View Full Version : Full Metal Alchemist: Maes Hughes

03-13-2006, 09:27 AM

After some discussion and research, I've decided to start building my Maes Hughes costume! I already have the awesome site http://www.storms-end.com/cosplay/hagaren_uniforms/ to look at and have already started purchasing some items (such as the pattern for the jacket). I have looked at the various material out there, and will more than likely go with a poly cotton blend, since that's what my real uniform is made out of and holds a crease quite nicely. I'd like to ask those that have already made FMA uniforms if there is any tips or suggestions that you can make that you wish you could have known about before you made your costume that you could pass along to me. One thing I've noticed is that some people tend to make the silver edge really wide, I plan on avoiding that. Also I think that the slightly darker blue looks better and closer to the cartoon than the lighter blue. Thoughts?

For the Aiguillette I'm going to probably go with a dark gold U.S. Army Aiguillettes (Dress uniform version) and modify it, and go with yellow for the shoulder boards. Also, being in the military I know about "boot blousers". These handy little green worms as we like to call them secure around the pant bottom and the pants themselves blouse over the boot giving the desired effect seen in the show. I'm also thinking about going with bellbottom pants like my dress uniform so that the blousing looks a little better. I havent' quite figured out what I'm doing for the rank ribbons, although I'd love to do the lego blocks...I think they look really good.

Anyway, any suggestions on materials you used and liked, colors you liked etc would be appreciated!


p.s. ended up snagging metal versions of the collor devices for $5 on ebay :D I'm also thinking of going with a copper pipe cap (1/4") as well as a copper pipe "T" for use with the Aiguillettes (I'll just sand em and spray paint them metallic silver).

Rhys Ifane
03-13-2006, 11:02 AM
All I can say is I would definitely avoid that brighter blue on the uniform. I've seen a lot of people with it that color and I find it really distracting. The one that seems a couple shades darker than a true blue, IMHO, makes it feel a bit more natural.

03-13-2006, 10:32 PM
I as well plan on cosplaying Maes Hughes for a Con in November. Incidentally, it will be my second Con, and my second costume, so I'm a tad nervous. I've got no sewing experience, but have friends and family willing to help, so, I'm not sure if I will be buying or making my costume yet. My fear with making it is it will look bad; I would really like this to turn out great, as Hughes is awesome and I love the military uniform.

I'd love to see how yours turns out, and hear any helpful hints people have.

Good luck, and have fun! :reverse:

03-21-2006, 04:59 AM
Woot, just got the first part of my costume, the pins. Got them for an unbelivable price on ebay from someone over in HK. Here is a link to the seller: http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQfgtpZ1QQfrppZ25QQsassZ4thQ5fsurvivor

and here is a current listing for a pin set: http://cgi.ebay.com/new-full-metal-alchemist-military-pin-for-cosplay_W0QQitemZ6044593975QQcategoryZ88928QQrdZ1Q QcmdZViewItem

From the day I won to receiving it took only 10 days. The pins arent as high quality as those that some lucky people got when the series came out, but for the price (imho) it was worth it.


Eilis Angelos
03-21-2006, 08:20 AM
Well, the most amazing military costumes I've ever seen are here (http://fate.chu.jp/photo051230-1.html). I never even considered a military uniform until I saw those because I didn't like the blue in them before. Maybe that will give you some inspiration, at least for material. :)

03-21-2006, 02:05 PM
Wow. They look really good, although Hughes isn't supposed to have a gunbelt. The uniforms themselves look quite the high quality, although I don't think I'll be wearing the same type of boots >.> I have my boots from my batman and han solo costumes still (they are standard black riding/calvary boots). I noticed they also used military ribbons for their ribbon racks, something I've been debating back and forth. Buying real ribbons and then putting new fabric on them to match the colors. I actually am having my costume made due to time constraints and again...cost effectiveness. http://www.qqcosplay.com is making my uniform for 85 bucks. That's hard to beat. The only request I made of them is to use a darker blue for the costume, because I think the light blue is....well....to light. They have been very receptive and I should see my costume in another week or so. There are a few things I didn't like about the costume they are making but they should be easy to fix...like the way the Augillette attatches to the costume. I'm probably going to take a pipe end and spray it silver and attatch it to a keyring and that will be what connects to the costume. The link you posted looks almost what mine will look like. All my other costumes I've made and I don't think I could come close to beating that when it came down to buying patterns, fabric, dye, and then the time to fit it and actually sew it.

As for the glasses, I was going to use my military issue safety glasses, but holy crap I found the perfect and I mean PERFECT glasses up on ebay. I uploaded em to my photos so you can check em out.


03-21-2006, 06:26 PM
I added some photos to my gallery, including a concept for a ribbon rack for hughes taking hardware from real military ribbons and finding some of my own material. The pic represents how it *should* look depending on if I can get matieral similar to that found on ribbons.


edit: oops, sorry bout the reference pic, it's been deleted ^^;

03-27-2006, 04:35 PM
Yay! My costume is 98% complete. All I have is to make a silver cap and use a keychain ring for the end of the rope on the costume and I'll be set. I posted a picture of me in costume, and with my wife who could double as gracia ;) In june my daughter will be born and I'll have a full costume and supporting family muhahahha.


03-28-2006, 06:51 AM
That looks ace!!!!

Yey you! Love the colour - it looks a lot better than the lighter blue

Lis x

03-28-2006, 08:37 AM

It isn't as dark as it looks because of the lighting, but I'm pretty happy with it. There is a chance I can still go to the con in richmond in june, hopefully I'll be able to show it off there.


03-28-2006, 01:15 PM
It still looks fab :bigtu:

*fingers crossed you can get to the con*

im thinking of doing a Riza cosplay at a UK con in October - might get it made tho as it looks rather hard for someone who cant sew very well. But now i know they do it well i may use the people you did :)

Lis x

03-28-2006, 01:35 PM
I, being a male, am not the best at sewing. I did however do most of the sewing work on my gandalf costume with the help of my mother-in-law. Of course gandalf's costume isn't supposed to be crisp and militaristic, it's supposed to be out-doorsey (or at least that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!) My wife and I started looking at patterns etc when I found out about qqcosplay. For the cost of materials, patterns, and time it was well worth it. There were a few things I didnt like....the rank ribbons they had, and there was no pins on the collar. But as I made my own ribbons, and won the metal ones on ebay, I used a stitch ripper and took off what they had to replace it with my own. The material is rather light-weight so it should be nice in the warm weather. They also lined the vest so it isn't raw material on the inside like most of the costumes I've made :angel2: Another nice thing is that it feels pretty solid, like it can take a few glomps. My previous costume I was always a little leery on the wear and tear.

If you need me to send any more pics of the costume, let me know.


03-28-2006, 01:38 PM
pics would be great hun thanks

*bounces* i thought the price was fantastic when i went to their website - i wasnt sure about how good they would be but it looks excellent!

Lis x

03-28-2006, 11:21 PM
http://www.qqcosplay.com is making my uniform for 85 bucks. That's hard to beat. The only request I made of them is to use a darker blue for the costume, because I think the light blue is....well....to light.

OMG-- you make an AMAZING Hughes! (And eventually, you're going to have the whole family in on the action!) "Baby's first Cosplay" not long after birth. That's a record, I believe! :bigtu:

It is nice to see someone else who is also in the "darker-is-better club!" My FMA uniform is a commission a friend of mine is doing for me (I'll be darned if I'm going to tackle THAT myself, even though I can sew) and I bought her a navy fabric to make it with. Suraline Gabardine, for anyone who is looking for fabrics. Best stuff EVAR:


IMO, miltary uniforms made in the bright blue color look unauthentic, since uniforms are usually drab colors, not brights. I went even further in taking "artistic license" with the costume and went with *metallic* gold for the augillette and shoulder insignia. I saw the gold Army dress uniform cords on Vanguard's website, but they were VERY pricy. I got mine from a marching band site, believe it or not!
I tried using SoldierCity.com for my stars, but the biggest size they had were still too small. And Vanguard doesn't have photos on their site of ANY of their products. (Not good for people who to NOT have actual military experience...) Hopefully, I'll come across something suitable...

I have to do more research on the "boot blousers"-- might be a good idea!

Hope you get a chance to show off your costume sometime this year. Looks like it is going to be *fabulous*! If you are in the VA/DC area, you should look into going to Anime USA - it isn't until November. So Baby should be here by then! :)

Well, the most amazing military costumes I've ever seen are here (http://fate.chu.jp/photo051230-1.html).

Wow-- those are fantastic! Especially HAVOC! (OMG, <3 Havoc...)
They even got the *hair* right on! :bigtu: