a VOLTRON Paladin torso armor pattern
Hey dudes~ so someone asked if i was willing to share my armor patterns, and the answer is HELL YEAH.
So, here’s the dealio with these:
1. I used a dress form sized to me to make these.
( that’s 5″5, ~150lbs, 39-40″ at the bust lv,32″ at the waist.and 16″ across the shoulders.)
they can resize, but that’s on you. ;D
know your measurements, know where things line up.
2. These are designed with EVA foam as the intended material. Stuffed fabric could also work. (maybe.)
3. I’m all for sharing creativity, but for frack or quiznak sake, don’t repost and say you made these. don’t remove the text. its irritating and ugly fine, but the notes on the armor are important.
(it will confuse people and hurt my feelings okay? let’s be a cool fandom everyone.)
I recommend using a ruler. since this is on pattern paper (a godsend, btw) the distance between the little blue marks is all a perfect square inch.
the EASIEST way to achieve symmetry is to do one half and fold and copy it to the other.
*I haven’t done the V shape yet, but can add it later or just make a proper tutorial thing.
Note: registration marks! also, this is designated as the LEFT shape, and connecting to the BACK piece of the armor. not the front. (flip it over and you got the right side!)
Now, I realized after cutting the foam and making sure i can get my head through the hole, this could get interesting really quick when getting the chest piece on and off, especially since my suit zips up the back…
SOLUTION: DO. NOT. GLUE. THE. BACK. PIECE. TO THE SIDES.
(or do, if you can fit. I can’t. broad shoulders.)
instead,on the back, I’m going to glue/staple/glue some black stretch fabric, and shape the gap to fit at an angle. it should sit flat when in place, and stretch when you need it to.
that way, you can get it on and off easily.
**I will update on how this goes.
this is where folding the pattern for symmetry is REALLY handy.
and a good example of how great this paper is.
the length of my guard is 20 inches.it lines up with the marks on the torso pieces.
the line going across as labeled is the light level. (EL tape goes there! diffuse your LED’s guys! be careful of your circuits!)
I still need to figure out the shoulder pieces, but this is what i got so far!
for anyone new to EVA foam:
Evil Ted Smith’s youtube channel is a friggn gold mine, guys.
if you do use EVA, please be careful. its difficult to cut, foam gives off fumes when heated or burned, and knives are sharp and most dangerous when slightly dull. use a dremel to fix an edge, not a knife. (it wont work.)
I’d also be happy to make a tutorial for using a dress form for this kind of thing!
feel free to message me personally if you have any questions, happy and safe cosplaying~!!
(its about damn time.)
THE ARMS AND LEGS!
Note, the leg piece i recommend getting the big roll of foam. and shrink the arms down an inch or so in length.
this is my update for my leg armor, the hatching is velcro. also, ignore my measurements. sorry these took so long!!