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    Posted: 11/08/05 at 1:06am
I love this site!
I have always just used batting to stuff kids so they look realistically
fat for parts ... But I now have a real complainer on my hands and
something tells me he's going to be difficult about using that
method. Has anyone sewn a "real" fat suit that's reusable? any hints?

Thanks ever so much.
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bullet Posted: 11/08/05 at 1:54pm
A quick and easy fat suit to make is two take two (2)
over-sized T-shirts (and by over-sized, I mean
over-sized for your actor) and -- using a sewing
mahine -- sew them together at the bottom hem.
Then sew a line from under each armpit to the
bottom hem again.

Stuff the space between the shirts with (washable)
filler. You can then sew in anatomical details (such
as pectorals or abdominals, forming pockets for the
filler). Once you've gotten the filler to the point that
pleases you, stitch the necklines together to contain
the filler. You may also want to stitch around the
arms -- this will allow you to pad the shoulders as

Once completed, the final product will look
something like an umpire's chest pad.

Use heavy-duty t-shirts in your favorite color and toss
the whole thing into a washing machine once it gets

Stitching the arms will allow
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bullet Posted: 11/09/05 at 4:58am
This is really not an area of my expertise, but around Halloween every year I have seen people wearing "fat suits" that apparently stay expanded by battery operated fans (they're very quiet and stay cool and comfortable to the person inside).  The overall look is humorous, but somewhat convincing.  I would suggest looking on the Internet for commercially made fat suits.  Knowing the friends who have worn them, they can't be very expensive.
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bullet Posted: 11/09/05 at 10:57pm
 We used a fat suit of sorts, for 'Stepping Out' &  made up of foam & in the same manner of the T shirts, as suggested.
It worked well, but how comfortable it was I?m not sure.
Only it won our very first ?Phoscar Award' [Phoenix Oscar] For the fat suit & the trainer/wearer. Who has since resettled happily back in his New Mexico home town , with his Aussie wife, new son & of course the fat suit!   

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bullet Posted: 11/10/05 at 10:02am
if you don't want to make one this is the time of year you can find them to buy. check with the santa suits!
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