Re: [TheCostumersManifesto] Fake pregnant belly
- You might want to take a look at this site for ideas, as it sounds a lot like
what you're planning to make:
I think what they achieve with their belly is pretty amazing (i.e., weight
gain of 30 pounds, simulated fetal kicking movements, shallow breathing and
shortness of breath, increased blood pressure, pulse and body temp, bladder
pressure and frequency of urination, low backaches; shift in center of gravity;
waddling, fatigue, irritability, and more).
I'd say the most important effects to simulate for the game you wish to play
would be the 30 pounds of weight (with heavy, floppy breasts if possible) and
the sense of restriction and shortness of breath--you essentially want to make
it impossible to bend over. Perhaps a corset-like construction would be
helpful so that it will be constricting as well as multi-sized? Bags of metal shot
might be a good weight, possibly in combination with plastic pellets (or
lentils if you want to save money).
It's really a cool idea for a baby shower. I'm going on eight months pregnant
right now and I'm sure it's pretty amusing to see me try to pick stuff up off
the floor--though my husband and daughter know better than to laugh at me! ;
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- Doll pellets are great for filling because they do not sprout in
moisture like beans and birdseed. You can't always guarantee that
storage remains dry. Rice, uncooked not the minute variety, can also be
a good nonsprouting filler.
From: nanniemouse [mailto:nanniemouse@...]
Sent: Monday, February 28, 2005 2:49 PM
Subject: [TheCostumersManifesto] Fake pregnant belly
A friend asked me to make an unusual "costume" for her baby shower.
She wants a belly with the wieght and girth of a real pregnant belly
for her husband and his friends to use. It doesn't have to look real
but it needs to be restrictive enough to give a hint at what it's like
to be pregnant. The idea will be a game where the guys have to put it
on and pick up cotton balls off the floor. I can make the piece, but
I don't know what to fill it with to make it heavy enough but still
wearable. The "filling" won't need to be washed, I'll take it apart
if it needs to be cleaned. I'll keep it for any future baby shower
but I don't expect it to get too dirty. Any suggestions?
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