Yuu-Morisawa submitted: ~Creamy Mami~
Hello! I have decided to try and cosplay Creamy Mami from Magical Angel Creamy Mami, but I have no idea where to start! The anime is from the 80’s and I spent hours crawling through the internet searching for a wig, the props, or a costume, and wham! Nothing! Will you please help me? (PS, I wasn’t sure what to tag this or whether I should put this in the ask or submit… Sorry.)
Hi! For Creamy Mami, this is the reference I found, so I hope it’s the right outfit, since I saw her in a few different ones!
Well, there are a few different things you can do for her outfit! One is I’d say look into making it from scratch—it shouldn’t be too terribly complex.
You could start with an ice skating pattern and fabric for the base part of the leotard and skirt— like this one: http://www.thegreenpepper.com/downloads/517web.pdf (This is the pattern I know a lot of people use for their Sailor Moon cosplays, too.) You could bring down the neckline for a mock-strapless look, and add the sleeves as large puffs of a soft tulle or chiffon. To have them puff up like hers, you may want to use 2 layers, rather than one.
Her hair looks really fluffy, so the trouble here is just finding the right base wig to style, so you know it’s thick enough. Some teasing with a comb, combined with hairspray and, if you want, curlers, should make it nice without getting TOO huge.
You can try this wig in lilac: http://arda-wigs.com/collections/lilac-ar001/products/greta or perhaps http://www.epiccosplay.com/17-spikable-violet-purple-layered-cosplay-wig.html in either daisy or violet purple, depending on how you like the colour of her hair. For something a little cheaper, you can always dig around on wig-supplier.com or ebay, but most of those wigs would come from China, so if you’re a US person, be ready to wait for it (if your con is far enough in the future, this shouldn’t be a problem!).
For her socks, you can probably make them yourself out of spandex or whatever stretch fabric you use for the main part of the leotard, by pinning the fabric around your leg and sewing along the pins. Basically, follow a make-your-own-stretch-boot tutorial, but sans the shoe bottom. Here’s one that I’ve had good luck with in the past. http://dangerous-ladies.tumblr.com/post/40273343237/look-these-boots-are-very-very-simple-actually Then, just add the fluff around the tops of the tulle or chiffon you used for the skirt and sleeves! (Gather it a bit and sew it on either elastic or a zig-zag stitch though, so you can still slip the socks up your calves and they won’t fall.)
For her shoes, try searching every once in awhile on http://www.discountwomensdressshoes.com/ ! I’ve had a lot of luck with this site, but they’re an overstock site from other companies, so their selection and sizes change regularly. They have a lot of stuff with heels though, so keep checking back until you see a style you want. You can also try painting a pair of heels from a cheap shoe store like payless.
For her choker, you can probably also make that out of a ribbon, with some of your chiffon folded over itself beneath it. Add a clasp to the back or a lobster claw hook, and it should be pretty easy to construct overall.
For props, it looks like she has a star tambourine and a microphone? The Tambourine I’d say you can make with cardboard, foamboard, or, if you’re patient and power tool savvy, you can try bending a pre-existing tambourine with a heat gun, then painting it an adding the ribbons and detail yourself. The microphone you may also get away with buying a toy one somewhere and painting over it and adding the details as well. Maybe one of these, or something similar could work? http://www.amazon.com/Toysmith-180-Magic-Mike-individually/dp/B00009IM74/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1374006010&sr=8-5&keywords=toy+microphone
or http://www.amazon.com/Century-Novelty-163-906-Glitter-Microphone/dp/B0036856X4/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1374006010&sr=8-4&keywords=toy+microphone I think they’re both pretty cheap and easily modifiable.
I hope that’s enough to at least get you started! Good luck with your cosplay!