making a fat suit

How to make a fat suit…

Our school is performing Hairspray and we had to make the skinny singers in the leads look fatter.  We needed fat suits, but nobody knew where to begin.

This is what I did.

1.  Buy two T-shirts – one in the person’s  original size and one

in the size you need in the end.


2.  Cut off the hem and add a short pair of leggings to each T-shirt
(make  or buy).

Make up a T-shirt (sleeveless) out of batting/quilting.  It is easiest to sew this by hand.  Add extra padding for the boobs and bum. 

4.  You would also need an opening and fasteners at the back.  I chose Velcro.  Sew this onto the outer layer before putting everything

You can add darts to the outer layer to enhance the shape.

5. Put all three layers into each other. Start with the small one inside, then the batting in-between and the large one on the outside. 

6.  Stitch all the layers together.  Cut out the neckline and shorten the sleeves if the character has to wear a low neckline or short sleeves.

7. It is a good idea to stitch elastic around the neck to keep the shoulders from sliding off during the performance.

     The finished suit!!       




7 thoughts on “making a fat suit”

  1. Ek gaan vanaand my fat suit uittrek.


  2. This is great! Thank you so much for sharing the description and pictures!


    • marelisevanwyk said:

      A pleasure, Anne. Hope you have as much with it as we did.


      • Was it itchy or terribly hot?


      • marelisevanwyk said:

        Good morning. The suits ended up being quite soft and comfortable because of the soft t-shirting, but they were hot. In spite of our show being in winter. It helped that they were short sleeved and legged. Good luck.


  3. Thank you for the feedback. I’m making this today!

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