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Warriors of Xing. by cupcake-rufflebutt Warriors of Xing. by cupcake-rufflebutt
Character: Mei Chan from Fullmetal Alchemist
Seamstress/Model: Tess [*cupcake-rufflebutt]
Photography/Editing: Ashley [*apertureashley]
Location: A-Kon 2011

Construction Notes:
A labor of love for a character who does not get nearly enough recognition within the fandom, Mei is probably one of the most time-consuming projects I've worked on, simply because she wears so many layers: undershirt, pants, spats, leggings, shirt, tunic, sash, wrap -- the majority of which had to be patterned. The white parts of the costume are a heavy denim, all other portions are kona cotton except for the lavender wrap, which was made from a nicely textured upholstery fabric. Every piece of the costume is lined, with the exception of the pants, and all edges are slipstitched (ie, no visible stitching).

And then there is the wig. I began with an Ashanti -- [link] -- and about 5 packs of matching extensions, half of which were sewn into the cap to bulk it up, the other half of which I spent 5 hours braiding. (Have you ever braided hair for 5 hours? "Fun" is not an adjective I would use to describe it.) I made the grossly unwise decision to criss-cross part the back of the wig, which ended up taking about three times as long as just sewing in a row of wefts to part. Never again. The pigtails were stubbed and the long braids attached, then the entire stub was wrapped with layers upon layers of braids to form an odango. The bangs were styled with clear tacky glue to maintain their silly pointies. I slip the sides of the wig over my ears, since Mei has tiny little ears and a HUGE, ROUND derp-face.

Xiao-Mei was a lucky last-minute purchase at Walmart. She actually moves and makes adorable baby panda sounds! One day I'd like to either make or commission a more accurate plush, since Xiao-Mei makes so many hilarious faces. C:

Other Mei Uploads:
[link] | READY STEADY GO.
[link] | ENVY'S TRUE FORM.

Special Request:
Please no critiques/criticism; I'd like to keep this gallery happy! :3
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:iconotakuwithwifi:
OtakuWithWiFi Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
awesome! Im thinking of cosplaying mei soon
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you and good luck with your costume! :3
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:iconmoyashisoba:
moyashisoba Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
very cute(゚ω゚〓)♥
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :3
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:iconiridescent-fall:
Iridescent-Fall Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Perfect cosplay! I greatly admire your craftsmanship and attention to detail as well! :)
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! I love Mei Chan and I went a little overboard in working on this costume, so it makes me happy to hear that others can see and appreciate the craftmanship!
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:iconartsyvana:
ArtsyVana Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student General Artist
very nice! :D
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :3
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:iconartsyvana:
ArtsyVana Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Ur welcome!:)
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:iconmarziyyih:
marziyyih Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's the best Mei cosplay I've seen!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you, that means a lot! I put a lot of work into her! <3
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:iconmarziyyih:
marziyyih Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It really is awesome :3
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:iconceraceratopian:
ceraceratopian Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
So cute!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :3
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:iconkurodiggs:
Kurodiggs Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh my mei. how much you have grown.
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What, I don't pull off the 13-year-old look? LOL.
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:iconkurodiggs:
Kurodiggs Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
uuummm. i'll get back to you on that. jk
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:iconadhd-awesomeness:
ADHD-Awesomeness Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
there's a fuzzy thing on your head ^U^
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:iconsu-rine:
Su-rine Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I absolutely love your wig!! It looks so indcredibly anime! Of course the pose, and costume is flawless as well!! Good job <3
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! The wig is definitely my favourite part of the costume.
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:iconconnorcat:
ConnorCat Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
What is it they say in the series? "That's an unusual looking cat!"? XD great costume!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
LOL, I had forgotten they call him a cat!
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:iconconnorcat:
ConnorCat Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
I just saw an episode recently so that's how I remembered XD
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:iconutakatatheslug:
UtakatatheSlug Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I think this is definately my favorite of your costumes~
It looks so awesome!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aw, thanks a bunch! Mei gets so little love, it makes me very happy to hear that someone likes this costume!
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:iconghosttownsend:
GhostTownsend Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you are incredible at cosplaying
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! Though the fun thing about this hobby is that there's always more to learn. :D
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:icondestiniesentwined:
DestiniesEntwined Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Haha, love Xiao Mei on your head. rofl
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! It was definitely a balancing act getting him to stay there, LOL.
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:iconladyterentia:
LadyTerentia Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
AMAZING work!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you, dear! <3
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:iconlilylighting:
lilylighting Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Never noticed how ridiculously good looking that wig was until now!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Why thank you, ma'am! It's one of my favourites, even if it was a sonofabitch to make. XD
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:iconxxdarkwolfcallxx:
xXDarkWolfCallXx Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your Mei cosplay it's so cute :D
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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:iconxxdarkwolfcallxx:
xXDarkWolfCallXx Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
welcome :D
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:iconsarahalexis13:
Sarahalexis13 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool XD!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :3
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:iconsarahalexis13:
Sarahalexis13 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Np XD!
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