Kujaku Mai/Mai Valentine

Cosplayer: Pandora-Chi

Variant: Duelist Kingdom

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

19th March 2012: EVIDENCE!! I came across this when I was browsing through screen caps and thought it'll be a fun shot XD Also back to the photo, I'm actually sitting on a low fence for which funny enough, I was too short to climb so ironically Pegasus had to help me up LOL

16th March 2012: Duelist kingdom cards This was a last minute decision and doesn't really need to be done but I put together these cards :D which means yes they are fake but I was thinking maybe I could use them as an extra little prop for a photo or something X3 When I was thinking about these, I stupidly almost forgot one of the most important things - the deck OTL

10th March 2012: Duel glove complete Took a few hours but I tackled the cuff!! :D (Even though it was a messy job XD) One thing I did miscalculate a tad with this is how wide to make the cuff ... From what I made, there's just enough of a gap to fit all 10 stars on it but from other images, the star chips should be about 1cm to 1.5cm apart... But I didn't wanna change the size of the star chips cos I thought they were fine so I went with it and if I made the cuff any wider, it'll be a little OTT ^^;; Made of cardboard, sponge, fabric and alot of tape XD

10th March 2012: Duelist glove wip The last bit of Mai's cosplay to be made cos it wouldn't be fully complete without the glove. At first I thought I was gonna have to get some fabric and a glove pattern to make this from scratch which I was dreading ¬.¬
Then one day when I was looking for a pair of evening gloves for one of my other cosplays, I came across one seller who sold the pair you see in the left photo and I just had to buy it *_* I just couldn't believe my luck cos it was the perfect shade and was really cheap! :D
The photo on the right is what it looks like after I cut them to be fingerless, hemmed it to be shorter and added the studs :3 .. now all that's left is the cuff (which has taken me FOREVER to think of a solution DX)

8th March 2012: Bag complete :D Yosha!! I now not only have a prop but a place to put all my junk in XD Even though I used interfacing it still wasn't that stiff but I'm not too bothered cos that means I can keep a comfy cushion in there XD For my first time ever making a bag I'm quite pleased; though I took A LOT of short cuts OTL I'm quite proud of the little pocket in particular cos I've got a separate place to put the hankerchief :3

7th March 2012: Bag progress Ok I know I really shouldn't have but I started making the bag cos I felt the cosplay was a little empty without it and I never thought I'd find myself going through so much just to make it XD
Like the title indicates, it's still in working progress as it's not lined and the only thing maintaining its shape is a cushion XD You take that out and turn it upside down it becomes a russian hat LOL (Yes I did put it on my head for laughs XD)
It was my first time making a bag hence did take a bit of planning ... It was simple to sew everything together but the preparation of all the little things took so so long DX I had to make bias tape, sew the little pocket at the front together, draw out a net diagram of how the bag looks from different angles of screencaptures I analysed, decide on fabric choices and shades and ultimately involved a lot of time consuming measurements DX To complete it, I will need to pop out to grab some interfacing as anything I do have isn't appropriate for this bag and also, grab some gold studs or buttons to embellish it :)

5th March 2012: STAR CHIPS!!! :D I only had enough to make 5 star moulds which meant I could only cast 5 at a time per day but I am so happy that I have 10 (Even though I over sprayed some of them XD Hope the next batch works out better as I promised samanthakaiba I'll make another 10 for her ^_~

4th March 2012: Decisions, decisions .... After I made one, I tested other ways to colour the star chips. (From top to bottom) The 1st star is opaque gold, the 2nd is more translucent being weaker in colour and the 3rd is after when it's casted; spray painted gold and sealed (which is what I decided to go with in the end :D)

3rd March 2012: Star chips wip I brought a pack of different sized stars but there were only 6 in the perfect size - I was gonna go back to the same store to buy another pack but they ran out so I had no choice but to first create a mould and then make them ^^; The red star is what I used to create the shape and the star on the bottom was my first attempt at making them where it came out opaque (which was fine cos they don't need to be transparent.

2nd March 2012: Boot covers I haven't made boot covers since 2010 with my Alice B rabbit cosplay and it shows how much I despise making them XD Took me a few days to plan and actually sew these together DX I coulda saved myself a little trouble and used stretchy fabric but for the sake of matching, I had to use the same cotton as I did for the outfit ^^;; Before I delved into cutting the actual fabric, I of course made a mock up - I don't usually do this but for boot covers but it was important and I didn't trust myself XD With these done though, I've basically completed the outfit :3 It's just some potential props I need to make....

1st March 2012: Belt So I finally have time to return to this cosplay and I've got 2 weeks to complete it and you know what - I'm still procrastinating XD It's just the annoying things left so I began by doing the least annoying thing - the belt (yeah not really much progress at all OTL)
Originally I began this belt by first using some left over black leatherette whilst also creating a buckle (I looked at all the high street stores and no where does this specific buckle) But when I sewed the belt, the leatherette was really tough to turn inside out so I abandoned this idea and opted to buy a black belt and replace the buckle instead. The top photo shows the original and the bottom is the edited one. The one annoying thing about this belt was that I couldn't decide to make it oval or a circle since the anime drew it either way. DX In the end obviously, I chose the oval shape cos of preference.

5th December 2011: Under 'corset' top complete :) In the end, to solve the lace problem, I hand sewed the ribbon and pressed some studs into finish (Hurrah for unexpected finds! 8D) The ribbon colour I chose to be gray in the end. I was gonna go for white but I found by using white, it'll blend in with the top and just make the studs visible which would look weird. I was considering black but I felt it was a little 'harsh'. Either way, happy that I've completely it and it doesn't look too bad with the jacket (though it does look like a shirt XD)

5th December 2011: Lacing formation LOL to the most insanely crap drawing ever XD But this is the quickest and easiest way to explain my point - I haven't been able to complete the under top as early I'd like to cos of deciding on the lacing and finishing of it. When I looked at the lacing on Mai's top, it annoyingly always changed in the anime ¬¬ and I couldn't exactly follow how it's drawn in the manga cos *ahem* it's a tad open to the point where things could easily pop out - Thanks a lot Takahashi-san ¬.¬
Anyways, on with the drawing - after sitting down and looking through screenshots from the anime, I have VERY roughly jotted down the three most common ways that the lace has been drawn - in the end I decided to go for the 2nd formation as it seems to be the most popular choice from the screen captures.
HOWEVER, cos of this, I had to find a way to lace it - at first I was gonna punch in some eyelets and thread the ribbon through but this wouldn't have worked from the way it's laced and I'd be tying the lace into a bow to secure it (For accuracy sake, I didn't wanna do that) But then I finally thought of a solution :D

4th December 2011: Jacket 95% complete :D Almost complete - just gotta iron it down once more and hand sew some areas to place :) My first time actually making a proper jacket and I has one! :D I couldn't believe how deceivingly hard it was to make though - from the beginning all the way to sewing the bias tape in has been a journey DX But with that outta the way, I can get on with the skirt and belt :)

1st December 2011: Straps sewn The one thing that has taken me so goddamn long to sew this jacket was to decide on the order of what to sew where and when - the straps made this problem worse as I had to position them on the jacket SYMMETRICAL! along with the purple strip of fabric that's also seen on Mai's jacket (Handmade bias tape used for this :D) This actually took quite a while for me to do ^^;;
It sounds simple but it sure wasn't >.< The straps needed to be straightly hanged - I bet you're thinking, but wouldn't u just pin it straight on the jacket??? I stupidly thought this until I tried it on and they slanted so you can see my problem DX - seriously I need a dress dummy! It woulda been so useful for this damn jacket embellishment! >.< But it was a relief to finally get them postioned right BUT the nightmare didn't stop there ¬.¬
The next problem was actually sewing them on DX Again, sounds simple but it was frustrating when the thread kept breaking on the machine and it was way too thick to sew by hand cos underneath the 'bias tape' I decided to add an extra strip of fabric to give it a bit of a relief from the jacket DX Godamn me and my ideas >.< Luckily though I had some upholstery thread which was conveniently purple that I nabbed off my friend ages ago! :D It sewed through like a charm! ^^

26th November 2011: Strap complete After much spraying and waiting, I finally got my two buckle straps ready to be sew on the jacket :) You wouldn't believe it but I actually had quite a bit of drama with these straps ¬¬ For example, the first set of straps I made were too wide so I had to sew them to fit, the paint would keep leaving marks and at times peel off cos I applied too much spray paint and had to reapply them etc. ...But got there in the end!! Hurrah!

20th November 2011: Buckle and strap I dunno what you actually call them but those silver things hanging down the jacket, I always saw them as those buckles that you often get on bags - So I decided to purchase a couple - I notice there is a black line design running though them but I decided to leave it as I think it'll look odd if I tried to add the line on
It was a bit of a long shot that I'd get them in silver though but that's where spray paint comes handy :D The first set I got however, I found to be too small so I got larger ones instead.
Also, I was debating on what strap to use for it - I had a few choices that I felt woulda been appropriate - The 1st one - I dunno what fabric it's called but it's most often used for bags strap, 2nd Navy Poly drill and 3rd leatherette - I woulda personally gone for the 1st option but to my bad luck the width was too small for the buckle >.< so in the end I sided on poly drill as I could cut it to size and it's nice to work with :D

15th November 2011: Jacket colour I gathered some samples ages ago deciding on what colour I should use for Mai's jacket. It was actually quite a pain trying to find a perfect match for hers - when I came across a set of purple fabrics, it was like, too light, too dark etc. After much research and hunting, I finally narrowed it down to three -
(Left to right: Grape, dark violet and purple) In the end I chose grape as it had the correct shade :D (But I have to be very sparing with it as (I kid you not) I went 6000 miles just to find it cos my local stores are useless! XD

11th November 2011: Jacket WIP Ok I don't usually make a mock up but cos the pattern I purchased had really weird sizes, I had to just to test the jacket - literally made it very quickly outta left over lining and pinning the back of the corset thing just to see how it sits - so far I'm happy with it :D and apologes for it being made up of different colours cos I kept running outta the same coloured lining XD

11th November 2011: White top WIP I don't believe it but I decided to start this cosplay even though I was planning it for LATE next year XD Taken me two days so far but I have the base of the white top since I finally got the pattern appropriate for it :)
Spent the first day cutting 30, yes 30 panels DX which was painful -_- and spent today sewing the thing together - also added boning which I wasn't gonna do originally but noticed it was way too frumpy without it ^^;
I just have to add the zip (which I still need to buy) and figure out how to lace the top cos it's different in every image from the anime...

9th November 2011: Mai reference Shots of the front, back, under top and proof she wears earrings :)

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SamanthaKaiba - 2nd September 2011
Your other Mai was amazing so cannot wait for this one

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KiraraYumi - 11th November 2011
Yessss, more Mai from you! <3 Can't wait to see how this turns out!

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SamanthaKaiba - 11th November 2011
Progress is looking great ^_^

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Nomes - 18th November 2011
30 panels! Now that's dedication. The top looks fabulously well shaped though.

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SamanthaKaiba - 4th December 2011
Im loving the progress so much ^_^ you're going to look fantastic

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Mangamad - 4th December 2011
Coolness. I'm sure you'll do well. ^o^b

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Pandora-Chi - 4th December 2011
Omg I just realised I never left a comment on my wall which is unusual DX Thank you so much everyone for the comments -^^-
@ Kirarayumi - I really wasn't gonna put this up but alas I cracked! XD
@ nomes - I needed to include lining and interfacing and wanted the top to be nicely fitted so it was painful cutting all those panels out but got there in the end XD and thank you for the comment on the top lovely - hope to complete it soon by adding the lace :) x
@ samantha - always thank you so much sweetie for your kind words - I hope I can do as good as a job or even better on this :) x
@ mangamad - Thank you! - I hope so too XD

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SamanthaKaiba - 2nd March 2012
Love the belt...how did you change the buckle as I think i need to do that with one of my belts, but was unsure of how to do this and yours looks amazing

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Pandora-Chi - 2nd March 2012
@ samantha - Aww I'm gkad u think it looks ok cos the method I used was really easy and a real cheat XD basically, I just unpicked the stitches where the buckle was being attached, removed it and then stuck the new buckle on top of the belt XD Then I held it together with Velcro XD

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Nomes - 2nd March 2012
Lovely boot covers. Very neat.

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XxSylentiumxX - 5th March 2012
Really good progress Ellen- can't wait to see this at Kita!

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SamanthaKaiba - 5th March 2012
Loving the star chips ^_^ can't wait to get mine...thanks again for making them for us ^_^

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Nomes - 5th March 2012
I'm loving the star chips. That is dedication! What did you use to make the mold?

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Pandora-Chi - 6th March 2012
@ xXSylentiumXx - Aww thank you but I'm actually draggin battle city Mai to Kita though it's very tempting to drag Duelist Kingdom Mai too - I blame my friend Samantha XD
@ Samanthakaiba - Thank you and no problem lovely ^^ I hope to make your batch of star chips so much more nicer than mine XD x
@ Nomes - I was only meant to make the outfit but I just couldn't resist making the stars on the side XD I used Siligum to make the mould :3 I was pleasantly surprised by the detail of the imprint from the stars x

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Solaria - 7th March 2012
Ahhh so excited for this i loveeeeeeee you as Mai <3333

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Natsumi - 7th March 2012
The progress for this is fab, love that you've actually made star chips! XD that's a really nice touch!
Can't wait to see it all put together!

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KiraraYumi - 10th March 2012
I adore how you're getting every single detail! <3 Cannot WAIT to see everything together!

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SamanthaKaiba - 10th March 2012
Loving all of this and the duel glove looks great...^_^

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Eloraborealis - 10th March 2012
You make such a good Mai, fantastic work! :D

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Natsumi - 10th March 2012
Amazing!! Love those gloves *_* they look brilliant! It's come
Together so nicely! V pretty!

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Nomes - 10th March 2012
This looks amazing! Your attention to detail really brings Mai to life.

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SamanthaKaiba - 19th March 2012
love the shots...the drink one is awesome...you really are Mai here ^_^

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FuriePhoenix - 19th March 2012
loks ace! and check out those legs! lol

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Nomes - 20th March 2012
Fabulous!!! Your attention to detail is inspiring. I must say I love the Pegasus picture though. It screams 'peekaboo!'

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Captain_Marvelous - 20th March 2012
Its so good!

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Tsuchinoko - 20th March 2012
It was great seeing you again at Minami, I love the creepy Pegasus picture XDDD

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LemonPanda - 20th March 2012
eeee~ more mai<3 can't belive how much this suitsss youuuu~ >3
these photos are too cute * 3*
you need more full view ones though >] show the costume<3

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Pandora-Chi - 21st March 2012
Thank you so much everyone :)

@ samanthakaiba - it was by complete accident I came across that screencap - ironic how she's the second blond who I cosplayed that 'advertises' Pepsi XD And thank you so much - I do hope to get more photos up soon x
@ Furiephoenix - Thank you lovely and lol a lot of leg was on display cos the skirt kept riding up XD
@ Nomes - lol I just had to upload that photo - I quite like the creepy vibe it gives XD I'm quite surprised with myself how this came out in terms of detail cos I love how there was so much I could play around with :)
@ Tsuchinoko - it was so lovely seeing you too ^^ I think everyone loves the creepy Pegasus picture XD I especially love the ones where everyone is beating him up and am tempted to upload those up here XD
@ Lemonpanda - Thank you my dear and yes true, I'll need to upload a few more pnotos me thinks; hopefully soon :) x

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CrystalNeko - 21st March 2012
My gosh you look amaaaaazing as Mai! You suit her so so much and I agree that more people need to make the Duelist Kingdom version. You look so awesome and the costume is perfect, am particularly fond of the glove.

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Tsuchinoko - 30th October 2012
Oooh, the new photo with the lighting effects is really nice! =)

Sorry I missed you at the Expo this time, btw.
It must have been the most hectic one I've ever been to so I missed out on seeing / finding some people.

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SamanthaKaiba - 30th October 2012
Love the new photos and love the escalator shot...^_^ needs to be a mandatory shot for all outfits ^_^

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springinstep - 23rd August 2013
I adore Mai so much and you've made such a wonderful costume for her! <3