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3941  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to pattern foam costumes on: October 19, 2009 05:36:45 PM
Step 3:  Cover model with cellophane.  Any kind of very thin plastic or clingwrap will work.  Just put one layer on, so as not to add bulk.  It serves as a separator between the model and the tape in the next step.

Step 4: Tape over cellophane on model. 

First cut narrow strips of masking tape on a cutting board, using rotary cutter.  You want narrow strips to conform to the shape of the model, about 1/4 inch wide.

Cover the model with the thin strips of masking tape, being careful to smooth it around the contours and not make wrinkles.

Model covered with tape.  I've not covered the arms and legs because we're using the human's own arms and legs in the costume:

3942  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Tutorial: How to pattern foam costumes on: October 19, 2009 05:24:18 PM
A couple people have asked how to make costumes like this Blue Whale:

Below is a brief tutorial on how to pattern an object to turn it into a costume. I'll be posting several times in a row to post the whole tutorial, since I have to upload pictures. Usually I sculpt a model, but here I'm using a toy Allosaurus.  This toy is about 9 inches long which is about the minimum size for this method of patterning.  The larger the object, the more detail you'll get in the pattern.

Step 1:  Gather tools and supplies

For patterning:

toy or model
wide masking tape
cutting board
rotary cutter
xacto knife
graph paper
clear tape
butcher paper or other large size paper

For costume:

1/2 - 1 inch thick mattress foam (the green foam from Joann will work)
box cutter/utility knife
spray glue
polar fleece
upholstery or automotive thread
long needles

Step 2:  Decide how to fit costume on wearer

Here we're patterning a toy Allosaurus for a dinosaur costume to fit an adult.  We want to line up the dinosaur arms and legs more or less with the human arms and legs.  On the model, the shoulders and hips are about 2 inches apart.  On the wearer, the shoulders and hips are about 18 inches apart.  That means our scaled up dinosaur needs to be 9 times bigger than the model.  This will make the costume almost 7 feet long - an impressive size.  

3943  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Autumn Dotee Doll ... my first doll! on: October 19, 2009 02:23:11 PM
It's so adorable!

3944  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Mrs. Potts costume--need ideas/help!!! on: October 19, 2009 10:00:43 AM
I will be posting a foam costume construction tutorial (for whale or other bulbous shape) today or tomorrow.  Thanks for your interest!

3945  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Yay collaborative art! on: October 16, 2009 05:40:52 PM
I love the fluid movement of the tentacles, bubbles, and fish.  Very aquatic!

3946  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Halloween Help!!! on: October 16, 2009 03:32:12 PM
Cloak pattern:  http://home.clara.net/arianrhod/Aldebaran/DoItYourself/Cloak02.html

3947  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: happy accident a.k.a. summer dress on: October 10, 2009 01:04:17 PM
I love the colors!

3948  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Little Bo Peep and Her Sheep IMG HEAVY! on: October 05, 2009 09:42:32 AM
I love this so much!  What a cute sheep costume.   Cheesy
3949  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Professional Photoshoot! (photo pudgy) on: October 05, 2009 09:39:57 AM
Very pretty!

3950  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hitch Skirt pattern on: October 04, 2009 10:42:08 AM
You can also do it as a "french bustle/underbustle" skirt with a casing inside the skirt with a ribbon to pull up the skirt.

Different kinds of skirt bustles:  http://www.leanna.com/Bridal/Bustles.htm
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