I originally created a Rinoa costume back in 2002. It was more of a “closet cosplay”. I never really counted it as the time because I didn’t really know what cosplay was or that people were actually dressing up like characters.
I created a completely new version in 2015 and re-created half of it again in 2016. I maybe rushed some of it more than I wanted to compete in a competition with it. After looking at it I saw where I could improve upon the costume so I did. I am always looking for ways to make things look better.
I drafted all the patterns for this costume. I airbrushed the pattern on the skirt. Created the boot accessories with polystyrene (plastic). I created the wings to slide in my back through my duster. The wings coming out of my back align with the wings painted on the back of my duster. I also added in LED lights for them to light-up.
The wig was a simple cut and style. I just sewed in the color wefts on the sides to get the Rinoa hair.
I did a long process to create the prop. I am currently re-working it now. I will post more about it when I compete it.