3rd March 2005: Huge hair! Shame I didn't get a photo when it was first spiked up, I ended up looking like an 80's rock star instead.
Super comfy to wear, and a great excuse to be a complete tomboy. There were plans to pick Dizzy (Delusional) up and run out of the masquerade, but I'm the wussiest Sol ever.
I used 1cm foam in the headband and shoe tongues and spent an age sewing pleather into belts and riveting all the holes. Everything is basic cotton suiting fabric with satin bias for a contrast.
The belt panel was funky foam sprayed gunmetal silver and then sealed with a varnish. This made all the difference and although the foam developed a few crease lines, the paint never cracked or flaked.
The buckles were a pain to track down; I eventually found some great ones online at a carthorse tack supplier. They weigh a tonne, but were only £2 each for the largest and really made the costume, no girly buckles for Sol ^-^
I think my two leg straps should have been wider, but that's my only annoyance, so a pretty good result!
I also made the Ky Kiske costume as a present for Spunky, he makes a fantastic Ky ^-^ Made in the same methods/fabrics as Sol with the addition of 1cm foam arm guards and some fimo button details on the coat (superglued poppers to the back).
I found that I'm far neater when sewing for others and it's so much easier to tailor to someone else. Being able to stand back and see what needs changing makes a world of difference.