Thursday, May 20, 2010

Codex costume

Some of you might remember last November when, thanks to Sciath, I couldn't stop singing "Do you want to date my Avatar?" (see The Guild: Do you want to date my Avatar, posted on November 6, 2010). If you've never heard the song, let me introduce you; if you have forgotten it, let me freshen your memory. And for the rest who love it, just watch with us:

So, now that we're on the same page, let's have a look at the main character's costume, Codex:

Felicia Day as Codex, The Guild (2007)

Not only is that costume super cute, Felicia Day looks awesome in it (forget what the song says about the game character being hotter than reality!).

Of course, it was bound to happen: someone else fell in love with that costume and made her own version of it:

Be Anything You Want Me To Be by FireLilyCosplay
Photographer: LJinto

No, this is not Felicia Day: this is Fire Lily in her amazing recreation of Codex' game costume. Here is what she has to say about it:

This costume was an absolute must for me. I saw the video "Do You Wanna Date My Avatar?" when it came out back in August 2009 and I fell in love with Codex's costume. I was going to try and make it for Dragon Con, but we ended up not going, so I took my time with it and made this costume for AUSA in November.

Ah!! Codex is so adorable!!!! The corset is made from red corduroy with steel boning, front busk closure and a separate front panel that snaps on on top of the busk. It laces up with red leather lacing in the back and is adorned with gold bias tape and red jewels. The skirt is three circle skirts: one lining slip, one Casa satin and one sheer overlay.

Do You Wanna Date My Avatar? by FireLilyCosplay
Photographer: Anna Fischer

The top is ivory ribbed knit fabric that I sewed into a tank top, then overlayed the bust and shoulders made from Casa satin, craft foam, gold trim and jewels. That was probably the hardest part of the costume! The gauntlets are craft foam and Casa, with gold trim and lacing.

The necklace is a 6mm gold torque band purchased from Ebay, and I made the frames from gold vinyl and glued on all the rhinestones. The headband is also from Ebay, painted gold and adorned with jewels. The knee pads are red corduroy and gold lame with fleece filling. I used brown felt for the leg wraps, and modified a pair of shoes I already owned and sewed up the shoe pads from the red cord.

The staff was pretty easy, though it gave me a lot of trouble while in the making. PVC pipe, cardboard, red jewels, foam, a big clear ornament ball and lots of paint when into it!I am so in love with this costume!!!!!! I love every part of it and I'm so freaking happy that I made it! I can't wait to wear her more ^.^

I am impressed. At first (and second) glance, I cannot see a detail that is missing. It looks perfect. Who else has made a costume from The Guild? Please come forward so you can be featured here.


  1. That's one of my favorite videos, and costumes! I want to make a repro of it someday....

  2. any idea if this is available for purchase anywhere?

  3. Brilliant! I'm thinking of this as a Halloween costume and I'm thrilled someone gave such detailed info as far as materials. I was thinking corduroy for the corset. I really want to make it look as similar as possible and not buy a cheap costume if they even sell them. They usually look shabby. Thanks!

  4. what did you do for the ring if you did that? and any suggestions on the necklace if I don't have an ebay account?

    1. I haven't made that costume myself. The one pictured in this post is by Firelily Cosplay:

  5. For the less creative souls and those who asked, they do make an official Codex costume. It's definitely not as detailed or nice as Firelily's, but, for a costume, they do a pretty good job!