Madam Red (Manga version) - Kuroshitsuji AKA Black Butler


Ayacon 2011


Since wearing Mirka Fortuna at Minamicon 16 I've had a lot of of requests to do more female costumes. Not one to disapoint I've been having a look at some of my favourite characters to see which ones I could realistically do.

Madam Red is one of my favourite characters from Kuroshitsuji. She may be evil but I love her design. Plus, red is actually my fav colour.

With a waist cincher I should be able to achive a more female silouette with this costume so that I'll look the part. Since I'm getting better and wearing/styling wigs I'm happy to wear a wig for this.

*Update Aug 2010*

Sadly, I was unable to get this finished in time for Ame 2010 due to an unplanned house move. I hope to complete her for a birthday meet in Sept.

*Update 2012*
Now listing this as complete even though there are a couple of parts that need adding. Pretty much can wear this as is and it works as a complete costume. May add the parts at a later date.

Captain_Marvelous posted on 30 April, 2010 - 14:54
Agh wicked!!! ever since I said I was doing Grell Ive had like a million madam red offers, you always look so spot on in your Kuro costumes! cant wait to see it!

Sephirayne posted on 30 April, 2010 - 14:55
Oh thank you. I've only done the one Kuro costume so far but I do want to do more as I love the show. Plus its an easier outfit for anime meets. ;)

Anonymous posted on 30 April, 2010 - 15:15
This will look utterly amazing, I just know it! Will have to steal you for photos if we ever wear Kuro to the same con ^w^

Captain_Marvelous posted on 30 April, 2010 - 15:32
Oh my mistake, Ive deff seen your undertaker, I think I saw that at Midlands :)

Sephirayne posted on 30 April, 2010 - 15:41
No worries. Yes, I wore my Undertaker at Midlands.

KhaosKreator posted on 1 May, 2010 - 21:57
I think you suit elegant female costumes really well. I think it's your classy bone structure. -Tab

Angelphie posted on 2 May, 2010 - 19:16
oooo good choice, I'll look forward to seeing this!

Sephirayne posted on 3 May, 2010 - 20:46
Wow! Thank you ever so much Tab. That is such a lovely compliement. Thank you, Angelphie. I'm actually really looking forward to doing this character.

Adamoluna posted on 3 May, 2010 - 21:23
Fabulous outfit! This will suit you so well, cant wait to see! :3

InfiniteJester posted on 6 June, 2010 - 07:53
woop for more kuro love! ul look great as madam red! :)

Anonymous posted on 6 June, 2010 - 10:10
Ooh lovely costume - such a rich, classy tapestry. Look forward to seeing this =^_^=

Sephirayne posted on 6 June, 2010 - 17:33
Thank you everyone. I'm really looking forward to doing this. It makes such a change to what I normally would costume to I'm looking forward to trying out new techniques and methods I haven't used in years. I just hope that when it all comes together that I'll be able to pull her off well considering my lack of lady lumps.

Anonymous posted on 29 June, 2010 - 21:37
ahhh the hat start looks great when i do barbossa i might call on some help with his hat 8D

Sephirayne posted on 29 June, 2010 - 21:42
@Flames-of-M, sure no prob. I have to admit this is the very first time I'm making a hat from scratch. Its actually using a method devised by Angelphie. She might might be able to help as well. Thank you

Pez posted on 19 August, 2010 - 15:35
It sounds great so far! More progress photos? Please?

Sephirayne posted on 19 August, 2010 - 15:53
Thankies Pez, will post them up once I move. I the skirt pretty much done so I'll post those when I can. XX

Komapsunida posted on 5 October, 2010 - 12:32
Woah!! this is so detailed!! I hope to see this at the mcm, please? :3

Sephirayne posted on 5 October, 2010 - 16:09
Thank you, Komapsunida. I hope to have it ready for Oct Expo. Not sure for which day yet. ;)

Ranma1-2 posted on 6 December, 2010 - 22:45
This looks gorgeous Sephy. I look forward to seeing you in it. :) ps unbelievable prices for your fabrics! My kinda shop. :D

Sephirayne posted on 16 December, 2010 - 00:39
Thank you, Ranma ;) You can order from them online www.abakhanfabrics.co.uk

- posted on 24 December, 2010 - 03:18
Looking really good so far. I love the fact your making your hat too. Not many cosplayers who have cosplayed Madam red have made her hat ^^ So excited to see more progress!!

Yes-My-Lord posted on 24 December, 2010 - 11:57
oh wow, can't wait to see this :D I'm thinking of going as Ciel for midlands, we should meet up :D

Sephirayne posted on 3 January, 2011 - 00:31
Thank you both. SachikoYumi, I decided to have a go a building the hat when I realised I would struggle to find one that would be exact. Plus, I wanted to try out hat making. Yes-My-Lord, that would be great. Looking forward to seeing your Ciel.

thoetmosis posted on 16 January, 2011 - 16:10
Can't wait to see the result :)

Monkey posted on 10 February, 2011 - 16:39
I have been completely unaware of this! But awesome! :D I can't wait for you to do this! I'll tell the others to grab our Black Butler cosplays back! XD

Sephirayne posted on 10 February, 2011 - 20:27
Oooo! Thank you Monkey. Be great for BB cosplay love and photo posing groupage <3 Thank you everyone.

Wyrdsister posted on 1 March, 2011 - 23:19
I love the wig test...you should consider that style, it really suits you... maybe not that red :p

Moonchild posted on 1 March, 2011 - 23:23
Wig looks lovely! Also really nice make-up, you look beautiful! ^^

Frederica la Noir posted on 1 March, 2011 - 23:27
Loving the wig! Progress is looking great :) x

KhaosKreator posted on 2 March, 2011 - 00:07
That wig gives you VA-VA -VOOM!

Debbie Ella posted on 2 March, 2011 - 10:26
I'm having a moment of "omg it's a GIRL" followed by "omg it's a HOT girl"! Haha! ;) Love it! ♥

Ranma1-2 posted on 2 March, 2011 - 12:17
Wig and makeup test - LOVE how this looks on you. I think you got it spot on. Can't wait to see the rest of the costume. :)

Sephirayne posted on 2 March, 2011 - 22:56
Oh wow! Thanks everyone. I hope the rest of the costume comes together okay.

Anonymous posted on 9 May, 2011 - 15:55
can't wait to see this. If I see you on the sunday, would love a photo with you - I'll be Cheshire Grell

Sephirayne posted on 17 May, 2011 - 21:31
Thank you. Not sure if I'll have this ready in time for Expo. If I can't then I'll be Undretaker instead. ;)

JustPeachy posted on 5 July, 2011 - 14:18
Yay Madam Red is awesome :D I love your progress so far! I shall be sure to keep an eye out for you at Aya :)

Lisu-chan posted on 5 July, 2011 - 20:01
You look just like Madam Red! Would love to see this!

Sensei_Kate posted on 9 August, 2011 - 23:17
I love the fact your making your own hat! Can't wait to see this :3

Sephirayne posted on 15 August, 2011 - 16:48
Thank you ever so much. Not sure if I'll have the hat ready in time for Ayacon as its taking much longer than I thought. May have to go for a temp fashionista.

eternal_aranel posted on 6 September, 2011 - 10:25
ah! I'm excited for this!! Very rouge! :D

Pandora-Chi posted on 6 September, 2011 - 19:21
The progress for this is amazing!! Even just from the wig and make up test, I can tell you are made to cosplay Madam red ^_~ x

Jyagaimo posted on 6 September, 2011 - 19:59
This is looking really good : D

Deathblow_Prime posted on 5 September, 2012 - 00:07
Looks brilliant so far!

Sephirayne posted on 5 September, 2012 - 14:56
Thank you ever so much. Will be putting up some completed pics very soon ^^

VictoriaRusso posted on 28 January, 2013 - 18:36
this is awesome :D

EileenSkopnik posted on 3 February, 2013 - 21:44
Wow :D So fantstic!! Now this one I have got to see in person too ^_^ You're talent is endless my lovely <3 :D :) ^_^ xXx

Sephirayne posted on 6 February, 2013 - 06:01
Thank you VictoriaRusso. Thank you Eileen, my dear. I hope to re-wear again at some point. Hopefully, with the hat and all the completed accessories. ♥

Siouxsie James posted on 8 March, 2013 - 12:48
What a well made costume :) I hope I have these skills one day!!

Make Bustle pad
Make Hat
Make Jacket
Make Skirt
Make Bustle
Make Shirt
Cut and style wig
Make neck tie
Make Broach
Red Contact lenses

Total cost: £0.00

15th August 2011

Jacket progress

Been working on the jacket today. Didn't get as far as I would have liked yesterday due to ill health but managed to carry on today. Was two minds whether to drop to a single breasted jacket as I tend not to suit double. I will see how it looks when the jacket is done. Pic shows main body done minus sleeves. Lining and trim are next.

13th August 2011

Shirt and Neck tie completed

Manged to finish necktie and shirt today. Bit of a throw together rush job on the necktie but overall pleased with how both it and the shirt looks. Pic shows both with the broach.

9th August 2011

Shirt Progress

I thought I work on something quite easy while I recover from a bruised diaphragm. As I don't have time to make a shirt from scratch I'm adjusting a shop brought one (from George in Asda). I'm adding some lace to the collar and cuffs. This lace will be then used on the neck scarf/tie. Pic shows - Lace prepped for adding to the cuff.

26th July 2011

Working on Bustle and rest of skirt

This is taking longer than originally planned as I'm trying to get the fit and look right. I'm trying to add curves where I have none and its proving a bit tricky. Most likely to add a reasonably sized bustle pad to give me a fabulous Victorian arse XD XD

1st March 2011

Hair and Make-up Test

Madam Red wig and make-up test Make-up is mainly Clinique. I had intended to test with some false eyelashes but the lash glue had dried out. When the costume is finished I'll be hopefully wear some red contacts to finish off the look. Wig is a cheap fancy dress wig that I have cut and styled myself (see more entries in journal). I have also added in some low-lights to add depth.

27th February 2011

Wig progress 3

I've finished adding the low-lights. Now its on to the styling. I went with a much longer wig so I could get the correct length on me. Due to my high hair line most wigs with fringes/bangs can be too short. I measure where I want the length on me marking with some clips. Then put it back on the wig head to cut it. I cut it in sections first doing it gradually so that I don't mess it up. Now the low-lights look great and I'm pleased with the result. Still not completely happy with the fringe I think it needs a bit more work before its worn.

27th February 2011

Wig progress 2

Now that I'm happy with the colour of the low-light effect I now add it to the wig. Selecting small sections I colour using the brown Sharpie pen. I start from the underneath and then work to the top. I do more sections underneath to add a gradual effect. Sadly, the photo hasn't come out well. You can just about see the progress.

27th February 2011

Wig progress 1

I decided to add low-lights to add a bit of depth to the wig. I thought it ended up being too bright so I thought it would help calm it down a little bit. I test ran with a purple and a brown Sharpie pens. The result of the brown I liked more so I went with that. Photo shows how the wig originally looked.

18th January 2011

The jacket

Started work on the jacket yesterday. Its all cut out ready for sewing. I went with a base patten that I adjusted to match the shape of Madam Red's. It will be tailored to give me a more lady like look. It will be fully lined for comfort. I've chosen cotton suiting as the fabric as it was cheap, lightweight and easy to maintain as it requires minimal ironing.

17th September 2010

Broach progress

After a bit of thought I decided to add a piece to my costume. Mainly as a way to keep the cravat/tie secure I decided to create a broach. I also used it as a chance to have a play with some broach parts I've been meaning to have a go with. I brought the base pieces from 'The Bead Shop' in Afflecks Palace. I then put the pieces together. I then painted the design with dry brushing all the layers of red to make the rose really pop. I'm so pleased on how it turned out. I'm thinking about making more just for fun.

29th July 2010

Skirts nearly complete

After making what seems like an endless line of pleats, I'm nearly at the finish line with the bottom half of the costme. The main skirt is complete and is quite full. The front apron jsut needs the waistband soing and the the back half skirt is done. I jsut need to make the bustle and we are nearly there. Once that is done then its the jacket and the hat to complete.

9th July 2010

I has FABRIC!!!

I love love my local fabric place. Managed to find all the red fabric I need for about a £1 a meter. then on top of that they had a sale discout so i got the lot for about £4. So happy with that. I hope to start sewing this evening.

13th June 2010

Starting the hat!

Brought the materials for the hat yesterday. Since I couldn't find one that wasn't over priced I decided to make one. I read Angelphie's method of doing one that she did for her Beauxbuton stundent and decided that its a good method to try. I did look online for other tutorials as well. Hopefully, I'll be able to figure it out and make a start. Then made some progress. This doesn't look like a hat at the moment. This is the dome/crown part of the hat being moulded. Currently this is the first layer. Stretched felt over a hat mould. Then a layer of pva glue to strengthen it. Brim is going to be done next. Thank you to Angelphie for her hat making method.

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