Not sure how many costumes of bands show up around here, outside of KISS maybe, but I thought this would be fun to post.
I am a fan of the band The Aquabats! and have been for a while. I cosplayed as a bat at WonderCon this past weekend in Anaheim Ca using my friend's vintage power belt from waaaaaay back. I have never owned one of my own and they don't sell them anymore so it was time to do what we do best around here. Build it myself!
Incase you don't know, these are The Aquabats! (yes the ! is part of the name)
Here are my son and myself at WonderCon:
I started by taking measurements from the vintage belt and looking at screen shots of the new The Aquabats! Super Show tv show as the belts have evolved over the years
After taking my measurements I went to my vinyl sign software and cut out some patterns:
I cut out the basic shape of the main silver part of the belt. Yes the newer belts are flat across the bottom not curved like the old ones:
I cut out all of the basic shapes and laid them out to get an idea of what it was goning to look like:
The little bad dude logo was done in a high heat transfer onto the white pleather:
I am making 2 belts and this is a special panel I did for my friend who is an Aquacadet:
I began cutting holes in the silver main belt and fitting things in from behind:
After cutting the black back section of the belt and getting everything double sided taped together here is the what the finished belt will look like:
Now I just need to find a seamstress in the San Diego area to finish it up for me as I have no idea how to sew. Then its on to belt #2.
Comments and questions are of course invited.....