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How to Build a Muscle Suit

Making your own costumes can save you money and provide you with the satisfaction of creating something yourself. A muscle suit is one of those evergreen costumes that never goes out of fashion---costume fashion, that is. Make the suit using the many items that you already have sitting around your house.

Put on a long-sleeve flesh-coloured shirt. Insert the stuffing or foam where you want muscles---biceps, pectorals, abs---and shape it to look more realistic. Scissors can be used on the foam to cut it into the shape of muscles. Tighter shirts will hold the muscles into place better. Glue can also be used to keep the muscles from moving or losing shape.

Put on flesh-coloured trousers. Insert the stuffing or foam where you want muscles---quads, calf muscles---and shape it to look more realistic. Scissors can be used on the foam to cut it into the shape of muscles. Tighter trousers will hold the muscles into place better. Glue can also be used to keep the muscles from moving or losing shape.

Give the muscles more definition by shading and outlining them with the brown marker.

Tip

Change up the costume by wearing different clothes on top of the muscle suit. Don't want just a boring muscle suit? Change out the colours. Use green instead of flesh-coloured shirt and trousers to look like the Incredible Hulk. Blue can turn you into The Tick. Red (and some horns) could be the Devil.

Things You'll Need

  • Polyester stuffing (or dense foam)
  • Flesh-coloured shirt
  • Flesh-coloured trousers
  • Thick brown marker
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Speedo
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About the Author

Josh Weiss-Roessler has been writing professionally since 2000. His work has appeared on websites like Pink Raygun and Tubefilter. Weiss-Roessler also created a TV-writing blog that he runs with his wife. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English/creative writing and a Bachelor of Science in mass communications from Miami University. He also has a Certificate in Television Writing from UCLA.