Terra Branford
Final Fantasy VI

Cosplayer: TheStarlightFairy

Variant: Amano

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

Judges' Award - Gemucon 2013

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Showcased 28th April 2013

This costume has not been worn at any events yet.

15th August 2013: New addition for Ayacon! Mum and I were clearing out the attic and we came across an old sword prop she'd made years ago. It was designed to be a pirate sword for a costume party, so it had the same curve Terra's sword in Dissidia art does.
A bit of editing on the handle (removing the guard and covering it in swag) and a repair/paint job on the 'blade' and SUDDENLY TERRA SWORD

13th March 2013: Wig Had a couple of spare hours today so decided to style the wig
I wish I'd taken a 'before' photo, it looked like a cloud!
Spent at least 30 minutes brushing the tip og the wig with warm water so it would sit flat-ish on my head, then pulled it into a half-ponytail with the help of my mum, pinning it down with pearly hair-grips. It was originally a full ponytail, but because the wig is so curly, the pony was too short.
Once the half pony was secure, we (Mum and I) tied a beaded hair scarf thingie around it to hide the bobble. We then used a couple of sparkly clips to pull the rest of the hair up so that it looks like a proper high ponytail, pinning remaining stray bits of hair with pearly grips. Finished off with the pink chiffon bow thingy I made ages ago!
Really happy with how it's turned out :) I bought some pearl spiral things to add a bit more jazz to it but I'll put those in at the con. It's safe in a box and it's not coming out until Gemucon haha!

9th March 2013: Boot covers of doom I can't beleive how much stress these have caused me!
I made these by cutting a base of white pleather (after multiple mock-ups and paper patterns), then covered them in red brocade.
This was no where near shiny enough so I threw some trims at them. I bought a top really cheap in a sale because it had beautiful applique beadwork on the shoulders, and used said applique to jazz up the outer sides of the boots. I then sewed some beads (like on the bag) onto the bias binding around the toe bit.

They probably could be better, but I'm happy enough with how they look.
Photo is of the outer side (on shoe) and front view (not on shoe) of the right boot. It fits on the shoe better when it's on my foot

22nd February 2013: Cape, arm cape and strap I started work on the cape today and it's not going too badly
So far I have hemmed some lilac chiffon with matching sheer ribbon. I'm in the process of pinning some fabric flowers onto it because I cannot paint for toffee. Run out of fabric flowers after severely underestimating the amount I'd need. May try to get some varying size ones, failing that buy extra and clump them together.
So far the cape looks like a big rectangle with some flowers on it. Once the flowers are on, I'm going to gather the top edge of it to give it some swoopy volume. Not sure how I'm going to do the rest of the cape thingy. I'm HOPING to somehow use the surplus at the top to form that wierd hood bit some of the art has, and bring one side over into a strap.

...It makes sense to me okay haha

EDIT 26/2 I am seriously done with flowers. There are approximately 121 on that cape
EDIT 5/3 Cape is attached to dress, and I managed to get the hood/strap concept to work after all of the trial and error. Sewed the rest of the purple crystals (a grand total of 5 or 6) onto the hood to give a little sparkle. On the strap bit, I added some red jewel beads from the remnants of the chocker trim.
On the other shoulder, I used a strip of christmas ribbon to form a strap. I sewed the arm cape onto the underside of this strap, and sewed the pauldron to the topside of it. I actually can't believe this is almost done!

19th February 2013: Dress progress and gauntlets After god knows how long, I have finally nearly finished the dress. I somehow managed to make the skirt about 4 or 5 sizes too big, and so I ended up having to gradually take it in bit by bit so I didn't screw up.
I've taken a bit of artistic licence with the shape of the skirt. It's still a little flared as if I'd taken it in any further it would have looked awful. I've also given the hem more of a scallop shape than in the art. This was mostly due to how the skirt was sitting on me. The straight skirt with the side splits just didn't work with the fabric, it looked too harsh to me! The rest of the dress and costume is very fancy and feminine, so the rounded hemline just seemed right.
Just need to sew the hems and add some gold bias.

I used more brocade, and did a little embroidery (just a fishbone stitch to look like a vine and a rosette chain flower). I put the same trims as the dress and pauldron around the top, and some gold bias around the bottom.

10th January 2013: top and embroidery I finally reached a point with the top half of the dress where I felt I could take a decent progress image. I utterly screwed up my first attempt, so I made a second. Screwed up the front panel so redid that one, so the one you see in the picture I uploaded is version 2.5
Got an embroidery book for christmas so I have been having a LOT of fun. In the end I used a fair few different stitches: satin, split stitch, double-threaded backstitch, fishbone stitch, herringbone stitch and scroll stitch (this sounds like a game of spot-the-stitch).
I still need to add some beads for embellishment, and the trims around the top. Also, I only roughly pinned in the zip, so the front looks really wonky right now. It'll look a lot better when it's finished!
Time taken: just don't even try asking

22nd November 2012: Pauldron I am a wuss and won't start the dress yet, so I made the pauldron over the past couple of days.
I covered a shoulder pad with brocade (and dress lining) to start off with. I then did a swirly pattern over the top with a chain (pic 1). This was frustating as hell. In the end I used Terra's anthology design and then went crazy with the rest of the chain.
Next, I sewed on a pretty leaf/bead thing I bought and a couple of shiny beads (pic 2)
Finally I went around the edges with a gold and a pearl trim to match what I will do on the dress and gauntlets (pic 3).
I'm really happy with the result! Sooo gaudy XD

Other achievements include putting together a bunch of scarves using various fabrics and trims. Oh, and I made a bead chain thing. Said bead chain ended up being too heavy to just be tied onto my hips, so I sewed it lightly to one of the scarves.

14th November 2012: Bag So I have spent at least 20 hours making a bag that blends into my cosplay.
Using some red brocade, I have made a drawstring pouch. On this I have sewn on ribbon and more beads than I care to count.
No photo does this bag justice

25th October 2012: Shiny things I've been a busy magpie, collecting lots of shiny things to jazz up the cosplay a bit. I have a couple of hairclips, a bigass flower, some pretty rings and a big brooch. So many sparkles~

This one is a pretty pink chiffon trim with lilac flowers. I spotted it while gtting stuff for Susan, and was like HNNNG THAT WOULD LOOK AMAZING AS ONE OF THE HAIR SCARF THINGIES. So I pulled it off the shelf and looked at the price, wondering how much of my soul I would have to sell to obtain this beautiful trim.
76p a metre. 76P WAT
So I bought a metre at vast expense. It's going to clash HIDEOUSLY with the redness of the costume but idgaf.
Oh and wig is on order. Its white and curly and poofy. I am going to have a cloud on my head and it will be glorious.

7th October 2012: Necklace choker I spotted yet more pretty trims and ribbons in the fabric shop today, and so decided to make a choker necklace. The choker is made from a maroon velvet ribbon and a beaded trim. I then attached beads and a pendant to this. This didn;t seem like enough, so I used an old necklace chain to make it look more like the Sakizou artwork.
So goddamn happy with this. Took about 4 hours in total.

31st July 2012: So it begins Mum treated me to some blue and red brocade fabrics today because I was feeling inordinately sick but still helped with the food shop and housework
It such beautiful fabric ;_; I will use the red for the dress, gloves and boot covers and the blue for one of the many waist sashes.

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Devil_Trigger - 29th July 2012
Oooooooooo this should be interesting c: I remember you saying you wanted to cosplay her xD I've played FFVI many times on different consoles xD

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Siouxsie James - 30th July 2012
Great choice!! :D

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Einmyria - 7th October 2012
The necklace is so pretty!!!

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Alouette - 7th October 2012
The chocker looks absolutely gorgeous :) I can't wait to see this finished :3

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cosrai - 14th November 2012
I'm looking forward to seeing this finished, looks so pretty :)

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Devil_Trigger - 10th January 2013
AAAAAAAAAAAAAH progress on this is looking good! My god what you've done with the design is amazing... I can see why you've been sewing for a while on it O.O

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Sephirayne - 11th January 2013
The progress looks amazing. Really loving the necklace. Great job ^^

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Siouxsie James - 11th January 2013
Progress looks great :)

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TheStarlightFairy - 11th January 2013
Thank you everyone!

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J-Po - 20th February 2013
omg its looking great

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Yuka - 7th March 2013
That cape is GORGEOUS!! So excited for GemuCon now!!

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Siouxsie James - 8th March 2013
I am excited by your progress pic :) looking awesome!! So sad that I wont get to see it in person so please re-wear :D

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Littlegeeky - 8th March 2013
Wow! This looks amazing so far! I can't wait to see it finished :D

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Einmyria - 8th March 2013
This looks so pretty! you always amaze me with your detail skills :D

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TheStarlightFairy - 9th March 2013
Thank you everyone! I'm so glad ya'll think it's turning out well!

@afireinsidegirl I've spent too long and too much on this to NOT rewear it to lots of events haha!

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Siouxsie James - 9th March 2013
YAY!!!! :D can't wait to see it at a future con then :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

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puzzledpenguin - 13th March 2013
Beautifully styled wig, it's all looking great so far :-)

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MadameLapin - 8th April 2013
Congratulations on getting judge's choice award in the masq. You looked stunning in this, one of your best cosplays by far.

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Devil_Trigger - 8th April 2013
Congrats on getting the award c: You looked sooooo beautiful in this <3 (also despite how many times ya said, you did not look like a drag queen xD)

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Kacela - 9th April 2013
Looks beautifully made! Lovely fabric choices and colours =]

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Raye-chan - 10th April 2013
Such a beautiful, well crafted costume, you are truly worthy of the win hun!

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Einmyria - 10th April 2013
You look amazing! wish I could have seen it in person

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Devil_Trigger - 14th April 2013
Loving all the photos <3

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KiraraYumi - 14th April 2013
Oh man, I didn't know you got an award for this! Congrats, you totally deserve it!

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TheStarlightFairy - 14th April 2013
Thank you everyone!

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Squiggles - 14th April 2013
Wow! This is gorgeous! ;o; You make a lovely Terra!

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puzzledpenguin - 14th April 2013
Beautiful photos, you look lovely. The costume is gorgeous (great fabric choices) and the fire effect is really nicely done.

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ToroSonyCat - 14th April 2013
Soo beautiful! *_*

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No thanks - 14th April 2013
I was so amazed when I saw this in person! You looked absoloutly gorgeous! Amazing attention to detail, so beautiful.

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Siouxsie James - 15th April 2013
This is stunning!!!!!!!!!!!! Amazing work :) nice one!

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CrystalNeko - 18th April 2013
You look so beautiful! Loving all the details, Beth's photography is amazing as always too. You deserved the award so much!

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Amy-Lou - 18th April 2013
Stunning costume, the effort really shows in the details :)

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KC-HOME - 18th April 2013
I love your cosplay and such a brilliant shooting !!! ♥
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Pandora-Chi - 18th April 2013
Absolutely stunning! I love the photos, the detail put into the cosplay and you look gorgeous <3

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FusionRose - 18th April 2013
beautiful!!! x

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TheStarlightFairy - 18th April 2013
Thank you everyone again <3

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Siouxsie James - 28th April 2013
Heck yes!! Gratz on the showcase Lou!! Beautiful costume!!

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Mungojerrie - 28th April 2013
LADY YOU GOT A SHOWCASE? I am so proud of you, it's well deserved <3

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TheStarlightFairy - 28th April 2013

vjfddukih thank you everyone!

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Littlegeeky - 28th April 2013
You so deserved the showcase hun!
This cosplay is so amazing! You look so beautiful in it hun!

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cosrai - 28th April 2013
Well deserved showcase! So beautiful!

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Devil_Trigger - 28th April 2013
Yaaaaaaaay you got the showcase! 8D SO PROUD OF YOU RIGHT NOW (THAT IS A LIE, ALWAYS PROUD)

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KiraraYumi - 28th April 2013
CONGRATS YOU BUNDLE OF LOVELINESS! You 100% deserve this, so pleased for yooou!! >w<

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MoonLily - 28th April 2013
Yaaay such a deserved showcase! This is gaaaawjus! The level of detail is outstanding. :3

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alytheluvly - 29th April 2013
Beautiful cosplay!! Congrats on the showcase! ^_^

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Freyarule - 29th April 2013

SO MUCH PRETTIES I wish I'd seen you in real life ;__; it looks so gorgeous! I love it <3 beautiful Terra!

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Sephirayne - 29th April 2013
Gorgeous costume and photos. You look really stunning.

Congrats on the showcase ^_^

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Yasmia - 30th April 2013
Congrats on the Showcase! well deserved, looks gorgeous!

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Anonymous - 30th April 2013
Gorgeous costume, highly visually striking, you look fantastic! Congrats on the very well-deserved showcase! :D

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TheStarlightFairy - 30th April 2013
Thank you again everyone! I worked really hard on this so I'm glad people like it so much <3

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HarryKurt - 3rd May 2013
This is so gorgeous! <3

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Lady Bahamut - 5th May 2013
This cosplay is so many levels of epic I don't even know where to start praising it XD

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DefineImagineMJ - 12th May 2013
This is absolutely stunning! Fantastic job. Well done!

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littleshoni - 20th June 2013
Wow you got a showcase :) well done! you definably deserve it. Your costume was beautiful at Gemucon and I remember you said you'd put a lot of hours into it but I had no idea just how MUCH effort you put in. The attention to trims really pays off. Hope to see you again, possibly ayacon?

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TheStarlightFairy - 20th June 2013
@meercatcool Yes, I hope to see you at aya! I'll be wearing this again for the Cosplay Chess c: Thank you <3

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Kei Lin Sama - 21st August 2013
Yep I saw you at Cosplay Chess. You looked so beautiful I could only gasp and stutter. Sorry you didn't get any sense out of me..

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Clockwork Dandy Noodles - 30th September 2015
This costume is stunning and so detailed you wear it so well :)