Posted by on Jul 6, 2013 | 33 comments

People have asked how I made my Akemi Homura cosplay, so here it is. I’m sorry it took me to long, but I’ve finally gathered the energy to write up a Homura cosplay tutorial for everyone.

Homura’s costume was the second costume I made after Yuna, and more difficult by far in terms of fit. Because her costume looks quite simple, I needed to make the lines extremely clean—no room for mistakes really. I gave it my all! *fist pump* I invested in a serger to improve the durability of her costume too—really didn’t want any seams ripping on such a tight outfit after pigging out in the privacy of our hotel room.

Serging is so fun, by the way. *thumbs up* It’s definitely worth it to invest in one if you want your costumes to last through the wash.

Making Akemi Homura's skirt

First up, Homura’s skirt!

1. I hand-dyed white fabric to a lavender gray shade. Then I cut out a rectangular strip of fabric 3 yards long and serged the hem.

2. Pleated the skirt and added the zipper.

3. Pinned and sewed on a waistband.

4. Added ruffles to the bottom.

Homura's jacket for Madoka Magica cosplay

I think the defining point of her outfit is her form fitting blazer with the weird collar/hem. I learned quite a bit doing this piece.

1.  I sketched out a rough pattern based a blazer I had that fit me well already.

2. Once I had a shape that almost fit my body, I made some sleeves and sewed them into the arm holes. Haha, I’m positive my sleeve making method is wrong, so I won’t really go into it.

3. A rough outline of Homura’s blazer.

4. Time to tackle her collar! Again, I pinned and roughly shaped everything on my dress form.

5. Sewed on the collar after I was happy with the general shape of it. It’s not shown here, but I also cut out the triangular flaps in her hem after this.

6. Then I lined everything with bias tape, including her sleeves. The diamonds are also made from bias tape.

How to Make Homura's Shirt

Don’t forget Homura’s undershirt…with another weird collar. O_o Madoka and Homura both have such oddly shaped pieces, Kitty and I died trying to recreate them. I do not envy making her mushroom skirt with a billion yards of lace, lol.

1. I thrifted a $3 shirt from Goodwill, probably made for a lady sized M/L? Carefully took in the sides and the sleeves.

2. The shirt did not close at the top so I marked where I wanted the buttons and buttonholes to be.

3. I pinned and roughly cut fabric for her collar on my dress form.

4. …And some for the back of her collar.

5. My entire collar after I put it together. It’s strange right? Sewed it onto the neckline of my shirt after ripping out the old collar.

6. Took some left over skirt material and added the cuffs. Easy!

7. Yay, the collar is sewn on! All I had to do was carefully line it with white bias tape.

Homura's Boots Tutorial

And the most annoying part of Homura’s cosplay—seamless boot/leggings. For the longest time I thought about how I would craft this piece. I could’ve easily gotten the same effect with some high heels and tights, but I REALLY wanted my Homura cosplay to be accurate. I was so freaking happy when the judges noticed.

1. First I cut the tops off some black boots I bought. I chose this pair because it had the perfect toe/heel shape for Homura!

2. Apparently, vinyl thinks hot glue is a joke. >_< WILL NOT STICK! So I covered the boots with some black socks because I wanted my stockings to have a good surface to grab onto when I glued them on later. It looks so messy!

4. Made a boot cover from some opaque black stockings.

5. My diamond stencils are ready!

6. I taped the stencil to my leg and had a friend carefully pat on the fabric paint. Some didn’t come out right so I had to clean up the edges with a brush. Took about 4 hours.

7. …And then I stood for another 4 hours while the paint dried. Got no sleep that night, FML, but I didn’t want to risk them smearing after all that hard work. ;_;

Making Moemura's accessories

And last, what is Homura without dorky Moemura? *cuddles Moemura*

1. I bought a cheap pair of hipster glasses and popped out the frames.

2. Red paint! I sealed it with a clear sealant just in case it was still tacky, gross. Didn’t want that sticking to my face for hours at the con.

3. Sewed some long strips of leftover fabric in preparation for making cute little hair bows.

4. Pinched the middle of the fat strip and wrapped the thinner strip around it to form bows. Secured them to elastic bands with hot glue.

And there are some other bits I was a little to tired to make graphics for (they’re explained in the video actually). Oh, and the wig, I forgot about the wig. Took care of that with a simple black wig from ebay, trimmed the bangs and carefully cut the front bits to frame my face. Her hairstyle is simple! If only I could get my hair to float magically all the time like hers…

Haha, so the real reason I’ve been putting this off for so long was because I had no idea how to edit all the footage I had of the crafting process. But I sat down for an hour and watched a few tutorials before forcing myself to make a video. =)

Please enjoy and excuse my supreme awkwardness in the video. I’m not angry, I swear—it’s just my default face. >:| Hohoho, I will do better next time!

So hopefully I did a decent job in elucidating the process of crafting Homura’s costume. I don’t see Madoka Magica cosplay slowing down any time soon—every convention has tons of Madoka Magica cosplayers—so maybe this cosplay tutorial will help someone who would like to cosplay Homura in the future.

Any questions? =)

-Rose