|Cost :||£100? (Mostly the scythe)|
|Awards :||The 'How Long Did That Take To Make?' Award :D|
|Time Taken :||Too long! damn hand sewing|
|It seems to be a running theme, Minami - must do a Grandia costume! Well Grandia III finally hit the shelves and of course we needed to make a group of it. My favourite costume out of the game is Yuuki, but Dez was better suited to him, so I looked at the others. When I saw Violetta I was torn between 'How Cool' and 'Oh my god, that look hideous!' In the end, the 'cool' factor won, and I decided to ignore the stupidly short skirt and my vow to 'not cosplay anything skimpy again'...|
Anyway, the reason for making this was her red top and armour...and the scythe. Her entire outfit is themed on butterflies, which I thought was a very cute design. (Cute in a deadly assassin kind of way, of course!) Most impractical costume EVER, but cool at the same time.
The red top was the hardest part, as it has a half-corset on top that I needed to sew to the red part, and I had to figure out how all the tails work and the cut-out at the back. There are two long tails at the back shaped like the end of butterfly wings, and the collar has two extended points as well. Figuring out a pattern for this took absolutely ages, but luckily it vaguely worked first time. The main timewaster after figuring it out was attaching the large amount of trim!
The skirt was just a simple tube of material, with the belt and knife harness attached. The knives were balsa wood, carved seperately, painted and had thread wrapped round the handle. Dont ask why I went to that detail, but it was fun to do while avoiding the harder parts of the costume (i.e. figuring out the top :P) I put plastic boning into the belts to make them hang at angles (rather than being pulled down with the weight).
The armour was my second attempt at making something out of funky foam. Taking lessons from the problems I had with Ed's automail, I coated each piece with lots of coats of PVA glue thinned with water. (Tip, have a hair dryer handy and blast the piece once its painted, a few moments later you can do the next coat!) This, as well as making the paint stick really well to it, hardended the foam up a lot, and made it pretty durable. The 'claws' of her gauntlet I carved out of balsa wood.
The shoes were covered in the same material as the skirt, with funky foam pieces added on to make the butterflies and spikes. Her 'leg-guards' were funky foam with material glued on, and stayed up pretty well (which I was shocked about!)
The scythe I made smaller than the actual scale because I though Ops would actually kill me if I made it any bigger! The handle was made out of two stair bannister bits (I dont know the term) with a double ended screw set into the middle, so the length could be split in two. The 'blade' was made out of three sheets of wood, two MDF for the outer parts and chipboard for the centrepiece, glued together with PVA glue. I did it like this because I wanted to make the difference between the edge of the blade and the rest of the weapon stand out, and I couldn't make it out of a solid block of wood. My Dad designed the joints to work so that I could take it apart fully (not fun getting it in the car otherwise :P) and helped me when trying to cut out the pieces of the blade.
Finally, after all that was finished, I wore it to Minami (just got it done in time, as usual) with Mana as Alfina and Amy as Dahna. The three of us won the 'How Long Did That Take To Make' award, made up by the judges XD I couldn't sit down because of the belts, drink with that gauntlet, walk in the shoes, or move fast in crowds with that scythe.....but it was fun to make :D