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Rinoa - Final Fantasy VIII by taeliac Rinoa - Final Fantasy VIII by taeliac
Well, now. 2 years later, and finally!! I have the fabric, and a pattern drafted! Holy wow.

You have no ideas how much trouble this costume has given me! So I won't even rant about it here, but suffice to say, if you find a supplier for wide ribbed, sky blue fabric for less than $9/yard, please email me with their informaiton!! Geezum, it was such a pain to find.

Well, other than the hassle with the fabric, this wasn't too bad, although it does have the same amount of "pain in the butt" that all knits seem to have for me. But, double needles save the day once again - oh yeah, and newer sewing machines seem to not eat knit like my old one.

Uber wide ribbed sky blue knit fabric, and the wings were stenciled on the back using the same method as this tutorial, except they were done in extremely thin coats (2 for this one), so that the fabric could still stretch underneath, and it doesn't look like a big pile of paint goo on top of the fabric.

The last image is to give a good sense of scale for the ribbing.

2007 Taeliac Studio Cosplay - [link]
More info & reference pix - [link]
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cutechong Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
I'm not a big fan of the Final Fantasy games but I do love the outfits. By far this is the best I've seen! It's SO COOL! I wish I could buy this one! Can you make another one?
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Zeronix Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
would you happen to have a tutorial or..even a note of how you made your rinoa?

I have a light blue fabric i bought for this cosplay, and sadly its not a ribbed knit (they didnt have any :( ) but any tip you might have would be most appreciated.


Beautiful work by the way
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raiha19 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
I love the awesome job you did! I'm trying to find the material for that jacket myself. ^^;; You don't have any tips on where to find it do you?
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taeliac Featured By Owner May 17, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh noes! I'm sorry for the uber late reply!!

I actually found this as a complete accident on clearance at a fabric store down in Chicago ... gah, years ago! I think, though, if you take a look at JoAnn's now, they have a huge selection of ribbed knit fabrics, and they may have the right color for you! (or, you could try white and dye it, because it's at least a bit cotton, so it'll take dyes!)
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TwilightUnicorn Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
The thing that gave me trouble on my Rinoa cosplay was the skirt. Because, being the genius that I am, I used crushed velvet...*twitch* There was also my little adventure in using fabric paint for the wings (I was definitely smelling the colors by the time I was done). Anyway, this looks very nice! Good job. :D *goes back to angsting over her Fai cosplay*
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angryclock-vinny Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007   Writer
This looks really cool. I want to one day be able to make my own costumes. Do you mind if I ask how you managed to put the wings on the fabric?
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taeliac Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very cool - I know it's a lot of fun to make costumes, especially compared to clothing or whatnot ~ you get to have fun with them :D

The wings were screen printed (well,more like stenciled) on the back, using very thin coats of screen printing ink. Here is a tutorial that I made for something rather similar: [link]

Just do that, but plan on having to do two or three coats very thinly, so you can still see the fabric texture through it :D
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angryclock-vinny Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007   Writer
Thank you! I've been wondering on how people are able to do that for a long time.
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ikataru Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2007
Very pretty! n.n
I've been searching for the fabric everywhere. It is a very rare fabric to find. I actually have a sweater made from the perfect fabric, but it's a horribly ugly sweater. If it were longer I'd chop it up and make Rinoa's costume. >_>; Anyway, I'm rambling....Awesome job!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!

Yeah, it is a hard fabric to find - I know your pain! You could always paint wings in the back of it, or reconstruct it - might be cute on it's own! :D
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ikataru Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007
Haha! I've thought about doing that. Too bad it doesn't really fit anymore. I've lost a lot of weight since I received it, so it's way to big to really wear out. I'm tempted to chop it up.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
I definitely would, if it doesn't fit any more especially!
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artemis5096 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2007
Wow! It looks amazing! I can't wait to see it on somebody!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Me neither!! I hope I can make the rest of the outfit (I just might for the heck of it XP) just to get someone to wear it!
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Vashtastic Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2007   Digital Artist
shaping up to be great! i like how it's looking so far.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!!

I need an excuse to make the rest of the outfit, now...
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Shappi Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
this wings are so lovely!^^ i've got question ^^ How long are you doing your costumes?
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!!

I've been making costumes for years, and I plan on continuing makign them as long as I can :D
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Shappi Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm jeaolus :hug: youre so good in it!
yeah!go go,Teali!^^
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aww! Thank you so much :glomp:
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aww! Thank you so much :glomp:
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Kurai-Chouwa Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007
Kyaa! Another fantastic made outfit! ^-^ You are my hero (no seriously, you are) :floating::#1:
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
*^__^*

Thank you so much! :love:
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Meow-chan14 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007  Student General Artist
I love the rinoa cosplays. I always wanted one. This one is really nice. ANd i totally sympathize with you on finding pre made fabric. :kitty:
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Why thank you!! I love it, because it's so wear-able regularly :D No one suspects it's a costume *mwahahahahaha*
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Meow-chan14 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007  Student General Artist
Sweet. Never thought of that really. :kitty:
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Shizuzeru Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007
omg..i need help to sew my costume ;____;..can i ask you for help if i get stuck =3..? becus you are really good X3
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Sure, not a problem!! Drop me a note, and I'll see what I can do to help you! :D
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Shizuzeru Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007
i have lots of shoises but i dont like anyone that mutch..;^^
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aww - that's no fun! I'm sure there's someone you really like to cosplay as...
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Shizuzeru Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007
Yes i found one!
Road from D.Gray-Man
i have Konata from Lucky star,Ed from fma and hunny from ouran host club

but im going whit Road ^^
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Shizuzeru Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007
ohhh thank you so mutch <33 ..Now i just have to find any cute outfit that fits a smal girl in 148cm lenght ;^^..any idees?
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh wow! You shold be able to do just about any character!! That's like, perfect, for cosplay!

People like Sakura (deep love of Card Captor Sakura) or just about any school uniform/girl (like from DN Angel, Da Cappo, To Heart, etc) or something like Puchiko from DigiCharat or whatnot! You're really lucky :D
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Shizuzeru Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007
Hehe you think? im more of a person that like to be a model that a sower X3 but there arent any that want me to do that X3
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
*squeees REALLY loudly* This is the BEST Rinoa costume I've EVER seen! *so wants to make one but never seems to find the time or fabric* You get a gold star for this! :heart:
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aww! Thank you!!

It was definitely finding the fabric that drove me insane - but I'm glad I have a ton of it now, so hopefully, no insane digging again for another year or three :D
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
A friend of mine is trying to convince me to try and knit the coat and gloves. But I'm gonna try my hardest to find fabric before resorting to that. It'll take me longer to knit it then to find the fabric I think. :XD:
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oooh, knitting it would be a pain in the butt - I tried to get my mother to do that, but she looked at it and said "no way in hell" (a direct quote :D) Best of luck if you do, tho! That would be fantastic!!

If you need the wing design, lemme know and I'll get a picture of my stencil~
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That would be very helpful! (picture of the stencil I mean) Getting a clear shot of her back is a pain.

My friends an insane knitter, so I said if he wanted it to be knitted, then he could do it for me. Not sure if he'll actualy do it though.
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medicontherun Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
wowsers..
great job on the costume.
like the patterns on the back..
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I'm so happy with how they turned out, too!
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narutard94 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
o wow the wings look so awesome. i thought for a sec. there that the fabric had it on originaly but hehe it wouldn't have that hehe. really great job. it turned out great.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow! That is the nicest compliment I've gotten in a very long time! THank you :glomp:
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narutard94 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
your very welcom ^_^ :orange:
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow! That is the nicest compliment I've gotten in a very long time! THank you :glomp:
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SeductiveByatch Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007
I tell my kids the same thing!!!..lol
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Tooi Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2007
It looks excellent! Good job!

Ahh, now I want to try the screenprinting ink!!! :XD:
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!!

The ink definitely is nice, but you have to put it on in thin coats so it doesn't crack if it's stretched XP
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Tooi Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
You're welcome! :heart:
:ohnoes: I couldn't find that ink at Hobby Lobby! :noes: :giggle:
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taeliac Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Really?! That sucks... do you have any art stores near by (I usually buy from Utrecht or Artist & Display - both have online purchsing, too, if all else fails)... I'dl ook in the phone book and call around and see what they have. I could have swore Hobby Lobby would have it *sigh*
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