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Cosplay: Lina Inverse by Risachantag Cosplay: Lina Inverse by Risachantag
My Lina Inverse costume!

Aside from the gems, which I commissioned from :iconamethystarmor:, every part of this costume was made by me. Needless to say, there's about three months of work in this, between sewing the clothing and cape and making the shoulder armour, belts and talismans.

If you're unfamiliar with the character, here's a couple of reference pictures: [link] [link]

The talismans and shoulder armour are made from sheet plastic, all cut to shape, glued together with hot glue and painted. The clothing and cape were sewn without use of patterns and boots are boot-covers glued to a pair of slip-ons. The gloves I bought (yay for not needing to make those!). The earrings are modified Christmas decorations. =P

The wig is actually one and a half wigs; I bought two then added wefts and the fringe from one to the other, as one alone wouldn't have enough body for Lina's crazy puffy hair.

It was great fun being Lina! She's such a fun character. My favorite part of the costume is the cape, it's so swooshy!
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:iconnyunyucosplay:
nyunyucosplay Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Excellent Lina Inverse! Kudos for styling the hair antennae. I haven't seen anyone do that yet.

I think I'm going to combine wigs for my Lina too. She just has so much HAIR especially BANGS! x_x
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Channel-Liberty Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I's impressed! miyao likes! :D
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:iconshadow35:
Shadow35 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010
i asked for the box set for xmass :3
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:icondeltali:
Deltali Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
Still loving It
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:icondanfield:
Danfield Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Wow, you made most of that yourself? Thats amazing. :wow:
It looks excellent to me, and you look just as pretty as Lina herself. ^^
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:iconmaroonchan:
MaroonChan Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
Wow, its so cool looking! Looks just like Lina!
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:icontahleena:
Tahleena Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010
question: how does one splice two wigs together?

i've contemplated the idea before but never tried it as i wouldn't know where to start.
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:iconrisachantag:
Risachantag Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
You sew them together. There's a few ways of doing it, and it depends on what effect you want.

You can remove wefts from wigs by cutting them free from the wig one row at a time, or you can cut off a chunk of the wig with multiple wefts at once. If you remove wefts one at a time, you can sew these in rows in between wefts on another wig to make the wig thicker.

With the Lina wig, I did some of both. I cut the fringe part of one wig to attach to the front of the second wig where its fringe stops. This made the fringe from the second wig overlap the fringe from the first, giving a much thicker fringe. I also sewed individual wefts to the sides of the wig.

Sorry if that's confusing, I don't really know how else to explain it. No doubt there are some tutorials online if you search for them.
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Tahleena Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
no, that's great

makes perfect sense lolz
i'd heard that people had merged two wigs before , but everytime i envisioned it - i got one wig ontop of the other...which we all know just doesn't work lolz

thank you - i might try my had at Chii from chobits now that i know that it's possible ;p
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nottavailable Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010   Writer
very nice. loved it! *-*
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:iconmanenames:
ManENames Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010
I love that show, it was pretty hilarious. Nice choose.

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There are days that no matter what you always get the better end of the stick.
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boot-cheese-3000 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
looking cute and fierce. lovely costume. so how many have you made to date?
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devoutburrito Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Student General Artist
you make an excellent lina inverse!
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PaladinArtea Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
yay Lina's one of my favorite anime characters of all time
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Mind-Pulse Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010
wow! great job!

i was wondering..can you make a tutorial or smtg for those wonderful shoulder armors ? could be of great help~
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:iconrisachantag:
Risachantag Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!

Sorry, I didn't take many photos while putting them together, so I can't make a tutorial. If you want to make your own, be prepared to spend a fair while cutting and taping together cardboard to make a pattern for it before you get to doing the real thing.

You might want to take a lot at proplady's tutorial instead, as the technique I used is quite similar: [link]
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Mind-Pulse Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010
woow~ thanx for the link !~

making that pattern looks complicated.><
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BAMillustration Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
Well done! I've always wanted to cosplay as her, but I'm not a seamstress. You pulled it off beautifully.
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:iconphantomhourglass:
PhantomHourglass Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
I miss Lina, very nice cosplay.
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:iconalysael:
alysael Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
You were so brave singing onstage at Wai-Con!! (And amazing at singing too!!) I'm absolutely love this cosplay!! I'm don't know about the character Lina Inverse at all, but I must say - this is a truly amazing cosplay!! It has so much detail that I can see put into it!
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MarWash Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
nice legs! :giggle:
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:iconnickalmand:
NickAlmand Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
Old school and awesome! =D
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:iconcelyddon:
Celyddon Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Bravo! Well done, especially on the accessories. I could never wear tight pants like that; I haven't Lina's body type. >.<
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SakuraMikage Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Excellent job! Lina's one of my all time favorite anime characters.
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sanguinenightmare Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Oh how I wish there were more Slayers cosplayers in the world :)
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waterdancer Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Student General Artist
i think your costume looks MARVELOUS especially, the shoulder pads, but i think i wouldnt have tried so hard to style the wig. i cant see everything you said you did, but the bangs look way too styled and stiff. i woulda maybe added body to bangs, but thats about it. good job though, i re-itterate, your costume looks great! lina inverse is one ive been kind haphazard to touch for a couple of reason, namely, red and yellow. anytime i ever think red and yellow i cant think anything other then mcdonalds. D= lol. no but ive also had concerns with the actual construction of the outfit, seeing as its a little bit quirky, and officially 2 decades out of style! lol still you pulled it off great.
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Otseis-Ragnarok Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
The one thing that always bothered me about Lina's outfit was the fact that a good portion of it (covering the naughty bits, no less), is flesh colored. That's actually irrelevant to this picture, I just thought I'd say that you did a good job. I think your hair is a bit flatter than hers, but I won't fault you for it.
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Risachantag Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
It's pale yellow, that's hardly flesh coloured. =/ But yes, Lina's costume is a little suss with its undies on the outside! But really, this is probably the most covering costume I've done of a female character, only my arms were bare.
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Otseis-Ragnarok Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Is it? It's been a while, but I swear, when I first saw Slayers, I thought she was running around half naked. :p
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Risachantag Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Wait, you mean you thought the dark pink she wears was skin colour? XD Yeah, no. Maybe you had pretty low quality tapes or something?
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Otseis-Ragnarok Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
Probably the low quality tapes option, then...
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deidaratk Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
cool cosplay of rina inverse ^^
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:iconbueshang:
Bueshang Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010   Artist
Great work :D
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:iconvynnx:
Vynnx Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Since when was Santa Claus a female superhero? :lol:
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AshleyLeePhotography Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, seriously? -_-
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:iconvynnx:
Vynnx Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Yeah, seriously!
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linkfreak131 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Don't really know this character, but this is a really nice cosplay!
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lancet-moonshadow Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Fantastic work, I love Slayers. It's been a favorite of mine for years.
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PMDallasArt Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great work!
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mornmeril Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Veectoreee ^.^
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Alicemonstrinho Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, it's awesome!!! You really made an amazing work on the cosplay!

a few years ago I tough on cosplaying zelgadis hehe. Maybe I'll think of it this year =)
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Tales-of-sharingan Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Gyahhh congrats!!!!
awesome costume and details!
I so want to cosplay Rina too!!! ^^
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TimKai Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks just like her. Well done. It was well worth all the painstaking work you put into it.
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:iconahnyks:
Ahnyks Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
That...is...AWESOME!!!!!
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DarklingLena Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
Great costume! The wig looks really true to her character. Everything is very well done in it. :)
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ImmixRikudou Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
It looks awesome!
Slayers doesnt get enough love Dx
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chasingsirens Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
ahh!! i love this!! lina is my favorite. x3
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:iconminkfreak:
MinkFreak Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
wow, i haven't seen anything slayers in a while. that is an amazing outfit! A++
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Mastergodai Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thats really awesome !
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