Kairi
Kingdom Hearts II

Cosplayer: Leonie Heartilly

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

Helped break the Guinness world record for most people gathered dressed as game characters.

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25th August 2011: Team Giblets "SorAvengers" skit. I had the honour of being asked to be involved in Team Giblets Ayacon 2011 skit. I love their work and when they approached me about playing Kairi I jumped at the chance. My part wasn't big so I was only needed for one day of filiming which took place in Southampton in July. I wasn't allowed to tell anyone about the skit or my involvement so I think I surprised a few people when the finished video was shown during the Sunday Night Live at Aya XD

You can watch the video here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-fZTnoHXJM

Film poster made by Keith Copping.

7th August 2011: Paopu Fruit I've been thinking of other little props to use with this costume and one of them was a paopu fruit, something that Sora wanted to share with Kairi ^-^

I commissioned it from Blobfish as she has made some cute little plushies before and she made it in record time, it's really cute!

Check out her other work here:

http://www.cosplayisland.com/overview/Blobfish
http://blobfishy.deviantart.com/


"A Paopu Fruit is a star-shaped fruit native to Destiny Islands. It resembles the star fruit. According to legend, "If two people share one, their destinies become intertwined. They'll remain a part of each other's lives no matter what." This gives the fruit great symbolic meaning. Although this fruit has great meaning, it remains unknown whether anyone has shared one in the Kingdom Hearts series."

31st July 2011: Keyblade supplies! Well some of them lol
I am finally going to attempt to make Kairi's Destiny Embrace keyblade =D

So far I have a broom handle, various paints, glue gun and extra glue sticks, sandpaper and some coloured foam sheets which I'm hoping will be paintable also. I plan to make the flowers using the foam but if that doesn't work I shall try some form of craft clay like model magic or milliput.

I need to get some wooden wheels, a wooden dowel head, plastic tubing/hosing, some form of wood sealant, rope and foamboard. I would like to make the handles out of wood too but I don't have a jigsaw cutter or anything suitable for cutting out curves.

I shall be using tips from a couple of tutorials to help me.

31st July 2011: Destiny's Embrace keyblade references References images.

"Destiny's Embrace is a Keyblade which appears in Kingdom Hearts II and Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep. In Kingdom Hearts II, it was given to Kairi by Riku in The World That Never Was in order to fight a swarm of Heartless attacking Sora. Like Sora's Keyblade, this Keyblade is from the Realm of Light.

Destiny's Embrace is only seen in two scenes in Kingdom Hearts II, but in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, Kairi gives flowers to Aqua during their encounter, unlocking the Destiny's Embrace for Aqua."

23rd July 2011: Belt update The velcro on the belts wasn't strong enough to keep it all together, both times I have worn this costume I had to keep re-glueing the velcro to stop it falling apart. I have now removed all the velcro apart from one side (so I can still get it on and off) and instead used a hot glue gun to seal everything. Hopefully that will do the trick!

23rd July 2011: Shoes re-painted I re-painted the soles and sides of the shoes using a metal paint instead of acrylic in the hope it will be more chip-resistant.

22nd May 2009: Complete! Completed Kairi 2 days before expo and it looks good but I'm feeling strangely anti-climatic over it and I'm nit-picking over silly little things. I think it's because this is the first costume I've made myself and I'm just worrying over how people are going to react to it or if it's going to fall apart during the masquerade or something lol
Hopefully I'll feel better about it on the day, right now I'm just worn out physically and mentally over it all.


Basic make up was used as well as black eyeliner on the top lids and the brows turned a burgundy sorta colour to match the wig by mixing red and brown kohl pencils.

22nd May 2009: Top- part two I got a black hood from another top and at first started to sew it onto the halter neck but found that glue worked better, at least down the front sides of the halter. I found it really difficult to do this however and had to keep stopping to change what I was doing and there was a lot of swearing involved and glue getting where I didn't want it etc ^^'

19th May 2009: Belts- part two I added the stud detailing to the belts using silver rivets and had to poke at the leather with a craft knife to make a hole to get them in. I feared stabbing myself but I survived! XD I also added 2 small silver rivets on each side of the bag and used two silver buttons as the stud decoration on the front.

17th May 2009: Dress progress- eyelets I added the eyelets to the dress and I was rather confused at first as this is the first time I've used them but after some practise on scrap fabric I got there in the end XD Also spent a lot of time cutting away loose threads and trimming and tidying around the zips but now it's finally complete and I'm happy ^-^

13th May 2009: Dress progress- adding zips I commissioned 3 chunky, metal, 2-way open-ended zips (corr that was a mouthful) from ebay seller cosplay-oh. They are the zips they use for their Organisation 13 coats but they said they would shorten them for me. However they lied and sent me zips about as long as I am tall, they were made of plastic instead of metal and they lied about the date they shipped them also. I was not impressed as they were really expensive! I managed to get some money refunded after I complained through a PayPal dispute. Mio's friend who's a whizz with a sewing machine helped me to put them in the dress and also hemmed it and brought it in slightly. She did an amazing job and despite the fact the zips are not fully functional at the bottom (obviously we had to cut them to fit the length of the dress and the ends had to be sewed tight and a touch of glue added to stop the zippers falling off- this is why I asked cosplay-oh to adjust them) I am really pleased with how it looks.

9th May 2009: Belts- part one More photos

9th May 2009: Belts- part one I got some metal square strap holder things from other bags and looped cut leather belt around them sealing them with velcro (this makes it easier to put the belt on without making a visible gap in it also). I clipped lobster clasps onto the strap holders and added thinner leather belts to these so they hang at the sides. On the left side I attached the bag (it has a flap at the back sealed with velcro that the strap sits under).

22nd April 2009: Jewelry I used charity rubber bands for her bracelets, just turned them inside out to hide the logos. So I'm giving money towards charity whilst getting my cosplay needs horray! Found a long necklace which had beads on which look very similar to her pendant so choose one that looked the best size and attached it to some black beading cord.

12th April 2009: Top- part one For the white top underneath her dress I bought a boob-tube then drew on and cut out the wavy pattern along the top. I had to sew around the edges after to keep it together and stop fraying. I used some basic white cotton material to make the halter neck for the top. One side was stitched in place and the other I used a button to make taking the top on and off easier.

29th March 2009: Dress progress- dying pink Dress has been dyed pink (again with Dylon machine dye).

25th March 2009: Base dress Simple, figure hugging, white dress. Bought from ebay. I shall be dying and altering this.

30th September 2008: Bag I found a black shoulder pouch bag in a local charity shop. I had to rip off the brand name/logo off the front (not easy as was some metal badge thing) then I glued on a lilac ribbon in it's place. The shoulder strap was removed as was not needed.

28th September 2008: Shoes complete I used black elastic for the laces to help keep them up what with the interesting way she ties them. The tongues had to be folded over and stitched as were too long and covering up the first cross-over of lace on bare leg. The sides of the shoe were also stitched very slightly to the tongues at the bottom to stop the shoe from gaping.

8th September 2008: Shoes- part two The rubber soles and edging were painted with black acrylic paint. They required a few coats as the paint chips off easy.

4th September 2008: Shoes- part one I brought some plain white Converse style canvas shoes and I have dyed these lilac using Dylon washing machine dye. I'm so pleased with how they came out!

27th January 2008: Wig The first thing I got for this costume was the wig. It's absolutely gorgeous! Very accurate and I'm tempted to just wear it out for a normal day. It's made from a lovely fibre also which seems to be knot-proof even in strong winds.
Bought from Cosplaywig on ebay.

1st January 2008: Reference images Reference images


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Jenivix - 4th September 2008
You are very right, the wig does look awesome, ^^ And you seem to have the right face for Kairi X3 I look forward to the end result XD

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BlusterSquall - 4th September 2008
The shoes are looking great! Yay for details and accuracy! The effort really shows! ^__^

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Anonymous - 10th September 2008
Your Kari wig is amazing it looks the sae as my friends one :D it's decent qulitly and let me just applued you for the shoes very well done :D

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LittleMissChikorita - 16th March 2009
I can't wait to see this one! x

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nanahara - 25th March 2009
progress is looking really good

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Haynes84 - 13th April 2009
lookin awesome and way cute ^_^

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angel aiko - 13th April 2009
dawwww leonie :3 cant wait to see it espeically the epic zips >: D

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Moonchild - 13th April 2009
Looks awesome so far Leonie!! xDD DO NOT FEAR THE ZIPS ^__^

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Leonie Heartilly - 13th April 2009
Thanks for the comments and the zips better go ok... they cost me around £50 *sobs over her bank balance*

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angel aiko - 13th May 2009
aww the dress + zips look awesome >: D

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nanahara - 13th May 2009
the dress is looking awsome

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Mocara - 13th May 2009
looking so so pretty!! How did you do the fringe on the top?

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sjbonnar - 13th May 2009
Looking fantastic!

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Leonie Heartilly - 13th May 2009
Mocara- I drew the wavy pattern on a boobtube, cut around the edges then sewed them back together =)

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LittleMissChikorita - 19th May 2009
ahhh this is coming along so well!! I finally got to see a pic of the dress :) yeeeee.xx

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PinkCharlieBear - 20th May 2009
Accuracy is so epic on this! I love the wig colour <3
Can't wait to see it at expo <3

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Leonie Heartilly - 20th May 2009
Thank you ^-^

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KamikazePenguin - 22nd May 2009
Wow!!
Looking great, so accurate!
You've done a brilliant job on this. (:

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Littlerascal92 - 22nd May 2009
Your costume is very cute and so accurate x

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caylithe - 28th May 2009
your Kairi was so accurate, straight from the game :). Awesome cosplay

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Shenny - 29th May 2009
You made such a pretty Kairi.

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MoonLily - 29th May 2009
All the work you put into this really makes it stand out from other Kairi cosplayers! ^_^ Great job!

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Leonie Heartilly - 29th May 2009
Thanks guys ^-^ as my first hand-made costume this means a lot

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Anonymous - 29th May 2009
Oh! i didn't know this was you!

you looked beautiful! i really love the dress! you make such a cute Kairi 83

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sjbonnar - 29th May 2009
You made a brilliant Kairi ^_^

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BlusterSquall - 10th June 2009
You were the cutest Kairi ever! Gwad! I wanted to squish you! <33

If you ever want some pictures with another Kingdom Hearts II character, I can always bring out KH 2 Aerith for fun! ^__^

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CrystalNeko - 10th June 2009
You are so cute, *_*
One of the most accurate Kairi cosplays I've ever seen, you have such dedication to detail <3

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Leonie Heartilly - 10th June 2009
Thanks hun ^^ And yeah that sounds good ^^ Sean's organising a big KH shoot sometime methinks, you should come!

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Leonie Heartilly - 10th June 2009
Thanks so much CrystalNeko =) I am picky about details but it can cause stress at times! haha

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sjbonnar - 10th June 2009
You're a fantastic Kairi!

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Leonie Heartilly - 10th June 2009
Thanks hun ^-^ Everyone's comments mean a lot

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Shenny - 22nd August 2009
Hawt. I seriously thought that was your real hair on the Saturday.

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Leonie Heartilly - 22nd August 2009
Hehe many people do. I love that wig so much

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Holli - 24th February 2010
why dont you make the cutest Kairi! i love that wig ! =D mine is the same i think.. love the photos =D

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DuskatNight - 3rd October 2010
You're really suited for Kairi!

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Leonie Heartilly - 3rd October 2010
Thank you ^^

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cowiee - 15th April 2011
Wow, you were right!
Your Kairi wig looks beautiful! <3

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RevolverKitty - 8th May 2011
Red hair suits you :3 you make a lovely kairi :)

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Leonie Heartilly - 8th May 2011
Thanks hun ^^ My mum wants me to have my hair this way

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rosieroo - 7th August 2011
this is the best kairi iv ever seen !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Leonie Heartilly - 8th August 2011
Aww thanks ^^

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Captain_Marvelous - 2nd September 2011
I really dislike Kingdom Hearts but I really couldn't ignore the craftsmanship here, it looked amazing! very well done!

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Leonie Heartilly - 4th September 2011
Thanks hun! Means a lot coming from a non-fan

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Zelda - 3rd December 2011
You make such a fantastic kairi hun :) <3