I went crazy with lack of sleep so I came up with a wallpaper XD
I've finished making the armor. Evaguy_01 helped me get started by making the vest and skirt parts. I finished the rest, painting details on everything and adding red reflectors. I bought the shoes on sale for PhP150. I put the little circle things with rugby/rubber cement.
I would have liked to buy orange reflectors but they're out of stock. Fortunately these worked better than expected. Due to my inexperience tho I stretched them upon application so they kept peeling off. I solved that little problem by applying a bit of glue over the edges. I used LEEHO gold glitter fabric paint, but apparently they're not that visible in photos. So regular glue would have worked just as well.
As for cutting, regular scissors worked just fine because they're just 4mm-thick foam rubber. It's white, so I used the standard white Staedtler eraser to clean it up a bit before I started painting the details with black waterbased latex paint and a cheap oilpainting brush. So it's kinda embarassing when the painting ended up looking pretty sketchy up close.
As for the cloth parts of the costume, I asked around for a seamstress. I first found one in Quezon City who quoted PhP4000 for the costume. When I asked another tailor, this time in San Pablo, she quoted PhP2500. There's another tailor who might charge even lower, but I'm not that impressed with their handiwork. Maybe when the costume isn't so challenging I'd give them a try :)