Dahna - Grandia III


Minamicon 16 (2010) MinamiCon 12 (2006)

The 'How long did that take to make' Group award (Minami 2006)


I love Gypsy/dancer style designs, so when the idea of a Grandia 3 group came up Dahna was my first choice. Apparently no one else agrees, as I can't find another cosplayer who's done this anywhere. I can't believe it, where's the Grandia love?

I managed a rushed version for the original group at Minami 2006 which I've kept some photos of, and I've since finished the costume properly (for Minami 2010). The journal entries are all about the second attempt.

The balsa wood and paper pulp decorations hanging off the front of the trousers make me walk like a duck! Running would be a massive health hazard.

Anonymous posted on 11 November, 2007 - 17:41
Amy! I loved this costume on you - it suited you so well (even if you did fight with the hat :P). It would be great to see you do this again ^__^

Anonymous posted on 16 May, 2008 - 16:23
wow Dana *.* This cosplay is great!!! I love to see Grandiacosplays ^^

BlusterSquall posted on 10 August, 2009 - 11:59
Looking so pretty and blingin'! Looking forward to seeing this! :D

Anonymous posted on 10 August, 2009 - 13:26
Ooooh! let me know when you'll redo this so I can see if I can do Yuki for then! :D I was gutted I didn't get to see your Grandia III group in person :(

Shogunmiyu posted on 12 January, 2010 - 21:40
VERY beautiful and mesmerising! <3

Anonymous posted on 21 April, 2010 - 10:39
This was beautiful :-) Love how you did the leg straps from the shoes ... cunning!

Ilpala posted on 21 April, 2010 - 11:13
This was a very pretty outfit!

Mangamad posted on 21 April, 2010 - 15:12
Ooohh....smexy. ^o^

Sillabub posted on 22 April, 2010 - 18:49
You looked wonderful! Well done! :D And thanks for the comment on Nakoruru too :)

sjbonnar posted on 22 April, 2010 - 21:04
You look amazing hun!

Uni posted on 27 April, 2010 - 08:55
Just wow! You look gorgeous! <: D

leumas posted on 22 November, 2010 - 12:55
that's great! I love the Grandia games, it's a gorgeous costume and you look beautiful in it

Sephirayne posted on 6 May, 2011 - 17:57
This costume is fantastic and you look fab in it ;)

Adamoluna posted on 6 May, 2011 - 20:50
this is beautiful! very neatly constructed, and you look fab. :)

22nd April 2010

The End

I made a few compromises with this costume: I really hate her hat, no matter how I made it, I looked ridiculous. I still kept the hair fan for the silhouette, but I just used hair clips to hold it in place instead. I found some lovely bronze beads to pick out the designs on it too :) I made the purple hip straps, but to give them enough space I'd have to wear the trousers really low and they could fall down if I wiggled! Decided it was better (and safer) to leave the straps off.

13th April 2010

Nearly Done

This week I've been attaching all the little bits and pieces that you make and then forget about. The necklace now has the little red gems; these are glued to strips of buckram which in turn are glued to the underside of the necklace. I've sewn in the top shoulder straps, anchored the arm wraps and added some velcro to keep the back closed without anything showing. The Swathes are sewn in place at the back of the trousers and I've used poppers to attach them in the front without blocking the zip. Whilst writing this I've realised a slightly different way I'd like to do it...wonder if I can change it.

9th August 2009


Bling done! Two layers of funky foam sprayed gold and weathered with black acrylic. I'm going to put poppers on the arm wraps to hold them closed.

9th August 2009


I've finished the belt ornaments. I had a bit of a panic on this as I had no idea how to string it all together. Then I realised on the reference you can see the swathe fabric through the gaps, so I stuck them all to a piece of funky foam covered with the swathe fabric :) Hearts are resin cast, but the silicone mould had too many imperfections to cast shiny gems, so I nail varnished them. A few brush strokes, but better than dullness.

28th July 2009

Dust and paint

The top itself is finished! I drew the designs on with a gold pen, satin takes it quite well as long as your careful to follow the grain. Bracelets are sanded down and ready for spraying tomorrow.

26th July 2009


I've made a new top, this one is lined and feels a lot more sturdy. I also found a nice gold bias which already looks a lot neater than the ribbon I used on version 1. The bracelets and belt ornaments are primed and waiting; I just need to buy some more gold spray. The hearts are foil backed resin in a funky foam setting.

29th June 2009


In true Amy style I'm taking too much time, so Dahna will be comming to Aya instead of AX. So much for a cool wig-free costume in LA. I managed to finish lining the top the other night. It looks so much nicer than the original, though turning it inside out through the tiny channel at the front was a feat.

21st June 2009


After painting the design in white acrylic I've used gold pen over the top. The first few weren't as neat as I'd like, but thankfully they're on the back of the trousers and I've picked up a thinner pen now, which is looking a lot better :) I've sewn the top lining panels together, so now to bite the bullet and cut the curves into the hemline.

14th June 2009


This weekend I've got the basic top sewn sewn, made a stencil and started printing the pattern onto the bottom of the trousers. I've had to resort to painting it in white acrylic before using the gold, as it was soaking into the red fabric making a dull black. The shop didn't do gold ring bases, so I've painted all my silver findings with gold pen. Rings done and necklace almost done if I can find some metal to put behind the red gems, otherwise I'll leave it green only. I did make funky foam settings for the gems, but after half a day painting and sanding them, I've decided I don't like them and painting the edges of the gems in gold looks much better. Ah well. I can sense that hat getting closer...

10th June 2009

Remake time!

As AX is so close and I want to avoid wearing a wig in LA, I decided remaking Dana would be a great idea as I think I can really improve on my first try now. I want to resin cast all the gems, but due to a lack of molds and not much time left to import a mold/make my own, I've settled on just casting the heart gem and buying the normal shaped gems. I found some lovely ones with flowers set into the resin, they're so pretty I'm sure Dana would want them!

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