Finally some Otakon progress! FFVII was the very first RPG I ever played [if you don't count the old Indy and Monkey Island games for Mac, LOL] and lately I've been replaying it. We all know how little it takes for the cosplay bug to bite, so before I knew it, I was entertaining thoughts of making Tifa's original outfit. Then of course my bf had to mention that he had always wanted to do in-game Cid, and I was sold.
Here's a progress collage of my finished wig and boots. The wig was styled from Cosworx's Misty wig in dark brown . The wig fibers were a little warped due to the way it had been folded in the bag, so I took a steamer to it, then cut in the bangs and layers. I still have to make the ponytail clasp. I'm a big fan of the Misty [I also used it for my Erza wig], so I was happy to be able to work with it again.
The boots. THE BOOTS. I knew that if I was going to do in-game Tifa, every little detail would count, and so I searched high and low for an inexpensive pair of boots with a very large, rounded toe. In the end I went with some absurdly oversized hiking boots I found on eBay and hacked them down to the soles. I patterned out the various layers and transferred them to craft foam, which I molded with heat and set with a coat of watered-down white glue. Then came many, many layers of red paint and a very light application of dark green for the weathering and edge detailing. The layers are glued to the sole with hot glue [aka, my lord and savior] and I added the grommets and lacing as I worked. The lacing is all non-functional, since the shoes are big enough for me to slip my foot into. I'm not going to lie, I'm really proud of these things. It's been a long time since I've had the luxury to put a tedious amount of work into a costume [I've been in "cosplay lite" mode ever since I began teaching last August], so I'm really looking forward to finishing this!
Now if my bf's Cid jacket would only make itself.
Please no critiques/criticism. I'd like to keep this gallery happy! <3