A message from meguka-meduka

I was wondering since I'm thinking about cosplaying Mami Tomoe from Puella Magi, how I would go about making the costume (I'm a newb at sewing) and where to get a pre-styled wig, and what to do about those boots omg (sorry for all the questions, I'm just kinda stuck :u)

Heeeere we go. This is my general Tomoe Mami tag, which should have just about “everything”, but you may also like these particular posts:

 Boots; the base boots I used are from a seller that doesn’t exist anymore but searching for “blonde” cowboy boots tends to work.

Shirt Pattern 

Thigh highs; Unfortunately the fabric I used is no longer offered by the seller I used, and I have not been able to find a replacement. You might have to do some digging here.

Mami’s Rifle tag and Rifle Pattern 

Installing Horsehair: intensely useful for the skirt.

Our fabric choices


Difficulties? A post where I talk about what I found difficult about working on different Madoka costumes.

For pre-styled wigs I suggest commissioning (I think this is one thing that Christine could commission, but she’ll have to weigh in on that) or going to someplace like AliExpress or Ebay, which offer the same pre styled ones that any cosplay sale website would.

- Jenn


I’ve found some really nice photos of my Madoka from Costume-Con 32! (ノ´ヮ´)ノ*:・゚✧ I received a Hall Award from the Northern Lights Costumers’ Guild, which I share with my friends who helped me immensely with this costume.

Costume made by the Dangerous Ladies and me [costume details here]
Photos by Eleventh Photograph, Malabar, and Sparrow.nu

Our darling dearest Meduka.

A message from Anonymous

Hi guys! I have a question: how did you make the white part on Sayaka's skirt? I'm going to cosplay Sayaka Miki and I have no idea how to make the skirt look nice :C

Basically you want to do the same method that we did for the stripes on Super Moon’s skirt. The white piece is a really long zig zag that has to be drafted along with the blue of the skirt to make it all lay flat.

With Sayaka all you need to measure is how big you waist is, and how long you want the two side seams to be. First divide your waist measurement by two, then divide that new number by 5, that will give you your pleat measurement for how wide you need all of them to be since Sayaka has 5 box pleats on both the front and back of her skirt. (and you are drafting both the front and back at once) And then finally divide your last number by 2 for how wide the insides of your pleats are going to be.

So if I was making the skirt for me:

my waist: 32 inches

shorter side: 11 inches

longer side:14 inches

my waist divided by 2: 16 inches

the 16 divided by 5: 3.2 inches

the 3.2 divided by 2: 1.6 inches

I’ll just use these measurements while explaining, please replace them with your own, unless your waist is the same size as mine, in which case, party.

Now get you self a long, long, long piece of paper that is as at least wide as your longest side measurement, a ruler, and a pencil. The easiest way i have found to draft box pleats is start with your smallest measurement and alternate between that and the second smallest. So you would measure off the 1.6, 3.2, 1.6, 3.2 etc. Sayaka’s skirt is all box pleats so you can hide your side seams completely in it. So to start marking off your pleating lines, you are going to want to start with measuring off your smallest measurement twice before the larger one, so 1.6, 1.6, 3.2, 1.6, 3.2, 1.6 etc. The reason you are doing this is the side seams will be right in the middle of the insides of your side pleats so you need to cut it in half. Then continue along till you have all the pleats, it will be a VERY long piece.

Here is where all the math you just did pays off. Take your paper and start folding the pleats into the paper starting with the inside of the pleat on the side. (much like the side seams of our sailor skirts) Once you have it all pleated into box pleats, you want to iron the paper on a low heat, or lightly tape the pleats closed with scotch tape to make sure it does not move or open on you for the next two steps.

On the sides of all the pleats mark off your 11 inches on one side, then the 14 on the other, then draw a diagonal line connecting the two. This is now the bottom of skirt. Form there decide how wide you want your white band, (i think ours was an inch) and draw another diagonal line on top of your first, and this is now your stripe on the bottom.

Now do not take the pleats apart yet, and  literally cut along the bottom with all the pleated layers together to get the diagonal hem of the skirt, and repeat for your white stripe.

Then open it up to reveal your perfectly matching white stripe and skirt pattern!

Add seam allowance and you are ready to go. Cut two of the white stripe so you can hem it with itself, and then attach to the blue part.

- Christine

A message from Anonymous

did you ever make a proper madoka skirt tutorial? and what did you make the skirt out of? Just a cotton fabric? any particular type? it looks so lovely and fluffy

I never got around to making a full tutorial, just explained how to stack layers to give it the donut look. I tried, but couldn’t figure out how to explain it in text/images without it getting truly convoluted and then I lost steam and got busy with school. Being a university student is suffering. 

(It’s also bullshit that I have trouble explaining it in text because if Christine can teach me how to do this over the phone, there is no reason why I shouldn’t be able to write it. Let’s give this another shot.)

Anyway, so.

The skirt is made of cotton sateen. It’s this amazingly beautiful fabric that is crisp, lovely to iron, and has this lovely shine to it without being satin-levels of obnoxious. It is what dreams are made of. I wish I had more costumes that used this. We also used it on Sayaka’s shirt, Mami’s shirt/arm warmers and Kyoko’s ruffles. If it were considered at the time, I would have insisted Christine use it for Homura’s shirt, too, but alas. (BRB, making Maya use it for her Satsuki costume.)

So anyway, you want to make this.


Once you break it down it becomes significantly less complicated than it looks.


Basically the entire skirt is rectangles. Also note that the skirt still has to be worn with a petticoat. This just gives you the necessary “donut” poof look.

A. You have a rectangle that becomes the waistband. Generally [your waist + seam allowance + room for elasticizing]” x 4”. This will be elasticized, not difficult.

B. You have a rectangle that will be the upper layer that domes over the tulle. This gets gathered down a lot, so you probably do something like [[your waist x 5]+ seam allowance] x 20” or something. It depends on how long you want the skirt to be, and keep in mind that this layer includes the bottom ruffle. You can do this in panels (as we did five panels of [waist]) or you can find one big massive long strip. Up to you and how you can most effectively use fabric; any seams will be lost in the ruffles anyway. 

C. Then you have a rectangle that is the bottom layer, which can be much smaller, like [[your waist x 3]+ seam allowance] x 14”. 

D. As many rectangles as you want in tulle for the stuffing inside. This is basically like a petticoat but sealed inside the skirt; any petticoat tutorial should give you an idea of how to do this.

You’ll notice that B is longer than C by about 6”. This is to include hem and ruffle. You can alter these numbers (20 and 14, in this case) to be whatever you want, as it will depend on your height and how long you want the skirt to be. Katherine’s skirt barely covers her bum (hooray, ruffles and matching bloomers!) but she is also 5’6” or something with long legs, if she were 5’0” and had short legs, that same measurement might fall to mid-thigh. You have to alter these numbers to scale to you, but you still want to keep the 6” (or whatever) difference to account for ruffle and hem.

So first you take B and you make it into the “skirt” by joining both ends and then hemming. Cool. Now you have a “skirt”. 

Then you go five inches (or whatever you’ve decided to make your ruffle length) from the bottom of the skirt/hem and sew a gathering line all the way around. Gather this down to the width of C. Attach the bottom of the C-skirt to this ruffle line so you’ve essentially got one two-layered skirt, the top layer (B) having much more fabric.

Gather the top of C down to match the waistband (A).  Sew (or tack, as you will still be adding D and B.)

Create your petticoat (D) layer to gather down to match waistband (A). Sew (or tack, as you still need to add B.) There are a handful of pictures of this process here but I’ve included some below too.


Now gather down B to match the waistband (A). Again, sew or tack in place. (It’s a shit ton of fun, I tell you. That many layers gets crazy.)


Attach waistband, install elastic.

Become cupcake.


Hope that helped!

- Jenn


does anyone know what kind of bra you’d wear in a madoka kaname cosplay?

any help would be much obliged ;o;

It depends on how the dress is cut/tailored to your body, but you’d likely want to make sure that the bra has shallow cups that don’t risk peeking out over the top of the neckline. You’ll also want to be sure that the band can be lowered/raised in the back (if necessary at all) so that it doesn’t end up being visible through the heart cut-out. Depending on how it fits you, you may need some fashion tape to keep the costume in place, or you can safety-pin the bra straps into the shoulders of the dress so that they don’t peek out.

Our Madoka did not have a problem with needing any particular bra, though :) 


Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a dark, dark deconstruction of an anime. I love it and according to Anime North I’m not the only one. Here’s a collection of the Madoka Magica Cosplay that I photographed at AN 2013

Featuring: Dangerous Ladies Alex Warner  and more

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Look at thaaaat! And so many sassy faces!


Madokapoof appreciation post! Just wanted to showcase my favourite part of this costume.

Without Christine’s drafting skills and the combined efforts of all three Dangerous Ladies (Christine, Jenn and Emmy), and Maya’s assistance on props, this costume never would’ve made it out of the fabric pile. I think there’s something very fitting about the fact that all five of us created this costume together. :) Thank you so much for your efforts bringing this to life; it was a lot of fun to wear with you all!

We loooove you, Katherine. We are still so delighted with everything!! Can’t wait to do proper photoshoots!!

- Jenn

I doodled up some sketches of what the construction of Madoka’s skirt/petticoat is like and why doing it that way gives you that big fluffy “cupcake” look.

As you can see from the pictures in posts here, here and here, our Madoka skirt is constructed like a big ruffled donut. It is worn overtop a petticoat which gives it the bulk of its fluff, and then the skirt shapes the top with the “cupcake bulge.” The skirt itself has a layer of tulle/crinoline inside of it so give it that shape.

I’ll get around to a proper tutorial eventually, but I wanted to post about the theory/construction behind it first just so there’s SOMETHING to tide people over. Christine drafted/designed this monster and I assembled it with instructions given to me over the phone. It is way easier than it might seem, I promise.

- Jenn

Commission information will be coming… eventually? Haha. I think Christine wants to do some fine-tuning on the colours (particularly Homura and Sayaka), but I thought I would post these pictures of our soul gems. They are very much the test run –– I imagine there will be pictures of the second run later.

As always, you can keep on top of soul gem information on our “Christine builds all the soul gems" tag.

- Jenn


Our Madoka group is at 2:17 :) this was fun to shoot.


We still need to gif this.