So, problem the first, after all the money issues had (sort of) been resolved, was that the store I was planning on getting the ivy leaves from had closed due to the bad weather.
So I guess I'll just do the cartoon version, no leaves there, it's not quite what I wanted but I still get to be ivy and it'll be fun.
Then I was at my mum's, had to buy the green tights, and I had to nip into a fabric shop - on Christmas eve - and then straight over to my gran's house to borrow her sewing machine and whip up the bodysuit, which turned out ok, if a little big in places.
I was going to whip up the gloves as well, but a slight miscalculation on the size of the wrist later and I gave up on them, figuring I'd hand-sew them between Christmas and new year.
A combination of laziness, business and lack of materials meant I never actually got round to that, and on the 30th of December I was borrowing a pair of lovely black shoes and buying me some green spray paint. Boots, maybe not, but at least I would have something on my feet that went with the costume. They actually turned out adorable, I'm just annoyed that spray paint on shoes always goes a little tacky and they're chipped now, so they're not really wearable.
A brainwave, whilst getting changed, of the 'viny' arm-and-leg-warmers later, and you have the finished costume that I actually wore to clubnight.
It was recognisably Ivy, if a little original, and I was happy with that, I had a lot of fun wearing it and really appreciated winning third place in the costume contest.
I had a great time in the end, totally worth all the running around.