Cosplayer Starlightslk > Costume of Mami Tomoe from Madoka Magica
About this Costume
- Construction Details:
I made a fully steel-boned corset and covered it to achieve the look of Mami's corset. This was the first real corset I've ever made. XD I used coutil for the under-layer for it strength & durability, and a moleskin fabric for the outer layer (and yes the back is accurate). As for the trim: the white parts are scalloped beading lace & ¼" Swiss double-faced satin ribbon that were found locally (A super lucky find!). I also made and used bias-tape and faux boning casing trim from the skirt fabric so that all the accenting would match and be consistent.
The belts are real leather that came in a continuous strap and I worked with and tooled to make the 3 "belts". For the hardware I choose matching floral embellished, stainless steel, buckles and keepers in keeping with the western flavor and floral theme of Mami's design. The buckles are real metal but the keepers I had to resin cast, shape down, re-cast, and paint them since the metal ones I received were too tall for my straps and looked odd. (thanks to sephygoth for helping cast them since I was running out of time). The belts & buckles are fully functional.
I had leftover white shirting from a previous cosplay that seemed great for the job. The pattern was for a basic shirt that I've had in my pattern stash, which I altered to fit me a little better than the default shape. It only took a few hours to cut and sew the base white together. The edging is bias tape I made from the skirt fabric. The tab-closures, also made from the skirt fabric, are fully functional. I even added two little mother of pearl buttons to the sleeve cuffs.
I made the bow from 2 sizes (5/8" & 1") of ribbon, since Mami's bow is clearly two distinct sizes in width. I used a golden-yellow Swiss double-faced satin ribbon and one hook & eye set, for easy attachment & removal. All the sewing in the bow was hand done.
Made from a basic stretch poplin, I used my simple bell-shaped armlet pattern from my pattern library and I just added a cuff to it.
I bought some second-hand vintage brown leather gloves, altered them to make them fingerless, and carefully painted the gold trim detail with some awesome leather paint.
I found this lovely gold-tan silk suiting fabric; depending on the lighting it can look more gold or more tan. ♥ I has an interesting woven texture that I think fits Mami's design well, while still being silk which makes it fitting for a Magical Girl.
I made a basic circle skirt pattern and simple waistband from the suiting. The brown bias binding trim was made from the same moleskin fabric I used for the outer corset layer.
I made the hat from a faux suede material, buckram, gross-grain ribbon, a little felt & a ton of feathers (so much fluff XD). This was the second hat I've ever made, the first in this style.
Made from wire and sculpey with a custom resin-cast gem (again thanks to some help from sephygoth). It's mounted to a hair clip so that it can be attached to & removed from the wig with ease.
I drafted from scratch a flower pattern based on all my reference material. I then for a lack of time made them from funfoam and metallic paint "armor-style" to get that metal-ish look.
♥~Socks & Boots~♥
The socks were ordered online. The socks are a ribbed dark purple wool. As for the boots, I painted, dyed, and altered a pair of second-hand western-style cowboy boots.
- Personal Thoughts:
- When I started watching "Puella Magi Madoka Magica" I couldn't stop, I was riveted to my seat, it was that good! Mami was my second favorite character to Homura but I opted to cosplay Mami since that seemed to be a no-brainier for me...she's cute, blonde, and busty to boot; a win-win formula for me. XD I found that the more I worked on this cosplay the more attached to her I got and now she's my favorite character.
This cosplay would have been done for Dragon*con 2011 but heath reasons made me postpone it until Katsucon 2012, but that's ok cause I really love how it came out! ♥
- Styling Notes
- Her drill curls were driving me up the wall, I wanted a particular look and I was running out of time @_@ So to keep my sanity I opted for more natural curls. I did cut & style the bangs and I changed up the elastics they had in the wig for some clear elastics since I wanted the ties to be subtle.
- Wig Review
- I do have to say styling a heat resistant wig is so much nicer and quicker to do especially for softer styles like her bangs.
Add a Comment
Photo 10 255
Photo 20 170
Photo 30 171
Photo 40 152
Photo 50 1198
Photo 60 379
Photo 70 323
Photo 80 403
Photo 90 338
Photo 100 289
Photo 114 1729
Photo 120 986
Photo 131 881
Photo 140 670
Photo 150 693
Photo 160 647
Photo 170 1153
Photo 181 1084
Photo 190 551
Photo 200 772
Photo 210 525