Final Fantasy XIII-2 is finally out! So far I like it c: I got the Collector's Edition with Serah's Genji Bow and Summoner's Garb~ I had many of you asking when I was going to post on how I made my version 2 outfit and my version 2 bow-blade. I said soon, and so I'm writing during my free time I have between classes. If you have any specific questions you can comment here or send me a note. I don't bite! Some of you already know I'm really nice and helpful. If any of you like to follow my old version check this journal: [link] If you use any of my ideas it would be nice if you credit me Also, to me this outfit is not perfect, but I feel like I have improved and I'm trying my hardest to get better (especially with make-up and posing). I learned to sew back when I was in high school by myself. *At the moment, I take commissions for weapons and accessories: [link] Check out my twin sis' tips on her Lightning's XIII-2 costume: [link]
-Updated on 06/26/12 (Added new V.2 Boots & Etro Script)- *click on the pictures to make them larger
Wig A lot of you been asking me where I got this wig, and I'll be honest with you with how I feel. I got it from koreahomme @ eBay and I don't trust this seller 100%. This seller uses pictures from other sellers and one of my friend did not get the same wig as me.
Hair-Tie Given to me by *ShallDoll She's wonderful at making these kind of stuff and she's selling them! I went with pink based on this cg render: [link]
Pendant/Necklace I made this out of Sculpey Polymer Clay in white. It will take practice to get the shape you want. I used Chrome Metallic Spray Paint and Testors Enamel Gold paint. The ring, diamond, and other little accessories were savaged from my old necklace. You can buy these at a craft store or make it yourself with clay.
Design & Writings on Front and Back of Dress The plate on the front dress is made out of craft foam and painted with Mod Podge, enamel paint and then varnish. I shaped the craft foam a bit with my hands and with hot glue. The Etro Script on the plate is very hard to see. I used a small brush to write it out and it didn't come out the way I wanted it to. I only got the first line and I believe they mirror each other (Please tell me if I'm wrong): Aroirp Priora (Priora meaning Prior in Latin) *OR* Saecula Priora (meaning The Former World in Latin), thanks to ~ilovesora The second and third line I have no idea. I only got the last line on the back of the dress as well (Please tell me if I'm wrong): Magit Igam (Magit meaning More in Latin) I used these references for the Etro script when playing the game: [link][link] On the back of my dress for the design I used the back and front side of the gold metallic spandex and I used heat n' bond to stick it onto the dress: For the rivets on the front and back of the dress I used hot glue and painted them with enamel paint. Ignore the purple and black thread they were later painted with the rest of the leather to ruby red (The straps are easy to do, so I won't explain how I made them):
Top It's made out of Neoprin (scuba) material. It's very easy and stretchy material to use, but you can use anything that has stretch to it (Neoprin is quite expensive and the store I get it at doesn't always have just white). You can line the fabric with the same fabric, I did because there was a bit of transparency to it.
Dress with Panels and Straps Here's a diagram/drawing I did. It is super ghetto: All the straps were sewn onto the dress (size yourself first!). The pink fabric is a stretch fluid jersey knit lined with purple Supplex. On the right side of the white top and together with the straps I sewed a coat metal zipper (see red oval on my picture). I sewed the dress to the white top as well so it won't slip. Then I sewed the side panels, I got help by my sister to get a close to perfect tight fit (I poked her many times with the straight pins). The red dashes on my picture show where I sewed the side panels. I finished the side panels first before I sewed it onto the dress. I sewed the metallic gold spandex and the ruby red leather strips to the white Neoprin (the leather was a dark purple color first but I painted the leather with ruby red acrylic paint and textile medium). The purple-pink on the middle of the side panel was hand sewn later on (not shown in picture). The gold strips were done by drawing a black thick line with Sharpie and adding square gold spandex pieces with heat n' bond:
Pouch I used my old pouch from my first outfit. The only difference was the design of the golden fastener and painting. The pouch was constructed with foam that was from a playhouse. I made the shape of the pouch first, by cutting the foam up and hot gluing them together. I added a metallic paper at the sides and later they were weathered. The gold detailing on the bag was done by my twin sister. She used craft foam, primer, and gold acrylic paint. The gold rivets are made from hot glue and a needle went through the middle to make holes in them. The teal part is a teal stretchy fabric and the square designs are made from black fabric paint. The light blue fabric covers most of the pouch and I made a flap so the pouch can be functional. The pink jewel in the middle of the gold fastener was made out of craft foam, hot glue (raised detail), and painted with acrylic paint. The gold strings and golden fastener were made from craft foam as well. The gold bands (belt) attached to the pouch via Velcro is made out of vinyl (folded) and craft foam, painted with gold acrylic paint. The accessories hanging on the gold bands were made out of craft foam, golden chain, and green & gold shiny beads. I went with the cg render to make the accessories.
Boots Version 1: I bought cheap pointy boots @ eBay. They were painted with Pebeo Setacolor Opaque Fabric Paint and a mixture of purple and pink acrylic paint. I was surprised the paint didn't chip off, but I'll recommend mixing textile medium with acrylic paint. The boot has a side zipper to get in and the buckles have Velcro on one side. The white Neoprin fabric (it's suppose to be a very light pink-purple color but I can't dye the Neoprin) was glued onto the boot. Version 2: The base were painted with a mixture of Pebeo Setacolor Opaque Fabric Paint and pink acrylic paint with textile medium. This time I painted a triangular shape at the tip of the shoe with white acrylic paint mixed with textile medium. I painted purple leather with purple, pink, white, and textile medium mixed together. I then sewed the leather and added Instant Krazy glue to the leather to stick to the shoes. The glue bonds to leather very well. The buckles connect via Velcro towards the zipper side of the boot.
Leg Warmers Note: You don't have to follow step by step you can add your own step. I made this leg warmer by trial and error so it's not the perfect method. The diagram below shows how it was sewn together before stitching it to a finished leg warmer. I cut out a strip of gold spandex and drew on the somewhat Greek design with black sharpie (make sure you don't draw them to wide since the fabric will stretch). In total their are four strips, two for each leg. *Make sure to get the right measurements up to your upper thigh, I made mine too small hence why I have a hard time pulling them up.* I cut out thin strips of faux leather for the sides and a thicker one for the top. I cut out the white and black fabric next. I lined the pink jersey with the purple supplex and then sewed on the gold and white fabric. Then the thin faux leather strips (leave one side unsewn), the thicker faux leather, and finally the black fabric. Sew the remaining side and you got a leg warmer~ Next, you add on your applique. I printed out her gold wings from her cg render, if you will, and I cut it out to be like a stencil. Trace your stencil to the heat n' bond paper, cut it out, and iron it on. Make sure you know how to use heat n' bond - read the directions in the package. You can stitch around the applique if you want, so you are more safe from it peeling off.
Gloves & Arm Warmers For the gloves I used a silky stretch gray fabric (I'm not sure what it was called), they don't have this fabric in stock at store I bought it from. I used a black jersey knit for the top part of the glove and a black metallic spandex fabric for the gold detail. I hot glued the gold painted craft foam piece to the black metallic spandex. The band that goes around the wrist is white faux leather and the details on it were hand sewn and glued on. The top half part of the glove is separate from the glove, so it makes it easier for me to put it on. I have trouble making gloves so here's a link to an easy tutorial: [link]
The arm warmers are simple to make. I cut out a square from the pink jersey knit fabric and purple Supplex and a thin strip of white Neoprin. Sew it all together and your done. Mine is about three inches long.
Armlets Made out of craft foam. Glued onto elastic band then painted the craft foam with Mod Podge, then enamel paint, and varnished. Xacto knife was used to get the design on her right arm band.
Materials I had some of the materials already at home. When I went to go buy my materials I only had $20 with me and coupons c: (I'll provide sites, but I'm not sure about some of the sizes I got. The only stores I went to are Home Depot and Michael's Art & Crafts Store)
1. Screw Eyes [link] 2. Brass Plated Cup Hook 1/2" [link] 3. Wood Man/Game Piece [link] 4. Wood Pickle Barrel [link] 5. Wood Flower Pot [link] 6. Gold Paper Fasteners [link] 7. Pink Insulation Foam @ Home Depot for $8 8. Craft Foam in 2mm and 6mm 9. Black and Clear Plastic Folder 10. Krylon Chrome Spray Paint [link] 11. Big and Small Paint Brushes 12. Pink, Purple, Black, and Silver Folkart Acrylic Paint (OPTIONAL, hot pink nail polish for the diamond) 13. Testors Enamel Silver/Metallic Paint [link] 14. Delta Ceramcoat Varnish [link] 15. Mod Podge Matte [link] 16. Hot Glue Gun 17. Black Sharpie 18. Clear Elastic Jewelery Wire 19. Claw Jewelry Clasp 20. Faux Leather (used for arrow, I didn't have enough materials to use something else) I used craft foam for the arrow instead. 21. Gorilla Glue [link] 22. Sand Paper 23. Fish Tube 24. Suede String 25. Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish ~OPTIONAL, I used it to smooth the surface~ 26. Hand-Held Electric Saw ~This was provided by my father, it does clean cuts. If you don't have a saw you can use razor blades or craft knife. The pink insulation foam I got is very thick, be careful when cutting.~ 25. Machine Screw 1/4"-20x2-1/2" Round Head Combo
Tips on How I Made My Bow-Blade Take note, some materials I already had them at home and I did not have to go buy them. I started off with only spending around $20, but during Katsucon the limbs of the bow-blade came off from my own made nut and bolt with glue sticks... they were too weak. I had to go buy machine screws (it chipped off some paint off of my bow-blade where the oringinal nut and bolt was), so my spending went a little over $20.
Draw out your pattern of the bow-blade. I drew the pattern in separate pieces of paper and taped them together. There are many good references on the web, I remember someone has made a blueprint of the bow-blade here at DA. I cut out the patterns and laid it out on the pink insulation foam. Using a black sharpie I traced the pattern. The limbs, hilt, handle, and arrow were drawn separate. All of the pieces were cut using a hand-held electric saw. I got assistance from my father for cutting it clean, I messed up the first time I tried. I sanded the pieces down with fine sand paper. The four little legs, whatever you call them, were made out of craft foam attached with gold paper fasteners so then can move. The handle was covered with craft foam and all the little details on the rest of the bow-blade was made out of 2mm or 6mm craft foam. Before all the parts are glued or put together I mod podged and then spray paint, paint with acrylic paint, and varnish. Then I assemble everything together using hot glue, gorilla glue, screw eyes, brass plated cup hooks, gold paper fasteners, machine screws, etc. For the handle I used the Wood Man/Game Piece, Wood Pickle Barrel, Wood Flower Pot, and Fish Tube decorated with Suede String. It's been long since I made this bow-blade, so my explanation isn't so great. Below are progress photos that can help in making the bow-blade: ^Here you can see the screw eyes that help in holding the strings. They were dipped into gorilla glue and into the foam for more support. At the ends of the strings are the brass plated cup hooks that go in the screw eyes. Also, for the little gray tubes attached to the strings I used glue sticks. I tied the strings around the glue sticks. ^Here you can see the Jewelry Clasp. This is how the bow-blade holds together in sword form. You can also see screw eyes, that's where the strings attach with the cup hooks. The strings make a sort of "X" shape when hidden behind the blade.
The Etro script on the limbs: Longe Lateque Aetatum Lumen Illustrans Verum. (Meaning in Latin: Light ages far and wide, illustrating the truth.) Alphabet: [link] I can't see the tiniest writings on the bow-blade, so I don't think I got the whole sentence. Here's what I wrote on the limbs: You could see how the sentence is ordered here: [link]
On the very first picture of the bow-blade after the supplies, is that the back of the blade I'm assuming? I'm working on one myself and I was wondering what the back looked like... There's nearly no pictures anywhere...
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