Takashi ''Shiro' Shirogane - Voltron: Legendary Defender [ Casual ]
Cocoa
Made In: 2018
Status: active
Notes
A last-minute addition to my Dragon*Con line-up, because after marathoning VLD S7 I just had a lot of Shiro feelings, okay. I thought that this was going to be a relatively easy costume to make but forgot that in space, everything has geometric detailing, and if you don't get those lines and angles just right, it's really noticeable.
Components
Pants
Black 2-way stretch denim, because I wanted something with a little more heft and texture than just spandex, but it still had to be form-fitting. This would have been easier with 4-way stretch, I think - I ended up having to do several goes at the area around the knees to eliminate wrinkling and extra fabric. The 'kneepads' have a layer of foam spacer underneath for a little extra effect. Very loosely based on Simplicity 8212, and then just... a lot of fitting on myself. So much.
Shirt
A light-weight cotton-rayon knit. I basically just traced a tight-fitting shirt I already owned onto the fabric and went from there..
Belt + Belt Pouches
The belt is dark grey nylon webbing and a metal buckle from Amazon. Ends were heat-sealed and I just hand-sewed the edges together where necessary. Pouches are marine vinyl with magnetic closures, and are held onto the webbing with Chicago screws. I initially sized them to fit my cellphone at a minimum but 1) lost some space when I realized I had to do top-stitched seams to make the pouch stay square and 2) forgot that my everyday phone case is smaller than my con phone case. Sigh.
Vest
A 4-way stretch foam spacer fabric, which I snagged the last yard of at Spandex House on an NYC trip. It looks great, and gives the effected I wanted - thicker but still stretch enough to be form-fitting - but it turns out to be a pain to work with - the cut edges of the inner foam are really itchy, and it has a tendency to shift a lot when you try to sew it. I started with a pattern for a Chinese-style top I had around and just left off the sleeves and altered the front to be a zipper close. Collar patches were machine-embroidered onto a black twill and then hand-sewed on, because I am not organized enough to have remembered to embroider them before I cut the collar out. The side Vs are handsewn on, out of gray spandex and are not, unfortunately, pockets.
Arm
The one bit I knew was going to be tricky. I had a friend help me make a duct-tape pattern on my arm, and then used that to cut out EVA foam pieces, which where then covered in Thibra. The glove for the hand part is left-over material from the vest. It's painted with about ten coats of automotive filler-primer, with lots of sanding.
Wig
Arda's Kyle in Deep Brown/Grey. I cut the top short, and then ripped out a wedge-shaped section of wefts at the center front, and replaced them with some silver wefts harvested from some wigs I'm not using any more.