Last Updated: 02-28-2012
Shirt-- white trigger poplin with ties at the waist (I was going to use a sash, but it was too bulky and hot) and a hook and bar fastener to keep the collar in place. The pattern was fairly simple, and it came out well. I've worn the shirt with shorts as just a shirt, and it's quite comfortable.
Pants-- goldish-coloured linen with blue cotton for the waistband. These were a nightmare, because I tried using somebody else's pattern. They didn't fit properly, I ended up fudging the waistband with hook and bar fasteners, and the pockets didn't come out right. Luckily I have plenty more of the linen, so I can redo them.
Jacket-- black cotton twill, with blue cotton lining. I made a smaller mock-up of the jacket for one of my pattern-testers (because boys don't play with dolls), and it came out fine. When I went to make it bigger though, I ran into some problems. It fits fine, and there's nothing horribly wrong with it, but I'm not exactly happy with how it came out. The belt is a perfectly ordinary leather belt that I happened to have handy.
Tessen and holder-- cardboard, spray-paint, hot glue, bias tape, and fake suede. I bought the tessen on ebay, spray-painted it silver, and hot-glued bias tape onto the handle. The holder was cut out of fake suede, then spray-painted gold. The tessen is currently on loan to my school's Anime Club and has been dubbed the Presidential Tessen. The holder is somewhere in my room.
Earrings and necklaces-- beads, elastic thread, metal findings. One can't have Tasuki without his bling, and luckily one of my many talents is making bead and wire jewelry. The earrings took about five minutes total, the necklaces a little over an hour. It took a lot longer to find the right beads-- over a week of going from craft store to craft store. The earrings came out a bit heavier than I would have preferred.
The seishi symbol was drawn (by me) in red Sharpie, which turned out to be a terrible idea because I had to wash the red smudges off my face in the morning (I sleep on my stomach). It kept rubbing off on my shirtsleeve too, so I stuck the Sharpie in my pocket to touch it up every now and then. Next time I'm using creme make-up and a toothpick and putting a shitload of setting powder on.
Other than that, the only real issue with wearing it was the heat. June is a bad time to be wearing a big black jacket.
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