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Sweet Madoka by RuffleButtCosplay Sweet Madoka by RuffleButtCosplay
There it no right place to start, so I'll start from the top and work my way down. I started this costume in April and had originally aimed for it to be done by Anime Boston. After realizing how much work was going to go into it, I quickly changed my mind. Then Binkx asked me to be her Madoka for a group at AX and I said yes.

All of our soul gems were made by Zal. The wig was an Anya wig that was cut and straightened.

The top is a normal 6 piece bodice with rigaline. I regret not making an interfacing later. The heart on the back is kept on with heat and bond. Because of the front, back heart and sleeves, the zipper is in the side back seam.

The top skirt took a LOT of patterning to find what would work without making it look wilty. It also required a lot of math and pi. The bias tape was hand sewn on by Binkx. The skirt also has a gradient that was airbrushed by our friend Han. The jewels are rinestones that I glued on. The petticoat. Oh my lord this petticoat. There are 14 tiers in it, 14 rows of ruffles. There are about 100 yards of hand ruffled ribbon in this costume. They were also all fray checked and cut down since I didn't have a serger at my disposal. Inside each organza layer, it a layer of tulle. In the third later is 4 cups made of horse hair to help keep it fluffy. A LOT of work went into the skirt and was by far the hardest part. The skirt is complete with bloomers.

The bow base is a long stem rose with a bunch of stuff cut off and added to it. The shoes were painted by someone in our group who did an amazing job.

I have to thank Binkx a lot for helping me out with some of the hand sewing. Between this and the Last Exile costume, my hands were destroyed. She was amazing for putting up with me.

If you would like to see our skit, here is a link! [link]

Link to my tutorial! [link]

Photo by LJinto!
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funstuffie Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my goodness this costume is so perfect *.* It always bothered me with a lot of madoka cosplays that the skirt didn't have that poof, and you did the skirt perfectly! I loved your skit as well!
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Peacherine Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You look so wonderful! It's immediately obvious how much effort you put into everything. The skirt especially looks perfect- it holds its shape and looks so poofy fun to wear! And I totally hear you with how hard it is to draft and test patterns for things like that. On my last costume, I needed to make a floor-length circle skirt with deep scallops along the bottom edge. I actually had to use trig formulas to double check some measurements! My high school math teachers would be proud lol...

It's also so nice to read about how the outfits are made. I love reading those descriptions as much as looking at the pictures! It's interesting to learn what worked and didn't work for other people, or finding out that "oh, so I'm not the only one who does it this way!" :)

Again, you look incredible. Keep it up, and thanks for sharing!
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Death-Pony7 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm impressed with how well the skirt turned out.  This whole costume looks like unbelievably labor intensive.

I have to admit that the last episode of this series made me really emotional.  It was so beautifully executed!
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RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
It was so good. I just saw the third movie. DESTROYED.
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Death-Pony7 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
I almost completely forgot about the third movie!  You reminded me just in time, as another showing has been added.  Thank you!  I'm going to be an emotional wreck afterwards!
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Kahunamaxx Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely adorable - and beautiful corset :D
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RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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xPandaPopx Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw your petticoat tutorial first, and I just started the ribbon ruffling process, but I see here that you said you only have 100 yards of ruffled ribbon -- was that originally 500 yards of unruffled ribbon? That's what I got from the petticoat tutorial and I decided to cut out one of the tiers so I bought 350 yards of 1.5" ribbon. Did I understand correctly, or am I just going to be swimming in ribbon now? XD
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RuffleButtCosplay Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I realized in the tutorial my phrasing was poor, I meant 50 in total, then cut in half to be 100. There's only 100 in mine.
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moyashisoba Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
kawaii^^
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