Pandora-Chi
 


Costume :Kujaku Mai/Mai Valentine
Variant :Battle city
Source :Yu-Gi-Oh!
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Minami Con 17 (2011)


Costume Photos

Street angel

When will I be stronger before betrayal finds me?

Polar shipping

Markings of a queen

Mai Kitacon April 2012

I summon Harpie Lady!

Mai Minamicon March 2011

 


Costume Information

General
Cost : Spent £20 extra but £40 ish in total - (had some stuff already so outfit worked out cheaper) =b
Time Taken : 3 weeks on and off

Description
Worn also at: Kitacon 4 April 2012

I just recently rewatched one season of Yu-Gi-Oh! and I fell in love with the show all over again - more so, I only just realised that I really really liked Mai - beautiful, strong willed and feisty - I suddenly felt like I wanted to perhaps attempt her - also this means I could use my duel disc which was a present from my friend back when I was hardcore bout the show and the sorta harpies deck (that's right - I had the harpies cards too ^^;;) I created which have been stored away in my room somewhere collecting dust XD

Ok I'm pretty short compared to her and may not be brave enough to show off my full stomach (which means that I will have the majority covered as I'm conscience bout it) but I really shouldn't let that stop me as she is one of the most awesome characters created by Takahashi-san ^_~

UPDATE 21/02/11

Not expecting to go to Minamicon, I hadn't prepared a new cosplay - I discussed it with my friend and she suggested Mai's cosplay won't be too hard to tackle in less than a month - I'm unsure atm if I can make Mai's outfit on time as I have other things going on but I so wanna attempt to try and cosplay her for this event!

UPDATE 12/03/11

My god I have finished before the deadline! >:D Ok not the hardest cosplay to make but I'm so pleased with myself as this month and last month have been hectic for me as I had a load of work piling up and up and I thought I wouldn't make it through all the struggle! ^_~ Will do a make up, wig and costume test before next week (as this time next week I'll be wearing this cosplay) - I'm still so worried about this cos I'm showing so much flabby skin >.< (ok there are much revealing cosplays but for me, this is a big deal ... lord help me as I don't wanna end up looking slightly tarty...)

UPDATE 21/03/11

Despite how part of the skirt zip came apart, the deck box on the side came off, the outfit making me feel a bit skimpy (I've never shown so much flesh in my life >.<)and no Joey, it was really fun to walk round as Mai ^^
HOWEVER one thing I'm really stupid to have not done with this cosplay - take photos for myself ^^;;; I was so occupied for this day taking photos of other awesome cosplayers that I forgot, so any photo uploads of Mai will be slow ^^;;

And on a last note I wanna say another big thank you to the fabulous street-angel for her amazing one liners - "BACK STRAIGHT, BOOBS OUT" XD

UPDATE 17/04/12

After more than a year later, I have finally got some decent photos up :3 It was seriously worth the wait for so many reasons! 1, I had time to brush up on my practical and research skills, 2 I had photos with a Joey at last! and 3, well xXSylentiumXx was with me for this event in which she too, improved on her photography and make up skills. I couldn't thank her enough for taking these beautiful shots and making me look older - seriously I don't even recognise myself in these photos XD

Comments

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will be cool to see this completed ^_^ you will look great

by SamanthaKaiba on Thursday, 30 December, 2010 - 17:17
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Thank you so much -^^- need a bit of confidence to pull her off though - belly button ok on display but not my stomach >.< Should be fun though to walk round as her ^_~

by Pandora-Chi on Monday, 3 January, 2011 - 16:27
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Awww you will look epic, i hope i can grab a picture with you, i have mai planned for minami too <3

by Zelda on Monday, 21 February, 2011 - 19:53
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it will either be saturday or sunday, not to sure yet =D we have to take twin pictures!!! XD

by Zelda on Monday, 21 February, 2011 - 20:02
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Mai, Mai, Mai... (Sorry, Manga couldn't help it. XD ) Can't wait to see this cosplay. XD

by Mangamad on Monday, 28 February, 2011 - 16:26
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Oh hells yes! you look wicked!

by Captain_Marvelous on Tuesday, 1 March, 2011 - 21:56
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Thank you guys - even though I love Mai, I'm so nervous bout wearing this cosplay - I've got such a chubby stomach for her >.<

by Pandora-Chi on Wednesday, 2 March, 2011 - 12:58
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you look amazing...don't be nervous you don't have a chubby stomach ^_^

by SamanthaKaiba on Wednesday, 2 March, 2011 - 15:35
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I still think I have a belly but if I can hide it then I'm happy XD Thank you for the lovely comment sweetie ^^ xx

by Pandora-Chi on Wednesday, 2 March, 2011 - 17:28
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o wow this is lookin amazin so far! u shudnt have any confidence issues!!

by InfiniteJester on Wednesday, 9 March, 2011 - 23:45
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Aww thanks so much Kila! ^^ I do hope I can pull her off - she is a scary cosplay for me cos she's so tall and thin -_- but with comments like these they put me at ease so much ^_~ xxxx

by Pandora-Chi on Thursday, 10 March, 2011 - 01:08
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BEST
MAI
EVER
you must find a junoici/joey cosplayer and bully him XD

by zabuza89 on Thursday, 10 March, 2011 - 01:28
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you look amazing...it's great wish I could get some pictures with you

by SamanthaKaiba on Thursday, 10 March, 2011 - 02:24
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you look so amazing!<3
its coming out greattt~
wish i could see this :'3

by LemonPanda on Thursday, 10 March, 2011 - 08:16
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@ Zabuza - Awww that's very kind of you to say - I still have a wig and makeup test to do to see how everything looks altogether - I really hope I can do Mai justice but we'll see :D and yes I'm gonna badly have to hunt down a Joey so that I may drive him insane on the day lol
@ Samanthakaiba - It will be so lovely to meet you one day and I too will want pictures with you whether Kaiba or Joey! :D Can't wait for when you finish either the pair of them XX
@ Nikita - aww thank you sweetie ^^ and you never know, if I do do a good job of this cosplay then I wouldn't mind wearing it again to some other con where we're both attending ^_~ Hope to see you soon xxxx

by Pandora-Chi on Thursday, 10 March, 2011 - 13:12
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The wig is so prettyyyyy~ >w< You look gorgeous, the wig/ colour really suits you~! :D

by Clover-tan on Monday, 21 March, 2011 - 21:27
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You looked amazing in this. So awesomely good :D I loved the take on the wig as well.

by j_mercuryuk on Monday, 21 March, 2011 - 22:47
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This is so beautiful <3 x.

by FusionRose on Monday, 21 March, 2011 - 23:00
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this is amazing...you really suit her...will have to get pictures with this one day

by SamanthaKaiba on Tuesday, 22 March, 2011 - 01:33
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Hey there, it's your favourite dictator. :) As I said to you, fantastic to see a Mai cosplayer, especially one done as well - you were stunning! Great to see and friend you as said before, and hopefully see you in the future!

by Spirit Of The Stage on Tuesday, 22 March, 2011 - 11:51
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This was just such a great costume, so nice to see Mai done so well! :) Lovely.

by messengercat on Tuesday, 22 March, 2011 - 15:13
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wow your Mai looks really good :D

by Berserk667 on Tuesday, 22 March, 2011 - 23:30

You did Mai more than justice, you were gorgeous my dear :D fantastic job on the whole lot x

by Eeve3 on Wednesday, 23 March, 2011 - 16:20
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This was by far the scariest cosplay to wear for me but from what I'm reading I wanna say a very big thank you to you all <3

@ blueclover - I wasn't sure whether the wig and its colour would work for me - I'm so happy you liked the outcome :3
@ samanthakaiba - I'm soo for photos -^^- if you're Joey, I'd love to do a series of shots from a scene or something for fun ^_~ xx
@ spirit of the stage - again, I'd like to say thank you and hopefully see you again in future cons ^_~
@ eeve/lyndsey - I can't stop saying it but THANK YOU soo soo much sweetie for taking care, keeping up with me at the con and giving me this wonderful oppotunity ^_~ you were fantastic my dear *HUGE HUG* xxxx

by Pandora-Chi on Wednesday, 23 March, 2011 - 20:46
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But you have pulled it off really well. It was really well put together. I'm looking forward see you in more cosplays.

by WildArms_Rudy on Thursday, 24 March, 2011 - 19:17
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Oh woooow, you make an amazing Mai!! I also reeeally love your make up *___*

by CrystalNeko on Sunday, 27 March, 2011 - 22:25
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Wheee I love the wig! Very Mai like :D

by Freyarule on Sunday, 27 March, 2011 - 22:31
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im lovin these new icons uv put up, looks so pretty!

by InfiniteJester on Wednesday, 4 May, 2011 - 16:56
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Haha thanks so much Kila *hugs* I decided my profile needed a bit of a change for some reason - hope it looks a bit better :D

by Pandora-Chi on Thursday, 5 May, 2011 - 00:57
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it doess ur lucky u managed to get such pretty pics for the icons :) iv been debating for a while whether to do the same with mine, but i prob wudnt be able to get nice ones.. and i kinda like my current ones

by InfiniteJester on Thursday, 5 May, 2011 - 07:12
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Aww thank you that's so sweet and I admit, I was scouring my photos for a bit to find a good picture to use and I like your profile - sounds weird saying this but I find it odd how you can get a sense of a cosplayer's personality from their CI profile and from yours there's a lot of a fun, cute, colourful and cool character range to it :3 xx

by Pandora-Chi on Thursday, 5 May, 2011 - 17:32
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WOW! you suit her so well. Hands down best Mai I've ever seen ^^

by PintSized_13 on Monday, 6 June, 2011 - 16:31
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<3 AWWWW that comment means soo much to me as I was terrified of this cosplay ^^;; so much skin on display >.< but thank you so much x

by Pandora-Chi on Wednesday, 8 June, 2011 - 22:10
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You make an amazing Mai ^_^ Really pretty and very accurate!

by sjbonnar on Tuesday, 28 June, 2011 - 10:52
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Best Mai ever! You look awesome :D

by JustPeachy on Wednesday, 29 June, 2011 - 14:15
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Love the updates on this...you make such a beautiful Mai

by SamanthaKaiba on Sunday, 22 January, 2012 - 20:11
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OMG how did I not see this! its fantastic!!!!!!

by Captain_Marvelous on Saturday, 24 March, 2012 - 14:14
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Love the new wig...can't wait for pictures with you ^_^

by SamanthaKaiba on Saturday, 24 March, 2012 - 16:07
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You look fantastic as Mai <3

by Zelda on Tuesday, 17 April, 2012 - 15:05
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Loving the new pictures...loved our photos ^_^

by SamanthaKaiba on Tuesday, 17 April, 2012 - 18:28
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One of the best Mai cosser (:

by Viola on Sunday, 1 July, 2012 - 20:16
 

To-Do List

Corset like topHighComplete
JacketHighComplete
Arm warmersMediumComplete
SkirtMediumComplete
Card holsterLowComplete

Shopping List

Fabric and haberdashery£15.00Bought
Boots£10.00Bought
Belt£4.50Bought
Wig£8.00Bought
Long sleeve white top£2.00Bought
Total£39.50

Journal

New wig (Posted 24th March 2012)

Though I love the colour and length of the other wig, it still lacked volume so I got another but I freakin love it!! Not only is it just as long and has a beautiful shade of blond but it's easier to gain a bit of lift :) I'm so excited to be wearing this for Kita!! 8D

Mai v2 preview (Posted 22nd January 2012)

Decided to throw on the cosplay quickly with the new fitted bodice, skirt, wig and a bit of make up ^^ Some reason I couldn't find my arm warmers so the ones I'm wearing are temp >.< But I am so pleased with it ^^ need to seriously get some new photos for this!

Bodice remake (Posted 22nd January 2012)

When I tried inner bodice on, it was not only ill fitted but cos I didn't bone the thing properly, it poked at me quite a bit DX plus since back then I didn't own any needles that slice through stretchy fabric easily, it was stressful and awful when tryin to sew it - that's when I decided, it has to be remade.
Along the way I had problems doing this cos of simply trying to find the right pattern :/ The ribbon at the front made it awkward and I was trying to find a way to sew it which wouldn't look so weird or simple - When I looked at how the top was drawn in the manga, I thought 0.o cos it was a tad open at the front DX But then I remembered a pattern I saw which was perfect for it! :D So then, that's how I ended up re-making the bodice - even though I like how it does fit better and is properly boned, it is so uncomfortable to wear in more ways than one XD

Stud replacement (Posted 20th October 2011)

Just a small entry to show how I've replaced the buttons I've sewn onto the jacket with some proper dome studs - one of the tiny ways I've improved the outfit.
On a side note to this, I also had to repaint the deck box and replace the strap with black elastic as it kept falling down and make new arm warmers and an entirely new skirt as the last one is a tad tight ^^;; stupid education work which screwed up my diet!! DX
(Oh and don't mind the slight camera flirt but hey I'm a cosplayer - we all have something to show off =b)

New wig styled (Posted 20th October 2011)

Seeing as how the third wig was just perfect in terms of colour and length, I decided to style it slightly by giving it a little more volume at the front bangs and of course cut the front bands a little - nothing that a little gel, curlers and L'oreal elnett satin hair spray can't fix ^_~ I am so much damn happier with this wig! :D

Wig problems (Posted 20th October 2011)

I've been meaning to put a journal entry up about this - foremost, I've been wanting to get some more photos of Mai sooner but one, I had to fix up parts of her outfit and two, I felt as though the wig has gotta change - Mai's hair is long with loose curls whilst the current wig had this whole perm 'little bo-peep' thing going on ¬¬
.. So I got a new one over the summer ^^ However, the new one I got had the right length but it was way TOO pale for my skin colour DX - so the solution was, I either spend loads to send the wig back and get a replacement OR get another new wig from a different seller OR get new skin XD (Doesn't take a genius to figure out what I did XD
Third time's a charm :D

Deck box complete (Posted 11th March 2011)

Finished painting, created a band and stuck a spare gold button on top for accuracy - I'm unsure whether it was a silver or gold buckle but a part of me is betting that it's gold...

Deck box progress (Posted 11th March 2011)

Since I wanted something that wouldn't get flattened at the end of the day and look stiff, I got hold of an old deck box and painted it black

Jacket (Posted 10th March 2011)

Whoops forgot to add this as a journal entry ^^ - Jacket is almost finished - just gotta go down to the fabric store and either sew some silver buttons or press some buckle fasteners into the fabric at the band of the outfit (yes I concentrate too much on detail) ^^;;

Jacket progress (Posted 9th March 2011)

Jacket coming more together now..

Jacket - fake pockets prt 2 (Posted 8th March 2011)

This is the finishing of all 4 zips - the machine stitching is done terribly so I had to hand sewn parts of it...

Jacket - fake pockets (Posted 8th March 2011)

I yet again decided to make it harder for myself ... some use zips and simply stick it on the jacket and I decided to make some 'fake pockets' by cutting into the jacket with the zip behind the fabric - this was scary as I had never made 'fake pockets' before ^^;;

Skirt and belt (Posted 2nd March 2011)

As I am kinda picky with accuracy and detail, I walked around store to store trying to find the right belt with the right buckle - I struck lucky when I found it ^^
Also, the skirt is now shortened (dangerously) and I sewed some 'hold up straps' (dunno the technical word for this) to it ^^

Arm warmers (Posted 2nd March 2011)

The most simplest part of the outfit ever! Now remember when I mentioned that I brought a long sleeve top for the bodice? .. this is what happened to the sleeves XD oh how I love short cuts lol

Kujaku in english = Peacock (Posted 1st March 2011)

Wondering why this is my journal title? Well as I was browsing for a pair of boots that look similar to Mai, I came across some that were perfect for her! and out of the strangest coincidence the store that I found them were in 'Peacocks' (s'cuse me for the corney line coming up) It was like fate!

Skirt (Posted 1st March 2011)

Seriously, this must be the easiest pattern I have ever worked with - so simple - there's no magic to creating this skirt - I simply added a zip and created a waist band ... although when I tried it on, it was a bit long so I need to shorten it ^^;; ... yep definitely wearing shorts on the day XD

Duel disk (Posted 28th February 2011)

I seriously missed this so badly! After finding it in my cupboard, I began to have such happy nostaligic memories from when I collected and played the card game ages ago ^^

Stretch cotton jersey is my enemy ¬¬ (Posted 28th February 2011)

Researching Mai's top, I decided to make it really difficult for myself by enforcing corset boning to a store brought top - to begin I purchased a long sleeve white top which was two sizes bigger than my actual size and hacked it down to a 'boob tube' shape - next I tacked and sewed this to a bra and afterwards, created channels to place boning in it. The last bit was to hand sew the purple ribbon ... it was hell working with this fabric >:( never again...

Wig - before and after (Posted 24th February 2011)

After dipping the curls in hot water and leaving it for about 30 mins the wig automatically got curly volume! Ok not entirely true as my friend did spray some stuff to boost the curly volume but it worked! May have to brush the wig down a bit as it's got too much bounce to it ^^;;;

Wig (Posted 24th February 2011)

As I can't seriously do Mai's hair and certainly won't beat Tif's epic wig, I chose to do the next best thing - have the wig curly. I had a random straight blond wig which I was saving for other cosplays - my friend (xXSylentiumxX) suggested that I'd sectioned the wig and put each in bendy hair curlers - I started doing that but then she said I was doing it wrong so she ended up curling the wig for me XD Yet again she saves the day bless her

Colour, jacket and bodice ref (Posted 24th February 2011)

More clearer view of the front of cosplay

Line art (Posted 24th February 2011)

God damn how full figure refs are so hard to find >.<