Tuesday, April 15

Cloak Hoodie and Earth Charm Necklace

It feels so satisfying to have finally completed these.

This is a custom-made hoodie that I designed along with a necklace that I made from scratch as well. For the shirt, it was a fun opportunity to create something with traditional lines and silhouettes, but still modern enough to feel at ease. I was drawn to the color and the texture of the cotton too; as it reminded me of a cloak (it was very kind of my mother to let me have the fabric from her collection). Overall, it took me about a week to make. That of which included the original design, drafting patterns, and machine sewing.

As for the necklace, it was all crafted from found objects: A franc, a glass shard, a stone, a twig, and soft-grey feathers. Even the chain was found; I got quite lucky indeed and that made it even more special. I used silver 20 gauge wire to hold the charms in place, twisting them with needle-nose pliers to create swirls and loops where desired, and the feathers were wrapped together using string.

Lastly, I'm wearing one of my Fran wigs that I'll eventually harvest into wefts. I wanted to take the opportunity to wear it at least once before then, and it was just the thing for this photo shoot!


  1. "Wow!!!" That's the first thing that popped in my mind while simultaneously viewing this photo! The wig looks great (I honestly didn't see it there until I glimpsed at it again ^_^; Yes I'm a silly rabbit lol). But after so many months of speculation on how the Fran cosplay would turn out, I got a taste of what I was curious about. I am digging it 100% and look forward to the final piece of this amazing display.

    Also, I love that necklace!!! Very nice and kind of your mother to give you a cloak for this cosplay. Hope to see you again soon Claudia. Cheers.

    - Jonathan

    1. It's good to hear from you Jon. Thanks so much! :D

      Heehee! Yeah, my hair doesn't grow that fast. I'm sure you won't even recognize me when I'm in costume. I definitely want to do her justice. I'm going to keep working on it this weekend too.

      Actually, my mother just gave me the fabric. I made the hoodie and designed it myself. It's not the cosplay though, that will look like this: http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20120604043953/finalfantasy/images/d/d3/Fran.png

      Thanks about the necklace. Yeah, it was something that I wanted to do for awhile now, so it was great to finally make it.

      Cheers hun,

    2. Oh I meant too say fabric ^_^; silly rabbit me again lol. I also meant to say with the make-up, hoodie, and wig you resemble Princess Mononoke and the hair reminds me of Elsa from the movie Frozen (just not in a long braid).

      I probably won't if I sat down and then you sit next to me at a convention or something.

      "Oh nice costume. Really cool."

      "Jon it's me!"

      "Me who?"


      ":O OH! OH MY GOD!!! I'M SOOOOOOOOO sorry I didn't recognize you."

      "it's okay Jon...i get that a lot ^_^;"

      Just imagine that happening lol. But that's an amazing photo. Now I see why people call you silly rabbit xDDDD But anywho Claudia I'm happy to see you're very devoted to this,

      - Sincerely,
      Jonathan =p

    3. Aww! Thank you Jonathan. You're so wonderful.
      Heehee! Yes, I could see that happening. Some people didn't recognize me when I cut my hair short. I was surprised that I actually had to have a conversation like that one. XD

      Thank you again Jonathan,

  2. I'm sure you have, or you will, see my squeeing over this on dA, but since this is your main outlet...


    Your hoodie is perfect! The hood is fantastic, and it all just fits you so well. ^///^
    The charm necklace is a complete and wonderful surprise. There's so much magic coming from it!

    You are always so enchanting, Claudia, and I know that will always be so. <3

    1. Oh goodness. Aaron, I am forever grateful because of you. You're always so kind. Thank you, and I'm glad that you like it. Indeed, I do feel enchanting when I wear it. There's definitely something about the combination that is so nice, and it's a wonderful form of expression.

      <3 Claudia

    2. You're so humble. <3
      You should always feel enchanting, 'cause... well, you just are. ^///^
      It's who you are, and the things you make and do that enchant me; not just the fact that you adorn yourself with enchanting things. <3
      I do hope that you could feel it when you finished everything, though. Maybe it's just the energy you put into everything, but I can feel it from across the internet. Enchanting! :3
      Although... I do wish I could see everything and hold the charms for myself. ^///^

      The best form of expression is something you create with your heart.
      So, yes. I absolutely agree. It is a wonderful form, and in it you are splendid. ^__^

      <3 Aaron

      P.S.: I originally put this in the wrong place... ^__^'

    3. I'm smiling ear to ear. Thank you so much. That is so very sweet of you to say. Again, thank you. <3

      Oh yes! I was running around saying, "I made a hoodie! I made a necklace! Hurray!" I was so thrilled, and still am. Aww! That's wonderful. Thank you. Indeed, they're made with love.

      Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I always appreciate you.
      Heehee, no worries at all about that. I do that too. :3
      <3 Claudia


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