Course Practise: Extended Body

Today we were learning about making padded extended bodies. Extended bodies can include things like pregnancy bumps, muscle suits and hunch backs.

We were asked by our tutor to bring in a picture of the extended body that we wanted to create. I felt that the only way that I was going to stay interested was if I did the extended body of a fantasy character, as so I chose a reference image of an Uruk Hai from Lord of the Rings.

To make an extended body it requires a lot of molding shaping and modelling skills. Skills that I believed I did not have until I began creating my muscle padded body.

We were using a thick wadding; thick wadding is the best type to use as it could be pulled apart to make thinner layers.


So I began by trying to build up the shape on the muscle around the shoulder blade. Each part begins with the rough base shape.

Then you cut the same shape out again. But instead this next layer is slightly smaller.

Next you smooth off the edges so that it looks like a smooth shape. Rather than an uneven surface. Evening out the surface as you go gives the whole shape a more authentic body shape. Then you herringbone stitch the layers together.

Then you repeat the above steps carrying on working up your shape layer by layer until you have reached the desired effect. The next job is to pin the shape in to place on the base. In my case that was a t-shirt.

Then as you have herringbone stitched the layers of wadding together you also have to herringbone attach the wadding to the t-shirt. In some places on your padding mold you want a specific part of the mold to stand out more than another part. This can be achieved by cutting a small circle and placing it underneath the top layer of wadding for shaping this will make that area protrude more than the rest of the wadding mold.


Then to smooth off the top edge of shape you take wadding that is the same shape as the beginning bottom layer, and slightly larger placing it over, pinning on to place and stitching it down I repeated this process on the shoulder as well as the top of the arm.

Finally you take a stretchy material, I used t-shirt jersey. And stretch it over all of the wadding shape. You pin this into place . Firstly you prick stitch through the shaping lines, and finally slip stitch the fabric to the base clothing.


You now have your extended body!



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