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Cosplayer NiGHTmaren > Costume of Rydia from Final Fantasy IV

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Series
Final Fantasy IV
Character
Rydia
Year Completed:
2005
Construction Difficulty:
Easy
Awards
Best in Advanced Class at AFO 2005
Costume worn at:
Anime Festival Orlando / AFO 2005
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About this Costume
Construction Details:
Final Fantasy IV is such a nostalgic game – I first played it when it came out for the SNES many years ago, and I’ve always loved Rydia. She was something of a childhood heroine for me, and I even then used to try and dress up as her. Fifteen years later, and I finally decided to cosplay her for real. I mostly based this off of the sprite and my own personal interpretation of how I thought Rydia should look. I wanted to make the Amano variant, but couldn’t because I had to handsew this costume and I knew I’d want to use a machine for the Amano version – which I later made, anyhow. I used crushed panne for the main outfit, which is not a fabric choice I would make nowadays, but I somehow…kinda made it work? I decided to make it a harlequin patterned theme throughout the costume, using lime and pine shades of green. The main bodice has boning in it, and I did a good deal of hand-beading and rhinestone work on it, as well as applying some designs with trimming. The stockings were dyed and cut, and I painted on the designs - and the shoes were altered sandals. Wig was volumized by spraying and teasing it with a brush. I purchased the flower for the wig and added bead strands that I made myself. I used the crush panne for the armpieces as well since the fabric had a 2-way stretch, and decorated those as well with beads, rhinestones, and trimming. The skirt is made of a front and back panel, and again is decorated with beads, trimming, and rhinestones. I did most of the beading on the back with starbursts. The skirt ties on. The sash was made with a patterned fabric, and I used star bead trimming for the edges. The draping arm pieces were made with a sheer patterned fabric that came as you see it and I added bead trimming to it, as well. The whip is made out of a wooden dowel that was painted, covered in fabric and rhinestones for the rod portion, and I made bead strands for the actual whip part.

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