Re: [TheCostumersManifesto] pregnancy padding
- The same idea but based on an old or (inexpensive) leotard, works really,
really well. It;s very natural looking and stays where you want it. I have
an objection to babies who wander, especially when the actress sits down! I
cut away around the breasts and then augment them separately if necessary.
Cover with tricot or lycra.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Sarah P" <Alexandreirazputin@...>
Sent: Thursday, October 12, 2000 8:57 PM
Subject: Re: [TheCostumersManifesto] pregnancy padding
> Can you sew? Even a whipstitch would work. Okay, pregnancy padding is
> pretty simple. Get a close-fitting white t-shirt that comes down to
> the hipline, and another of maybe one size larger or the same size. If
> have a dressform, you're in luck. If not, see if you can borrow one from
> friend, a local theatre company, school theatre department, or fabric
> because you'd probably rather sew on something that won't hurt if it gets
> stuck with a pin or needle. ^_^ Also get a roll of quilt batting.
> On the t-shirt, the padding will go where the belly and bust are on the
> person. For a pregnancy belly, it is centered a little bit lower than
> people generally consider to be the stomach--the belly-button or navel is
> the middle more or less. Start by marking in pencil where the belly is to
> go on the body--this is usually from the sides of the waist to the lower
> abdomen to the bottom of the ribcage, a sort of circular area. Also mark
> where the bust is--this is for adding some padding here, too.
> Once this is done, measure and trace the circular area onto paper,
> across in four directions with a measuring tape (looks like a ruler as a
> ribbon, trust me a Stanley measuring tape like you'd find at Home Depot
> won't work as well--I've known people who tried to take their measurements
> with this sort of thing! no joke.), measuring vertically top-bottom,
> horizontally side-side, and diagonally across side-side. From the center
> point measurement, transfer these measurements onto paper and re-draw the
> circular area connecting the points. This is the base pattern for the
> belly. Using the paper pattern, cut out the bottom layer of batting and
> attach to the t-shirt. Continue with successive layers until the desired
> size of belly is reached. (Four months along is smaller than nine
> The size of each layer will become smaller for every layer applied,
> shrinking in circumference by 1 or 1 1/2 inches per layer. This allows
> a rounding effect. For larger pregnancy bellies, I wouldn't trim layers
> until after two or so layers have been attached.
> When the belly is the size you want, add a final layer over the entire
> area and wrapping around to the sides beyond the edge of the first layer
> it smooths the edges and fills any gaps between layers. Sometimes I trim
> edges of this last layer thinner on the outside to blend it with the main
> part of the shirt. Do the same layering with the bust area, making the
> layers fewer and trim all of them to follow the contour of the normal
> meeting at the outside edges to the t-shirt.
> Lightly stitching each layer to the one below it works best for me. With
> the second t-shirt, pull it over the one with the padding and stitch it to
> the first one along the neckline, armholes, and bottom hem, also along the
> back and sides under the armseye (armhole--side seams to belly padding).
> Some people have also added a "button" of fabric to mimic the navel on the
> belly padding. This is usually optional. I also like to add a sort of
> strap that connects the front to the back of the shirts, making it fit
> a leotard. This is attached on one end with good-sized snaps and keeps
> shirt from riding up or moving around.
> I know there are different ways of making pregnancy padding, some that are
> belly only and aren't on a shirt base at all but are padding encased in
> something like a pillow and tie or strap around. From experience, I like
> the t-shirt method best, and use it for many kinds of body suits where
> padding is needed. It's cheaper than buying a body suit, washes pretty
> (if the layers of padding are stitched down to the one below, it isn't as
> likely to bunch-up and get lumpy in the wash), and fits. You can also
> all materials at your local store such as Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Venture
> area), and other such stores that sell clothes and fabric-craft-quilting
> supplies. Hope this helps!
> >From: "Angelica Harmon" <lilithschilde@...>
> >Reply-To: TheCostumersManifesto@egroups.com
> >To: TheCostumersManifesto@egroups.com
> >Subject: [TheCostumersManifesto] pregnancy padding
> >Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2000 22:31:29 -0000
> >Does anyone have an idea how I can find a pregnancy suit? Or possibly
> >another idea on how to do the padding I need to play a pregnant
> >character? I know they must be out there somewhere, but I've looked
> >for almost a week without even a shred of luck. Any help would be
> >greatly appreciated.
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