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Terra Triumphant. by cupcake-rufflebutt Terra Triumphant. by cupcake-rufflebutt
Character: ~sakizo's Terra Branford from Final Fantasy VI
Seamstress/Model: ~cupcake-rufflebutt
Photography: *EnchantedCupcake
Location: Otakon 2012

Construction Notes:
I have admittedly been dreading posting more images of this costume because I knew I'd eventually need to type up notes on how it was made, and just thinking back on the whole process makes my head hurt, LOL. I've loved ~sakizo's FFVI fanart and wanted to cosplay from it for a very long time, but every Terra illustration I had seen from her featured a bare midriff -- and let's face it, no one needs to see my one-too-many-cupcakes tummy. XD Finally my friend Krys (~Windaria) happened upon this AMAZING Sakizou illustration of Terra in a form-fitting bodice with poof sleeves and the most exquisitely detailed boots I'd ever set eyes on. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to make it!

The bodice was the biggest headache because it had to be patterned (sleeves and all) to fit together coherently. I'm a nervous wreck whenever I have to pattern anything form-fitting or with lots of bits and pieces to it, and I can't tell you how relieved I was that the whole thing fit as it was supposed to! The bodice is made from wine velveteen and cream dupioni. (On that note, I intentionally chose to avoid stark whites with this costume in order to match the rich, well-worn look of the illustration.) The garment is also fully-lined and boned with spiral steel for support. There's at least $60 of trim, ruffles, and beading on the bodice alone, much of it being a bit too fine to show up in full-body shots. Sakizou adds so many tiny, minuscule details to her work, I felt like I'd never see the end of it! Because the bottom of the dress has different seam lines than the bodice portion, I chose to make the skirt separately, which was honestly a nice change from the one-piece dresses I've made for my other Terra costumes. C: I used a simple miniskirt pattern, adding a gold crushed silk lining and a row of beaded tassels. The sashes and scarves all began as plain cream broadcloth and were dyed, weathered, painted, beaded, fringed, bedazzled, and basically slaved over (a bit too much) to reach their current incarnation. The tights were tea-dyed, then painted with watercolors. The boots (mmmmmm, those boots) were my "proud mommy" moment of making this costume -- they weren't overly difficult to assemble, but definitely time-consuming and detailed. I began with a pair of slouch boots, added boot covers, then added the top rim of ruffles and reinforced craft foam (which sadly lost its shape in the Baltimore heat -- they were much more flared at the top originally). The broaches were all hand-crafted and sewn to the boot covers individually. The capes (of which there are three) all began as a very light-weight cotton fabric which I tea-dyed, then gradient-dyed the various purples and pinks. The bottom-most cape was hand-painted with purple triangles which I lined with dull gold sequins and edged with fringe. The middle cape is edged with pearl droplets and includes a massive hand-inked henna motif which I improvised a bit because not all the details were visible in the original artwork. The top-most cape (barely visible in this image) is a simple pink gradient with delicate fringe edging. The choker and all accessories were hand-beaded. Attached to the sashes/scarves is a "hip fluff" (LOL, the names we come up with for various costume bits) consisting of various flowers, ribbons, feathers, beads, etc. attached to a barrette that clips over (and thusly hides) the transition point between the sashes/scarves and filigree belt. I also prettied up an ornate letter opener to function as a dagger, which slips comfortably inside the "hip fluff." The wig was styled identically to my very first Terra wig, which I preferred over my second Terra wig, only with chalky pastel green highlights as opposed to teal highlights. Tiny roses, filigrees, and beads were strung throughout it and the back of the wig features something similar to the "hip fluff," except with more sashes and random bits thrown in for "poof." I'd like to add more wig fiber to the ponytail when I re-wear this at Katsucon, since I didn't quite get the fullness that I desired with just the wig itself.

Whew, I think I covered everything, at least minimally! I'm really proud of myself for sticking with this design all summer long, even when it felt like it'd never be finished. I have a tendency to shy away from elaborate designs, particularly as the years go by and I find myself more and more wrapped up in my classroom. If this is the last "big" costume I make (which it might be -- I don't know if I want to dedicate another summer entirely to just one costume) I'll be happy. C:

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:iconelectricfanbob:
electricfanbob Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
Love this! :)
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :3
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:iconalychucosplay:
AlyChuCosplay Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
This is so gorgeous! Do you have a link so I can see the artwork? O:
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! And sure, the original image can be found on this stationary set:
alice-books.com/item/show/596-…
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Crystalskingdom Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely stunning. I'm going to be making a Terra Branford cosplay as well. May I ask where you got your wig? The colour is perfect. 
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! The wig was colored and styled by me, so I'm afraid you won't find anything quite like it online. 
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:iconzichee:
Zichee Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
Omg this is such a pretty piece!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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:iconsavasrule:
savasrule Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
pretty
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :3
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:iconsavasrule:
savasrule Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
np:D (Big Grin) 
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:iconmoyashisoba:
moyashisoba Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
You're like a goddess(♥ó㉨ò)ノ♡
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
LOL, trust me, 4" heels and a metric ton of makeup can make ANYONE look like a goddess. XP But thank you!
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:iconcross-kaiser:
Cross-Kaiser Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your Terra costumes are amazing. Always looking forward to seeing more of them. Good job!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! <3
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:iconagentofhate:
AgentofHate Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional Artist
<3
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:icondarkartistrynkp:
DarkArtistryNKP Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This.... there are no words for how awesome this is...
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :3
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:icondarkartistrynkp:
DarkArtistryNKP Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are quite welcome.
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:iconms-catastrophie:
Ms-Catastrophie Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
That is amazing I love how you made it <3
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for checking it out!
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:iconms-catastrophie:
Ms-Catastrophie Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
My pleasure :]
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:icondead-pepper:
dead-pepper Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for posting construction notes! The amount of care you put into everything is apparent. FFVI is one of my all time favorite games, hands down, which is funny because I played it AFTER 7,8,9,10,10-2, 12, and 13! The characters and story are so captivating; you do a great job bringing Terra to life. I've been going back and forth between making Terra or Celes for a long time now. Maybe someday I'll decide!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aw, thanks! I'm going to be selfish and say you should make Celes so that maybe one day we can take pictures together. ^////^
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:icondead-pepper:
dead-pepper Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's probably all the push I needed. I would absolutely LOVE to cosplay with you someday. :3
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:iconandreamakesthings:
andreamakesthings Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Incredible! All the details are beautiful.
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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:iconstarshadow81:
Starshadow81 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Stunning! :heart:
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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:iconkaiyakkuma:
Kaiyakkuma Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Wow, this picture is absolutely stunning!
I can see all the little pretty details on this costume! :love:
This is probably one of my favorite cosplays you have done, because it's so beautiful!
And not only that, you did Sakizo's illustration of Terra!
You did such a lovely job with this costume. I am really impressed!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! <3
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:iconyamane:
Yamane Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
This is such an amazing cosplay :love: The details are so lovely!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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:iconedwin101:
edwin101 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Student Artist
Omg you look sooo goregous :heart:
Beautiful cosplay :)
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :3
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:iconedwin101:
edwin101 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student Artist
Your welcome :meow:
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:iconsu-rine:
Su-rine Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing!! You look absolutely stunning as always, and the costume is simply gorgeous <3
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! <3
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:icongreystone84:
Greystone84 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Loveloveloveloveeee! I love all the detail that you put into this costume and only WISH I could make something as wonderful as this. Congrats on the amazing work!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! :3
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:iconhopie-chan:
Hopie-chan Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Suuuuch a pretty costume!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks, darl! :3
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DoctorEvil06 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing cosplay!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :3
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:icondoctorevil06:
DoctorEvil06 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome
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ConnorCat Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
I was just thinking it had been a while since we saw anything from you! XD

But wow was it worth the wait! This is a take on Terra's outfit that I've never seen before. Love it, great job!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Yes, it's difficult for me to get anything accomplished costume-wise during the school year. I should have some new things to share come February. C:
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:iconconnorcat:
ConnorCat Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
Yeah can't say I blame you there! I love writing but good god the school semester keeps me busy >_<
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:iconxakirose:
xAkiRose Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I absolutely adore your Terra. ;w; So pretty~.
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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