6th August 2012: Attaching the buns to the wig. 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).
5th August 2012: Making the wig buns. After finding this very helpful tutorial:
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.
5th August 2012: The finished thing. 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.
4th August 2012: Finishing the jacket... 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.
2nd August 2012: Beginning the Jacket... 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.
28th July 2012: Lining the sleeves 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.
27th July 2012: Adding the sleeves. 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.
26th July 2012: Attaching the trousers to the top. 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.
26th July 2012: The trouser part 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.
25th July 2012: Starting on the wig. 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.
25th July 2012: Re-starting again. 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...
27th June 2012: Fabric and cutting patterns. 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.
25th June 2012: The gloves. 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.
nanahara - 22nd April 2012
HELL YEAH XD I am such a HUGE fan of ATLA and Mai is my fave female character. I cannot wait to see this ^^
miarichan - 22nd April 2012
MAI! She's so awesome~ c: Looking forward to see this!
Felixize - 22nd April 2012
I can see you suiting her a LOT <3
You're both so beautiful and elegant!
JustPeachy - 8th August 2012
This is looking awesome!! Can't wait to see it finished :D
Yasmia - 8th August 2012
Looks awesome huni! Cant wait to see pics of the whole costume together
Manticore Arts - 15th August 2012
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!
Freyarule - 15th August 2012
You made such an adorable Mai!! <3
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