I have never been proud of a costume before, but this one takes the cake for me! Mami is my first completely self-made costume and probably the most detailed, too. I actually received a sewing machine for Christmas, and pulled it out for the first time in July to start on this costume.
~ DETAILS ~
The hat is made of plastic canvas and stretchy blue material. (Contrary to popular belief, Mami's hat actually is blue)
The hair pieces are made of painted Sculpy, an ostrich feather, and a hair clip.
The wig was ordered off Ebay since I have no experience with wigs (yet).
The circle lenses are "Geo Mimi Cafe Latte Brown" from PinkyParadise.
The shirt was made from a compilation of 3 different patterns, which I DON'T recommend doing; I nearly lost my head trying (no pun intended). XD
The corset was made from brown duck cloth instead of pleather, because I felt it would hold it's shape better and look much more accurate. The lines are all homemade bias tape, (which is much harder than it looks) and hand stitched to the corset. The corset is fully functional with boning from WalMart (or thick cable ties work fantastic, too), and it takes two people to get me into it. ^.^'
The skirt was probably the most fun feature of the whole costume! I'm incredibly nit-picky about what fabrics I use, so shopping with me is a nearly intolerable experience. If I found the right color, the composition of the fabric was wrong. If the composition was perfect, the color was a shade off. Then, light shined into my life in the form of a goldenrod blackout curtain (lol, no pun intended; again). These curtains have a thin layer of rubber or something similar to block out light, and it gives the curtain a heavy and thick feel to it. I saw it and fell in love! There was BARELY enough fabric there to make the skirt, but gosh darn it, I made it work. XD
The thigh highs were tights bought from Walmart with elastic hot glued to the inside.
The boots haven't been officially made yet, so I used some black knee-high boots for the convention.
Judge's Choice - AWA 2012