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Tifa Wig + Boots. by cupcake-rufflebutt Tifa Wig + Boots. by cupcake-rufflebutt
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 [2]. 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
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I'm in love with your boots, seriously. I've been entertaining the idea of making Tifa but I really didn't want to just get a pair of Doc Martens for the shoes. You've given me the inspiration to try my hand at her boots, thank you! :heart:
cupcake-rufflebutt Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sure thing, they were a fun project!
Kitty-the-Shadow Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The boots zomgosh....amazing
cupcake-rufflebutt Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks, I'm glad you like them! <3
Oh wow I love your boots! I've made cosplay shoes once and hated it! It was even something semi simple. Sakura Naruto Shippuden boots and they came out awful.
cupcake-rufflebutt Aug 20, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I can imagine the Sakura boots were difficult - my friend and I always used to puzzle over them, back when we were considering doing the Shippuuden designs.
I pretty much cut up old sneakers I had and added on to them. They really are horrible so I don't let people look at them up close. ^^;;
OMG!!! The water filler soda bottle is an amaizng idea!, haha that would help me with getting my wig heads up higher to work on!^^ And your wig and boots came out great by the way!
cupcake-rufflebutt Feb 4, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hahah, glad I could help you out. ^__^ It's a trick that has saved me many tears over the years!
You're so pro! Anxious to see it all put together. And Cid! Post the Cid progress too! :D
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