Tiger & Bunny
Last Updated: 11-07-2011
When I originally started this costume, I was thinking to myself "No one except me would be lame enough to make this version of the Wild Tiger costume!" Then a couple days after I bought the fabric, episode 21 aired. I completely flipped out. Not the least because suddenly I had a ton more reference images! And I was kind of glad I hadn't bought yellow fabric for the trim as planned, because a closeup of the costume made the trim and the T look like metallic gold - and a look back at the brief appearance in the first episode proved that the yellow of the trim and T was not the same bright yellow as the TopMag logo. So gaudy as it is, I went with metallic gold rather than golden yellow.
Sewing this much spandex was certainly a chore, even with a sewing machine that does stretch stitch. In the end, it's essentially made of two pieces - a "shirt" with attached cape, cowl, and gloves, and "pants" with attached feet. Beneath the belt is a zipper running around the waist that attaches them firmly together, for the appearance of a one-piece catsuit but the convenience of not having to take the whole darned thing off if I want to use the bathroom. Similarly, the cowl has snaps under the chin that can be undone to make the cowl's opening big enough to get it off my face if I need to have my head free, and the gloves are only sewn onto the back of the sleeves, so I can get my hands out of them if need be. The wristbands cover the overlap.
The TopMag logo was freehanded on there with a pencil and then fabric markers. The T is papier-mache ground into shape with a dremel, gessoed to smooth it out, and sanded - then attached with snaps so I can remove it when the suit goes in the wash. The wrist launchers are also simply held on with stiff wire, which can be removed before laundering; they started out as a scrap piece of PVC pipe, cut to length and dremeled/sanded down to a nice shape before painting.
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