Monday, November 1, 2010

Dun Dun...Dun Dun

Happy Halloween!

Errr…well, yesterday anyway.

This year for Halloween, I decided I would make all of our costumes. Knowing that one of the small joys in life is seeing an animal dressed up as another animal I thought it fitting that Ginger and family go as a “school of sharks”.
I would love to offer a tutorial for this but in my usual fashion; I didn’t follow a guide, pattern or plan. I just made it up as I went along and there was a lot of pull and sew, and turn it inside out and sew, and line up here and sew. Crazy process does not = fun project for others to try and follow. Sorry.
A few tips in case you want to give it a whirl next year:
- I used around 2 yards of the gray and 1 yard of the red fabric (it’s a jersey material like a sweatshirt)
- I used white felt for the teeth
- Button eyes
- I made the head first then attached to the body
- I modified a dress pattern for my shark body
- Ginger’s shark body is basically a cape with a fit between her front paws to keep it in place
- I used recycled cardboard for the fin

The best part about all of this is that Ginger and I entered into a costume contest and won! It was a contest for the local animal shelter in partnership with the Kimpton line of hotels. There were around 30 dogs that entered the contest.We won “scariest” or “most likely to make your hair stand on end” if you want to be exact.We won a two night stay to a Kimpton Hotel and $100 to a restaurant. Amazing!!!!

FYI: My original goal was to make a costume for Christoph, Ginger and myself but I ended up quitting early and only making the head for Christoph’s costume. C'est la vie. And a little known fact. Our beta fish is named “Shark Week”.

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