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« on: November 06, 2010 08:09:34 AM »

Have you ever noticed that lots and lots of indie rock bands these days are named after animals? Different websites and blogs have written about this hilarious phenomenon as well.

For example, here: http://beatcrave.com/2009-02-05/indie-rocks-5-most-overused-animal-names/
and here: http://www.coloursandlight.com/2010/07/bearhawk/

So I decided that it would be fun to dress up as indie band animals for Halloween. I wanted to pick animals that wouldn't be too difficult to dress up as, but also bands that I actually enjoy. So, I would be Frightened Rabbit, and my partner would be The Mountain Goats. At the very least, at least we'll be recognizable animals, and for those cool enough to recognize the bands, it would be a pretty funny joke. (Too bad no one at the party we went to had actually heard of the bands we chose. I guess thats my fault for going to a party full of jamband fans.)

Another factor in choosing the costumes was comfort - I hate having to fiddle with a costume all night or have it fall apart or be uncomfortable at all. So i went with the comfiest choice possible - hoodie costumes! But i made them entirely from scratch.

Started with a trip to the fabric store, where I found some velour in the perfect colours - beigey/off-white for the mountain goat, and dark choclate brown for the frightened rabbit.

I made quick simple sweatpants for each of the costumes. I added a bunch of pockets, because who doesn't love pockets? And I made a little tail for the goat pants.

I used a Burda pattern for the hoodies, but I can't find it right now so I'm not sure what number it was... I appliqued hooves onto the cuffs of the goat hoodie, and paw pads onto the cuffs of the rabbit hoodie. I added horns and ears to the goat hood, and after several tries, finally got some ears onto the rabbit hood that looked alright. The tail for the rabbit was on the back of the hoodie.

The key to the costumes were the t-shirts we wore under the hoodies. I used freezer paper stencils to make t-shirts with each band name on it. I even added the little Frightened Rabbits double-crossed logo. I also used two different shades of brown for the stencil, so that "The" and the "s" from The Mountain Goats were a lighter colour, so it also kind of just said 'mountain goat.'

And then we added a little black facepaint to our noses, ands that was it!

The Mountain Goats:

photo by fairysari, on Flickr

photo by fairysari, on Flickr

Frightened Rabbit:

photo by fairysari, on Flickr

photo by fairysari, on Flickr


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