Costume :Griselda
Source :Odin Sphere
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Aya Revolution 2009

Costume Photos

Zombie Griselda

Aya 09

Aya 09 Trial Run



Costume Information

Cost : ~£100
Time Taken : Many hours bending foam

Whilst not entirely finished for Aya, I decided to wear it for an hour or so as a test run before MinamiCon.

Glad I did, as the arm guards are too solid for the design, I couldn't bend my arms past 90 degrees, so keeping the wig out of my face was tough. I also need to make the back of the leg armour, having it fitted just above my knee will help it stay up for long periods of time.

I'm really happy with how the paintwork has turned out, the metallic effect is better than I'd hoped and the simple wing harness (hooks on the wings slip over a belt) gave me no problems at all.


I love Gwen's costume and I love purple, so when I found out she had an older sister with purple/pink variations I begged Ashe to be my Gwen. Now we've gained a Velvet too, we're just missing a Mercedes.

I'm looking forward to all the construction in this one and improving on what I learnt making Lady Harken. I'm going to try foam feathers.


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looking at that pic i have an idea of what it is so ill jus say the initials E.S

by ryaoki on Tuesday, 3 February, 2009 - 18:58
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Eternal Sonata?

by Odd-One-Out on Tuesday, 3 February, 2009 - 19:10
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Gwendolyn from Odin Sphere comes to mind... But her headdress is blue not purple so I'm most likely wrong xD

by CrystalNeko on Tuesday, 3 February, 2009 - 23:37
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CrystalNeko's close enough, it's so obscure :)

by Amy-Lou on Monday, 23 February, 2009 - 11:49

This is going to suit you so well Amy! looking forward to seeing it!

by Heero Masaki on Monday, 23 February, 2009 - 18:47
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This is so~ pretty! I can't wait to see it finished! The foam feathers worked beautifully well! It's all looking beautiful and very intricate! The effort will be well worth it I have no doubt!

by BlusterSquall on Wednesday, 4 March, 2009 - 20:24
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by RanmaSyaoran on Tuesday, 10 March, 2009 - 15:54
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mmmm tasty wings!!

by Ninodog on Thursday, 12 March, 2009 - 21:19
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This is so pretty and is perfectly suited to you =^_^=

by Lunar_Kitten on Tuesday, 7 April, 2009 - 12:16
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Amazing! Odin Shere is such an awesome game!
i loved playing with Gwendolyn!
But Mercedes was great fun too! ><

did ya get this finished? i wanna se photooooos. >w<

by Hexi on Friday, 1 May, 2009 - 07:58
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Oh wow, I love Odin Sphere, can't wait to see this!

Thanks for the comment on Viola too :)

by Sillabub on Wednesday, 15 July, 2009 - 10:06
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its so beautiful! ^.^

foam feathers are a work of genius!!!!!

i can't wait to see it finished xD

by Toshi-chan on Monday, 20 July, 2009 - 12:12
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This is going to be awesome! :D Those feathers/petals look AMAZING!
I should really get round to playing Odin Sphere...

by GAINAX on Tuesday, 28 July, 2009 - 22:57
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Wow, this is brilliantly made! I love the little wings on your hips, they look so perfect!

by CrystalNeko on Monday, 31 August, 2009 - 19:30
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This is so amazing *_* You've done Griselda perfectly <3
I love how you've painted all the feathers, and the fabric choices and just gah everythiiing ~ <3

by Charlie-Bear on Monday, 31 August, 2009 - 19:43
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Just beautiful! I want to see this in person! <3 <3 <3

by Uni on Tuesday, 1 September, 2009 - 10:23
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by GunstarVixen on Tuesday, 1 September, 2009 - 12:39
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Ho crap, your wings and armor look amazing x_x
Is it all out of foam? Because it doesn't look like its foam at all o.o
You make a fab Griselda! 8D

I've not even started on Gwendolyn's amror yet D8 *is dreading when she finally starts*

by Member-XI on Wednesday, 2 September, 2009 - 14:34
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Thank you so much guys. I'm so pleased with how it's turned out.
Vive la Foam Revolution!

@Member-XI - Yup, all foam and metallic paint. Good luck with Gwendolyn!

by Amy-Lou on Wednesday, 2 September, 2009 - 16:43
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fuck, this looks amazing amy! super well done

you guys wearing them again?

by Sands on Saturday, 5 September, 2009 - 19:08
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This is such an amazing and beautiful cosplay~!
Really useful for having your journal as a semi-tutorial on the foam armour too.

by yukioto on Thursday, 17 September, 2009 - 03:59
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This is so great. Love how the skirt part looks.

by Zaiburst on Monday, 26 October, 2009 - 15:21
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Your Griselda looks amazing and I love the armor! ^_^

by Jenangel on Thursday, 31 December, 2009 - 13:13
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Love this. The wings and armour look so amazing.

by Sephirayne on Wednesday, 19 January, 2011 - 03:30
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i thought i had commented on this before, but yes this costume is amazing, your wings and armour look stunning!

by Leolarua on Monday, 27 February, 2012 - 23:01
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This is gorgeous <3
The colours are amazing!

by Emzone on Friday, 28 March, 2014 - 20:58
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I never commented on this?!
I love this costume, the foam work in particular is stunning! Would love to see it again some day :)

by Mighty Odango on Wednesday, 10 September, 2014 - 08:44
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Lovely costume!

by InfiniteJester on Monday, 6 April, 2015 - 19:01
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It's so nice to see it finally complete! I love it! The colours are gorgeous and it looks so good on you!
EDIT: LOL, don't I look like a div! I've already commented on it and you made this years ago... But I like the new Minami photos!! :D (It goes to show my opinion of this costume clearly hasn't changed!)

by CrystalNeko on Monday, 6 April, 2015 - 23:16

To-Do List


Finishing Touches (Posted 5th September 2009)

The inside of the wings was a real mess of glue and scraps, so I lined the inside edges with a row or two of feathers and then glued some simple black cotton across the gap so it wouldn't show.

The wings just hook into a belt and with the skirts on top they are just heavy enough to stay wherever you position them as the hooks are roughly at their centre of balance.

Clothes! (Posted 9th August 2009)

I have clothes to wear :D

Just need to neaten up the ends and put some poppers round one side of the skirt (the bodice zips up the back, but the skirt splits at the front).
I'm going to stuff some netting at the back for a bustle.

I went for textured fabrics to make it a little more interesting. The bodice is crepe-backed satin (pink) and satin backed dupion (white).

Gladiators Ready! (Posted 28th July 2009)

The gladiator skirt is done, I went with the buttons in the end; they're caps for coverable buttons so I glued a chunk of foam to the inside for more glue gripping surface. Need to decide where to trim off the top of the waistband.

Gladiator Skirt (Posted 20th July 2009)

I have been bias binding the panels for the black underskirt, it seemed to take forever, but all done now :) Trying to decide whether to use studs or buttons, for the details, I'll do a tester and see if my studs weight it down too much.

After some trial and error, I've used Heat n' Bond to back the white fabric for the armguards, so the petals are just cut straight out of the fabric, no hemming, no seams. It's wonderful stuff.

Painting (Posted 7th April 2009)

I coated everything in gesso to make the funky foam stronger and less dentable. On the feathers I painted each from the centre out so the brush marks looked like feather strands.

I used metalic paint because I thought of how birds sometimes have almost two-tone colours to their feathers. It also stops the shapes looking flat. It was really hard to find metalic purple though so I cut my losses when I found a metalic rose and blue, deciding to mix them. This worked out easier in the end as I was able to vary the shades for the different sections of feathers and armour.

Fail (Posted 26th March 2009)

Ironically I spent so long getting all the craft work out of the way, that I let the sewing slip. So I'm an armoured Valkyrie without a bodice >.> Yeah, not wanting to expose all Griselda will be waiting till Aya (Gwen and Velvet will still be at Minami).
To look on the bright side maybe we'll be able to grab a few extra group members by then :)

Bigger Wings (Posted 12th March 2009)

Six sheets of funky foam and some shredded hands later...

I used the same foam feather method from the headress on a larger scale, with garden wire for the basic outline.

I tried 'sculpting mesh' for filling the structure (super expensive, but this was a freebie, so wahey!) rather than chicken wire. It's incredibly light and moulds to any shape. Even when finished these wings weigh practically nothing.

I didn't think there was enough surface area on the mesh for gluing, so when attaching the feathers I used a scap of funky foam on the opposite side to sandwitch the mesh, it looks like a craft scrapheap on the inside XD

Now to make the second one...

Foam Feathers (Posted 4th March 2009)

So I gave the foam feathers a go and they look perfect! I'm so pleased with how they've turned out on the headpieces. Six hours of folding petal shapes in half and gently stretching the foam along the fold has crippled my hands. Not looking forward to the full wings, I need robo hands.

Started on the bodice and skirts. I'd managed to put the fabric on a damp patch of floor, but thankfully I could squish the panels between the stains. So nearly foiled!

Productive Weekend - Sunday (Posted 8th February 2009)

I sketched out the leg wings and broke them down in to layers by feather length. I think individual feathers layered up would be too bulky for this part, so to break up the vertical space I etched the details into the foam with a ball point pen.
Finally chopped the knee plates off to the final length and added the edging.

Productive Weekend - Saturday (Posted 8th February 2009)

Using the patterns made yesterday I cut out all the armour plates and the second layer of details.
I took a lot of time testing methods for the knee parts. Stretching hot funky foam over a shape only works if you can hold the entire sheet evenly or other areas will warp too. I found I could get a great curve, but was left with a lettuce effect around it. Other methods like using a net and cutting darts into the sheet can be fiddly to get curved or look angular.
I went for the best of both worlds and managed to get the curve by firstly cutting darts and gluing them in place and then using a heat gun I eased the sheet slightly around the joins to smooth out the flat sides into curves. Because there was only a small amount of stretching there wasn't the problem of excess material.
I haven't quite decided how long to make the knee plate up the leg.

Productive Weekend - Friday (Posted 8th February 2009)

This weekend Delusional and I decided to motivate each other. Super progress gets!
I managed to make the crown in two layers of funky foam and plan all the paper patterns for the leg armour and arm guards.

Foam Addict (Posted 3rd February 2009)

In a break from sewing I'm back to my old friend funky foam to make this armour. I've spent days trying to rework the designs so they'll fit on my normal length limbs without looking squished. There's also some fiddly curves I'm trying to get with as little cutting as possible. I'm pretty sure my gesso is thick enough to smooth over dart lines though.

Planning (Posted 1st February 2009)

I did a lot of research into armour making techniques and how other people have made costumes with feather effects. I came away with three viable options:

Real feathers: Looks great when done, but easily damaged and fluffed up by transport, crowds and wind. I don't want to put in all that effort and have a gust of wind spoil all the neat edges. Also expensive to get.

Funky foam: Relatively cheap, fairly sturdy in layers and I'm used to working with this material. Would have to paint on the feather effect, or go for a cartoony look. I think I'm going to use this method.

Varnished fur: Explained to me by Fatkraken (see her Manabeast costume). Cut a feather shape and brush fur into a parting down the middle before varnishing it flat. Looks really good for oversized feathers, might not scale down well. Finding varied fur colours is notoriously difficult especially in such a close range of purple to pink.