I know how it feels not being able to find that EXACT shade of fabric, especially purple, my woe was for DW5 Sima Yi. (4 shades of purple ARGH)
Good luck with the dye job, i'm sure it will turn out nicely.
I love my seamstress for getting the clouds done so accurately! I did provide her the patterns but still! The sleeve's designs will go on at a much later date.
The design on his chestpiece
was cut out from gold paper and stuck onto purple craft foam. Mod podge was added to seal everything. After that's done, i'm cutting out the bordering lines out of more gold paper to finish everything up. I have not gone into working out a way to fix it on :x
I could not find anything close to use for his scroll
so they have to be made. Strips of cardboard painted brown and glued onto some string worked. After the glue dries, roll it up and secure with more string and viola! It's done!
I worked around a long wooden dowel for his fishing rod
using foamcore to make room for the symbol to go on and then i will use paper clay to form all the little parts. This will be put on hold for a while until i finish my DW costume.
I need to start so i can feel the urge to complete it and not look at it telling myself "You already started, SO FINISH IT!"
Delaying Tai Gong Wang for reaching 2 years was bad enough D: