How To Make A Fat Suit

Creating a fat suit, piece-by-piece, layer-by-layer, using FX fabrication techniques.

Description

Everything is usually about quick weight loss, but what about when you require quick weight gain?  This is when The Art of the Fat Suit is required viewing.  In this video you’ll learn how to create the mirage of additional pounds whenever your production requires it.

Watch as Dawn Dininger, key artist for Stan Winston Studio and Legacy Effects, provides a thorough tutorial on creating a fat suit, piece-by-piece, layer-by-layer, with detailed descriptions for every step of the process.

WEBCOURSE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Measuring and cutting out the materials
  • Different machine sewing and hand stitching techniques
  • Using various types of filling materials
  • Applying and layering the muscles
  • Draping techniques and attaching the outer body

 

Approximate Runtime is: 01:39:13

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  1. Title & Introduction - 00:00:00
  2. The Basics - 00:00:56
  3. Overview - 00:02:00
  4. Materials - 00:03:29
  5. Cutting Material - 00:05:22
  6. Cutting the Batting - 00:09:03
  7. Marking the Belly Fabric - 00:10:03
  8. Tracing the Belly Pieces - 00:11:57
  9. All About the Belly - 00:14:21
  10. Machine Stitching - 00:15:00
  11. Filling - 00:21:58
  12. Upper Belly - 00:25:15
  13. Chest Piece - 00:27:05
  14. Working the Butt - 00:28:50
  15. Applying the Muscles - 00:33:57
  16. Sewing on the Chest - 00:40:53
  17. Attaching the Batting - 00:44:24
  18. Attaching Lower Belly - 00:57:11
  19. Stretch Stitch - 00:59:24
  20. Sewing Batting on Body Suit - 01:00:47
  21. Draping Spandex - 01:02:24
  22. Marking Spandex - 01:20:08
  23. Sewing the Outer Body - 01:22:44
  24. Attaching the Outer Body - 01:27:55
  25. Detail Work - 01:31:07
  26. Stitches - 01:32:54
  27. Unitard Considerations - 01:37:18

Materials

CLICK on the links below to find the materials you need for this lesson. 

 

Some items might be harder to find, but a little internet scouring usually finds you everything you'll need.

 

Burman Industries

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores

 

FOR YOUR WORK STATION

  • Body Form
  • Sewing Machine

 

EPOXYS/GLUES

  • 77 Spray Glue

 

FABRICS

  • Flesh-colored Spandex
  • Scoop-neck Flesh-colored Unitard

 

FAT/MUSCLE/BODY SUIT FILLERS

  • Batting
  • Mattress Foam (3/4” or 1”)
  • Plastic (Nylon) Pellets
  • Styrofoam Pellets

 

TOOLS

  • CUTTING TOOLS
    • Good Quality Fabric Shears
    • Personal Razor Blade
    • Scissors
  • SEWING NEEDLES/PINS
    • Curved Sewing Needles
    • Straight Pins
  • OTHER TOOLS
    • Funnel
  • SUPPLIES
    • Blue Mark B-Gone Marker
    • Brown Paper for Pattern Pieces
    • Large Zipper
    • Markers
    • Silamide Thread

 

HEALTH/SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

 

When working with toxic and/or dangerous materials or tools:

ALWAYS read labels for appropriate use guidelines
ALWAYS wear a high-grade respirator
ALWAYS work in a well-ventilated area
ALWAYS protect your skin
ALWAYS wear eye protection

Artist Information

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Dawn Dininger

Lead fabricator Stan Winston Studio/Legacy Effects

Dawn Dininger moved around the country often in her youth.  Born in Richmond, Virginia she moved away young and...

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