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Final Fantasy XIII
Hope Estheim
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Dragon*Con 2010
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I did not make the knife! The knife is Ahura's, he made it for samuchan's Lightning, but they let me borrow it for pictarz. If you have compliments or questions about the knife, direct them to him, not me. :)
So I thought this costume would be easy. Then everything easy about it exploded. The easiest thing was the wig, which was purchased from eBay and only trimmed a bit before I used it. Though I suppose buying a black t-shirt was easier than trimming the bangs... Maybe... Do you know how hard it is to find a plain black t-shirt? Geez. =P

The scarf/bandana I made from leftover fabric from Shaman Nina's dress (lolwut) since it was the perfect color. I stared at pictures and pictures of Hope and eventually figured out that the design on his bandana, save for the very front, is not very consistent, so I went with what I thought closest resembled what it looked like most of the time. I hand painted all the designs onto it, then used a paintbrush with bleach to lighten the edges of it.

The jacket I patterned from scratch, it's made of yellow trigger/target poplin, lined with tan cotton, with white trigger/target poplin accents and a ribbed knit shawl... Shoulder thing. The orange for the shawl was hand-dyed twice because I didn't dye enough fabric the first time. Random zippers and eyelets were added even though I don't see that Hope's zippers actually function in any shape or form.

The gloves were hand-made with SYFabrics clothing pvc, the gloves were sweaty and hot but the pleather looks so nice! Yellow cuff thing is simple yellow cotton, and Yashuntafun made enough L'Cie tattoos for everyone! =D THEN SHE STUCK IT TO ME. AND IT WOULDN'T COME OFF ONOZ.

Anyway, the belt was purchased and slightly altered by me adding the buckle thing to it. The pants were also hand-dyed since finding coordinating twill and rib knit for the pants cuffs is impossible. I used dark green RIT for the pants/cuffs. Pants were also patterned from scratch and even have functioning cargo pockets!

The blue hip bag was made from blue pleather and lined with duck cloth to make it sturdy enough to actually use. I can fit a lot of Kentucky Fried Chocobo in that little pouch, lemme tell you.

The shoes were purchased from a cosplay shop since I simply didn't have the time to make them. I wouldn't recommend them, the shoelaces were the wrong length and the shoes smell of old, musty sweatshop or storage unit or something. I've Febreezed them several times and the smell just doesn't come out. Also they didn't do the eyelets properly so they scratch up my legs. That's what I get for not doing them myself :P
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