Videogame: Chrono Trigger.
Exact cost: 97,77 €.
Made in: 2012.
Marle is a warrior princess who doesn't hesitate to disguise herself as a regular peasant and going to the Millenial Fair of her Kingdom...with a crossbow (just in case). She's strong, determined and brave. While she is there, she meets Chrono and Lucca. Lucca invented a weird machine that reacts to Marle's family pendant, which has been passed to her through many generations. The three new friends start a journey through a lot of time periods and solving the mysteries they find.
This was the first game involving time travelling that I played, with a freaking amount of 15 endings or timelines. I never managed to obtain all the endings, but still I loved the game. My favorite characters are Magus, Marle and Schala (Magus' sister). Thanks to this game (and others), time travelling has been my favorite plot for a game ever. It opens a lot of possibilities, storylines and the opportunity to choose the story you like, or changing the story that, otherwise, is strongly established by the company that made the game.
About construction of the costume: I thought it was easy. I was wrong! Besides the clothes and the dark blue-green bag, the costume required a lot of work. The fabric I used for the clothes were white and red knit mixed with silk. It's a bit see-through, so I had to wear a pair of white jeans under the white pants I made.
The dark blue-green bag was made with "tergal". Ok, I thought about making a simple bag, but I realized it would be very unstable and flat. So I made it with double layer and I used black imitation leather to fill three sides of it (under, back and front). I attatched it with velcro through the golden belt and I used golden thumbstucks for the ornaments.
I used this method for the black bag too. I took the black imitation leather, filled it with foam and I also used the golden thumbstucks for the ornaments. The rounded top was hard to sew, I had to do that by hand to close the bag or else it would loose the round shape. I painted two pink buckles with silver synthetic paint and I put them on the black strip.
For the shoes I used a pair of dark brown sandals and the brown imitation leather left overs from Vanille's costume to cover them in order to look like Marle's. I used velcro to attatch them at the back of my feet, and silver thumbstucks for the ornaments.
The golden "jewellery" was made with golden silk and felt to maintain the pieces stiff. I used velcro and hangers to attatch them. I bought a golden chain for lamps and I attatched it to the belt. The hair jewellery is attatched to the wig with golden hairgrips. These pieces were not hard to make, but they required patience. And a lot of glue and hand sewing.
Finally, I made the weapon using cardboard, wood, golden and silver thumbstucks, golden synthetic paint, aironfix with wood motifs and lots of white glue, hard glue and contact glue. The ornaments were made with foam, covered with white and glue and then painted gold. The base is made of the cardboard with two layers of wood in both sides to make it more resistant. I covered everything in the aironfix, because making the wood effect with paint would be too hard and it wouldn't look as good. I used the contact glue to seal the aironfix in the edges better.
I had to figure out the design of the crossbow and after many failed drawings, I came out with one that was 90 cm long and about 20 cm wide (the widest part). I had to use two layers of thick cardboard and two layers of thin cardboard, besides the two layers of wood, to make it about 4 cm thick. Before covering the cardboard crossbow with aironfix, I used card to cover some parts of cardboard that were exposed and thick white wire covered by paper isulation tape, that was later introduced in some parts of the crossbow and glued with hard glue. This way I could attatch a strips of black imitation leather you can see in the gallery.
I also made another strip of black imitation leather to make the front part of the crossbow. I used thick white wire in order to add stiffness to the strip, black thin elastic and silver thumbstucks to attatch both sides to the weapon and a long wood stick that I painted with silver synthetic paint that I glued to the crossbow front. I also added a bit of paper isolation tape painted in gold to attach the wood stick better. The wood stick is supposed to be a arrow.
The wig was hard to style. I spent about three hours. The most time I spent with the bangs. Marle's bangs are very weird, and when I tried to achieve that look...I looked like Homunculus in blonde ￢￢. So I styled the bangs with more hair in front. The wig was a short wig with two ponytails, so I cut one of the ponytails (and stored the hair just in case I want to add it to another wig) and curled it a bit.
I'm happy with the result! At least I managed to make it look good. It's hard for me bringing to life too cartoony characters.