|I was attracted to Ibis' character art because I really liked the red and gold colours. The applique was done using stretchy gold fabric and bondaweb. Just under 800 metres of thread went on doing the applique. I used col. 1023 Gutermann Sulky thread which gave a superb shiny finish without the pain-in-the-butt-ness that is using metallic thread. However, I underestimated how many spools I needed, and because I'd picked up the Col. 1023 thread while down in Liverpool I was unable to source the same colour in Glasgow, and it was too late to order some. So I had to finish the costume with 1027 thread - a very close shade but the difference is still noticeable. I plan to stock up on 1023 thread and reapplique those bits, put a bit more interfacing on the crest, straighten up the tabard and have a shot at making my own gloves instead of chopping up theatre ones.|
I've gotten so much better at applique because of doing this costume. Unfortunately you can tell which bits I did first XD So yes, this needs quite a bit of remaking but I'm really proud of how it turned out as a first wear, and I will look forward to getting some good group shots at Minami! I also need a longer wig - it looked fine till I tried it on and then suddenly it was closer to a pixie cut! I have a wig that's perfectly styled but needs darkened, so I will be trying the acrylic ink dying method to darken it down.