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« on: October 15, 2008 09:06:23 PM »

I want to make my dog's halloween costume. I found <a href="http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3096760">this</a>. It seems easy. I know I'll need white fabric, velcro and some black fabric for the ghost face. But, how do I start Huh? Should I make a pattern? Do I need to have the dog measured? WHAT DO I DO?
I did take sewing in high school, but even then the teacher wan't helpful. I have 14 days until that day. I have a chihuahua mix dog, but he's mostly chihuahua with long legs. I don't want the costume to be long like his legs. He'll get it dirty. Any suggestions?
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2008 09:53:34 PM »

I'd try making a pattern using newspaper.  I would make a separate "hood" pattern piece.  For the part that goes on his back, decide how long you want the costume to be, cut it to the right length (don't forget seam allowances), then fold the pattern in half the long way and round off the back corners.  For the front part, keep your pattern folded, and cut a slope for where your dog's shoulders are, and round the front edges where the costume is velcroed.  Take another paper (a square piece) and decide how big the hood should be.  You will probably need to round off the front, lower part of the hood so that it will match up with the curve of the "jacket" piece.  Decide where you want your ghost face to sit and how big it should be.  Sew the ghost face to the hood fabric, then sew the hood to body.  Sew the velcro closure. 

Maybe a modified version of this pattern would work.http://www.sewing.circleofcrafters.com/freepetvestpattern.html
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