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« on: November 21, 2012 10:41:38 AM »



The Manflesh calls our Beastie Grrrlz "you turkeys" all the time and now that we live in a place with actual turkeys wandering around that our turkeys sometimes chase, it seemed appropriate to make turkey costumes for our turkey-chasing turkeys for Thanksgiving.  



I made front and back feathers out of felt, then sandwiched cereal box cardboard in between to make them stand up.  The waistband is polar fleece that fastens with hook and loop tape.



While plenty cute on it's own, I felt like an additional key turkey part was necessary: the wattle.  Its design is based on the Gentle Leader "headcollar" and it's made of a 4-way stretch cotton blend I had laying around with red felt for the wattle.



It took me FOREVER to make that tail feather set up and I just did not want to make another, but both dogs needed costumes.  Or rather I needed both dogs to have costumes.  So I did a quick lady pilgrim!



The collar and hat are a cotton blend scrap and each are made from 2 pieces cut the same, sewn right sides together and turned right side out.  The collar fits over her daily collar and the hat has a wide elastic strap.  I had used this hat pattern a few years ago for myself: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=280005.0 and the dog hat is based on it with a few proportion adjustments.



The final detail are the "shoe" buckles!  What stereotypical pilgrim is complete without buckles?  These are made with leftover vinyl, buckles from my stash, black elastic, and more hook and loop tape.



There is so much that is good about dog costumes, but one of the best things about these is that the only things I had to buy were the felt squares, which I got on sale.  I used <$1's worth of the $2 I spent on felt.  The rest was all things I had in my stash.  I am proving to myself that it was worth it to move 20-some boxes of fabric, notions, and craft supplies.

A funny video of what it's like to take pictures of moderately trained young dogs wearing costumes, ore photos and painstaking details on my blog: http://suddenlytaxidermy.blogspot.com/2012/11/a-holiday-isnt-holiday-without-costumes.html
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« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2012 10:56:03 AM »

That is hysterical and so super cute! Love it!
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« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2012 11:09:29 AM »

Thanks, lady!  I think your butterball, Pete, could use a wattle for his waddle!
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« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2012 12:03:20 PM »

This is super awesome, and I love your description! How fun!
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« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2012 12:37:23 PM »

The costumes are very cute but may I raise a tiny issue? I am wondering about the sanity of disguising oneself as a turkey at this time of the year. Wink
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« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2012 12:58:48 PM »

I fell off my chair laughing! Those are awesome costumes! I just love your creativity!
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« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2012 01:47:10 PM »

The costumes are very cute but may I raise a tiny issue? I am wondering about the sanity of disguising oneself as a turkey at this time of the year. Wink

To be certain, I verified* that it was not indeed turkey season locally, that the guns we've been hearing in the woods are for four-footed beasts.

*No I did not.  Wink  However, my 50-pounder didn't get off the deck in her duds.  If she had, I'd probably never have seen the costume again.

I fell off my chair laughing! Those are awesome costumes! I just love your creativity!
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« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2012 02:29:35 PM »

Can't pull myself away from the Thanksgiving Dogs...The buckles. The waddle (thanks for enlightening me on what that thing is really called). The hidden ears (there's something about dogs with things on their heads that keep their ears tucked in). The rump-shot of the feathers that inevitably includes a snout approaching that rump.
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« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2012 03:40:58 PM »

 Grin hilarious!
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« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2012 04:00:46 PM »

Oh god - that is so unbelievably adorable!  I love love love it!  You're pups are so good to play along with the dress up.  I have to admit that I love the lil' pilgrim the best - her expression makes it!
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« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2012 08:41:22 PM »

Can't pull myself away from the Thanksgiving Dogs...The buckles. The waddle (thanks for enlightening me on what that thing is really called). The hidden ears (there's something about dogs with things on their heads that keep their ears tucked in). The rump-shot of the feathers that inevitably includes a snout approaching that rump.
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Thanks!  I have splattered that first photo all over the internet, because I can't get enough myself.  Wink  When I took the bonnet off of Betty she did one of those long-haired-lady-takes-off-a-helmet-to-reveal-she-is-a-lady hair shakes, except it was her ears instead of her hair.

Oh god - that is so unbelievably adorable!  I love love love it!  You're pups are so good to play along with the dress up.  I have to admit that I love the lil' pilgrim the best - her expression makes it!

I admit to loving the pilgrim, too!  I'm pretty sure she'll be Hester Prin for Halloween with a scarlet "J" for the sin of jumping.
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« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2012 04:03:51 AM »

I seriously love this.  What an awesome idea!
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« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2012 06:00:10 AM »

My Thanksgiving is happier now!  Thanks for posting this!!!
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« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2012 01:47:49 PM »

Thanks so much you guys!

My Thanksgiving is happier now!  Thanks for posting this!!!

YEY!  That's so nice to hear.
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« Reply #14 on: November 30, 2012 12:34:42 PM »

In an interesting twist 2 different people to whom we emailed this photo thought that the turkey was an American Indian.  Two interesting facts, both were straight males and both have some American Indian heritage, one is involved with the community to some degree, the other is not.  Perhaps a bigger wattle?  Perhaps it was just them?
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« Reply #15 on: November 17, 2013 11:10:27 PM »

You just crack me up!!! Every time. Call me Humpty Dumpty. These are too cute. Have you showed them the mirror? Did they blush? OK...for Christmas, I want a Santa dog, and an Elf. And for Valentine, how about you take a heart box, and cut a hole in the bottom for their head? Don't feed them the chocolate...not good for dogs, but some felt chocolates might be a good touch. Humm...St. Patricks?Huh I think the gurlzz would look good in green!

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« Reply #16 on: November 19, 2013 08:35:10 AM »

You just crack me up!!! Every time. Call me Humpty Dumpty. These are too cute. Have you showed them the mirror? Did they blush? OK...for Christmas, I want a Santa dog, and an Elf. And for Valentine, how about you take a heart box, and cut a hole in the bottom for their head? Don't feed them the chocolate...not good for dogs, but some felt chocolates might be a good touch. Humm...St. Patricks?Huh I think the gurlzz would look good in green!

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