[TUTORIAL] Final Fantasy XV Iris Amicita Cosplay

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Saturday, 13 January 2018








Firstly, this cosplay when I made it wasn’t meant to take as much labour as I imagined, which is what I end up saying all of the time now. I wanted to make this on a low budget and using simple pieces to alter, there wasn’t much sewing required… just a lot of painting and altering items that I had bought.
In the end, the total budget racked up to less than £30, with the accessories costing a heavy percentage of the total.
I originally planned to cosplay Lunafreya but grew more attached to the idea of Iris’s design as there’s more of a punk theme with the studs and accessories.
Hooded Shirt
The shirt is a hooded shirt, finding one in a shop is harder than imagined. Gym wear gear may have a similar design but I found the material too stretchy compared to cotton it still would need a lot of alteration. As a result, I went on eBay to bid on a simple hooded shirt to use as a suitable starting point.
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Both items bought second hand to modify
I took off the buttons, unpicked the pockets and sleeves with a seam ripper… which all required restitching with a sewing machine or this could be done freehand without a sewing machine
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For the pattern of the shirt, I had to size the red shurikens on Iris's shirt based on how often I wanted the pattern to repeat. Looking at the concept art and screenshots I wanted for the shuriken pattern to repeat six times in total, across the front and the back. I used 2p coins as a template to envision this concept since it can be easier to compare scaling with common everyday objects.
Then the painting started and it continued for days. I used a small bottle of red fabric paint that I bought from an art supply shop, on dark fabrics, since we’re painting on black fabric which means the red would be more subdued against the black.
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The first layer of fabric paint was very faint
The first set of painting was the two lines of the insides of the shirt. I did this first so I could tell where I wanted to place the shuriken stamp later. The lines mirror each other on each side. With straight lines, I used masking tape to help as a guideline however I bought tape with a large cm width. Since these lines are small, I folded the masking tape in half as cutting straight is more complex. With the folded masking tapes, I placed each piece when I pressed said masking tape onto the shirt - keeping only the straight edges together when painting. The main focus is to make sure all lines are painted cleanly so I used a small flat sided brush.
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Using (badly cut) masking tape to paint straight and even lines
I had a shuriken stencil laser engraved onto wood to mimic a stamp but the main trick was to get the alignment in one application and to get a decent amount of paint pressed on.
The stamp was tested on paper to prior to painting.
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The stamp made out of wood and with my laser engraved design
I had to apply a second layer of fabric paint regardless so I could rework on the shape if needed as well. I worked from the back to the front of the shirt and used the flat sided edge of my seam ripper to paint the red lines in between the shurikens as I thought to work with brush thistles would not be as clean and neat.
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All painted!
I bought roughly 5 metres of grey bias tape and stitched it onto the outside of the hood and towards the centre of the shirt. I used the remaining of the bias tape to make the two strands that fall across the shirt and are attached to an accessory. I also later stitched on a zipper for decoration.
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Time to attach the grey bias tape onto the hood,

Skirt

I bought this at a local charity shop based on the tartan design. I thought I could simply use some red fabric dye to brighten up the square patches. Such simple logic failed me and I actually painted the entirety of the tartan skirt pattern with the red fabric paint using a flat sided paint brush. This took hours, and I often ended up listening to audiobooks to keep me preoccupied and taking breaks to rest my knees as I was painting on the floor. The thin white lines were painted using the flat sided edge of my seam ripper, I also did the same with the red crosses on the shirt as these lines are small and need to be quite precise and straight.
The skirt was pleated using a sewing machine, I used a generic sailor uniform sewing pattern to align the pleats into shape.
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A before and after painting of the red squares
The back piece of the skirt was a simple cut of black stretch cloth that I sewed together in a square shape, hemmed and cut a number of holes at the bottom before pressing eyelets.

 

Accessories

The red bracelet I bought from Aliexpress, same with the black bracelet. The latter needed altering, with two of the belts removed, the bottom cut and frayed with studs added using an eyelet presser. Studs were also added onto a plain generic leather choker which I bought as well.
The necklace was made from a silver pendant base with detailing made from DAS clay, which I sanded down and later painted silver.
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Trying to make a brief outline of the necklace design in photoshop for scaling purposes

For the shirt, the small attachment buckle for the two grey strings attached to the hood was made out of Fimo clay as it is softer and more flexible to work with for smaller pieces than DAS clay which requires water to mould into shape.
The belts were again bought and studded, the first belt has a pattern of three studs in a "_-_" formation. I used fimo clay to make the stud pieces into a triangle shape which needed to be glued on but I later changed this to a more generic studded appearance to fit with the punk concept.

 

Wig

I had a short blue wig, for Rei Ayanami, an Evangelion cosplay in which I no longer had a use for, and so with needing a short wig, I decided to try dying it brown, using watercolour paints as a base.
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After dying the wig brown, and before styling it!
After painting so much of this cosplay, I thought why not resort to even more painting. The first attempt resulted in a wonderful mauve colour, which sadly, was not what I wanted, I ended up dying this four separate times to get this current colour. Then I styled the wig using reference images with slightly flicked the curled ends of the hair.

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 All in all, this project took longer than I anticipated, but I’m pleased with what I did using fewer resources and more thinking outside of the box. Laser cutting stamps, using fabric paint and altering clothes.

Thank you for reading!


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