Gwendolyn
Odin Sphere

Cosplayer: Yuka

Variant: Valkyrie

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

This costume has not been worn at any events yet.

20th September 2013: And I thought choosing leather for the corset was hard From these miscellanious scraps I had to find enough leather that had a similar grain so I could cut out 16 of these stupid shapes for the skirt. IT WAS MURDER!! also it killed my wrist cutting everything because my fabric scissors were crap, trust me, it's soooo worth it investing in a good pair of fabric shears

20th September 2013: Nobody told me that cosplay would involve maths I needed a certain number of panels on my skirt, and I needed it to fit my waist at the top and poof out at the edges on the bottom... so I had to do A LOT of maths.

You can see the results of my Xenoblade poster skirt in the middle, but sadly the skirt didn't have enough flare so I had to adjust my measurements and try a new pattern. Since I didn't have another poster lying around to cut up, I pulled some Paperchase wrapping paper out of the cupboard and made the cutest frickin skirt you'll ever see

Also yes I drew on my legs and stomach to mark out where my corset ended and where my leg armor should come up to LOL

20th September 2013: Resourceful or desperate? I ran out of paper. I needed to pattern a skirt. I found a Xenoblade poster I had no intention of putting up. Time to get the scissors...

20th September 2013: Corset rivets Hoooo damn this was nerve-racking. I was really worried that I was going to mess up the placement of an eyelet or punch a hole too big and ruin the entire corset. Luckily everything went to plan after veeeery careful measurements to make sure the spacing was correct. I'm really happy with how it turned out :D

Note - the gold trim wasn't fixed down on the inside yet which is why it looks a bit wobbly on the top edge in the photos.

20th September 2013: Frills Part 2 Finally settled for the "accurate but ugly" frills :P We were being judged on accuracy after all, not what I think is cuter LOL

I also attached the gold vinyl trim at this point. I sewed it down at the front, and had to attach it by hand in the back to prevent any seams coming through.

I think I got lazy and hot glued it to the inside in the end, but really I should have hand sewed it down LOL (shhh don't tell the judges... not that it matters anymore hahaha)

20th September 2013: Frills Part 1 Ugh these should have been simple but they just gave me a headache. In every reference of Gwendolyn, the number of frills she has changes, and the style in which they're drawn changes too. I compared loads of references to try to decide how many to have down the front and how to do them. Did I want lots of tiny frills or approximately 8-10 distinct frills? Did I want them pinched in at the middle which looks cuter or did I want them flat and boxy looking which matches the reference more? These were just test runs.

20th September 2013: Sewing Leather Sewing the leather on my corset was tricky. The rough teeth that grab your fabric to help pull it through the sewing machine kept munching the soft leather so I was trying to find a way to sew it without damaging the surface. I tried sewing through tissue paper but this left me an endless job of tearing away the paper afterwards (which got stuck underneath every little loop of thread). Then I tried putting some electrical tape on my sewing machine to cover the teeth and that solved the problem! :D

20th September 2013: Cutting Leather This was tricky, since I had a few leather hides but they all had slightly different grains or tones of white to them, which would be really obvious on a corset like this. After patterning the corset I had to find a piece of leather that was big enough to fit all the pieces on that didn't have any damage on the front side that would show on the piece. Luckily I found one piece that would work :D

20th August 2012: Corset Lining 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!

20th August 2012: Choker 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.


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Leolarua - 11th July 2012
waifuuu <3

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Tofu - 31st July 2012
Upload all the stuffuuuuuusss! People need to see the lovelies! <3

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Emzone - 19th September 2012
Wear this soon so I can photograph it! <3

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Amy-Lou - 14th November 2012
So beautiful, hope you can find time to wear it again :D

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Sephirayne - 20th September 2013
This is a gorgeous costume. Love the photos