I chose this method over fabric paint because I thought it would look more professional and polished. Since then, I saw some costumes with absolutely fantastic fabric paint jobs. I also realized that outlining applique is something that you need to put in your time on before you can get good enough at it to do loads of detail work.
Guess what I have put in my time on? Painting. Admittedly, that was years ago in IB Art, but in my experience, once you learn some form of coordination (like riding a bike or playing an instrument), you never really forget it. Thus, I shall make a stencil and paint those sashes! I'm going to need to stencil the butterflies on my pants anyway (I know how random that sounds, but it really is the case), so why not get practice with the method now?
And I will get back to machine applique in the future. Really. It is one of those things I want to learn.
And on a more pleasant note...I would appreciate some opinions from the peanut gallery. I've been pondering Xiahou Dun's patterned sash, which is some sort of deep turquoise color with purplish/whitish motifs that appear to be dragonflies but sometimes look like maple leaves. As you may guess, it varies from reference pic to reference pic. yueying.net doesn't allow direct image links, so I'll just link to the Xiahou Dun picture page, which has several Dynasty Warriors 4 pix for your perusal.
Anyway, I was thinking of painting something similar myself, but then I thought that it would look way cool to make the sash out of a batik that was reasonably similar and went with the costume. I didn't bother to try to recreate the exact design of his pants fabric, but I think the pattern of the gold fabric I got looks really spiffy, so why not apply the same logic to other parts of the costume? (Arrghhh...I still need to finish and photograph those dratted things...) So I went "shopping" online for batiks, and I found a few possibilities. If any of the following links don't work, copy 'n paste.
Teal Leaves - though the least accurate of the bunch, this one jumped out at me. Its background color resembles a darker version of the surcoat brocade's background, and the gold would coordinate with gold elsewhere on the outfit. Besides, it seems more Xiahou Dun-ish than the bright stuff, and it would add a unique touch (in the good way - not the "OMFG I dun wanna make nething so I raided Hot Topic and I'm like PxnK RawK YuNiE" way). Thus, I am, like, so tempted.
More Teal Leaves - similar motif (I think it's actually the same), more blue-green background, more subdued overall.
Lavender Leaf Sprays - color-wise, this is the most accurate I've found. It does have all that bright green, though, and I'm not sure how well that would coordinate with the variegated forest green sash.
Which do you think would work best? If you don't think any of them would work, that's OK too. I can always keep looking. ^_^