Variant: School Uniform

I love Mami & Madoka Magica so much that after making Mami's magical girl outfit I wanted to make all her other outfits as well...since that probably isn't possible I started with the next most logical one: her school uniform. ♥

Basic Info

  • Completed: February 2013
  • Debut: Katsucon 2013
  • Difficulty: Normal
  • Time Spent: 80 hours (approx.)
  • Estimated Cost: $168.01 (costume) + $140.91 (accessories) = $308.92 (approx.)
  • Materials Used: Sweater Knit, Cotton-Lycra, Shirting, Casa Satin, Cotton, Lining, Venice Lace, Resin, Sculpey, Brass


  • ♥~Sweater Top~♥
  • I made the top out of a sweater fabric that I lined with a cotton jersey fabric since alone they were see-through but together looked perfect. The white shirt was made from stretch poplin. The red & black trim is bias-tape I made from Casa Satin, the red bow was made from the same fabric as the trim, and the lace I found online after much searching. I picked the fabrics that I did because I wanted to go for a more realistic feel for the outfit and the top totally looks like a sweater top to me for some reason.

    The top was very tricky since I had to pattern it from scratch for the perfect look & fit but I am very pleased with the final results it took me about 2 days to properly pattern since my mock-up fabric had way more stretch than the fabric I used when it arrived which resulted in re-patterning. The only thing I would like to change-up is to find different type of hook & eyes for the collar since the ones I used kept unhooking.

  • ♥~Skirt~♥
  • The skirt was a pain mainly because pleating is already tedious to begin with and adding plaid into the mix just exacerbates the situation. I spent one weekend pleating the skirt to discover that I had went the wrong way with the pattern and it looked horrid. I had to some how had to piece together another skirt going the opposite way from the remaining fabric (which was very little comparatively) and somehow I did it. The skirt is made from a cotton fabric and it is fully lined & finished.

  • ♥~Red Bow~♥
  • I made the bow from Casa Satin to match the trim on the shirt, it is lightly interfaced. I made a quick pattern from scratch for the bow.


  • ♥~Soul Gem (Ring)~♥
  • I started out with the official US released ring by GE Animation that I liberally applied clear nailpolish to prevent any reaction with my skin. I then was able to get a hold of the official Cospa Mami Tomoe Soul Gem ring which is absolutly gorgeous!

  • ♥~Hair Clips~♥
  • I sculpted and cast the flower portion of the clip and I hand bent very thick brass wire for the large petals and then attached them all together. I then Rub 'n Buffed everything so that the colors would match

  • ♥~Tights & Shoes~♥
  • After much debate as to what color her tights actually are and looking at all the various resources and interpretations I finally settled on a frosty reddish-grey-purple. The next trickiest part was finding that somewhere. I finally lucked into finding a pair online.

    I bought the shoes from a shop on eBay that sold made-to-order lolita shoes. They had a base shoe that was exactly what I wanted. I had to alter the shoes since they arrived too big by adding in padding to the insole, adding another 2 holes to the straps, and changing up the buckle to be accurate to the show.


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

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

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


  • ♥~Wig~♥
  • 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.)


Katsucn 2013: Photos taken by Peter Roig Photography & Remdragon8
feat. Cepia as Madoka