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L'Cie - Final Fantasy XIII by FireLilyCosplay L'Cie - Final Fantasy XIII by FireLilyCosplay
Photographer: David Dunn
Lightning: Me
Snow: NeonGenocide, made by Pixiekitty

This costume...this costume took me a solid month of work and I'm so proud of it! I think it's the best costume I've sewn to date in fact!!

Where to start? The under shirt was an ivory ribbed knit that I dyed brown, then pleated and pressed to get the chunky ribbed collar. I sewed in the separating zipper and made the zipper pull. I purchased the necklace pendant and attached to a ball chain.

The overshirt is heavy white twill with a tan twill lining made to measure. Pockets are dark tan twill with extra large grommets set in and are functional. All the buckles are made from craft foam or Fimo and painted silver. The cape is red gabardine and is sewn onto the shirt underneath the vinyl harness, which features curtain ring/craft foam details and rivets. The main belt is tan whisper vinyl that snaps into place with decorative belt buckle (too much stress for the craft foam!).

The skirt is some left over flannel that I had lined in cotton with functional zippers and a hidden front zipper. The waistband is hand painted leather, grommets and leather lacing. Zipper pulls were custom made. Belt is ochre vinyl and the buckle is cardboard that I glued onto an existing belt buckle.

Leg pouch and belts are burgundy vinyl with zippers and custom made zipper pulls. This was probably the hardest part - it took me a whole day to make it!!

I purchased some basic black boots on Ebay and cut off the legs, then hand sewed the hand painted leather tongue and leg to each boot, then affixed the side and heel details. Belts are made from grey vinyl and the soles were painted grey to match.

The black glove is just black spandex, but the blue gloves are vintage leather gloves that I purchased from Ebay. I then cut the fingers and sewed the hems, and sewed in the piping and wrist hem. Knuckles are made from plastic pens, cardboard, craft foam, electrical wire and googly eyes and painted gold. Wrist wraps are grey vinyl. The armbands are leather, hand painted black/brown, then sewn and woven together.

The pauldron is cardboard cut to shape and darted, then covered in lots of paper mache and about 12 layers of gesso, then sanded baby smooth, painted, and weathered. The vinyl tubing is painted yellow and has el wire inserted for the glow effect. The bottom portion is cardboard, paper mache, and puffy paint for the details. I looked at every single picture possible, but still couldn't decipher what her pauldron says (I think it's nothing, really), so I just wrote her name onto it...kinda like a dog tag of sorts. The pauldron snaps onto the shirt via hand painted leather straps that are riveted to the pauldron.

The wig was originally a Clover wig in blonde that I custom dyed to get a multicolor pink. And I spent a whole day cutting it to the appropriate layers!!! I did have the l'Cie mark under the shirt that I made using waterslide tattoo paper. It worked so well and I was really happy with how the tattoos looked.

Whew!! I can't say enough just how pleased I am with this costume and how absolutely enamored I am with our Final Fantasy XIII group!!! It was so amazing to become these characters for a little bit. A big huge thank you to :iconpixiekitty: as Vanille and NeonGenocide as Snow for roping me into their group ! I can't wait to wear Lightning again :)
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:iconprincess-of-wands:
princess-of-wands Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Professional Writer
Holy god this is an awesome, hand made cosplay. Hats off to you, darling.
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aw, thank you!
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:iconmmmhomoshiroi:
mmmhOmoshiroi Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Wah, I love your costume, it's very very complete!

Now I'm remaking this cosplay too, but I'm having problems with the collar of the coat...T_T...

How did you make it so perfect!? 

I'm gonna cry...
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's just a standard collar - I added on a little bit and made the front more boxy than tapered.
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:iconmmmhomoshiroi:
mmmhOmoshiroi Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Well, I'm a really noob with collars, but after thousan times and your advise I think now it's quite well.

Thank you so much! ^^
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TheDoorWithin Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, I think you actually look a little bit like Lightning :) And I don't say that to just anyone :)
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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:iconthedoorwithin:
TheDoorWithin Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:)Wlcm~
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:iconmidnighteb:
midnighteb Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
AMAZING COSPLAY
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:icondannysulca:
dannysulca Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Student General Artist
omg,so beautiful legs :P
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:iconlftaddeo:
lftaddeo Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW!!!!

After seeing this photo, i'm pretty sure that the character was created AFTER you, and not otherwise :P~

MASTER-BLASTER-OMEGA-MASTER-FU*****-ADVANCED-PLUS-PERFECT costume O_O
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aw, thank you!!
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:iconakpokemon:
akpokemon Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hot, and very real. Not what I'd see her as in real life, but this would be PREFERRED over what I'd see her as..I find your face and personality (based on posture) way hotter. I like it.
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abhilashchekavar Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
wow nice.....
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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:iconabhilashchekavar:
abhilashchekavar Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
U r a living fantasy babe!!!!!!
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:iconhellenavu:
HellenaVU Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011   General Artist
love it! you look fantastic
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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:icontoa-nebilim:
toA-Nebilim Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
This is the best I have seen. great!
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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:iconnobara-firion:
Nobara-Firion Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
Wow!! This is so awesome I can really tell that this took a lot of effort and hard work and it definately pays off :)

I have 2 questions, how did you get the belt to stay? Lightning's belt has no holes so mine keeps coming loose. Also you said you painted the soles grey, what paint did you use? I heard that painting will result in it chipping.

Thanks in advance for any help given, it's much appreciated and once again amaing cosplay.
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Which belt? There's the main tan one and then the red one. I'm suspecting you mean the red bag belt - I just looped it through a belt loop on the skirt and fastened it with a heavy-duty snap.

And I used acrylic paint in very thin layers over the leather, then coated it with a layer of polyurethane varnish.
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Nobara-Firion Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
Ah thank you very much for the advice, much appreciated. :)

I guess I wasn't very clear on the belts, she does have a lot of them XD. I meant the main large one that is on top of the white jacket on her waist (if that is her waist).

Thanks in advance N-F
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh! For that one, the buckle is just decorative - I used a heavy-duty snap to close it and it just stays up on its own (it's quite tight).
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:iconnobara-firion:
Nobara-Firion Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
Ahhh gotta love snaps, a cosplayers best friend XD.

Thank you very much for the help :D
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YumaSoul Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
great job on the costume and great cosplay!!!its amazing! i wish i was as good as sewing as you >~< im just splurging and buying my lightning cosplay ^0^
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!
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:iconkuro-kat:
Kuro-Kat Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
This is totally awesome! :D I have a question, how did you hand dye the wig to have parts different shades? the only way I can think of would be to section it out while dying the darker shade so the top layer is kept from the colour then dye the top layer a lighter shade later on? I'd love to know!
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It was actually a multicolored blonde wig (ash blonde with platinum blonde highlights). I just spray dyed the whole thing pink layer by layer so I could control how pink the fibers would be.
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:iconcarbint:
carbint Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The detail is so high!
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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slarson802 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
WOW this is perfect. i am amazed by your work. final fnatasy costumes are very hard to tastefully pull off, and you did an amazing job. everything, even the wig is perfect! bravo!
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!! :love:
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:iconpgw-chaos:
pgw-Chaos Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
Very awesome Lightning and Snow costumes. ^_^
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!!
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:iconpgw-chaos:
pgw-Chaos Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
Your welcome. Lightning is my favorite Final Fantasy character and it just nice to see great Lightning cosplayers. ^_^
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SesshyLuv Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Student Digital Artist
such an amazing cosplay X3
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!
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SesshyLuv Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Student Digital Artist
you're welcome!! :D
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NebetSeta Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Student General Artist
Good cosplay! :thumbsup:
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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:iconpixiekitty:
pixiekitty Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010
<3 <3 My favorite Lightning of course! :)
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
With your favorite Snow in the background!!! :dance:
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:iconpixiekitty:
pixiekitty Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
lol yeah. What is he doing back there? He looks like he's a in a daze. :nana:
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RoseDarkDragoon Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love it, it's so accurate! The wig is amazing, it has the same cut, wave and color. Few people realize Lightning's hair has two mixed colors.
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FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!! I really didn't want just a plain pink wig, and I'm really happy with how it turned out :love:
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Adam-Wolfe Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
Very nicely done, one of the best Lightning costumes I've seen yet.
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you :dance:
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HRHAlicia08 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Student Digital Artist
wow!!! the costume is exceptionally done. The shoulder guard actually looks good!! :iconimhappyplz:
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:iconfirelilycosplay:
FireLilyCosplay Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you - that pauldron is one of my best armor pieces yet :love:
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