|Cost :||Approx £50|
|Time Taken :||Approx 2 months (on and off)|
|I swear I should NOT add more costumes to my planned list!|
What really got me watching the series is my friend recommended this to me, so it go me following the series and I really loved it sooooo MUCH! Fantastic animation + Magical girls = WIN!
I almost went for Homura or Kyoko because with Homura, I did not need a wig and she became my favourite character after completing the series. As for Kyoko, I found her charcter design very interesting. So why Madoka? She was my favourite character at the begining and I was caving so much to cosplay as her, that I brought some of the materials fairly quickly. I can use my Chii petiti coat and have some spare pink fabric, so pretty much of an excuse to save money, even though I will have to dig out money for a pink wig and shoes..... darn! but Madoka's hair is short, so hopefully money should not be a problem.
Anyway one up for a group? I will love it if I have a Sayaka, Mami, Kyoko and Homura.
Providing everything goes well, this will be for the group @ AyaCon 2011.
Pretty much complete (Posted 14th August 2011)
I should be at my cousns birthday party, but skived it to work on my Madoka cosplay and finally made progress! Anyways it is not a cousin who I get along with, so bleh!
Approx 80% (Posted 31st July 2011)
Finally finished adding the details on the pink overskirt by using the applique method for the red lining and making a stencil to apply white acrylic paint for the white details.
Also, bodice is now sewn together and fits more nicely on me
Still need to fix up the horrible sleeves and add the soul gem on the choker, then fix up the gloves.
Costume base WIP (Posted 1st July 2011)
Costume base is almost complete expect I need to sew the skirt and bodice together and add an invisble zip to the side of the dress as I only used saftely pins to hold everything up in this photo o.0 this explain the reason why it kind of looks weird on me. Some serious ironing is needed, especially on the skirt and will get round to it once I finish sewing and adding the details.
I'm not too hapy with the poof of skirt and the fact that I made the ruffles abit too big, but too late to change <.<"
Bodice WIP (Posted 30th June 2011)
Whlist making Madoka's costume the most annoying thing I discovered was that her costume varies depending on the reference! whether I'm using the Amine, Amine OP, artbook, concept art etc... there is always some sort of difference which I did NOT notice until I started to make the costume. E.g The Amine OP shows 6 petals on her skirt whereas the manga and Amine shows 8 petals on the skirt. There is also other variations in terms of colour, style, shape and many more which I may list in another journal (too lazy at the moment <.<") I should really stick to one reference picture to solve this problem, but I ended up choosing whatever I feel looks best in Madoka's costume.
This is probably the best bodice I ever made because it is more well fitted, apart from the length being slightly too long hence the layers of fabric did not reach right to the bottom. I will need to cut and re-hem the bottom of the top.
Apart from the pink fabric for the lining between the ruffle and yellow fabric, the rest costs nothing to make as I used either left over fabric from other cosplays or fabric brought and never used. The pink fabric choosen to make the main part of the costume is not the best shade of pink, but still works for Madoka.
Petiticoat and underskirt complete (Posted 28th June 2011)
Petiticoat was used for Chii (Tsubasa) and since the costume is semi-retired, I decided to recycle it for Madoka. Underskirt was made out of left over fabric from Rachel Alucard's costume.
The skirt looks abit weird in the photo, but it will look better on an mannequin or when I wear it. Got to love the poof!
Wig styled (Posted 8th May 2011)
My wig arrived through the post just over a month and a half ago, but just never mentioned it nor wrote a journey regarding the wig. Anyways the colour of the wig turned out abit slightly peachy then expected and it's so annoying that the colour of the wig turns out peach and not pink for every indoor photo taken, when the natural colour is pink! I don't have enough funds to buy a new wig, so I guess I have to stick to this one, however looking closely through some reference pictures of Madoka, I realised that Madoka's hair has some slight tinge of peach, so the colour is not bad as I thought.
I styled the wig today and I must say I'm happy with the outcome, especially since I have very little experince in styling wigs. work includes straightening the pigtails and cutting it short, plus trimming the front. This was my first time straightening a wig and was so scared of ruining my £31 wig, but at least my worries of over now....
Wig brought (Posted 25th February 2011)
Despite being abit skint, I could not resist but to buy the wig however on the bright side my friend paid me back the money she owes me, so it will be enough to go towards the cost of the wig, so I'm not partically taking out more money from my bank balance.
I mainly looked through clip on ponytail wigs because I can't be bothered to style wigs. Anyways, styling wigs are possibly my weakest point in cosplay, so rather not mess around with a complex style (yes! styling into pigtails is complex to me) There were a couple of wigs which I really liked for Madoka in terms of colour and I finally narrowed it down to the Strawberry Cheesecake wig from Cosplaywig because the pink is not too pink or bright and the pigtails are not too long which means less cutting... heh! I'm lazy. Madoka's costume itself is way too pink and a bright pink wig will just make me feel like a Barbie doll. Another reason why I choose Cosplaywig is because their wigs are great quality and I feel more comfortable buying from them, then any other seller.
I paid approximately £31 for this wig including postage, however it will be a wig which I can reuse for Amulet Dia (Shugo Chara!) and/or Ichigo (Tokyo Mew Mew) and the more uses of a wig means the more I'm willing to pay. Now, I have to wait for the wig to arrive through the post at my friends house, which should be within 2 weeks.
Shoes (Posted 24th February 2011)
Finally brought a pair of red shoes which will be suited for this cosplay, however don't want to ruin them, so will need to find a way to add the ribbons/straps without using a hot glue gun/super glue. I really like the colour and the heel is pretty much accurate! Hopefully, my feet will not ache to death as anything above 2 inches really hurts my feet alot.
Also, I found a wig which I really like to buy for this cosplay though I will need to cut the pig tails slightly shorter, however bad news is the cost is £30 and I don't have the money T_T I'm hoping the wig will still be available when my wages hit my bank balance next week.
On the other note, I may push this cosplay forward to May's expo 2011 on Saturday even though it may mean hardly anyone will recongise the character... maybe?