Rydia Cosplay WIP

I have such a long list of characters that I want to cosplay and it is always hard for me to come to a conclusion on which one I want to bring to life, so I came up with a  method to help me make my decision easier. One of the things I hate doing is choosing a character and getting so stressed because  I can’t find the perfect fabric or the things I need  so since I already have a large stock of fabrics and supplies  to work with, I use that as a guide to which character I will choose.
One of the characters I have been wanting to do for a long time is Rydia from Final Fantasy. I always loved seeing other’s different interpretations of her and have long been inspired to do my own. When digging through my stash of fabrics, all kind of ideas starting coming to mind. I happened to come across an old green prom dress that I had bought from the $2 goodwill and although it isn’t quite the green I wish it was, I decided to use it anyway. Since I am an artist for a living and don’t have a lot of spare money, I tend  to always improvise and use what I have on hand.

So far all I have completed are the corset and the belt. All the stars are individually cut out, painted, and then I added gold beads, and gold wire trim around the ends, then attached to the top. I then made all the smaller stars and adorned them with jewels. I still have a lot more beading that I plan to add to it.  I still have quite some time until my next convention so I will just work on it as I have spare time available. I wanted to get a head start on my  A-kon/Mechacon costumes.. I have learned over the years that waiting until the last minute is too stressful on me so I am doing my best   to avoid that. More pics of progress coming soon.

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Forest Fairy

Wow, I have been doing a really horrible job of keeping up with this blog. I have been posting everything on my Majestic Thorns art blog so started neglecting this one. Feel free to follow me here  where things are more likely to be more updated. I post my costumes, as well as my art dolls, drawings, and modeling pics.

I have a lot of things to update so I will just start where I last left off….my forest fairy costume which was worn to Texas Renaissance festival 1001 Dreams weekend. As with all my costumes, I worked on a budget using old clothing that I cut up  as well as old scraps of fabric. Luckily I have built up quite the collection of random fabrics so I have lots of things to work with. I wanted a messy random look for this costume so all the scraps worked out perfectly.

As for the wings, this was my first pair of fairy wings so it took me a few times making them before I was satisfied. I used the old fashion method of using panty hose over wire and acrylic paints. Although they stressed me out at first and I pouted quite a lot in the beginning, I am quite pleased with how they turned out.

It was quite fun running and bouncing around like a little fairy. In fact, I am so ready for next year so I can make a new pair of wings….although I guess really I have no reason to wait. Who knows maybe I will make a new pair soon. I am thinking purple!!