How to Make Lightning Costumes From FF13

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How to Make Lightning Costumes From FF13
Stand out at a costume party with a handmade costume. (Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Wearing a handmade costume at a costume party will ensure the costume wearer will not be wearing the same outfit as somebody else. Certain costume manufacturers only carry the most popular costumes, leaving some character costumes hard to find. One costume that may be easier to create than purchase is that of Lightning from Final Fantasy 13 (FF13). This costume is easy to create, as it does not require any sewing. The ability to search for look-a-like elements is the main skill needed to create a costume for Lightning from FF13.

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Things you need

  • Cargo green miniskirt
  • Tan jacket
  • Brown turtleneck
  • 4 brown leather belts
  • Brown leather bag
  • 2 black leather gloves
  • Gold puffy paint
  • Red cape
  • Knee-high brown boots
  • Scissors
  • 1 long shiny black glove
  • Pink hairspray dye (optional)
  • Pink wig (optional)

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  1. 1

    Cut the sleeves off of the brown turtleneck by snipping with scissors directly at the sleeve seam. Cut the sleeves off of the tan jacket by cutting at the sleeve seam. Layer the tan sleeveless jacket over the brown sleeveless turtleneckr.

  2. 2

    Loop a brown leather belt tightly around the middle of the costume wearer, over the tan sleeveless jacket.

  3. 3

    Add the cargo green miniskirt to the costume ensemble, and loop a wide brown leather belt through the belt loops of the miniskirt.

  4. 4

    Wrap a brown leather belt around the left thigh. Secure in place by fastening the belt as tight it can comfortably fit.

  5. 5

    Wrap the fourth leather belt around the right bicep. Secure in place by fastening the belt as tight it can comfortably fit.

  6. 6

    Safety pin the red cape to the back of the sleeveless brown jacket. The cape should fall to the back of the knees. If the cape is too long, use a scissors to trim the bottom of the cape to the appropriate length.

  7. 7

    Lay the two black leather gloves on a table and insert newspaper in each glove. Use gold puffy paint to paint a row of gold rectangles on the knuckles. When the puffy paint has dried, use scissors to cut off the fingertips of the gloves.

  8. 8

    Use scissors to cut the hand portion of a shiny black glove off. The long glove should extend up to the elbow and is to be worn under the black leather glove on the left arm.

  9. 9

    Loop the brown leather bag to the belt around the waistband of the miniskirt. Finish by spraying the costume wearer's hair pink with pink hairspray dye, or choose a pink wig similar to Lightning's hair colour and style.

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