Okay, I was never terribly good with words, but here's hoping I can get my meaning across...
I'm currently in the process of designing my first fursuit, with the intention of finishing it for Rainfurrest 2012; toward that end, I've been carefully looking through the memories, and bookmarking anything that looked relevant to this particular endeavor. And while I was thinking on whether I should have a partial or a fullsuit, something occurred to me: Why not both?
Now, anyone who really knows me can tell you that once an idea enters my mind, it doesn't leave until I've analyzed every theoretical possibility, and having the idea in my head to make a partial AND a full suit of the same character, has given rise to a concept I'm tentatively dubbing the "fall-apart" style of suit. What it boils down to is that large sections of the bodysuit will be held together by camouflaged snaps or zippers, rather than all sewn together into one piece.
The intent behind this is twofold: First, the bodysuit could be easily modified into any variation of a partial. And second, it will far easier to remove the suit quickly on my own, should the need arise to do so.
So, my question is: Has this been attempted before? And if so, how well did it turn out?
Thankees in advance;
EDIT: Sorry; I know that most fursuits have hands and feet and tails separate from the bodysuit; I had hoped I'd made that clear when I spoke of my research. What I am considering is that perhaps I could take that further by separating the arms and legs from the torso.
Also: While this is my first fursuit, it is not my first sewing project. I'm not going in completely blind, and I'm not afraid to screw up if I can learn from my mistakes. I simply wished to know if it had been done before, that I might learn more quickly what works and what doesn't.
EDIT #2: My mother is a hobby seamstress, who used to do alterations professionally. If this endeavor falls short of my expectations, as many of you seem to believe it will, I can still ask for her help in fixing the thing as deemed necessary.