Nel Zelpher - Star Ocean 3
Debut: Anime USA 2011
Cost of materials: $75
I've been wanting to make Nel's costume for a very long time. Star Ocean 3 is one of my favorite games and I finally had the chance to sew Nel together!
The dress and leggings are black ponte knit with yellow bias tape details. The body suit is brown ponte knit lined with nude knit lining. The scarf is hand knitted and took about a month total to knit. I made some thumb gloves out of Super Spandex, which are worn under hand and arm guards made of craft foam.
The chest plate is insulation foam carved and sanded to shape, then painted and glued onto the dress. The red and green jewels are backed with silver vinyl, then glued onto gold painted buttons and glued onto the sleeves and chest plate. The waist cincher is vinyl over craft foam, with cord details and vinyl straps. The wig was purchased on EBay. The symbology marks on my legs were drawn by hand with berry colored Sharpie marker.
I had to work really fast on the majority of this costume - I made it in about a week! I'm really happy with how it turned out, though, and I can't wait to wear Nel again!
Picture Credits: David Dunn, PopeCerebus, Mindfall