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Cosplayer Luluko > Costume of Mami Tomoe from Madoka Magica

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Madoka Magica
Mami Tomoe
Special Variation:
mahou shoujo
Year Completed:
Construction Difficulty:
Very Difficult
Best in Novice at SabotenCon 2011
Costume worn at:
Anime Expo 2012
Con-nichiwa 2012
FanimeCon 2012
Saboten-Con 2011
Taiyou Con 2012
This Costume has been retired
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About this Costume
Construction Details:
this costume was difficult and time-consuming because it was the first costume where I had to literally make everything myself. most costumes you can buy the shoes, or stockings, or at least a pre-styled wig, but I had to make all of those!

the shirt was made from some cotton material I found at SAS with a modified blouse pattern. the bias tape is hand-made. most Mami cosplayers use strips of fabric to close the blouse, which I think is horribly ugly and I don't understand why anyone does it! I took a slight artistic liberty with the buttons [as well as the ones on the sleeve bands, which you can't really see in most photos]. they may not be """""accurate""""" but I think they're so much more attractive and add a lot to the costume.

the skirt I patterned myself, and made from sparkle satin from Joann's. I used the reverse side for less shine and no sparkle! the bias tape was bought and it has an elastic waistband.

the corset is from a modified bodice pattern and is made from upholstery vinyl. I wanted something that looked like leather since Mami's outfit has a slight steampunk feel to it. the bias tape is hand-made and the lace was found at SAS. it closes at the front with velcro, and the straps were made from the reverse side of the vinyl. the buckles were another SAS find and they have a nice design on them, but it doesn't show up in photos.

the gloves were made from the same vinyl, and the gold detail was painted on with acrylic. I wanted to use the same bias tape for color consistency, but it was difficult to do and looked awful.

the stockings I patterned myself and were made from some sort of terry cloth material I found at SAS. I'm not crazy about the material itself but it was literally the only thing I could find with that specific design on it! I even looked in NYC's garment district when I visited that summer, and still only found what I wanted back home at SAS.

the hat I patterned myself and made from the same vinyl. the feathery poof is made from several layers of a thin feather boa tied at the end.

the soul gem was made from craft foam reinforced with heavy interfacing and a bobby pin sewn to the back. I sealed and painted, and lacquered the craft foam. the gem itself is just made from rhinestones colored with Sharpie - resin casting was too scary and too expensive back then. [actually it still is!]
Personal Thoughts:
to date, the costume I'm most proud of.
Wig Details
Wig Brand
Epic Cosplay
Wig Name
Lelouch Style Short
Original Color:
Wig Quality Rating
5 / 5.00
Styling Notes
I am far too lazy to type this all up again, the complete tutorial is here: http://luluko.tumblr.com/post/7696517842 short version: make sandwich with packing tape and wire, cover with glue and extensions, bend into shape, sew into wig. done!
Wig Review
I LOVE EPIC COSPLAY! this wig rarely tangles and is so soft and easy to brush out. the curls have survived through many a convention and roadtrip without maintenance!
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