18+ Dating Game, Anime Boston 2006
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Anime Unscripted, ConnectiCon 2009
Two years after Meteorfall, Tifa and Cloud have made a life for themselves in the new city of Edge; Tifa has opened a new bar called 7th Heaven and Cloud runs Strife Delivery Service. They live together above the bar, caring for Barrett's daughter Marlene and an orphaned Midgar boy named Denzel. Tifa struggles to hold their makeshift family together as Cloud wrestles with residual guilt and depression over Zack and Aerith's deaths and an advancing illness which he hides from Tifa.
Tifa was always my favorite Final Fantasy VII character, but I'd never considered cosplaying her as I didn't find her design particularly interesting or flattering. However, when screenshots for the game's film sequel, Advent Children started floating around the internet, I absolutely loved her new look. I decided to cosplay Tifa for the first time in 2005, and this costume was made before the movie's release. Over the years this became my most-oft worn costume and I even met Sketch while wearing it; as a result it means a lot to me. The top is actually three separate pieces; the white shirt is a store-bought tube top while the white that sticks out the sleeves is a strip of stretch cotton sewn onto the arm openings on the vest. The vest itself is made from pleather and uses a fitted jacket pattern with three panels and two darts in the front and back and a front zip closure.
The bottom duster-like thing is made from black pleather and is broken into two separate sections; the front pocket part and the back pleated part. The back is one large section of fabric which is knife-pleated from the top, and the pleats are sewn together about a third of the way down before they are left to hang open. The front is also one panel which has two pockets topstitched on and is detailed with border stitching and black plastic buttons. The front threads through buckles at each hip on the back to fasten the sections together. For the shorts I modified an old pair of stretch-cotton black suit pants, removing the bottom half of the pant legs and hemming them to fall just above the knee. I made belt loops with the leftover fabric for the ribbons on the shorts, which are long strips cut from the black pleather and tied into bows. The boots and earrings were originally Wal-Mart finds; the boots I painted to match Tifa’s pattern and decorated with ribbon. In 2020 I upgraded the boots to a pair bought online and earrings made by UniqueCosplayProps on Etsy. Traditionally I used my Rinoa Heartilly wig for this costume, but in 2020 upgraded to a Eowyn wig from Arda.