So, with the lengths of plastic cut out, the next up was attaching them to the different pieces of the torso. this is where the "dry run" thing comes in. I just had to peel the duct tape off and the whole thing came apart. nice and easy:
With the reinforcing done, the next issue was being able to easily put it on and take it off. So, to accomplish this, i cut a straight line down the sides of the torso, and glued in standard nylon buckles to keep the pieces together after putting it on:
And, since this was the last stage of building the torso, everything got glued together:
Next up: Clips
After a quick dry run to make sure everything fit together nicely, it was time to cut out the footprint of the clips. This allows them to stay flush against the material, as opposed to sticking out where they might snag, break, or cause general discomfort to the wearer (me):
And with the cuts done and everything looking snazzy, it was time to glue:
And here's what it looks like from the outside:
Pretty snazzy, right? my arms will (mostly) cover the seam once the costume is complete. and on the topic of the arms, next part will be covering the straps and buckles for the sleeves from earlier. Stay tuned!