Kujaku Mai/Mai Valentine

Cosplayer: Pandora-Chi

Variant: Battle city

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

24th March 2012: New wig Though I love the colour and length of the other wig, it still lacked volume so I got another but I freakin love it!! Not only is it just as long and has a beautiful shade of blond but it's easier to gain a bit of lift :) I'm so excited to be wearing this for Kita!! 8D

22nd January 2012: Mai v2 preview Decided to throw on the cosplay quickly with the new fitted bodice, skirt, wig and a bit of make up ^^ Some reason I couldn't find my arm warmers so the ones I'm wearing are temp >.< But I am so pleased with it ^^ need to seriously get some new photos for this!

22nd January 2012: Bodice remake When I tried inner bodice on, it was not only ill fitted but cos I didn't bone the thing properly, it poked at me quite a bit DX plus since back then I didn't own any needles that slice through stretchy fabric easily, it was stressful and awful when tryin to sew it - that's when I decided, it has to be remade.
Along the way I had problems doing this cos of simply trying to find the right pattern :/ The ribbon at the front made it awkward and I was trying to find a way to sew it which wouldn't look so weird or simple - When I looked at how the top was drawn in the manga, I thought 0.o cos it was a tad open at the front DX But then I remembered a pattern I saw which was perfect for it! :D So then, that's how I ended up re-making the bodice - even though I like how it does fit better and is properly boned, it is so uncomfortable to wear in more ways than one XD

20th October 2011: Stud replacement Just a small entry to show how I've replaced the buttons I've sewn onto the jacket with some proper dome studs - one of the tiny ways I've improved the outfit.
On a side note to this, I also had to repaint the deck box and replace the strap with black elastic as it kept falling down and make new arm warmers and an entirely new skirt as the last one is a tad tight ^^;; stupid education work which screwed up my diet!! DX
(Oh and don't mind the slight camera flirt but hey I'm a cosplayer - we all have something to show off =b)

20th October 2011: New wig styled Seeing as how the third wig was just perfect in terms of colour and length, I decided to style it slightly by giving it a little more volume at the front bangs and of course cut the front bands a little - nothing that a little gel, curlers and L'oreal elnett satin hair spray can't fix ^_~ I am so much damn happier with this wig! :D

20th October 2011: Wig problems I've been meaning to put a journal entry up about this - foremost, I've been wanting to get some more photos of Mai sooner but one, I had to fix up parts of her outfit and two, I felt as though the wig has gotta change - Mai's hair is long with loose curls whilst the current wig had this whole perm 'little bo-peep' thing going on ¬¬
.. So I got a new one over the summer ^^ However, the new one I got had the right length but it was way TOO pale for my skin colour DX - so the solution was, I either spend loads to send the wig back and get a replacement OR get another new wig from a different seller OR get new skin XD (Doesn't take a genius to figure out what I did XD
Third time's a charm :D

11th March 2011: Deck box complete Finished painting, created a band and stuck a spare gold button on top for accuracy - I'm unsure whether it was a silver or gold buckle but a part of me is betting that it's gold...

11th March 2011: Deck box progress Since I wanted something that wouldn't get flattened at the end of the day and look stiff, I got hold of an old deck box and painted it black

10th March 2011: Jacket Whoops forgot to add this as a journal entry ^^ - Jacket is almost finished - just gotta go down to the fabric store and either sew some silver buttons or press some buckle fasteners into the fabric at the band of the outfit (yes I concentrate too much on detail) ^^;;

9th March 2011: Jacket progress Jacket coming more together now..

8th March 2011: Jacket - fake pockets prt 2 This is the finishing of all 4 zips - the machine stitching is done terribly so I had to hand sewn parts of it...

8th March 2011: Jacket - fake pockets I yet again decided to make it harder for myself ... some use zips and simply stick it on the jacket and I decided to make some 'fake pockets' by cutting into the jacket with the zip behind the fabric - this was scary as I had never made 'fake pockets' before ^^;;

2nd March 2011: Skirt and belt As I am kinda picky with accuracy and detail, I walked around store to store trying to find the right belt with the right buckle - I struck lucky when I found it ^^
Also, the skirt is now shortened (dangerously) and I sewed some 'hold up straps' (dunno the technical word for this) to it ^^

2nd March 2011: Arm warmers The most simplest part of the outfit ever! Now remember when I mentioned that I brought a long sleeve top for the bodice? .. this is what happened to the sleeves XD oh how I love short cuts lol

1st March 2011: Kujaku in english = Peacock Wondering why this is my journal title? Well as I was browsing for a pair of boots that look similar to Mai, I came across some that were perfect for her! and out of the strangest coincidence the store that I found them were in 'Peacocks' (s'cuse me for the corney line coming up) It was like fate!

1st March 2011: Skirt Seriously, this must be the easiest pattern I have ever worked with - so simple - there's no magic to creating this skirt - I simply added a zip and created a waist band ... although when I tried it on, it was a bit long so I need to shorten it ^^;; ... yep definitely wearing shorts on the day XD

28th February 2011: Duel disk I seriously missed this so badly! After finding it in my cupboard, I began to have such happy nostaligic memories from when I collected and played the card game ages ago ^^

28th February 2011: Stretch cotton jersey is my enemy ¬¬ Researching Mai's top, I decided to make it really difficult for myself by enforcing corset boning to a store brought top - to begin I purchased a long sleeve white top which was two sizes bigger than my actual size and hacked it down to a 'boob tube' shape - next I tacked and sewed this to a bra and afterwards, created channels to place boning in it. The last bit was to hand sew the purple ribbon ... it was hell working with this fabric >:( never again...

24th February 2011: Wig - before and after After dipping the curls in hot water and leaving it for about 30 mins the wig automatically got curly volume! Ok not entirely true as my friend did spray some stuff to boost the curly volume but it worked! May have to brush the wig down a bit as it's got too much bounce to it ^^;;;

24th February 2011: Wig As I can't seriously do Mai's hair and certainly won't beat Tif's epic wig, I chose to do the next best thing - have the wig curly. I had a random straight blond wig which I was saving for other cosplays - my friend (xXSylentiumxX) suggested that I'd sectioned the wig and put each in bendy hair curlers - I started doing that but then she said I was doing it wrong so she ended up curling the wig for me XD Yet again she saves the day bless her

24th February 2011: Colour, jacket and bodice ref More clearer view of the front of cosplay

24th February 2011: Line art God damn how full figure refs are so hard to find >.<

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SamanthaKaiba - 30th December 2010
will be cool to see this completed ^_^ you will look great

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Pandora-Chi - 3rd January 2011
Thank you so much -^^- need a bit of confidence to pull her off though - belly button ok on display but not my stomach >.< Should be fun though to walk round as her ^_~

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Zelda - 21st February 2011
Awww you will look epic, i hope i can grab a picture with you, i have mai planned for minami too <3

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Zelda - 21st February 2011
it will either be saturday or sunday, not to sure yet =D we have to take twin pictures!!! XD

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Mangamad - 28th February 2011
Mai, Mai, Mai... (Sorry, Manga couldn't help it. XD ) Can't wait to see this cosplay. XD

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Captain_Marvelous - 1st March 2011
Oh hells yes! you look wicked!

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Pandora-Chi - 2nd March 2011
Thank you guys - even though I love Mai, I'm so nervous bout wearing this cosplay - I've got such a chubby stomach for her >.<

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SamanthaKaiba - 2nd March 2011
you look amazing...don't be nervous you don't have a chubby stomach ^_^

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Pandora-Chi - 2nd March 2011
I still think I have a belly but if I can hide it then I'm happy XD Thank you for the lovely comment sweetie ^^ xx

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InfiniteJester - 9th March 2011
o wow this is lookin amazin so far! u shudnt have any confidence issues!!

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Pandora-Chi - 10th March 2011
Aww thanks so much Kila! ^^ I do hope I can pull her off - she is a scary cosplay for me cos she's so tall and thin -_- but with comments like these they put me at ease so much ^_~ xxxx

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zabuza89 - 10th March 2011
you must find a junoici/joey cosplayer and bully him XD

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SamanthaKaiba - 10th March 2011
you look amazing...it's great wish I could get some pictures with you

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LemonPanda - 10th March 2011
you look so amazing!<3
its coming out greattt~
wish i could see this :'3

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Pandora-Chi - 10th March 2011
@ Zabuza - Awww that's very kind of you to say - I still have a wig and makeup test to do to see how everything looks altogether - I really hope I can do Mai justice but we'll see :D and yes I'm gonna badly have to hunt down a Joey so that I may drive him insane on the day lol
@ Samanthakaiba - It will be so lovely to meet you one day and I too will want pictures with you whether Kaiba or Joey! :D Can't wait for when you finish either the pair of them XX
@ Nikita - aww thank you sweetie ^^ and you never know, if I do do a good job of this cosplay then I wouldn't mind wearing it again to some other con where we're both attending ^_~ Hope to see you soon xxxx

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Clover-tan - 21st March 2011
The wig is so prettyyyyy~ >w< You look gorgeous, the wig/ colour really suits you~! :D

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j_mercuryuk - 21st March 2011
You looked amazing in this. So awesomely good :D I loved the take on the wig as well.

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FusionRose - 21st March 2011
This is so beautiful <3 x.

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SamanthaKaiba - 22nd March 2011
this is amazing...you really suit her...will have to get pictures with this one day

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Spirit Of The Stage - 22nd March 2011
Hey there, it's your favourite dictator. :) As I said to you, fantastic to see a Mai cosplayer, especially one done as well - you were stunning! Great to see and friend you as said before, and hopefully see you in the future!

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Anonymous - 22nd March 2011
This was just such a great costume, so nice to see Mai done so well! :) Lovely.

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Berserk667 - 22nd March 2011
wow your Mai looks really good :D

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Eeve3 - 23rd March 2011
You did Mai more than justice, you were gorgeous my dear :D fantastic job on the whole lot x

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Pandora-Chi - 23rd March 2011
This was by far the scariest cosplay to wear for me but from what I'm reading I wanna say a very big thank you to you all <3

@ blueclover - I wasn't sure whether the wig and its colour would work for me - I'm so happy you liked the outcome :3
@ samanthakaiba - I'm soo for photos -^^- if you're Joey, I'd love to do a series of shots from a scene or something for fun ^_~ xx
@ spirit of the stage - again, I'd like to say thank you and hopefully see you again in future cons ^_~
@ eeve/lyndsey - I can't stop saying it but THANK YOU soo soo much sweetie for taking care, keeping up with me at the con and giving me this wonderful oppotunity ^_~ you were fantastic my dear *HUGE HUG* xxxx

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Anonymous - 24th March 2011
But you have pulled it off really well. It was really well put together. I'm looking forward see you in more cosplays.

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CrystalNeko - 27th March 2011
Oh woooow, you make an amazing Mai!! I also reeeally love your make up *___*

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Freyarule - 27th March 2011
Wheee I love the wig! Very Mai like :D

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InfiniteJester - 4th May 2011
im lovin these new icons uv put up, looks so pretty!

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Pandora-Chi - 5th May 2011
Haha thanks so much Kila *hugs* I decided my profile needed a bit of a change for some reason - hope it looks a bit better :D

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InfiniteJester - 5th May 2011
it doess ur lucky u managed to get such pretty pics for the icons :) iv been debating for a while whether to do the same with mine, but i prob wudnt be able to get nice ones.. and i kinda like my current ones

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Pandora-Chi - 5th May 2011
Aww thank you that's so sweet and I admit, I was scouring my photos for a bit to find a good picture to use and I like your profile - sounds weird saying this but I find it odd how you can get a sense of a cosplayer's personality from their CI profile and from yours there's a lot of a fun, cute, colourful and cool character range to it :3 xx

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PintSized_13 - 6th June 2011
WOW! you suit her so well. Hands down best Mai I've ever seen ^^

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Pandora-Chi - 8th June 2011
<3 AWWWW that comment means soo much to me as I was terrified of this cosplay ^^;; so much skin on display >.< but thank you so much x

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sjbonnar - 28th June 2011
You make an amazing Mai ^_^ Really pretty and very accurate!

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JustPeachy - 29th June 2011
Best Mai ever! You look awesome :D

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SamanthaKaiba - 22nd January 2012
Love the updates on this...you make such a beautiful Mai

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Captain_Marvelous - 24th March 2012
OMG how did I not see this! its fantastic!!!!!!

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SamanthaKaiba - 24th March 2012
Love the new wig...can't wait for pictures with you ^_^

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Zelda - 17th April 2012
You look fantastic as Mai <3

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SamanthaKaiba - 17th April 2012
Loving the new pictures...loved our photos ^_^

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Viola - 1st July 2012
One of the best Mai cosser (: