Michael Jackson

Topper Gary Becoming ~Michael Jackson-Bad!~ WIP 3

Michael is almost finished! I’m pretty excited about how he looks. His facial and body colouring has turned out really well! His “Bad” duds have huge numbers of buckles and rings. There’s even a zipper or two! That’s what I working on now, In fact that’s the bulk of the work that’s left to do for him. So here’s how I decided to tackle the buckles and rings…

He has a band around each thigh and a suspended ring as well. I did those first.  The next shot shows just how small these little details really are :o)

There’s one of the thigh straps…

The jacket is looking good too. If you remember, it is has jean jacket styling. I started attaching the many buckles :o)

And… a few more…..

All of those straps will be fastened around Michael’s arms when I put in on him :o)

Then I made his gauntlets. These will be full of buckles and some other embellishments too :o)

I did hit a snag though on this project. The doll above is not, of course, Michael. He’s the Gary I was using as my fit model. This left the Michael Gary doll free to be worked on in parallel. I began removing his outfit in preparation for finishing, and found an awful lot of dye transfer from his shirt. Only on his vinyl arms, not his plastic torso, but it sure didn’t take long! I’ve never had black transfer that fast. That’s why I always line, especially if it’s black. I hadn’t planned to line this shirt because I wanted it to fit really colse to the  body, and I am fairly sure my client isn’t going to change his clothes anyway…but…. those of you who know me know what comes next!

Yes, that’s correct. Now he has a white undershirt! I don’t want all of that careful body blushing marred by dye transfer! I will be trimming his white sleeves sewing the black ones to them in a permanent “pushed up to the elbow” look. I have also made him a little pair of white socks for the same reason. In my limited experience though it is incomparable material, black leather is hands down the worst dye transfer medium on Earth!

Here’s that incredibly versatile, wonderful material as a wee shoe for Michael. Hence the white socks! Lug sole to be attached :o) Lots of hand stitching goes into these shoes. Surprising considering their diminutive size. The leather is not very accommodating to my needles either and I went through two on this pair of shoes :o/

Both of his shoes are done and frankly my eyes are tired, lol!

Just one, or possibly two more work periods will be needed, and then Michael will be complete!

Thanks for reading, have a lovely evening!


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