TRISTAN DOMAY’S GODZILLA
Apart from the hands, feet and head, the entire suit (including the tail) was a single piece body suit. I used a jumpsuit pattern intended for gorilla Halloween costume that I purchased at a fabric store and traced the templates onto 1 inch thick mattress foam. The pieces were then cut out and sewn together by hand, since the foam was too thick to run through a sewing machine. The seams were also reinforced with contact cement. It was an older, runnier brand of glue that took 24 hours to completely dry. The tail was made a similar way but with ½ inch foam. Since I made it last, I was able to stuff it with leftover foam scraps from the rest of the costume.
On top of this body suit, I eventually sewed/glued on the muscles and dorsal fins which were all cut from 2-4inch foam depending on how thick they had to be. I used a wood burning tool to carve the scales in. These can be acquired at most craft or hobby shops. However, be warned, the fumes are toxic since you are essentially drawing the scales on the foam with a hot metal pencil. The foam is literally melting, so it’s best to do this outside on a clear day and wear a face mask.