Building a Better 'Bug' Costume Part 1: Inspiration

Mirvana
Being a seamstress for many years, I typically address all of my costuming needs with a sewing machine. I can transform fabric into just about anything I need. However, as I become more deeply involved in sci-fi and fantasy costuming, I find that mere fabric is not quite enough to create the effects that I'm going for. Specifically, I want to build a better "bug" costume -- an alien with insect-like exoskeleton or armor -- without spending a fortune on new tools and materials. It also needs to fit a range of human sizes: Medium to 2XL.

As I set about my task, I will share what I learn with you here, in this multi-part series. Suggestions and comments are welcome! Now let's begin.

So What Does it Look Like?
I want my design to suggest something that my audience will be familiar with, but still be original. So I am mining the Interwebs for photos for inspiration.

Check out this collection. I will be adding more photos to it as the project rolls along. I have found that Pinterest is a great way to save and organize photos like this for your projects.

I am now working on some rough sketches for what I want my "bug" to look like! What would you use for inspiration? Feel free to share your thoughts and comments here. 

Read "Building a Better 'Bug' Costume Part 2: Materials and Method."