Step 1: Creating the torso
In front you can see the torso we made. I used a fedex box and solo cup for the neck then paper mached it together along with a couple of shoulder bumps. These are important for holding the dress on.
Step 2: Creating the body
We bought a big dress and white gloves at a costume exchange. It was used in plays previously.
Now, what you can't see is how I rigged the torso. My daughter is wearing a backpack and I have pvc pipes going from the backpack up into the fedex box. I used pretty big tubing which was a concern for weight but made the whole thing very sturdy.
We cut a hole in the dress for her head and we are working on the position of the arms and hands before stuffing them with cotton.
The gloves are simply safety pinned to the dress.
Step 3: Clean Version For School
We added a bra and stuffed it to fill out the dress.
Face makeup really helped make it look real.
Also we cut two slits in the dress so she could stick her arms out and get candy.
The top of the neck is hollow and goes into the backpack so we were thinking of having people drop candy there but it was too difficult.