Autobots, roll out!!
Original thread here:http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=191491.0
We are big fans of the Transformers over here. My son just loves anything "robot", so I got the bright idea to make my son and my husband Transformers. It was a lot easier in my head!
This is almost completely from scratch. The only part pre-made is the black sweatpants and shirt underneath all of the parts. Each transformer armor part is a sandwich of fabric fused to headliner foam and sewn together. The metal parts that aren't 3D are metallic fabric cut and fused onto the shirt/sweats underneath. The heads ended up being these complex soft-sculpture-like things and were actually pretty fun to do, though hard. It was like a puzzle trying to figure out how to make my materials form the shapes that I wanted.
After I made all these pieces, they were safety-pinned onto the foundation. This was the fastest way to get them on there, and it also allowed the costume to "move" a lot.
I don't even want to think about how many parts are involved in the making of this costume. My craft room was a constant disaster with bizillions of scraps of paper as I figured out the patterns, fabric everywhere, pieces of foam. My poor fingers are shredded with pinpricks and bruised from hand-sewing a good part of the head through thick dense layers. But as Optimus Prime says: "No sacrifice, No victory".
I'm so glad it's done!! I don't think I'll be doing anything this ambitious for a good long time!