RUBY OF TANTALUS
Final Fantasy IX
Ruby is a non-playable character in the oft-overlooked Final Fantasy IX
, a sassy barmaid who moonlights as actress and dancer with the Tantalus Theater Troupe. I originally made this in 2006 based off the Amano artwork, and it was pretty terrible by today's standards. In 2014 my friend, novice cosplayer Scarlett, wanted to be Ruby for our Anime Boston skit, so I remade it based on the in-game design and love the result.
I originally used a circle skirt pattern and Casa satin for the skirt, which made the asymetrical hem difficult. For 2.0, we selected a more accurate green-blue cotton fabric, which I lined and had Scarlett knife pleat as a rectangle. The diagonal hemline was an easy cut on this shape, and a zipper closes it at the seam. The old waist cincher was a real corset, but for 2.0 I modified Simplicity 2172's corset pattern and made the cincher from scratch using grey bottomweight fabric. It's fully lined and interfaced on both sides to give it stiffness without boning. I edged it with bias tape and it closes with a snap and a belt Scarlett bought. Ruby 1.0 used a pirate blouse, but the new bodice is McCall's M6322's sundress pattern, modified to open in the front. Simplicity 1558's pattern was used for the sleeves; the trim on the sleeves was gathered into knife pleats and the seam covered in brown bias tape before they were closed and attached to the bodice. The headband/bow were made almost the same, except on 2.0 Scarlett top-stitched bias tape onto the bow section to create the white stripe pattern and left out the interfacing for a floppier look.
The old necklace was a ribbon and earring, but this time we used strip of brown bias tape with a snap. I never made gloves for the old Ruby, but the new one has gloves that I trimed with ruffles and bias tape to match the sleeves. I even added tiny brown bows using the senshi bow method! Originally I used to wear my real pointe shoes for Ruby, which was painful at best. For 2.0 we found pink ballet flats which look like pointe shoes shape-wise, to which I attached my old pointe shoe ribbons. We got new white tights and I bought a gray wig which is more accurate than the platinum blonde one from the original. The only costume piece which survived the remake is the tambourine, which I had painted blue and attached ribbons to for Ruby back in 2006. I love how Ruby 2.0 came out, and luckily Scarlett and I are close enough in size that we can share it!