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Topic: Bubo virginianus (Great Horned Owl) costume  (Read 3124 times)
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« on: October 31, 2010 01:43:15 PM »

This year, I'm being an owl!  It all started with winning a Grosgrain giveaway for a mask from Sundries and PlunderI'm usually a pirate, but with this shiny thing in my hands I just had to be an owl:

So I got to work.  I made a dress out of brown panne, using Simplicity 9508 view F.  I modified the pattern in two ways: I didn't insert a zipper, and I added channels up both side seams that, with the addition of some ribbon, allowed me to gather the dress to whatever length I felt like.

I made the headdress using a knit headband, E6000 glue, and a stack of turkey feathers I just happened to have lying around.

The wings were made with three different types of fabric (one satin, two sheers), then sewn to two panne sleeve tubes to attach them.  I wanted the wingtips to extend beyond my fingertips, so I inserted knitting needles into the leading edges of both wings. 

That way, I can extend my wings when I want to...

...but my hands are still free when I need them for candy or beer.

There's all sorts of details on how I made each piece on my blog, here.

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« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2010 03:38:07 PM »

so pretty!
I love it.

~shine shine shine~
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2010 03:56:32 PM »

My husband is an ornithologist and he was impressed with the details in your costume. I like it too.

« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2010 03:12:45 AM »

I am so in love with your costume. You look fantastic!
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2015 09:35:13 PM »

So glad I came across this! I'm going as a bat this year and have a similar costume in mind. The "retractable" wing-tips are genius!
I see that this was a few years ago, but if you see this: What did you think of making your dress and wings out of the panne? I nearly bought some today but I'm afraid of it being too thin or stretchy for a dress
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« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2015 07:37:42 PM »

Wow, this is amazing!

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