Costume :Machi Tobaye
Source :Ace Attorney: Apollo Justice
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo October 2010

Costume Photos

Cosplay Fever Red Book Launch

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Cosplay Fever Red Book Launch


Machi Tobaye





Costume Information

I love the Ace Attorney games. I don't think Machi's exactly one of my favourite characters, but I wanted someone not hugely tall or broad-shouldered and reasonably uncommon to see versions of.

I didn't realise quite how complicated his top would be to make until I started making it--all those frills and ribbons and lace bits. At this point the trousers and top are both finished (all hand-sewn, because it was too fiddly for machine work). The shoes need to be finished, and I have a wig which I need to style (Edit: or, actually, which Pez is going to do most of the styling on, because she is made of win).

Tool of most use in making this costume: fray-stop glue. Couldn't have made this without it.

Edit: All done! Ready for wearing to the Cosplay Fever Red launch party this week (and Expo the week after). \o/


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I adore Machi! \o/ And it's looking great so far!

by MoonLily on Friday, 8 October, 2010 - 21:58
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Wow! Awesome job on the costume! Reminds me I need to finish the one I've been working on for two years XD

Well done! :)

by Sillabub on Friday, 8 October, 2010 - 22:10
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MoonLily: Thanks! I have a huge soft spot for most of the Apollo Justice cast, really. :P

Sillabub: Thank you! He's a lot more awkward to make than he looks at first glance, I think. XD

by Storme on Friday, 8 October, 2010 - 22:31
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Machi!! Wow, you look just like him! Everything looks brilliant, I'll have to find you at Expo!

by KiraraYumi on Tuesday, 12 October, 2010 - 16:57
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KiraraYumi: Aw, thanks! The wig really helps (so thank heavens for Pez's skills). And yes, for sure--I'll be Machi-ing on Sunday for an AA group, it should be awesome!

by Storme on Tuesday, 12 October, 2010 - 19:49
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The wig does look amazing~!
I really like the shoes too, they look great! Must've been always look like a pain to work with.
I'm really looking foward to seeing you and your group! 8D

by KiraraYumi on Wednesday, 13 October, 2010 - 23:50
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KiraraYumi: Actually the shoes were surprisingly easy once I got over the fear of messing them up somehow! The buckle helps hide the join between the bits of leather, and since the tops of the boots were pre-backed with leather it meant I didn't have to do anything too awkward.

(I am also wearing this to the Cosplay Fever launch next week; hopefully it will all hold together okay. :D)

by Storme on Thursday, 14 October, 2010 - 08:21
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Wheeeee! Sooo looking forward to seeing you :) shall we bring a piano lol! <3

by Freyarule on Saturday, 16 October, 2010 - 23:47
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OMG! Fantastic hun! Love Machi and can't wait to see this at Expo! =^__^=

by picklesofdoom on Sunday, 17 October, 2010 - 00:24
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Freyarule: Ha, with my piano skills and two weeks to learn The Guitar's Serenade? Bring earplugs. :P It's going to be a lot of fun though! :)

Picklesofdoom: Thanks, I'm looking forward to getting to wear it!

by Storme on Sunday, 17 October, 2010 - 08:47
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Ah, that doesn't sound too bad then! It's all about getting over the fear to start, haha^^ I get the same way about my costumes xD
I LOVE the new photos, and the completed costume looks excellent! Yay for Borginian!

by KiraraYumi on Wednesday, 20 October, 2010 - 20:58
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*insert Borigian symbols herre*

by Pez on Wednesday, 20 October, 2010 - 23:22
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You looked so sweet hehe =)

by Bambi. on Friday, 22 October, 2010 - 13:35
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KiraraYumi: Thanks! It's gonna need some fixes for expo, but nothing horrific. :)

Pez: Wingdings FTW!

Bambi.: Thanks! It was great to see you!

by Storme on Friday, 22 October, 2010 - 13:41
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Yay, I saw you guys on Sunday and got your picture! So glad I got to see your Machi in person, you looked great!

by KiraraYumi on Tuesday, 2 November, 2010 - 17:52
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KiraraYumi: Thanks! You were lucky, we only ended up wearing Daryan and Machi for about two hours before we got changed into the CF cosplays instead. :)

by Storme on Wednesday, 3 November, 2010 - 12:10


CF Red Launch Party (Posted 22nd October 2010)

Launch party for the second Cosplay Fever book was yesterday! It was a good trial run for the costume, but more importantly it was fun to go and to chat with everyone there (we left at 7, and it seems like most people arrived after that. Ah well.)

Alas, the Machi wig is now a bit dishevelled and my pendant is wrecked. The plan is to remake the pendant using silver card instead of painted foam (the silver paint just cracked horribly when the foam bent :() and to reshape the wig and then spray that wing section until it is so rock-solid that a heavy wind won't dislodge it.

Hopefully this will make it easier to transport and to remove/replace during the day, because wearing wigs for the whole day makes me grumpy and ill.

Completed! (Posted 20th October 2010)

All done! This will be worn to the Cosplay Fever Red launch party tomorrow.

Pendant 1 (Posted 14th October 2010)

Foam! Covered in glue so I can paint it silver and blue. And the glue is all cracked because it tightens as it dries and so bends inwards. Hmmm.

(Yes, the two pieces are made out of different coloured foam--grey seems a better backing for the silver piece, and white a better backing for the blue.)

Shoes, done (Posted 9th October 2010)

The leather was glued down around the edges of the shoe to make the correct ankle shape. The buckles were just glued on, and then the tongues were inserted and glued into place (with much fiddling to get them to the right height and to match up with each other).

(I didn't realise how dark the first picture was until I'd gotten quite a bit further along, so it looks weird here. Oh well.)

Yay! Finished shoes!

Wig, part 2 (Posted 8th October 2010)

Making the parting on the wig. Lots of pins and hairspray!

Wig, start (Posted 8th October 2010)

So I needed a shortish blond wig but I also needed enough hair in the same colour to make that hair spiral out of.

Somehow this seemed like a reasonable way to ensure I had both, without having to chop down a very long wig or search for colour-matching extensions. Though I'm going to end up with a leftover ponytail clip that I can't see myself needing any time soon. :P

The base wig needs to be cut down a bit anyway (it's way too long at the back, for a start). It also needs to be set into a zigzag parting. And then, that spiral needs to be created from one of those clip-on ponytails and attached onto the wig.

I'll cut the base wig shorter myself, but Pez is doing the parting and the spiral styling for me.

Shoes 1 (Posted 8th October 2010)

I bought a pair of blue boots on eBay as the base for these. I then hacked off most of the top of the boot--the remaining leather will be folded and glued down (once I get more leather glue tomorrow!).

The buckles are made of craft foam which I sealed with a few layers of PVA glue and then coated with chrome acrylic. It didn't look quite as smooth as I wanted, so I then added a layer of silver rub 'n' buff and then sealed it all with more PVA.

The tongue-flaps are cut from the top of the boots (because that way there's some backing on the reverse) and will be added after the folded-down leather is glued into place and the buckles are attached.

Current status (Posted 8th October 2010)

So I didn't take any progress pictures while making the bulk of this, because I didn't have a CI account. Oh well. Never too late, I guess. :P

The top and trousers are done. SO much blue velvet ribbon was handsewn onto the top--I couldn't find any other ribbon/bias binding in the right colour, but I think the effort was worth it.

The lace around the base of the top is actually cut from net curtain material (the best match I could find for the pattern, and believe me I looked a *lot*.)

The ruffles for the sleeves were cut out of a separate, very long piece of white cotton and then gathered. The edges of the ruffles on both top and trousers are sealed with fray-stop (it is awesome stuff).

The shoes and wig need to be completed (more on that to follow), and the giant pendant needs to be made. But I'm pretty happy with this all so far.