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Mawaru Penguindrum
Princess of Crystal
Year Completed:
Construction Difficulty:
2nd place journeyman craftsmanship (Animazement 2012)
Costume worn at:
Animazement 2012
Anime Weekend Atlanta 2012
Hoshicon / UNCC JAMS Spring Expo 2013
Katsucon 2013
Otakon 2012
This Costume has been retired
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About this Costume
Construction Details:
Hat: I had to recruit Artikgato's help for coming up with the base pattern for this. It's made out of the same materials as the skirt, and has heavy-duty interfacing to help support the weight of the decorations. The yellow tails are made of linen, and were twist-dried to help it mock the texture of the hat in the illustrations. The giant beads are styrofoam balls covered in paperclay, which were then covered in three layers of gesso and sanded. The eyes, forehead gem, and beak were made with paperclay, covered in gesso, then painted with fingernail polish. They're glued to the hat with fabritac.I'm not entirely happy with how the hat turned out, so I may attempt to remake parts of it sometime.
Scarves: Both are made of polyester. The blue one velcroes shut so that I can easily remove it.
Gloves: Easy easy easy. Made of stretch taffeta.
Sleevepoof things: BRB, remaking these awful things like NOW.
Bodice: Made from pleather I recycled from the Celty bodysuit. I modified a bodice pattern to have the correct shape. The trim is gold dull satin bias tape that I made. It was handstitched on.
Skirt: The skirt is a half-circle skirt with a steel bone running through it for shape. There is a bustle pad/pocket stuffed with scrap tulle for the extra poof. I used to use an Elizabethan-style bumroll, but I hated how heavy it was.
Undergarment: Based it off of some swim bottoms and added ruffles on the butt. Whoo!
Boots: An extremely lucky (and extremely painful) thrift store find. $20 for these beauties!
Personal Thoughts:
SURVIVAL STRATEGYYYYY~~~~ Putting this together took such a ridiculously long time, but in the end I feel it was all worth it. All of the late nights, pots(!) of coffee, and awkward screencaps... all so worth it.
Wig Details
Wig Brand
Arda Wigs
Wig Name
Le Tigre Long
Original Color:
Light Brown
Styling Time
5 minutes
Wig Quality Rating
5 / 5.00
Styling Notes
Pulled it out of the bag, brushed it, swept the bangs to the side, and steamed them into place. Super easy.
Wig Review
I love this wig. :D
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