DONE! By Celestia's Beard, what we have here is a completed "Sisterhooves Social" Rarity fursuit, worn by yours truly for Tracon 2012 in three days' time - and quite possibly a fair few cons after that too.
This is the result of about six months of brainstorming, and bit over month of actual crafting. Most of the sewing was done by my awesome sister ~furball891 , and some help with the boots came from ~lodirin ... the rest of it was just a lot of trial and error... surprisingly often ending up with burning my fingers with hot glue.
Decided to go for Sisterhooves Social (aka 'wetmane') because as fabulous as Rarity's mane is, actually getting real life braids to that shape is very, very difficult if not impossible (to me at least).
Before you note about the snout (or something else) being 'wrong' do note that I was not even aiming for straight up show style but putting my own twist on things.
Rarity, Those Confounded Ponies (c) Hasbro.
Then again, fursuit. Who's to decide what's 'right' style to do something like this?
...and yeah, 'correct' way would be trying to be as close as possible to the show... if I cared about show accuracy vs. my own bias that much, that is. I like showing *some* actual pony anatomy in my soft marshmallow ponies, so that will show in the fursuit too.
I may have mentioned how inspiring this project of yours is. I'ma say it again anyways.
I tease I tease This is pretty damned awesome XD