Costume Notes: Lulu pt. 3

Photo by Kristi Grunden Photography

Welcome back to my final post on Lulu! If you’ve stuck with me through all these posts, you deserve a whole big ol’ batch of cookies.

Mmmm…. cookies

Today I’ll discuss a few final details and lots of photos! But first, a few things I forgot to write about already.

Completed: November 2015

Hours Spent: Approximately 150 hours

Debuted: Anime North Texas 2015

Awards: Best Craftsmanship (ANT)

Why This Costume: If you’ve been following these posts, it’s probably obvious that I’m a pretty hardcore FFX fan. Final Fantasy X was my introduction to the FF series, and it’s held a special place in my fangirl heart for years. I logged close to 300 hours on it as a teenager, and I’m not even going to discuss how much I played it when the HD Remaster came out a little while back.

Lulu was my favorite character from the game both in terms of design and personality. She comes off as cold, but she’s so maternal and protective of Yuna, and I loved that side of her. Plus, black magic. What can I say? I like my spell casters.

Photo by Kristi Grunden Photography

Accessories: My accessories for this costume were a mix of things I purchased and things I already had on hand.

Purchased pieces:

  • Garter belt: Fantastic fit and feel! These were super comfortable under my costume all day long.
  • Stockings: I went with silicone-backed leggings since I hate fashion tape, and these miraculously stayed up all day on their own! I got the garter belt for extra support, but I really didn’t need it.
  • Thumb ring and miscellaneous earrings: Claire’s
  • Venus Eye Bright Red contacts: PinkyParadise

Re-used pieces:

  • Purple stone ring: A gift from Italy
  • Ballet flats: These are my work shoes!
Photo by Kristi Grunden Photography

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Callula’s beautiful chopsticks. She made these using dowel rods, Worbla, beads, and other bits and bobs. They’re absolutely stunning! As I mentioned in my last post, my bun has a styrofoam core, and I secured the chopsticks with hotglue.

Photo by Kristi Grunden Photography

Makeup: Next to Shulkie, this is the most extreme makeup I’ve done in for cosplay. Here are a few tutorials I found helpful:

Photo by Kristi Grunden Photography

Things to change: Overall, this is the happiest I’ve been with my final costume. That said, there’s always something I want to tweak after a full day of wear at a con. In order of importance:

  • I need to make the sleeve elastic a little snugger. The left sleeve kept slipping down my arm, and I kept mucking up my fur stole trying to fix it. In addition to making the elastic tighter, I think I’ll also add a hook and eye to the armpit area of the corset for a little extra security.
  • I absolutely must swap buckles and/or get a wider belt for the hoop skirt. The military buckle I used dug into my skin so much throughout the day that it made me nauseous at one point, and I didn’t even lace my corset very tight.
  • Speaking of the hoopskirt, I definitely need to add some padding to the center front on the interior hoop bag. I noticed I had some bruising on my lower shins and the top of my foot.
  • Again going back to the hoopskirt, I’d like to fix the placement of a few belts. I didn’t make the red belt quite long enough, so I want to cover the end with some diagonal belts.
  • The bangs of this wig aren’t quite as long as I’d like them to be, so I sprang for a clip-in long black bang from Arda’s recent sale.
  • The purple beads left residue on my chest. I’m not sure if I had a weird reaction to it or if the beads weren’t properly sealed. I need to play with this and see if I need to remake that necklace.
Photo by Kristi Grunden Photography

Final thoughts: Man, this costume has been such a crazy learning experience. I’ve been building skills specifically for this costume for a few years now, and it’s still kind of a shock to realize that it’s done. I nearly gave up soooooo many times. It’s been a huge confidence booster to actually say that I did it. It definitely makes me realize I can tackle even bigger projects in the future!

Photo by Kristi Grunden Photography. Thanks to Callula, SpaceCadet, and Showva for being my handlers!

This definitely isn’t a comfortable costume, so I’m restricting it to hotel-based cons when I have friends available to play handler. I do have some future photo shoots in mind. I’d love to find a beach setting to mimic Besaid Island, and it’d be cool to do a shoot in a cemetery with grand headstones. Or catacombs. Of course, I’d also love to do a big group shoot with other FFX cosplayers!

Additional photos from the con and my photoshoot are on my Facebook page!

Photo by Kristi Grunden Photography

What costume build are you most proud of? Feel free to share photos/links below! 

Costume Notes: Lulu pt. 2

Welcome back! This week I’m sharing more details on my Lulu build, which I debuted at Anime North Texas last weekend. In my last post, I talked mostly about the upper half of the costume, so this week I’ll be getting into the lower half of this build.

First attempt at attaching lace to the final sleeve. 

Skirt and sleeves: There’s a lot of debate as to how Lulu’s “dress” is constructed. A lot of cosplayers seem to think that Lulu is actually wearing an off-the-shoulder dress with a severely low cut back, which is held up by her corset. I thought about taking this approach, but ultimately decided to just make a set of sleeves and separate skirt for easier storage and repairs. I used this material from

To create the sleeves, I took a basic sleeve pattern piece and traced it off. From there, I held it up to my arm, cut off the top section, and slashed and spread the piece up to the very top of my pattern to create a bell shape. I used my hip ruler to trace off a clean curve. I tweaked the fit using a mock-up. The final piece is held up on my arm with silicone-backed elastic, though I need to make this snugger before I wear this costume again.

For the skirt, I turned to Kwik-Sew 3400. I blended the princess seams on the front and back of the pattern and then cut each piece off at the waist. To create the front, I held the piece up on myself and snipped it off a few inches below the lowest part of my hips. To finish the top edge of the skirt, I made a facing using my mock-up pieces and serged the bottom edges of the facing. The skirt closes with an invisible zipper.

Pretty, pretty bound edges. 

I opted not to line these pieces, mostly out of concern for the sleeves. Since interior parts of the skirt and sleeves will be visible, I did finish them off with bias bound edges and top-stitched the seam allowances down to match the game artwork.

Mmmmm…. Topstitching.

Helpful tutorials:

Estimated time: 7 hours

A VERY small selection of the lace I dyed.

Lace: Oh… the lace. My original plan was to digitize everything for a super accurate costume. Then I quickly realized that I didn’t have: 1) the skills to complete this; 2) the time to learn; or, 3) the money to pay someone to do all the digitizing for me. Instead, I compromised. I picked up a fair amount of lace from in the Venetian lace and appliques section. These pieces I painted using Jacquard’s Dynaflow.

Freestanding lace prior to removing the stabilizer.

I also made a few lace embroidery pieces. For these, I purchased a set of floral lace files from and used this tutorial on their website.

Pinwheel patch pieces. I glued these to the base skirt with e6000. 

I did opt to commission Meow About Crafts for Lulu’s very notable lace pieces: the center front piece and the pinwheel pieces scattered throughout the base skirt. For the pinwheel pieces, I essentially treated them as patches. Once I stitched them out onto scrap pleather, I cut them out very close to the edge and then glued them onto skirt. For the center front piece, I stitched it directly onto the front of the skirt. That was an interesting experience, as I had to attempt to figure out how to do multi-hoop embroidery and pretty much failed. I covered my mistakes with extra lace, though I plan to correct this for my next wear.

I glued all the lace pieces to the skirt and sleeves using contact cement and e6000.

Helpful tutorials:

Estimated time: 25 hours (I made way more than I ultimately used)


Belts: Oh man, this was another crazy challenge. I didn’t want to kill myself over accuracy here, because that would have been a one-way ticket to crazy town. Instead, I raided thrift stores and found fairly close matches for belts. I grabbed anything that looked remotely usable, regardless of color or hideous buckle design. For belts that were funky colors or needed touch-ups, I painted them with Angelus leather paints.

From there, I laid out all my belts and created a frame work, using the opening on my crinoline as a guide. Once I had a frame of decent belts built up, I started gluing them again with contact cement. I added several layers, trying to keep with Lulu’s overall color scheme and patterns. The only belt I built myself was her iconic red belt, which I made from vinyl and leftover belts. There are about 40 belts total.

To attach the belts to the crinoline, I laid my glued belt piece face down on my craft table, then placed my crinoline on top of it. I used contact cement on the hoop bag and e6000 at all the cross joints and straps. Once everything was glued, I placed clamps and clothespins on everything and let it sit overnight. The result worked out quite well! I can jump, twist, and do all kinds of movement in the skirt now.

Helpful tutorials:

Estimated time: 7 hours

Mr. Flufflebutt McDeathface

Moogle: This is the one part of my costume that I’m considering remaking before I rewear. I started this project based on Simplicity 5461. The pattern head was nowhere near big enough, so I drafted my own, which was also too small. I then drafted a 3rd head for my moogle, which worked out pretty well, but I still may go back and remake him. Thankfully, I did figure out how to do the bulk of the facial design on my sewing machine (sew the face front, sew on the details, then sew the rest of the head together), and I learned how to give a plush a skeleton for posing, which was helpful.

Helpful tutorials:

Estimated time: 20 hours

I find it really helpful to let gravity do the hard work when styling high ponytails. Once your wig head is in place, gently comb the hair to the position you want it in with your hands and secure. 

Wig: This piece was surprisingly time consuming. I picked up a black ponytail wig from EpicCosplay along with their long wefts. To create the base of the wig, I separated out chunks of wig hair around the enter wig for the braids. Once I separated out my pieces, I pulled the rest back into a high(ish) ponytail.


From there, I set about braiding ALL the rest of the hair (aside from the bangs) into 1″ chunks and pulling it back into the base pony. There were a few gaps where wefts were visible when I was complete, so I took the clip-in pony that came with the wig and harvested the wefts to fill in gaps. After I got all the exposed wefts covered, I stubbed the base pony and covered it with a pre-made bun from Arda. To give the bun a little more stability, I hallowed out a Styrofoam ball and used it as a base. The bun is hotglued to the wig and has extra support from bobby pins. I covered my work with extra braids made from pony weft scraps.

Finished wig with Callula’s beautiful hair sticks. 

For the long braids in the back, I sewed the wefts onto some scrap black ribbon, then sewed the ribbon into wefts just underneath the bun. I separated them into four braids and added beads to the end. The chopsticks are held in place with hot glue.

Helpful tutorials:

Estimated time: 12 hours

Craft night with the girls!

Flame prop: This was a fun experiment with Worbla’s new transparent product. To create this, Callula and I cut out several flame shapes. I dyed them yellow and red(ish) using iDye Poly while Callula built a LED core for the center flame. SpaceCadet Cosplay molded the flames, and we used an undyed strip to wrap around my hand. Unfortunately, the switch we originally picked up didn’t work out, so we had to use a press button instead, which means I had to cover the button with tape at the con to keep the LED lit.

Helpful tutorials:

Estimated time: 5 hours

Photo by Callula Cosplay

That about does it for this week’s post! Next time I’ll share some final details, thoughts, and hopefully lots of finished photos!

WIP: October 2015

Lulu: 50% complete

I also finished up the corset! Couldn't resist trying everything on :)
I also finished up the corset! Couldn’t resist trying everything on 🙂

I’m finally making some decent progress on Lulu! One of my big tasks for this month was knocking out her base skirt and sleeves. I debated on how to do this. There’s some discussion among cosplayers as to what Lulu’s skirt and sleeves are supposed to be: separate pieces or a dress with an extremely low cut back. I opted for multiple pieces for easier cleaning and repairs. These pieces are made with a material that was advertised as cow leather, but definitely does not feel like real leather. Regardless, it’s still a nice fabric with a great drape, weight, and sheen.

I used Kwik-Sew 3400 up to the waist to create a base for the skirt. I blended out the princess seams in the front and back of View B and chopped off the front pieces at my desired length. From there, I used the sewn front and back to create a facing with the knit side facing my stomach for comfort.

To create the sleeves, I took one of my basic sleeve templates and slashed and spread it to create the bell effect, using my French curve to create the drop in the sleeves. It’s held up with elastic backed with silicone, so it’ll (hopefully) grip my arm a little better than straight up elastic casings.


For both the sleeves and skirt, I opted to finish off the seams with a bound bias finish. Leather and pleather don’t *technically* need a finish since they won’t unravel, but since this is a competition piece, I wanted to have a nice, clean interior for craftsmanship judging. I topstitched the remaining seam allowances down to match the game art.


My other big project on Lulu was creating ALL THE LACE. I painted all the Venetian lace I purchased over the last few months by hand, which took several weeks of Netflix and evening painting.


I created several more pieces by using lace embroidery pieces available from This is such a cool technique. You “embroider” the lace pieces on water soluble stabilizer, then drop the finished piece in a basin of water. Once the stabilizer has dissolved, you iron the final piece and are left with a gorgeous lace flower. These are intended as coasters and Christmas ornaments, but they work perfectly as filler pieces for Lulu.


I’m about 2 weeks away from the con, so I’m definitely in crunch mode! My final to-dos are styling the wig, finishing the moogle, gluing all the lace and belts on, and creating a bit of flame magic. Wish me luck!

She-Hulk and Red She-Hulk: 100% complete

Not much to say here that I didn’t say in my She-Hulks post. Body painting was one heck of a learning experience, but I’m glad I went through it! I’m looking forward to brainstorming our next mother-daughter build.

Photo by Mehreen Rizvi Photography.
Photo by Mehreen Rizvi Photography.

What’s on your craft table right now? 

Pattern Review: Truly Victorian #103

IMG_2823After months of hemming and hawing, I finally decided to take the leap and get started on Lulu! The first part I completed was the hoop skirt which will act as the base for her belts.

Lots of Lulu cosplayers have gone with a faux apron approach for the belts and created a separate piece that the skirt snaps on. I took that a step further with this project for a couple of reasons: 1) I’ve always like artwork where Lulu had a fuller skirt in the back, and a hoop skirt is a great way to get that effect, and 2) I wanted something fairly sturdy that wouldn’t kill me after wearing it all day. The shape of this crinoline was popular in the mid- to late- 1860s, and provides an excellent base for several pounds worth of floofy skirts. Fingers crossed that it also works out for my belts!

The Basics: 

Pattern: Truly Victorian 103

Total Hours: Around 20

Fabric: About 2 yards of fabric (I used duck cloth for the front half and a mystery cotton blend from my stash for the back half).

Alterations: Added about 3″ length and reduced the overall circumference of the hoops.

Notions: Thread, grosgrain ribbon, steel boning, boning tips and connectors, duct tape (yes, you read that right), boning channels, belting, thin ribbons.

Did it look like the pattern illustration?: More or less, given that I pretty drastically reduced the overall circumference.

Were the instructions easy to follow?: For the most part.

Make it again?: If I have a need for another hoop skirt, for sure! Otherwise, not a chance. My fingers are still raw from all the hand stitching.


Other thoughts: The overall construction of this hoop skirt is pretty straight forward. The directions are mostly clear, though there were a few times I had to read over directions a couple of extra times to wrap my head around it since I’ve never made something like this before. If you’re following instructions to the letter, it’s not bad at all, as they provide all the mark lines necessary to give you an even, balanced cage. However, I made quite a number of alterations that definitely added to the overall time for construction.

The one piece I'm still uncertain about. I may go back and reduce the circumference of the middle hoop in the near future.
The one piece I’m still uncertain about. I may go back and reduce the circumference of the middle hoop in the near future.

My big alteration right off the bat was to reduce the circumference of the skirt. That required a fair amount of calculations, and I used this tutorial to determine the circumference for each of my hoops. Ultimately, I decided to go with a 100″ circumference on my bottom hoop, which is almost 30″ smaller than the original pattern.

The base of the skirt is constructed with a bag, which prevents the wearer from walking through the hoops. It’s assembled in 6 pieces. To accommodate my reduced hoops, I removed the back 2 pieces.

Most of the vertical straps are connected in the center back via this crescent piece. Since this pattern is designed for historical costumes, it's intended as a space for bustles. Obviously, I won't be wearing one.
Most of the vertical straps are connected in the center back via this crescent piece. Since this pattern is designed for historical costumes, it’s intended as a space for bustles. Obviously, I won’t be wearing one.

Once the bag is assembled, you add the vertical grosgrain ribbon straps which act as the basic support structure for the skirt. This is where things started getting tricky for me, since I initially added 5″ based on my waist to floor measurement, but then had to reduce that overall length since it proved too long. Figuring out where to place the vertical straps on the bag was also a challenge, since I couldn’t use the original marks on the pattern. My placement changed quite a bit as I started adding the upper hoops.

Still a little fuzzy, but if you squint, you can see the scrap fabric I used to cover the hoop gaps.

Hoop connectors made forming the lower hoops pretty simple. I struggled with the first couple, but then I started using duct tape to temporarily hold the ends of the hoop together. This was a great fix while I clamped the hoop connectors in place. I had the best luck using my normal pliers to do the initial clamping, then using my jewelry pliers to really get a tight fit. The only drawback to this configuration is that I had a hard time getting my boning casing over the connectors, so I covered them with some scrap fabric. Probably won’t be visible once the belts are on, but why not?

The ties on the top half hoops are part of what force the crinoline into an elliptical shape.

For the upper loops, I did have a bit of a coordination challenge sliding the U-tips over the ends. I found it easiest to hold the tip down with my finger and clamp the sides with one set of pliers. While holding the pliers, I grabbed a second set of pliers and clamped the tip and around any exposed edges.

Leveling the hoops was one of the biggest challenges of this project. Again, I couldn’t go off the placement lines from the pattern, so it took a lot of eyeballing and readjusting with pins. Once I was finally happy with the placement of all the hoops, I set about hand stitching the top and bottom of each intersection. I initially tried doing this with a zipper foot on my machine, but my pins kept getting knocked out of place. So I just put it on my sad dress form, grabbed a drink, and went after it. It took about 3 sessions of 3-4 hours of sewing at a time. I think I watched 3 seasons of Parks and Rec while doing this 😛

All that said, I’m pretty pleased with how this project turned out. I’m really looking forward to adding the belts and getting started on Lulu’s other pieces!

Thor trying to be a helpful craft pup.
Thor trying to be a helpful craft pup.

Fandom Friday: Games I Love to Play

IMG_0731It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these! I’m playing a lot more games these days, so I thought I’d hop back on the bandwagon for this week’s post.

1. Final Fantasy X: This is the first video game I fell in love with. As a teenager, I logged close to 300 hours on it thanks to multiple plays. So when the remaster/HD version came out last year, I hit pre-order the second it was available. I’m really enjoying all the extra international content that wasn’t initially released, though I’m a lot slower at leveling these days. I’d love to beat all the Dark Aeons and extra bosses eventually, though it’ll probably take me another year at this pace 😛

Half the entertainment value in FFXIV is running around and making my lala emote.
Half the entertainment value in FFXIV is running around and making my lala emote.

2. Final Fantasy XIV: My boyfriend introduced me to this game a little over a year ago as something we could do together. I resisted getting into MMORPGs for a long time, since I tend to have an obsessive personality and feared I’d turn into Felicia Day’s character from The Guild. It took me a while to come around on it, but I now enjoy playing a daily roulette and a few miscellaneous missions. Of course, it helps that my lalafell is incredibly adorable. Unlike FFX, it’s pretty easy to only play for 30 minutes to an hour at a time if you’re so inclined (and I totally am). Do any of you play? I’m on Goblin!

3. Persona 4: This is another one my boyfriend introduced me to. I love the combination of dating sim/dungeoun crawler. I play this game primarily on the Vita, which makes it pretty simple to play for small chunks at a time. I recently finished my initial playthrough, and I’d like to go through again to max out some of the social links I missed the first time, including Margaret’s!

4. Catherine: Another game from Atlus! I normally don’t play through a game more than once, but I’ve played through this one twice and want to knock out another run soon. I don’t know exactly why this one is so addictive. It helps that the game is pretty quick. I think my last run was about 10 hours. I also like the various endings and answering the questions as ridiculously as possible.

5. Drawful: Something a little different for this last one. It’s part of the Jackbox Games party pack and it’s a fantastic party game. The idea is that you pull up the game on your console and everyone uses their smartphones to play an electronic version of Pictionary. It’s hilarious the later you get into the night (and/or the more you drink).  The other games in the pack are also fun, but Drawful is my favorite!

What are some of your favorite games? You can see more responses on The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick!

WIP: March 2015

Hello, spring! Weather in my area has finally cleared up into something resembling a season between Hoth-like winter and Tattoine-esque summer.

I debated on putting up a WIP post this month. Aside from Belle, I haven’t done much crafting this month. February and March have been more than a little hectic for me professionally and personally, so I haven’t been able to get as much sewing done as I’d like. Especially non-cosplay stuff. I have a new work Cambie sitting in limbo right now, which is such a bummer. Hopefully I can knock it out when I get back from Portland!

Still, I have been making some slow but steady progress on my summer cosplays. In order of planned appearance:

All the spandex!

Gotham Girls: I’m working on several catsuits for a Gotham Girls group in May, including a Batwoman for myself. The other suits are a Huntress for Callula Cosplay, a Stephanie Brown Spoiler, a Stephanie Brown Batgirl for Mia, and possibly a Harley Quinn. I finally got all the fabric in, so my plan is to set up shop and knock out the majority of the suits next weekend. We’ll see how it goes!

My quilted fabric for Margaret and some sample swatches for Lulu.

Margaret from Persona 4: Early this year, I mentioned that I’m joining some friends for a Velvet Room group. I finally found some quilted blue fabric in a good color, and I ordered my wig and contacts. I’ve been talking to other Margaret cosplayers to figure out the front panel of her coat/dress. Some people do it as an entirely separate piece that attaches with snaps, while others actually hand stitched the front panel on. I’m still debating how I want to handle mine since I don’t want it to be too bulky. Either way, I’ll more than likely have to do some *shudder* dyeing. Blargh.

Baby steps!

Lulu from FFX: It has officially started! I’m still mostly in the materials-gathering phase, but I’m trying to knock out some of the smaller pieces of this costume so that it’s not too overwhelming come summer. After months of searching, I finally found a faux fox fur for Lulu and made the stole last week. It’s lined with poly purple haubuti I snagged from Golden D’Or at their last sale. Since I couldn’t pack my sewing machine for my trip to Portland, I brought my jewelry supplies and started working on her necklaces and earrings. Next up is the moogle and raiding ALL the local thrift stores for belts!

What projects are on your craft table?

December Monthly Stitch: A Kupo-tastic Hoodie

hoodie front

Kupo! I was super excited to see this month’s Monthly Stitch theme: geek out! I’ve been thinking about making a moogle hoodie for a while, and this was the perfect opportunity. My boyfriend also mentioned that he’d like a Final Fantasy themed hoodie, so of course I went into WE MUST HAVE MATCHING THINGS mode. Sadly, this will probably the closest I’ll ever be to getting him in cosplay. Still, I’ll take it!

If you’re not familiar with moogles, they’re a race of teddy bear/bat-like creatures from the video game franchise Final Fantasy. They’re insanely adorable and one of my favorite creatures from the FF series. I could go into a lengthy explanation of why I think they’re so cute, but I think this video from the FFXIV King Mog boss fight does a pretty good job.

I feel like this song belongs in The Nightmare Before Christmas. Very Danny Elfman-esque. But I digress.

ballet pose

I originally tried making this project with cheap anti-pill fleece from Jo-Ann’s using McCall’s 6614. It was okay, but not quite as awesome as I hoped. I set the project aside to work on Princess Jupiter and Stanley Tweedle.

When I started again, I went with the Avacado hoodie from Seamster Patterns. It’s a fantastic design and gave me lots of opportunities to play with color blocking. The only part of the hoodie that gave me pause was the front pocket. Fortunately, Mari made a video tutorial describing the process.


In terms of fabric, I went with French terry and purple sweatshirt fleece from Girl Charlee. The terry is okay. It’s very shed happy, so I made sure to serge all the seams. I would have preferred white sweatshirt fleece, but GC didn’t have white when I ordered. Oh well, no big deal. On the plus side, the terry is quite warm.

The face appliques were the most time-consuming part of this project. I used scraps of black, red, and pink fleece for the ears and the face. The face pieces were fused with applique paper and then satin stitched to the terry.

dat face tho

I made the red head bobble with red fleece and then stuffed it with batting. I originally wanted to attach it with pipe cleaner, but it was too heavy to stay up. Instead, I attached the bobble with a large heavy-duty snap. This actually works out better overall, since now I can remove the bobble to wash the hoodie.

aww no ball

I absolutely love the wings. I drafted them using this pattern as a guideline. I doubled them up and top stitched them down just above the princess seams in the back. I left the edges of the wing free so they sort of flap when I walk.


The Basics: 

Pattern: Avacado hoodie, view B

Fabric: 1.5~ yd. French terry, 1~ yd. purple sweatshirt fleece, and black, pink, and red anti-pill fleece for the face.

Alterations: I slashed the hood and added 5/8″ seam allowance to create room for the ears. I also added a zipper to the center front. Also did a small FBA and added ribbon to the neckline to reinforce it.


Notions: Thread, zipper, applique paper, twill tape, batting, snap.

Make it again?: Probably. I’d love to have a couple of regular versions of this hoodie for everyday wear.

Favorite parts: Other than prancing around as moogle? I really like the overall shape of the hoodie. The princess lines are very flattering, and I love the thumb holes.

herp derp

Other thoughts: I adore this hoodie. It’s very happy making. I don’t think I’ll make another one for myself (though if someone wants one, I’d be happy to take a commission!), but if I did, I’d make the ears a little smaller and add interfacing to keep them up. The terry really didn’t want to stay up, but the fleece helped with that. I’d also add the ribbon all around the neckline prior to adding the zipper for a cleaner finish.

I can’t wait to wear this to PAX South! And make a Tonberry hoodie for the BF to wear with me 🙂

What’s your favorite Final Fantasy creature? 

Fandom Friday: Presents I Want Santa to Bring Me


Happy Friday! Can you believe we’re less than 2 weeks away from Christmas? I haven’t even put up a tree yet!

Since most of the kids in my family are now technically adults, my family has taken to white elephant gift exchanges or doing a big activity together. It’s fun (and more than a little violent, given that five of us have black belts in Taekwon-do), and we don’t all have to scramble spend a bunch of extra money over the holidays. Still, I wouldn’t mind being surprised by any of these items:


  • Brother SE400 Combination Embroidery and Sewing Machine: I’ve wanted to dip my toes into embroidery for a while. I’d love to have this machine to create the applique for Lulu and also to make patches for myself and to sell. I’ve been eyeing this machine for about 8 months, so if Santa doesn’t bring it to me, I’ll probably buy it for myself!
  • Shiva FFX Figure: Speaking of FFX, I’d love to have this figure! I have a few of the other FFX characters from this line, but not Shiva. She’s so pretty and would be a great addition to my (very small) figure collection. I’d also love a Lulu figure.
  • Totoro kigu: I specifically want one from Rarity’s Boutique. Lisa Lou Who is one of my favorite “big name” cosplayers, and her hoodies are absolutely stunning. As soon as she opened up Totoro kigus, I knew I wanted one. They’re just so cute!
  • Tickets to Distant Worlds: This is the orchestra concert of Final Fantasy music. It tours the U.S. every year or so, but it hasn’t been through Texas in quite a while. There is another concert by the same company in Houston today, but I can’t make it (sad trombone). One day! I’d also be happy with the albums to tide me over 🙂
  • Tickets to SDCC: Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like I’ll make it out to SDCC this year (lots of non-cosplay out-of-state travel this year), but if Santa surprised me with tickets, you can bet I’d do everything I could to attend!

What are you hoping for this year? You can see more responses on The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick!