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August 19, 2012
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Child of Mist. by cupcake-rufflebutt Child of Mist. by cupcake-rufflebutt
Character: Child Rydia (Sprite Version)
Source: Final Fantasy IV
Seamstress/Model: Tess [~cupcake-rufflebutt]
Photography: Laurel Joly [*EnchantedCupcake]
Location: Otakon 2012

Construction Notes:
A week or so before Otakon I realized that I had a predicament: My "big costume" (Sakizou Terra) was almost finished (YAYYYYY!) and I was ready to start on another costume, but all of my secondary costume projects were a little too time-consuming to kick out in a week. (I swear, snails could sew faster than me. T___T) So I started looking for an easy costume, something I could make in 2-3 days, and I kept coming back to Child Rydia from Final Fantasy IV. Now, what with my slightly unhealthy preoccupation with making Terra costumes, you'd think my favourite Final Fantasy would definitely be VI, but I have to confess that I ABSOLUTELY ADORE IV, and it's been bugging me for a while that I haven't cosplayed from it yet. So, despite not being anywhere remotely near 7 years old, I somewhat foolishly settled on Child Rydia. >//////< Anyway, I modeled my costume off of the teeny-tiny gashapon figure that was sold when the game was re-released on the DS, and I really tried to embrace the simplicity of the design, rather than "soup it up" with a bunch of details from other Child Rydia illustrations and fanarts. (This was actually hard for me, because I love details!) The leotard and shoes were purchased and modified, and the wig is a Claudia from Arda that I teased for more volume. The sarong and sashes were dyed and bedazzled (okay, I did add a few extra details here and there) and the flower hairpiece, earrings, bangles, and pauldrons were all made from craft foam, which I sealed with copious amounts of Modge Podge and painted/bedazzled. I also started work on a mage staff, but was unable to finish it before the con. All in all, this costume proved two things to me: 1) I can make a costume in 3 days! This was an exciting revelation for me, since I usually get so caught up in tedious details that even the simplest costumes take weeks upon weeks. 2) I really can't pull off kiddie costumes and should probably avoid them in the future. I mean, I knew going into this project that I wasn't going to look 7 years old, but YIKES, I look so creepy and old in 99% of the photos I got back from the con, LOL. If I ever do wear this again, I'll definitely shorten the wig and poof it out a bit more -- I LOVE her crazy fly-away hair -- and invest time into some upper arm workouts. (BLECH.) Hopefully my next foray into FFIV cosplay will be something a little more substantial (Rosa, perhaps? Or UNF UNF UNF Cecil?) but I'm just glad I finally got to cosplay from my favourite game!

Special Request:
Please no critiques; I'd like to keep this gallery happy! <3
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anewzero Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i am glad u did Rydia also...
BERCECK Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
You're so beautiful as Child Rydia! Are you planning to do the adult version too?
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I don't know if I'll ever cosplay Rydia again, as I honestly wasn't fond of how I looked as her. Maybe a very floofy Amano Rydia one day? (Can't pull off that super skinny CG art, LOL.)
Dokudel Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Tess why are you so pretty?! ;.;
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Trust me, this is the only Rydia picture where I pass as pretty, LOL. But thank you!
AngelSamui Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm sure you do not look creepy! You look just lovely and serene.
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well, thank you!
m-squaredphotography Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Love this costume! Rydia is such a great character (we're HUGE fans of the Final Fantasy series / cosplay) and I love that you captured another side of her!

-Mike & the rest @ M-Squared
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I'm surprised more people haven't cosplayed her younger form; it's really adorable and much easier than her adult form.
SteadfastBlade Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
gorgeous. I always liked Rydia since I picked up FF2 for the Super Nintendo.
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