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08-06-2009, 10:37 AM
Hello everyone~

I'm going to be making Rosa Farrell from Final Fantasy 4 (amano style!) and I was planning on following Amethyst Angel's technique on armor shoulder pad's located here:


now, I was looking at her finished product (http://www.amethyst-angel.com/tutorials/wonderflex28_lowres.jpg) and I can't seem to think of a way to attach the armor to my costume without having it droop or fall. Or is there a more efficient way to make it so it's not as heavy? I've no idea actually how heavy the armor she made for that is but it doesn't look as light as a feather.

Here's a picture of Rosa's amano art: Amano (http://jenny.pennington.googlepages.com/Rosa_TwoViews.jpg/Rosa_TwoViews-full.jpg)

Here's a picture of her costume from the DS remake: DS (http://image.com.com/gamespot/images/2007/262/939425_20070920_screen001.jpg)

any help is appreciated! ^_^ thank you~~

08-06-2009, 06:00 PM
I had a little bit of the same problem, granted my armour bits (Lina Inverse's pauldrons) are made of craft foam and paperclay so they're really not that heavy. But to avoid putting stress on the center piece that holds them together, I've velcroed them to my cape.

Though I was avoiding it at first because I thought it would look bad, it's turned out nicely, you can't see the velcro when they're on and it's not like I'm going to wear the cape without the pauldrons anyway.
So really, I think in the end, velcro is the way to go. Hot glue/super glue velcro to the underside of the armour when it's stuck together (soft and pokey stuck to each other). Make sure that the soft side of the velcro is facing the fabric and the pokey side of velcro on the armour, just so that when you're putting on a wig, adjusting things etc. you don't get anything caught/snagged on the pokey side. Then, you'll want to hold the armour where you want it to sit, and lightly hot glue the other side to the fabric, just enough to hold it to the fabric so you can separate the soft side from the pokey side. Lastly, sew the soft side down to the fabric very solidly.

Then you're done!

If you'd like to see pictures, I can post pictures of mine in a bit if you'd like, my camera is with my boyfriend at the moment, but I don't mind uploading some.

08-06-2009, 09:14 PM
It will be fairly light actually - I attached my pauldrons for Anti on my punching holes in the armor and sewing them onto the jacket. You've got a problem there as nothing is covering the pauldrons that could hide the seams, like I could with my hood. Maybe if you do the first layer, sew it on, and then attach the second layer of the pauldron, which would hide the seams. I would be slightly wary of velcro because of weight... It may work, but make sure you get something sturdy and use a lot.

08-06-2009, 09:53 PM
You could borrow a trick I did for my Caboose costume. Wear a black tank top. Shoulder armor/pauldrons will have a velcro loop that goes around the top strap of the tank top. If you're wearing black anyhow, its totally hidden. I would also suggest a smaller velcro strap that goes under your arm to keep the shoulder armor from flopping up.

Depending on the weight of your shoulder armor, you could sew in a reinforced loop on your shoulders for your shoulder armor to either tie to, use a velcro loop to attach or mount a snap or two. Either way you would be best off with a narrow velcro strap that goes around and under your arm to keep it from flopping up on you...

08-08-2009, 04:09 AM
Another option would be rivets/snaps. Whilst growing up, many of my fellow stormtrooper buddies have rid their costumes of velcro and replaced them with snaps. If this is a costume you plan on wearing A LOT and for long periods of time (Which I don't think is the case i.e. Amano costume), heavy-duty snaps will be better in the long-run. They last longer. They don't come un-done from glue in your armor and they do not rip out loose threads from the clothe-portion of your costume

05-22-2011, 09:31 AM
I am currently trying to make a Rosa costume and I was wondering if any of these solutions worked for you or what you ended up using to attach the shoulders! Thanks so much :)

Kappa Lizzy
07-27-2011, 03:49 AM
this may sound dumb but can antone give me a visual? I cant picturre it.. ;-(