There had been a group started for KatsuCon 2013, attempting to put together a full iDOLM@STER cosplay set. Rynn and I were initially involved, but decided we would rather do the ridiculous fruit outfits featured in an episode of the anime. Next thing I knew, we were collecting a nearly full group, and I snagged Mami primarily because, it was easy, and was probably the only one that would look flattering on me.
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VARIATION: Banana Dress
COMPLETED: January 2013
DEBUTED: KatsuCon 2013
WORN TO: KatsuCon 2013
CONSTRUCTION TIME: ~ 3 Weeks
The wig was an ebay wig with a clip-in wig, but I did some custom styling to get it to look as close to hers as I could. In general though, I short-changed a lot of things on this costume, because I really didn't care, and neither did anyone else in the group. Our mantra was basically "screw it, it's cuter this way". The beads were wooden beads that I painted, strung on wire, and then tucked around the base of the clip-in ponytail. I realized afterward, I parted by bangs on the wrong side. OH WELL.
I used a princess-seamed strapless dress pattern as the base, and then added a fake halter-neck-strap. The dress itself is fully lined, purely because that was the only way to get the banana-peel shapes. It's made using the dull/wrong side of sunshine yellow costume satin from JoAnn, with floral wire top-stitched into the peels so that they can be curved up. the wrist scarf is the same costume satin. I used this costume as an excuse to get to know the functions of my serger, since I knew none of it would show, and it turned out to be a life-saver since this stuff frays like crazy. The Banana on the chest was made by cutting a fake banana (from the craft store) in half, painting it a yellow that better matched the dress, and then gluing a pin backing to it. The shorts were drafted by myself using some leftover black suiting I had, with fusible interfacing to make them poofy. The waistband and legs are elastic bands. The white tights I had leftover from Prince Mytho, and the shoes were purchased for 5 dollars at the thrift store and painted with acrylic paint.