The fantastic ThermoCosplay used Worbla’s Kobracast Art for her amazing Yojimbo costume, and shared a complete breakdown with us on her process from armor to sewing to painting and details! It’s such a hugs writeup we broke it down into two parts! You can find part 1 here.
This page covers
8: Belt and Bandages
9: Armor Attachment and Getting Dressed
10: Testing Fit and Appearance and Final Thoughts
Step 6: Capelet
SUPPLIES / TOOLS
For the capelet I wanted some structure underneath for support. I created a purple bolero. I used an old button up shirt as my pattern but you can follow THIS TUTORIAL for more on how to sew a bolero. You could also just buy a purple shirt and cut/alter it to become a bolero following THIS METHOD.
For the capelet itself I folded a 1.5 yard of fabric length wise and sewed down the middle. Then I folded it width wise and sewed the edges together (be sure the fabric is inside out). I left a small opening so I could flip it so the outside ombre was visible and I sewed up the little hole.
Next I sewed and glue the capelet to the bolero collar area, leaving some room for the gold design work that I created from scraps of vinyl trim.
After wearing this once (and getting professional photographs) I DID NOT like how vibrant the color was. I mean, Yojimbo is ANCIENT and he lives in a CAVE. So, I laid the capelet on a tarp outside and proceeded to spray horizontal lines across in different colors. I started with a light, glittering gold then moved on to a deep red, next was a deep purple and finally I used the gold again to blend the lines and edges.
The paint needed 12 hours to dry but once it settled NO GLITTER ESCAPED. That was AMAZING because glitter is scary to work with. Finally, I added bias tape to the collar and installed a snap at the hollow of my neck seam so I could easily remove the garment.
Step 7: Skirts
SUPPLIES / TOOLS
Ok, this looks SUPER intimidating but it wasn’t THAT hard. It’s just A LOT of measuring and A LOT of clipping/pinning.
1. Go to THIS SITE and calculate a circle skirt. The over skirt is a FULL LENGTH circle skirt. That means you MUST get fabric that is 60″ or wider or you won’t have the proper length. If you can’t find wider fabric then be prepared to add fabric to the bottom (which you have to do with this design anyways as the bottom is red).
2. You will need to create a Maxi length circle skirt in both the purple satin and red stretch (red is the lining and trim/bottom while purple is the outside).
3. Clip the waist of both together so the red is inside and the purple outside. Cut a line down the front center then pin your skirt to your dress form OR yourself (be careful).
4. Create pleats at the back so the front opening widens.
5. Take off the skirt and create the bottom trim (Mine is 4 inches tall)
6. Clip/pin the trim to the bottom and sew (DO NOT SEW THE WAIST YET)
7. Once you have the bottom and front side sewn, flip the fabric inside out so your seams are hidden.
8. Sew the waist by folding the fabric in and using a straight stitch at the top (this also sews your pleats in)
1. Create a 1/2 circle skirt using the metallic burgundy fabric and the purple polyester
2. Sew the bottom and edges together (leaving the front and waist open)
3. Sew bias tape everywhere except the waist (red bias)
1. Using the remaining metallic burgundy fabric, create a waist band 4 inches tall by whatever your waist length is + 3″.
2. Pin/Clip the inner skirt to the waist band and sew it on (do not start at the edge, you need 1.5″ on either side available in the front)
3. Pin/Clip the Outer skirt to the waist band and sew it on (ditto)
4. Where the excess 1.5″ on either side is sew on velcro. (under side for one flap and outer side for other flap)
5. Try on your skirt using velcro to keep it on
1. Measure your hips and draw a straight line on the fabric that matches that measurement
2. Make sure the skirt is as long as the over skirt (to your feet)
3. Cut out long rectangle
4. Hem bottom
5. Apply blue bias to front sides
6. Use velcro to create wrap around skirt style (should be big enough if you matched your hip measurements)
1. Add gold Trim to outer skirt front edges using gold vinyl
2. Add small details using gold vinyl to inner skirt
3. Spray fabric with metallic gold tulip glitter spray
Step 8: Belt and Bandages
SUPPLIES / TOOLS
Bandages / Waist
For the waist “bandages” I took a full yard of 4 way stretch nude spandex and made sure the width matched my waist measurement. I folded the fabric in half and sewed along all edges except where the two ends were to meet. I flipped the fabric inside out (so there were no raw edges) and sewed the two opposing sides together. When sewing I pulled the fabric taught so it would create pleating when I slid it onto the dress form. Essentially you are creating a tube with your folded over fabric.
Since the bandages are meant to look bloodied and old I used the Fabric Paint Textile Medium mixed 1:1 with acrylic paints. I watered down the fabric paint so I could layer the color and “soot” texture on the fabric. Once it was painted I allowed it to dry for 24 hours before machine washing it so it was soft when worn.
Crotch Cover Thing
For the front flap thing (I really don’t know what to call this…it’s not really a Sporran although it resembles one) I took .5 a yard of fabric and doubled it up (so I would not have to sew lining, the back WAS the lining). Next I drew a oblong shape and cut it out. I added some fabric interfacing to the top then sewed all sides except the top. I flipped the fabric inside out (so the interfacing was now inside) and used bias tape to seal the top.
Next I drew the swirly patterns onto some Siserweed iron on vinly in gold and cut them out. I carefully laid the patterns onto the fabric and ironed them on (be sure to use parchment paper on top of the iron on vinyl as direct contact with an iron can melt it). Once ironed on I added details with a purple sharpie and put velcro on the back.
To attach the “sporran” to the “bandages” I used spare Double Fold Wide Bias Tape in red and wrapped it around my waist twice. At the front I added velcro so everything could secure together
Step 9: Armor Attachment & Getting Dressed
This is fairly easy. For the Pauldrons I used Nylon Belt Webbing and attached a 3 inch long strip to either side of the bolero shoulder under the capelet. Then I cut a small slit in the capelet on each shoulder and slid the webbing through. I glued on some velcro to the webbing and also added velcro to the Pauldron. Please see the 30 second video explaining how I did this for visuals or check out the image above.
This outfit includes the following parts…
3. Hair Accessories (just clip in)
4. 2 Pauldrons
5. Bolero with attached capelet
6. Two Fingerless Yellow Opera Gloves
7. Tank top with attached Breast Plate
8. Breast Form
9. Waist “bandages”
10. Waist Belt Sporran Thing
11. Over Skirt with attached inner skirt
12. Under Skirt
13. Blue Opaque Tights
15. One Sword
Please watch the video above showing how I attach/wear all of these pieces.
Step 10: Testing Fit and Appearance
I met my goal of completing this costume by March of 2019 however; after have professional photos taken of it I realized it was missing that Final Fantasy Grunge. So I made the following modifications between March and May of 2019…
1. I added MORE shading to the skirts. I even painted the INSIDE of them.
2. I painted the waist bandages as they were too plain.
3. I added MORE COLOR to the hat and increased the magnet count for stability.
4. I created a scabbard for my sword using scrap fabric and foam.
5. I painted the capelet with a more dingy gradient.
6. I changed the sealant on the pauldrons to Gloss Mod Podge after the Plasti-Dip Glossifier failed.
7. I changed my tights to blue from black for more color.
8. I changed my face makeup (and still plan on adding more detail the next go around).
9. I re-styled the wig and raised the bun up higher so the hat had a better tilt when I tipped my head down.
10. I added a waist pouch.
These improvements made moving around in this costume easier, increased my love for its design and truly met the vision I had in my head.
Final thoughts? Well…I WANT TO WEAR IT AGAIN.
It was a TERRIFIC costume. I decided to NEVER WEAR GETA again. They broke while I was competing and I BARELY avoided face planting in front of hundreds of people. I have platform Geta inspired sandals that are MUCH safer that I will stick to.
I also want to add MORE White and Orange to my face paint. I want to mimic Yojimbo’s mask from the game.
I also want to meet MORE Final Fantasy cosplayers.
Honestly…ALL positives. I learned lessons but they were worth. I also cannot stress enough how WONDERFUL COSPLAYSUPPLIES is. Seriously, go give them some love :)
Feel free to ask questions and happy creating!