Hello! I want to cosplay Mami Tomoe to MCM Expo in October, and I'm currently stuck in a bit of a dilemma as to whether to buy the costume from ebay or make it myself. So I figured I could try and get some rough guidelines for the things I'm unsure about before making my decision.
Shirt: This is my main barrier. I don't really want to make it from scratch, since I don't have /that/ much sewing experience, but I will if I have to I guess. Does anyone have any tips on modifying some sort of shirt? Some help with making puffy sleeves would be sweet, and the main thing I'm having problems with is the two fabric strips down the center of her shirt. If I just modified a normal button-up shirt, how would I go about doing this so I can still actually fasten the shirt? Is there a kind of other shirt I could modify that would allow me to add the stripes in bias tape and still allow fastening?
Corset: I do not plan on actually making this a proper corset, so I kinda plan on just making some sort of wrap to go around my middle (almost like a corset, just with no boning). How would I go about putting in a zipper? Would it be best to put one in the back or put on at the front under the two sandy coloured strips? Or is there some other sort of fastening that would work better?
Socks: These arent /that/ much of a problem to me, but would carefully painting stripes on a pair of socks work?