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« on: October 28, 2007 11:48:06 AM »

Autobots, roll out!!

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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". Smiley I'm so glad it's done!! I don't think I'll be doing anything this ambitious for a good long time!

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« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2007 11:54:33 AM »

Oh.   My.   God.  You rule.  I can't even think of anything else to say.

Oh, and I rocked it too.
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« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2007 12:00:17 PM »

that is AWSOME!!! my son just gave me "the look" like why couldn't i make a cool costume like that. they'll be the coolest on the block. Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2007 12:00:47 PM »

Hitting This Rocks!  That is so awesome, I dont know what to say!

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« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2007 12:26:44 PM »

Oh wow!!! Those are amazing!! So hitting This Rocks!

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« Reply #5 on: October 28, 2007 12:33:28 PM »

Wow. Just wow. That must have taken forever.

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« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2007 01:08:02 PM »

Those are simply amazing!  I hope that there is more than one opportunity to wear them, because those deserve to be seen by a lot of people (who will praise and compliment you)!  I'm hitting, "This Rocks!"

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« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2007 02:13:02 PM »

WOW  Shocked

those are AMAZING! your hard work totally paid off! hallowe'en falls on a wednesday, which means there are two weekends worth of wearing your costume time, i do hope they have tons of opportunities to wear them!!!

this totally rocks!!!

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« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2007 02:55:58 PM »

adore this!!
so so great! looks like a really comfy costume too!

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« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2007 03:58:18 PM »

All I can say is that is amazing. I wish I was that talented my husband would be very happy to wear that...
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