Because these tutorial is already so long I’m skipping the details of obvious steps.
Painting with two colours of metallic grey will give it depth. Just layer it on top of each other.
I made the basic shape of the front my guessing. Added the gold embellishments
The collar. I thought this was going to be hard, to by surprise it’s much easier than real sewing. I started with a single sheet of foam and cut an ovalish shape out of the center. Here I’m testing it’s fit. Similar to a pencil skirt, don’t make the hole as big as you will assume you will need. Because the material is malleable you can wiggle your way in. A smaller hole will make it look more fitted.
Started to attach my front and back pieces to my collar base (which will later be painted). I also made a neck collar which I wrapped around the opening.
I forgot to mention, those studs are just scrapbooking pearls. I used all weird wild colours, but one spray paint makes them look like rivets. BoYa!
Time to attach the shoulder pads. I use more foam to anchor the armor and the shoulder pads together. It’s strong enough that it won’t fall apart, soft enough that the ‘heavier’ piece will weigh it down lay and move naturally with your shoulders.
Ok now to attach this bottom piece (I don’t know what to call these random sections). When you look at Lightning’s outfit closely you can see that these bars are actually separate pieces. I wanted to keep that look so I used hot glue (solid and clear) to give structure to it on the backside. Also notice that (in the picture below) that the foam I used was a lot thicker, also for structural integrity.
Here’s the finished piece. The red pieces won’t be noticeable because those will be facing my skin. Although I will need to go through the edges with a silver pen because it’s still weird to have random colours outlining your outfit like a cartoon character (which even Lightning is not).