Costume :Madoka
Variant :Magical Girl
Source :Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Progress :Complete
Worn At :MCM London Comic Con October 2014

Costume Photos

Madoka 3

Madoka 2

Madoka 1

My Wig! ((Unstyled))

Reference Artwork


Costume Information

Cost : Approx £141

This happened all of a sudden, a coupe of friends wanted to cosplay from Madoka so I kind of latched on, and then I suggested May Expo.
I was gonna buy this costume but I've changed my mind and decided to undertake the massive task of making it myself. I see a lot of ribbons and gathers in my future and I'm not so sure I can handle it... That aside, this is going to be a great opportunity to learn some new skills as well as practice those that I have but maybe aren't too good at- keeping things neat and tidy, for example!


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Good luck~! Madoka is tricky but so fun to make :D enjoy all the ruffles!

by Exelia on Tuesday, 29 April, 2014 - 09:43
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Oh wow, this would be great to see!

by InfiniteJester on Tuesday, 29 April, 2014 - 12:16
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So cute! :D

by PandoraCaitiff on Friday, 5 June, 2015 - 12:16

To-Do List

Cut and Sew DressHighIn Progress
Cut and Style WigHighPlanned
Buttons and DetailsMediumPlanned
Bows and RibbonsMediumPlanned
Dress PatternsLowComplete
Gather and Sew PetticoatLowIn Progress
Soul GemLowPlanned
Soul GemLowPlanned
Socks and GlovesLowPlanned
Socks and GlovesLowPlanned

Shopping List

White Polycotton [Puff Sleeves- 3m]£8.25Bought
Pink Bias Binding [Puff Sleeves- 5m]£1.25Bought
Red Bias Binding [Puff Sleeves- 2m]£1.00Bought
Dark Pink Polycotton [Bows- 2m]£5.50Bought
Red Polycotton [Bows- .5m]£1.37Bought
Red Ribbon [Shoes- 2m]£1.10Bought
White Lycra [Gloves- .5m]£3.87Bought
Pink Bias Binding [Gloves- 1m]£0.50Bought
Pink Buttons [Dress- x5]£1.55Bought
White Bias Binding [Dress- 5m]£2.00Bought
White Polycotton [Petticoats- 7.5m]£20.62Bought
White Dress Net [Petticoats- 3.8m]£5.13Bought
White Satin Ribbon 35mm [Petticoats- 35.8m]£25.06Bought
White Bias Binding [Petticoats- 16.6m]£8.30Bought
White Zipper [Petticoats]£1.30Bought
Light Pink Polycotton [Dress- 4m]£11.00Bought
Yellow Polycotton [Dress- 1m]£2.75Bought
Light Pink Polycotton [Petal Skirt- ???]£2.75To Buy
Red Bias Binding [Petal Skirt- ???]£0.50To Buy
White Embroidery Thread [Petal Skirt- ???]£0.25To Buy
White Lycra [Socks- ???]£7.75To Buy


WIPs 14/10/14 Part 2 (Posted 14th October 2014)

So when I first started making this costume months ago, I tried making the Bodice pattern from scratch. I carried on from this yesterday and realized it worked somewhat and the fit was lovely, but for some reason it was baggy around the top line and didn't sit quite right. I put this down to lack of practice, and wrote that first try off as a failure.
Instead of wasting more fabric, I took a plain white shirt and used that as a pattern with some modification. It's a bit of a cheat, but I don't want to waste even MORE fabric incase I still don't get the fit right. I need to add a dart or two, but overall this fits much better.

Lastly, I got my Petal Skirt cut! I was kind of worried about this because it's like, a third Circl-Skirt Math and the rest is guesswork. I used a half-circle again so it sits properly ontop of my cupcake poof. I still need to add the bias binding on the edges, but apart from that I'd say it was all ready to go! I made the "hole" for it a bit big, hopefully to make it easier when putting it on, but apart from that it fits nicely. Phew!

WIPs 14/10/14 Part 1 (Posted 14th October 2014)

Today was a SUPER productive day, and I'm pleased with how far I got even if it wasn't quite what I'd hoped to achieve.
First of all, I got all of my Petticoat fabrics cut for my first run. I'm using this tutorial: http://bit.ly/1vc8Bjm (one of the ones I mentioned before).
I've made everything from half-circle skirts. So there's a bottom layer that's half polycotton, two layers on top of that made of Tulle, and then a full top layer that's plain white. IF this isn't enough, all I intend to do is repeat the two tulle layers and sew everything to one chunky waistband. There's over 35m of White Ribbon involved in there, so I've got a LOT of gathers to do. It's time-consuming, but at least it's simple.

The next thing I finally got around to doing is cutting/styling Madoka's wig! She finally has a scruffy fringe. I want the pigtails to look somewhat messy like they do in the anime, so I keep backcombing them slightly. Last thing I need to do to the wig is attach hair hair bows to the pigtails- that way they'll always be in the right place.

Bodice Tutorials. (Posted 28th April 2014)

I'm determined to get everything right on this one so this time, here are some tutorials for the bodice. I was uncertain on modifying a bodice block neckline so went to the internet for help. It proved fruitful!
Princess Seam: http://www.clothingpatterns101.com/princess-seam.html. I intend to use this to make the pattern on the front, and to make sure it looks neat.
Sweetheart Neckline: http://www.clothingpatterns101.com/sweetheart-neckline.html. Madoka's collar looks as though it's just a lower, more square sweetheart leckline. So, I've done a little reading up on how to modify my pattern to a Sweetheart without too much trouble. My main worry was how it would sit with the darts but that doesn't seem to be too much of an issue, looking at things.
Puffed Sleeves: http://www.yukishirocosplay.com/Puffed%20Sleeve%20Tutorial.pdf. One thing I'm also not very good at is sleeves! So this mini tutorial on puffed sleeves is a little bit of a godsend, truth be told!
Sleeves: http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/24362/create-a-custom-sleeve-pattern.... Oh, here's the tutorial for making a basic sleeve in the first place!

Shoes and Wig (The Basics) (Posted 28th April 2014)

I've now bought a wig and placed a bid on some shoes. Very excited to see if I win or not, they're very cute looking! I bought the shoes first because it's going to be easier to color-match the red details once I have those shoes, rather than choosing a fabric/bias that I like and having to find shoes the right color to match! I also need to start looking at the two shades of pink I want to use, too.
The Wig is here: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/230997535082?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=...
And the Shoes are here: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/291129380217?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=...

Skirt Tutorials! (Posted 1st April 2014)

For me to come back to later, here are the two skirt tutorials found on a very helpful Tumblr, as well as third showing how I make my circle skirts.
Circle Skirt Layers: http://rufflebuttcosplay.deviantart.com/art/Madoka-Petticoat-Tutorial-25...
Tulle Layers: http://www.rocknrollbride.com/2011/11/diy-tutorial-multi-layered-tulle-p...
Circle Skirt Basics: http://whatthecraft.com/circle-skirt-tutorial-new-and-improved/
Found another Petti tutorial too! Wonderful! http://doxiequeen1.tumblr.com/post/49389858251/making-a-ruffly-cupcake-s...