My first partial fursuit, Seley the chinchilla, is done! She's loosely based on my Furcadia avatar, but mostly she's an experiment in fursuiting using fur I had leftover from a previous project and other materials I had lying around. The backwards hat was meant to disguise what I thought looked like a disproportionately large forehead when I'd finished the mask...between it and the patched jeans she looks very 80's. Looks quite masculine overall but since the character is meant to be an artisan and a mason, it works alright.
Certainly not the best first attempt out there, but I learned a lot from making this. Mainly how NOT to build a fursuit! XD I know now the importance of ventilation, of properly fitting glove patterns, and of matching the nap of the fur. It's far from perfect but I'm still happy with it as an experiment. :)
Possibly the best thing was wearing it to school. The radio station for our college operates in one of the buildings with a big window facing out towards the exit, so my friends dragged me in front of said window to wave and dance. I got a mention on the radio as "what the hell is that? Is that a cat or a rabbit or a mouse or...well, good costume, actually! I'd give you candy if I had any!"
Reactions ranged from "did you really make that?" to "that's really creepy..." and perhaps most amusing were those who saw me, blinked, and then completely avoided eye contact when I waved to them. It was great!
Totally want to make another fursuit now, working on an Olcadan suit for AnimeUSA in a few weeks and stuff I've read from this forum has inspired me to completely re-make his head. Thanks everyone! (Yes, I do rant a lot...sorry, I'm excited about this!)
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