Starlightslk

Variant: Mahou Shoujo (Magical Girl)

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. 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! ♥

Basic Info

  • Completed: February 2012
  • Debut: Katsucon 2012
  • Difficulty: Very Difficult
  • Time Spent: I seriously lost count
  • Estimated Cost: $354 (approx.)
  • Materials Used: Moleskin, Suiting, Shirting, Spandex, Coutil, Faux Suede, Leather, Feathers, Sculpey

Clothing

  • ♥~Corset~♥
  • 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. 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.


  • ♥~Shirt #1~♥
  • 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. (Worn to Katsucon 2012)

  • ♥~Shirt #2~♥
  • I remade he shier using a high quality matte white spandex. The pattern was for a basic stretch shirt that I've had in my pattern stash, which I altered to fit me a little better than the default shape as well as altering it to have the closure down the front and the collar. 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. (Worn to Dragon*con 2012) The sleeves were remade and replaced 2 more times, once for Katsucon 2013 and then again in the summer of 2013.

  • ♥~Skirt~♥
  • 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. For the creation of the skirt I patterned and created a basic circle skirt and simple waistband out of the suiting fabric. The brown bias binding trim was hand-made from the same moleskin fabric I used for the outer corset layer.

Accessories

  • ♥~Hat~♥
  • Made from a faux suede material, buckram, gross-grain ribbon, a little felt & a ton of feathers (so much fluff.) This was the second hat I've ever made, the first in this style.

  • ♥~Soul Gem~♥
  • Made from wire and sculpey with a custom resin-cast gem (thanks to sephygoth). It's mounted to a hair clip so that it can be attached to & removed from the wig with ease.

  • ♥~Hair Clips~♥
  • I drafted from scratch a flower pattern based on all my reference material. I then for a lack of time made them from fun-foam and metallic paint "armor-style" to get that metal-ish look.

  • ♥~Neck Bow~♥
  • 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.

  • ♥~Arm-warmers 1~♥
  • I made my first set from a basic stretch poplin, I used my simple bell-shaped armlet pattern from my pattern library and I added just a cuff to it.

  • ♥~Arm-warmers 2~♥
  • My second pair were made out of a high quality spandex to match my new shirt, I also re-patterned them to be more accurate. They are fully lined since the fabric was a bit see through with the brown gloves underneath.

  • ♥~Gloves~♥
  • I bought some second-hand brown vintage leather gloves, made them fingerless, and carefully painted the gold trim detail with some awesome leather paint.

  • ♥~Socks & Boots~♥
  • The socks were ordered online from Sock Dreams. The socks are a ribbed dark purple wool; so thin & light but warm. As for the boots, I painted, dyed, and altered a pair of second-hand western-style cowboy boots. (check out my tumblr for all the progress pics)

Props

  • ♥~Kyubey~♥
  • He's the official life-sized plush from Japan.

  • ♥~Teacup & Saucer~♥
  • A simple white teacup and matching saucer. They were trickier than they should have been to find; purchased on eBay.

  • ♥~Soul Gem (Light-up)~♥
  • I lucked into getting Mami's official light-up Soul Gem Gashapon from Japan.

  • ♥~Gun(s)~♥
  • Coming Soon!

Wig

  • ♥~Wig #1~♥
  • I used the Mami wig from Lucaille. I cut and styled the bangs, retied the pigtails with clear ties to replace the original white elastics, and I opted for more natural curls.

  • Brand: Lucaille
  • Style: Mami
  • Color: Butterscotch
  • Styling Time: 1 hour (approx.)
  • ♥~Wig #2~♥
  • Coming Soon!

Photos

Photos taken by Nate Buchman Photography


Katsucon 2013: Photos taken by Blanko Photography
feat. Cepia as Madoka, VickyBunnyAngel as Homura, SewThoughtful as Sayaka,
DeltaRee as Kyoko, & ShiyaWind as Goddess Madoka


Dragon*con 2012: Photos taken by DarkainMX & FangFox
feat. Strangedoor as Homura


Katsucon 2012: Photos taken by LJinto, Sam Lau, & Mesoian


Katsucon 2012: Photo taken by apprivoise
feat. electromelody as Madoka, penguinbaker as Homura,
maids as Sayaka, & colormecanary as Kyoko


Katsucon 2012: Photos taken by CyberBird
feat. vdaysnowstorm as Madoka, SaChan as Homura,
Joce11 as Sayaka, & LittleRibbon101 as Kyoko