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FFVII Crisis Core Aerith by Malindachan FFVII Crisis Core Aerith by Malindachan
At long last I have photos of this costume! I finished it back in October, but now the weather is nice enough to get some photos.

New costume means info on costume construction!

The wig is a Jeannie in Spanish Brown from Arda Wigs. I re-sized the base because my head is tiny, and stubbed the ponytail. The hair piece from the clip-on was separated from the clip and glued over the stub. Just did a regular rope braid, and styled the bangs with lots of teasing, a glued hairline, and curled the pieces on the sides. You can find video tutorials for making gravity defying bangs like these as well as the glued hairline on the Arda Wigs tutorials page. www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDUs78…www.youtube.com/watch?v=KawyKs…
Though I removed the plastic butterfly clip from the tail, the very base is still a little bulky, but the ribbon does a good job hiding it.

rather than making the dress one piece I made the bottom separate. I got two tank tops from Amazon and modified them with bias tape (I couldn't find a purple ribbon in the right size and color, so I had to make due)! Though my braid is hiding it here, the little flower embellishments on my left strap was made from a combination of some floral appliques and a daisy trim from JoAnn's.

The skirt is essentially a very wide rectangle that is gathered at the top. For the blue criss-cross parts I found a dark teal trim from a Chicago fabric warehouse that I trimmed down and spray-painted (unfortunately the fabric spray paint I got wasn't doing anything and I didn't have the time to hand-paint it). I also used a light blue cotton and matching lace around each piece of trim. The bottom edge is a purple quilt binding that matched my bias tape that I ironed open. I just trimmed one side so it was wavy, but I used fray-check to seal the edges.

The shoes were modified from a pair I found online. I painted the base white and covered the front bands with some pink material around craft foam. I used fabric paint and some of the flowers from the same daisy trim I had for the embellishments.

I didn't have the basket until more recently; I got it around Easter time and painted it a darker brown with acrylics, and it's filled with a variety of flowers that matched the basket from the Aerith Play Arts figure. :3

Photo taken by :iconex-shadow: at Anime Central 2014

Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core is (c) Squeenix
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jrhall22 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
Wow!  That's such an incredible Aeris!  My head's small too, so I hope I can re-size the Jeannie wig ok.  I really suck at styling wigs.  lol  What type of hair products did you use for it?
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S-a-k-u-r-a-Haruno Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So Beautiful Aerith!!
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Venom-V13 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
Really nice!
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dalliechan Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really nice!! That wig is amaaaazing!!
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Xethira Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow!!!
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SevenObessed77 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You ever thought about Lightning? 
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Shugi-tanPocky Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
Awww, you look lovely! X3
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Scaly-heart Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't play final fantasy (there are to many for me to know where to start :( ) But I looked her up and you did really good! But that's not surprising you always do great with your cosplays. :D
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animegirl0927 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
Wonderful! You never cease to amaze me!
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Dragon364 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely stunning! The way you've styled the wig, especially at the front, is amazing! <3
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