_Winged posted on 16 June, 2008 - 13:00
Can't wait to see this completed, big FFIX Fan, It looks great so far ^^

1000014 posted on 3 July, 2008 - 15:54
interesting character to pick!!! good luck with the costume ^^

KamikazePenguin posted on 6 September, 2008 - 18:53
WOW! I love this character never seen a cosplay though. :O Looks amazing so far. Are you by any chance wearing this to any con soon? Must get pictures! (: EPIC! :D

Relion posted on 12 September, 2008 - 22:41
HIYA YOU'RE AWESOME ILUUUUUUUUUU

CrystalNeko posted on 13 September, 2008 - 22:08
SQUEEEE! YOUR SO AWESOME!! Love love love your Freya cosplay so much <3 Great job on it! 8D

Littlegeeky posted on 13 September, 2008 - 22:28
Zomg you look awesome hun :D

KamikazePenguin posted on 14 September, 2008 - 11:41
Wahh! This was awesome! As soon as I saw this I shouted OMG FREYA ^.^; embrassed myself there xD Gahh I didn't manage to get a picture thou ;_; Great costume though! 8D

sjbonnar posted on 19 September, 2008 - 17:36
I've said it elsewhere hun but this was FANTASTIC! I hope I see it in person some day O_O

Leonie Heartilly posted on 19 September, 2008 - 20:16
Oh wow I've never seen a Freya cosplay before, well done! =D

Emzone posted on 2 October, 2008 - 23:25
Yus we must! That would be epic =D

Freyarule posted on 4 November, 2008 - 10:45
Just realised, you're Mungojerrie on the ROER board, aren't you! I thought I recognised you xD

Emzone posted on 25 November, 2008 - 02:10
Hey Freya are you going to London Expo May 09 ?

Mungojerrie posted on 25 November, 2008 - 13:31
Not that I know of =( There's a [very] slim chance, but it's not looking likely at the moment.

Demented Kid posted on 10 March, 2009 - 01:38
Did you bring this Freya cosplay to Birkenhead Recon? XD I think I remember see you there lol

Mungojerrie posted on 11 March, 2009 - 18:01
I did indeed! Some of the photos here were taken in Birkenhead Waterstones. XD

Demented Kid posted on 16 March, 2009 - 13:35
Ehehe, I knew it! XD Your cosplay was awesome! I was Dorothy there, but no one recognised who I was. Aahaha. Looked more like a maid then anyone.

Mungojerrie posted on 16 March, 2009 - 14:06
Thank you! :) Oh, that was you! XD I knew of Dorothy, but I was a little hesitant about going up to you, seeing as the only thing I would have been able to say was "I know you're Dorothy, but I have no idea what The Big O is about" Haha. It was a great cosplay though, you looked just like her!

Lil-Samuu posted on 17 April, 2009 - 18:46
This is a really good costume. :) The hat, in particular, is great. ^_^

MikeJenks posted on 13 May, 2009 - 21:19
Woah! That's amazing!! :O

Mungojerrie posted on 14 May, 2009 - 14:28
Thank you :)

Hannah-Kiwii posted on 18 June, 2009 - 15:46
Fantastic costume, you've done a really good job of this Well done =D

negativedreamer posted on 12 July, 2009 - 12:58
freya is one of my favs from FFIX... nice job on this!!!

letmelive posted on 19 September, 2009 - 16:23
Awesome! You look just like her, are sure you aren't her? xxxx

Freyarule posted on 17 February, 2010 - 22:31
yays! The hat looks so good :D well done!

Mungojerrie posted on 17 February, 2010 - 22:51
Thank youuuu <3 I will have some decent photos of the entire finished thing this weekend :D

Freyarule posted on 18 February, 2010 - 09:45
yaays! I can't wait! I really must think about starting my own Freya costume, but I'm so scared that I'm not good enough and I don't do it justice :(

Mungojerrie posted on 18 February, 2010 - 14:55
Awww Mel, don't doubt yourself! I thought I couldn't do Freya at all when I first started her costume! Your cosplays are coming along brilliantly recently so I'd say just go for it! :) Throw yourself in at the deep end and go with trial and error (that's what I did haha... I had such simple cosplays before I finished started Freya) - you can't know whether you'll be able to make it until you try ;) I have faith in you, my buddy Freya cosplayer! :D

Project_Wesker014 posted on 19 February, 2010 - 05:16
can't ait to seeya there

CrystalNeko posted on 20 February, 2010 - 23:59
FFIX GRUOP WAS EPIC <333333 WELL DONE HOLLEH 8D

Mungojerrie posted on 21 February, 2010 - 14:50
Thank you so much Fi!! 8D

Freyarule posted on 21 February, 2010 - 17:23
nyaaaagh you has given me hope >w< I was waiting for an event to do it for, but I think I might just do it anyway and then it's done :) *huggle*

RanmaSyaoran posted on 21 February, 2010 - 17:37
Fantastic!

Mungojerrie posted on 21 February, 2010 - 18:36
Mel - look forward to it! :) One day we shall get photos together with both of us as Freya XD Ranma - thanks :)

Wyrdsister posted on 22 February, 2010 - 00:22
Your group really rocked!

Zelda posted on 22 February, 2010 - 18:56
Love LOVE your freya =]

FairyPorchQueen posted on 22 February, 2010 - 19:02
you look so cool! :D

Mungojerrie posted on 22 February, 2010 - 19:16
Thank you very much :)

Relion posted on 1 March, 2010 - 21:18
DIS PEAR

MadameLapin posted on 1 March, 2010 - 22:21
Rhi I think I love you. Oh yeah, nice costume Holly ;D (gawd, I sound like a total bitch don't I? YOU KNWO WHAT I THINK DAMN IT!)

SilveraDestinova posted on 7 April, 2010 - 21:19
Your Freya is fantasmagorical! keep up the good work! =D

TheStarlightFairy posted on 13 July, 2010 - 22:00
LOVE FOR THIS FOR YOU FOR THE HAT LOVE

FusionRose posted on 24 July, 2010 - 01:00
Love your Freya, you look amazing! ^_^ x.

Kitticus posted on 13 October, 2010 - 08:50
love this!! ^^

Captain_Marvelous posted on 4 December, 2010 - 16:00
God Damn I just love this costume so much!

Mungojerrie posted on 6 December, 2010 - 12:32
Aww thank you very much :)

cowiee posted on 6 March, 2011 - 00:14
This is amazing! I love it!

Raye-chan posted on 20 July, 2011 - 22:05
Wuuu! Cool Freya :D I'm currently making her for London MCM Expo in October 2011 ^^

birds-hate-flying posted on 3 November, 2011 - 13:03
Your baggy pants are epic. They look comfy! Hopefully this won't come off as sounding strange but I like how even though you're not wearing a mask your face reads as right for what Freya might look like if she was human. It's one of the most effective non-mask Freya costumes I've seen. Also your hat is very cool. Crazy Burmecian hat respect.

Mungojerrie posted on 4 November, 2011 - 08:48
birds-hate-flying: Thank you so much for such a sweet comment ;__; I think this entire costume is actually the comfiest one I own with the huge pants and feet :P You have no idea how much I appreciate that comment about my face haha! Once again, thank you very much :) The hat took a bit of trial and error but I'm very happy with how I managed to get it looking in the end. Yours is coming along really nicely, I can't wait to see how the rest of your costume progresses! :)

PaperTiger posted on 8 January, 2012 - 11:17
YAY!!!! this is fantastic, Freya was always my fav! <3 this is epic win ^_^

Siouxsie James posted on 12 May, 2013 - 16:57
This is a really amazing costume :)

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Progress Journal

17th February 2010

[17/02/2010]

Everything is finally complete on this cosplay! About time too... XD Really excited to wear the updated version this weekend with my FFIX group <3

1st January 2010

[31/12/2010]

I completely reamade my hat today! Here's a comparison shot of the two - the new one on the left. It doesn't look much different, however I've finally managed to find a way of closing up the hole on the top (it annoyed me so much...). The major changes for my new hat is that it's completely covered in red material, rather than just being made of foam. This weighs it down a little bit and there's also some wire in the ears to add weight as one of the major problems of my last hat was that I didn't even notice it falling off! Some parts of the hat are bigger too (e.g. the front mask part) There's just one thing left to do on this cosplay then the entire thing will be complete <3

2nd August 2009

[02/05/2009]

I've finally sorted out the leather harness for this cosplay! The third strip sits underneath the crest, but it's out here just for the purpose of a progress shot. :)

20th June 2009

[20/06/2009]

I'm finally getting around to making improvements on this cosplay! Originally I left out the leather harness so I bought the material for that today. I'm hoping to get this done in time for a summer photoshoot, then my Freya cosplay will finally be 100% complete! :)

10th September 2008

[10/09/2008]

After my Grandad heard that I'd run out of money for paint, he gave me £20 so that my spear would be finished in time for Midlands. So kind! Here's the finished result :)

10th September 2008

[06/09/2008]

I procrastinated so badly with this... There's still quite a lot that needs doing, I know that the spear definitely won't be painted in time for Midlands. I don&#039;t really have the money to buy the paint in the first place, so Cat and I are skipping masquerade entry this time round and entering when our costumes are the best they can be.

I've finally got a photo of the updated coat now. Cat did a lot for me because I got stuck, and it looks awesomeeeeee. My sister's been making me a lot of stuff as well, so I owe her quite a lot of props in future... xD