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"BERNINA Halloween 2011"

Added Oct 3, 2011

by jennidash

London, United K...




Step 1 create dog heads

I started by creating a basic toy dog pattern (just the head) .

If you don’t feel confident to draw these freehand there are free patterns available on the internet.
It is also fairly simple to alter a teddy bear pattern to look like your dog by elongating (or shortening) the muzzle.
I used Roxy as a model for the placement of the ears and markings.
Take measurements of your dogs head and muzzle to help in sizing.
The heads were made from black fur to match the dog and then painted using acrylics trying to match the dogs natural markings as I could not get ginger fur!
alternatively you can use fur to match your dogs markings.
I made each head to have a slightly different expression but they can be the same.
I lightly stuffed the heads before hand stitching the mouths.
It was important to try to keep the costume as lightweight as possible by using a lightweight fire retardent filling.
As I had the fabric already I am not sure how much I used, maybe 1-1 1/2 metres.
I used plastic teddy bear eyes but if your dog is likely to try chewing the costume, embroidered eyes are a better idea.
This costume is best suited to the larger breeds as even though the heads would , obviously, be smaller for smaller dogs, it may be a bit weighty. Also Roxy really doesn’t care what you put on her as long as her picture is being taken and everyone is looking at her. Probably best suited to confident, relaxed dogs who will not try to attack the other two heads.

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