|After dahlia and I won the European Cosplay Gathering preliminaries at Hyper Japan, we were approached by the event organiser Benjamin Zafrany who asked us if we were thinking about making new costumes for the finals. The rules originally stated that we had to wear the same costumes as our preliminary outfits unless we had express permission from the organisers, so we hadn't thought much about it. After getting home from the event, dahlia messaged me and suggested Odin Sphere- Oswald was a dream costume of hers, and the costumes together included aspects of armour work, corsetry, leather working, LEDs, nice wig work and feathers- all aspects that would work well in a competition. However I didn't want to agree to make a costume from a game that I had never played, so I quickly got a hold of Odin Sphere and started playing it.|
Oh. My. God. Gwendolyn and Oswald's love story is one of the most touching and tragic love stories I have played/watched/read in a LONG time. I have so many feelings for this game it's unreal. Also, the gameplay is just pure fun- frustratingly, controller-breakingly difficult at times, but FUN. I'm so thankful that dahlia got me to play this game and to cosplay from it- it has quickly skyrocketed into my top 5 favourite games of all time and I think it's going to stay there.
Keeping this costume secret for 5 months has been hellish because I am TERRIBLE at keeping secrets, but now that Japan Expo is over I can finally reveal all my progress images and talk to other Odin Sphere cosplayers and fans about this awesome game ;w; Hopefully I'll rewear Gwendolyn to another event soon, too. :)
Corset Lining (Posted 20th August 2012)
This was my first time ever making a corset so I was absolutely meticulous about getting everything looking perfect. It's a shame that nobody ever sees the inside of this corset because I'm really proud of how damn tidy it is, hehe.
Btw, my friend Tofu taught me how to pattern draft corsets and explained to me the concept behind how they work and how to sew them together. I'm so thankful for her teaching me because every corset tutorial I've looked at before has done nothing but baffle me!
Choker (Posted 20th August 2012)
Base made from craft foam. Heated up some gold PVC vinyl with a hair dryer to make it more malleable and then pressed it into the craft foam with some hot glue underneath to get it to stick. Rubbed in the corners with the flat edge of the ruler to avoid finger prints. The choker is attached at the back with two hook and eye clasps.