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Cosplayer Sailor Anime > Costume of Lightning (Final Fantasy XIII)

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Final Fantasy XIII
Year Completed:
Construction Difficulty:
Very Difficult
Costume worn at:
Anime Central 2011
Anime Iowa 2010
Anime Punch 2011
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About this Costume
Construction Details:
I know this outfit isn't as accurate as it could be. I still love it all the same.


-Wig: The wig I bought pre-styled from Fantasy Sheep on eBay. I only had to cut the bangs in! I am however trying to loosen the curls to get it to look more accurate.

-Undershirt: I found a brown ribbed knit which was a rather lucky break for me! A simply constructed top. Not much to say about it.

-Vest: This is were most of my time went for this costume. Getting the fit right, plus there was a lot of vinyl to topstitch (for the pockets and belts and such).

-Pauldron (a.k.a. the shoulder thingy): I actually made it out of model magic, but the first one broke due to my own carelessness. I remade it and it's holding up much better! ^^

-Necklace: Handmade :D Woooooo~ Seriously though, it's just a little bit of sculpty, some paint, and some fake rhinestones.

-Armbands: The top one I wove together out of leather strips. @_@ Pain in the butt that was. (I was probably doing it wrong.) The bottom one was topstitched vinyl (yet again!) and embroidery floss.

-Gloves: Made out of stretch suede with craft foam detailing on the back and topstitched vinyl strips at the wrists.

-Skirt/shorts: The skirt is wool with functionally zippers up the front. The undershorts were irritating due to the lacings, but I think they turned out okay! :)

-Leg bag: I like it, mainly due to how functional it is! :D Yay for carrying stuff! It was also my first time using magnetic purse closures!

-Boots: I took old boots I had and added the upper flaps. The mini-belts were actually pretty fun to make! At least more fun than the rest of the belts for this outfit. '3' Regardless, I need to think of a better way to keep the shoes closed since they aren't supposed to be lace-front shoes.

-Lionheart (gunblade): Cut out and assembled by That Guy on coscom and painted and detailed by me.
Wig Details
Wig Brand
Fantasy Sheep
Wig Name
Final Fantasy XIII Lightning
Styling Time
10 minutes
Wig Quality Rating
4 / 5.00
Styling Notes
Just trimmed the bangs and loosened the curls.
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