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Unread 07-30-2013, 04:38 PM   #1
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Make a costume look buff?

I've seen it at many comic cons and such of people wearing their costume, and looking buff. It obvious that it's not real muscle, but it makes the costume look great! I was wanting to do something like that for a Deadpool costume but I haven't the first idea of how. Is there like some padded under shirt, how do they do it with out making it look too retarded?




I like the last one, but have no idea how he did it.
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Unread 07-30-2013, 11:28 PM   #2
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For the first and second examples, the muscles are sewn INTO the suit, under the top layer. There's no way to get such clean muscle definition unless the fabric gets tucked in between each muscle, and then sewn around each muscle to define it.

For the third, it's probably a separate muscle suit, worn underneath the outer red/black suit. This behaves more naturally, with the outer suit being stretched over the fake muscles of the undersuit.

In both cases, the fake muscles are probably foam. To replicate the effect, you'll need to know a bit of muscle anatomy so that you can place the foam muscles in the correct spot.
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Unread 07-31-2013, 08:07 AM   #3
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There are 'muscle suits' you can purchase, some are molded latex, some are a matte, flesh colored spandex with soft padded muscles sewn in. Both are hot to wear, both look great under costumes.

The trapunto quilting technique I so often sing the praises of is frequently used to create the softer version of these suits. You get two leotards/ pairs of leggings, put on one pair, draw in with fabric marker where & what you want emphasized, sew the two layers together along those lines (so for muscles, mostly big oblong shapes), snip a hole in the inside layer, use polyfil to stuff to the desired size, sew up the hole.

For a full body muscle suit I'd use a traditional leotard (snap crotch versions are mighty convenient) and leggings, put the leggings on first to hid the lump a waistband invariably shows.
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Unread 08-01-2013, 11:10 AM   #4
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I can't offer much help when it comes to making muscle suits
but I saw a deadpool last year that was already somewhat fit and had airbrushed muscle definition onto his suit, it looked amazing!
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