Littlegeeky
 


Costume :Mai
Source :Avatar: The Last Airbender
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Amecon 2012


Costume Photos

Ready to fight

You underestimated...

Formal Mai

I don't hate you

...but then everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked!

You underestimated...

Knife Bender

Mai

 


Costume Information

General
Cost : £30
Time Taken : A month (on and off)

Description
I caved in... I might as well just cosplay ALL the characters from Avatar XD

First cosplayed at Amecon 2012

Comments

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HELL YEAH XD I am such a HUGE fan of ATLA and Mai is my fave female character. I cannot wait to see this ^^

by nanahara on Sunday, 22 April, 2012 - 16:37
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MAI! She's so awesome~ c: Looking forward to see this!

by miarichan on Sunday, 22 April, 2012 - 19:24
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I can see you suiting her a LOT <3
You're both so beautiful and elegant!

by Felixize on Sunday, 22 April, 2012 - 19:42
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Can't wait to see this!

by RevolverKitty on Monday, 14 May, 2012 - 14:29
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YES SO AWESOME! your gonna look tight!

by Captain_Marvelous on Tuesday, 19 June, 2012 - 01:37
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Nnggggh~~ I hope you are going to Manc Expo, cannot wait!

by Demented Kid on Saturday, 30 June, 2012 - 17:13
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Hnnn... please take all of the photos so I can see! ;3; You'll suit her so well!

by DevilChestnut on Tuesday, 24 July, 2012 - 18:44
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Look perfect hun! love the fabric!

by Captain_Marvelous on Wednesday, 8 August, 2012 - 16:10
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This is looking awesome!! Can't wait to see it finished :D

by JustPeachy on Wednesday, 8 August, 2012 - 17:32
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Looks awesome huni! Cant wait to see pics of the whole costume together

by Yasmia on Wednesday, 8 August, 2012 - 19:17
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AWww! you were so Awesome Ell you really were! I've got some photos taken with Luke for you and when their done I should be able to tag you in and give you some of the final stuff.

Or i'll just upload it onto CI (If it lets me do bigger downloads ARGH)!~

But well done for Mai, you and Kiro looked so cute!

by Manticore on Wednesday, 15 August, 2012 - 11:52
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You made such an adorable Mai!! <3

by Freyarule on Wednesday, 15 August, 2012 - 13:41
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This was so fucking cool!

by Captain_Marvelous on Wednesday, 15 August, 2012 - 14:23
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This was a flipping awesome cosplay!! :D

by Afireinsidegirl on Friday, 24 August, 2012 - 08:03
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very well done with this, you look great ^^

by nanahara on Friday, 24 August, 2012 - 20:43
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This is so perfect!! You suit Mai so well, especially love your wig!

by JustPeachy on Friday, 24 August, 2012 - 20:56
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You looked fantastic hun ^^

by Sephirayne on Friday, 24 August, 2012 - 21:07
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Love this!! You suit her really well, great job!! =)

by MissColzyChan on Friday, 24 August, 2012 - 22:49
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i love your mai <3 soooo goooooood

by Leolarua on Friday, 24 August, 2012 - 23:57
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Fantastic Mai :D
I love the fabric you used, it looks so soft and comfortable (perfect for ninja-ing around).

by Amy-Lou on Saturday, 25 August, 2012 - 23:13
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Fabulous. You suit her very well.

by Nomes on Sunday, 26 August, 2012 - 13:55
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Congrats on the showcase, this was really well put together, you did a great job!

by Alias Cosplay on Sunday, 18 November, 2012 - 18:43
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Congrats on the showcase!! You look AMAZING and suit her so well. This is very well made, beautiful fabrics and that wig is epic!!

by Plasticsharkattack on Sunday, 18 November, 2012 - 19:06
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Yaaay! Showcase! So well deserved, this costume is even more stunning in person! :D

by MoonLily on Sunday, 18 November, 2012 - 19:18
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A very well deserved showcase :) congrats!

by Captain_Marvelous on Sunday, 18 November, 2012 - 19:46
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Oh look a showcase! TOLD YOU IT WAS GOOD :P

by nert on Sunday, 18 November, 2012 - 19:49
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Grats on the showcase!! ^^

by Afireinsidegirl on Sunday, 18 November, 2012 - 21:13
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Congratulations!
You are a beautiful Mai ^^

by TheStarlightFairy on Sunday, 18 November, 2012 - 21:48
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Perfect cosplay! you have epic wig styling skills ^^

by Einmyria on Sunday, 18 November, 2012 - 21:48
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Showcase perfection! well deserved :)

by Fishyfins on Sunday, 18 November, 2012 - 22:01
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Congrats on the showcase - you so deserve this - this outfit is awesome :D And I love the wig :)

by gaming_goddess on Monday, 19 November, 2012 - 04:29
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Love it! well done.

by Squall_wolfheart on Monday, 19 November, 2012 - 11:57
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YEEEE so happy this got showcase ^.^ Congratulations!! So well deserved xD

by Toshi-chan on Monday, 19 November, 2012 - 14:22
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Congratulations on showcase!! well deserved for awesome costume :)

by GeekyPanda on Monday, 19 November, 2012 - 14:40
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Perfect Mai!~ Congrats on the well deserved showcase~! <3

by iggie on Monday, 19 November, 2012 - 15:16
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Well done on the showcase hun, you look perfect as Mai! Very well deserved :)

by Fables on Monday, 19 November, 2012 - 16:01
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So well deserved on that showcase!

by CharlotteLuna on Monday, 19 November, 2012 - 16:46
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This was brilliant! Love the formal dress

by MiniPlum on Monday, 19 November, 2012 - 19:24
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Congrats on the showcase! Very well deserved, best Mai ever!!! :D

by Freyarule on Monday, 19 November, 2012 - 22:15
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You definitely deserve the showcase! Brilliant Mai!

by InfiniteJester on Wednesday, 21 November, 2012 - 13:39
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Well done on the showcase. The costume is amazing ^^

by Sephirayne on Wednesday, 21 November, 2012 - 17:15
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Great work on this! Thanks for you comment on my Amano Faris. Congrats on your showcase too. :-)

by SlimDefinition on Saturday, 1 December, 2012 - 21:11
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I remember seeing you. You made such an awesome Mai, the costume was perfect. Great work.

(Randomly, the Azula is Jenwots)

by j_mercuryuk on Friday, 8 February, 2013 - 10:50
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You make a great May, awesome costume!

by White Leviathan on Saturday, 10 August, 2013 - 23:18
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Just finished watching the series, so I can now definitely say your Mai is exceptional! You look just like her in this costume!

by Mighty Odango on Wednesday, 11 December, 2013 - 11:43
 

To-Do List

Red part of the costumeHighComplete
JacketHighComplete
Style and cut wigHighIn Progress
ShoesMediumComplete
BeltMediumComplete
GlovesLowComplete
NailsLowComplete

Shopping List

Wig£0.00Bought
Gloves£3.29Bought
Total£3.29

Journal

Attaching the buns to the wig. (Posted 6th August 2012)

Well this was tricky. I used a curved needle to attach them to the wig. The first one was rather tricky to sew on. I sewed through the mess of the wig and the fabric I had glued to the bottom of the buns. Once it was all sewed on and attached I just had to neaten up the wig. Surprisingly it took me an hour to get the first one on properly, yet 10 minutes to get the second one on (and straight too).

Making the wig buns. (Posted 5th August 2012)

After finding this very helpful tutorial:
http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&global=1&q=wig+bun#/d1wtj06

I was able to start making my wig buns. I first bought 2 polystyrene balls, these will make the shape of the hair buns. I then cut a 1/3 off the bottom with a knife. I carved a hole in the top which went all the way through the bun. After this I hollowed out the inside of the ball (as seen in the first picture). Finally I covered the white surface with a black marker. I would have liked to have used paint though.

After this I used the long parts of the wig I cut off to make small extensions held together with tape. I threaded these through the hole and around the hole before hot glueing and taping the ends in the ball. With a blast of hair spray to keep the hair in place I did the same process again. I used around 5-6 for each bun.

The circles of fabric I hot glued to the bottom of the buns. This way it would hold all the hairs in and acts as a base for me to attach them to the wig. I cut any stray hairs off using scissors.

The finished thing. (Posted 5th August 2012)

This is the costume all together (minus the wig of course). I'me overall very pleased on how the costume turned out. There are things I need to improve on for future wear (the shoes, added blade gloves, knives, wig and sewing up anything that falls apart) but overall I'm very pleased. It looks really neat and clean and it fits like a dream. Lets just hope it's not too hot at Amecon.

Finishing the jacket... (Posted 4th August 2012)

I hemmed up all the outside and added the points and slits into the jacket. Once this was all hemmed up I could focus on adding the white band to the front of the jacket. This was just a stripe of white I added and them sewed onto the jacket folded to hide the messy edges. I added some hooks to the front of the jacket so it could be closed. I then made a belt by hemming one side of material and pulling it through, like a tube. I them sewed up the other side and added velcro so it could be done up. I added some velcro to a white piece of foam I cut out so it could attach to the belt.

Beginning the Jacket... (Posted 2nd August 2012)

The jacket was a lot easier to make than I thought it would be. I first began by using a pattern I'd used for a pervious cosplay. I'd altered it to my shape so I knew it would fit nicely. After cutting I pinned and tested the shape. Luckily this jacket had no sleeves so I didn't have to worry about that. Once it all fit I sewed it all together and hemmed the hols were my arms go.

Lining the sleeves (Posted 28th July 2012)

This is the first time that I ever lined anything before. I copied the pattern of the sleeves and made white versions. Then I turned them the right way out and pinned them to the wrong way of the red sleeve (if that makes sense?). I'm not sure if this is the right way or not to sew lining but it worked for me. It turned out rather neat too and gave a more solid shape to the sleeves, making them hang bigger and wider. It really makes the costume look neater now.

Adding the sleeves. (Posted 27th July 2012)

I hate sleeves! These took awhile to get one as I kept getting them the wrong size (I have no idea how I kept doing it). I didn't want them to be too tight at the top but still wanted them to be super baggy at the bottom as the sleeves have to be super wide. Once these finally got on correctly it was time to line them with some white poly cotton.

Attaching the trousers to the top. (Posted 26th July 2012)

I had to re-do this a few times as I didn't like how the trousers lay in the crotch area and also didn't like how puffy it was at the top. Once this was all sorted out I simply straight stitched them together.

The trouser part (Posted 26th July 2012)

Mai at first glance does lok like she's wearing a dress but it's actually just really baggy trousers. I there for made a part of trousers about 2-3 metres wide and sewed them basically together. I them just hemmed up the bottom of the trousers and took them in more at the top when I attached them to the top part of the costume.

Starting on the wig. (Posted 25th July 2012)

I had a long, black wig in my possession which was for another cosplay I never got around to doing. It was very long (around 100cm long?) with no bangs/fringe. I cut the fringe in myself and styled the sides of the wig. I cut the wig too (leaving about 50cm). These extra parts I will be using for the hair buns later on.

Re-starting again. (Posted 25th July 2012)

I unfortuently don't have any pictures I can show of the first top and sleeves I made but they were... well rather terrible.
The shirt fitted badly across me and the sleeves were too tight at the top. The collar as well fell rather weirdly on my neck so I decided to scarp that and start afresh. Of course this was only when I had a couple of weeks left before the convention...

Fabric and cutting patterns. (Posted 27th June 2012)

I was luckily able to buy all my fabric from the local fabric shop. Lucky for me the main red fabric was discounted to just £1.88 a metre, plus the store was having a 20% discount sale on that day for ALL purchases so I saved about a £10! Fantastic!

I started to cut my main pattern pieces out, mainly for the red body part of the outfit. I had to move house so progress stopped for about 3 weeks.

The gloves. (Posted 25th June 2012)

The glove were very simple to do. I bought a pair of long, satin, black gloves from eBay (Around £3) and cut the fingers off to create fingerless gloves.

EDIT: After wearing them at the con I need to re-sew the seems as they fell apart on me.