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Final Fantasy X
Summoner Belgemine
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Anime Boston 2017
Anime Boston 2016
Anime Boston 2015
Katsucon 2017
Katsucon 2016
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Construction Details:
McCall's 2940 kimono pattern was heavily modified to create a three panel jacket with a circular bottom hem. A dark green bottomweight fabric was used for the main coat with light green cotton and bias tape being used for the details. There was a lot of measuring to make sure all of the lines were correct when the jacket was closed. The sleeves are an original pattern with a poof gather at the top. The gradient was air brushed onto aqua green cotton strips using two shades of green paint, and row after row of yellow bias tape was topstitched down to create the diamond pattern before the sleeves were lined and attached to the jacket. The obi is cotton stiffened with two layers of interfacing and bias tape accents. The tie is scrap orange fabric attached to a bead made from worbla, colored with acrylic paint and finished off with a red tassel. The dress is made from olive green cotton and is a combination of a steel boned corset on top and A-line skirt on the bottom. The diamonds on the skirt were made the same way as the sleeves. The feathers were made from two yard-long strips of white casa with each feather cut out along the strip like a paper doll and run through a serger before being sewn to the tulle of the petticoat. The gloves were made from scrap, and the bindi is a necklace charm found at JoAnns. My husband Sketch made the ear cauls from worbla, insulation foam, caulk, and hair combs. For a prop, Sketch carved the Nirvana out of insulation foam and covered it in worbla, adding gems cast from green resin. It's attached to a wooden pole with worbla accents, and painted with acrylics and clear coat. It's gorgeous! This project was a lot of painstaking work, but every approach worked on the first try and I couldn't be more thrilled with the result. It's also comfortable to wear, although it's difficult to hear.
Personal Thoughts:
Final Fantasy X is one of my favorite games, and I wanted to make Summoner Belgemine, the unsent summoner from Remiem Temple who died on her own quest to defeat Sin. I love her Bevelle-style outfit and color scheme, and thought I had a good idea on how to make her dress' unique shape come to life. I decided the Nirvana staff would be the most appropriate prop for Belgemine since she plays a critical part in Yuna obtaining it. I set about creating this costume and a matching Summoner Ginnem in 2015, and I'm thrilled with these costumes!
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