October 13, 2011 by staff
Halloween Costumes, Halloween is coming and with a little DIY ingenuity, you can turn your dog or cat in a bee, bear or badger. If you are planning for a parade, party, photo shoot, contest, or trick-or-treating, a homemade costume for your pet can make it more fun for both.
You can start from scratch, or go with zero mean, adding bling, attitude and accessories hand-me-downs or garage sale or thrift store is located. The McCall Pattern Co. Even though sells several designs for pets.
Lisa Woodruff, Huntington Beach, California, entire fleet is based around concepts of clothing for their pugs, sisters Olive and Mochi, can take part in the Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade and Costume Contest in Long Beach, California. Were at this event, held annually the last Sunday in October, for seven years.
The pugs were the geishas, ??fish, sushi, surfers, flowers, “pupcakes” and engine fans. “The costumes have to be comfortable and pleasant dog,” said Woodruff. “They can not be totally indestructible, but they are dogs so they (the suits) must be durable.”
Go shopping on Craigslist and a lot size of Styrofoam. La Oliva is pupcakes Mochi year began with displays inverted pleated and painted. There was a small problem, however: Dogs do not fit in your car pupcake sit, so that her husband had to take one for the parade route.
“We had technical difficulties. But that’s what it’s all homemade,” he said.
AmyJo Casner, of Harrisville, Pennsylvania, their ferrets dressed for Halloween.
“Ferrets do not really have shoulders,” so the hardest part of designing clothes for them is to make sure that you can not get out of them, he said.
“The hardest part is the second smallest of seams sewn on hats. I’m still improving every design, and will do until they come up with one that I can not get better,” he said.
Their animals, Manny, a ferret therapy 2 years old, and Marcuz, a deaf ferret years of age, dress, when they go out.
That matching red silk shirts, shirts and pajamas command. A few months ago, won first place in the category of pocket pets in the local fourth of July parade.
Casner also sells her designs on Etsy.com, an online marketplace at home.
“All the zippers are sewn with velcro strips that have been halved and articles are sewing machines. Do not put anything on my clothes ferret could easily get chewed well. Hats are carried out by the elastic is the triple – sewing of the wings, “he said.
The McCall Pattern Co. Pet various patterns to choose from, and not just for Halloween. The sales peak pattern pet lasts from October to December, Carolyne said Cafaro, director of merchandising at McCall’s headquarters in New York.
One of the most popular models is Santa Claus, he said, many buyers build their Christmas cards around. Other hot sellers include an apron rental, a bathrobe and a dog collar tuxedo that can be used for Halloween, Christmas, weddings or any formal occasion, he said. Some buyers make their own costumes for animals, others make them as gifts for pets of her friends.
During the winter months, pet patterns will move up in the top 50 of the 600 sold McCall patterns, Cafaro said.
McCall Packages their pet accessory designs with built-in wardrobe. For example, the pattern of Santa comes with a necklace, leggings, necktie, a pair of layers, a bag or sleeping blanket and pajamas.
“Pets are so popular,” he said. “We try to come up with something new every year.”
The company also monitors social media sites for comments. After many requests, McCall has designed a shelter for large dogs, he said.
Cat patterns has never been as popular as dog patterns, he said, although the patterns of some items – such as coats, hats, necklaces, scarves heaters – will work for cats and small dogs.
McCall, sold in the patterns of McCall, Vogue and Butterick brands, has six different sizes canine mannequins in their design lab, Cafaro said. And each model prototype is tested in a real dog before it receives final approval. “You can not hide her vision and her ears do not like porridge, they want to be able to listen,” he said.
Photographer Karen Nichols, Castro Valley, near San Francisco, sews and is based “scenes” of their three cats so you can take pictures of them and use them in greeting cards.
In the past 10 years, she returned to her cats in nurses, general managers, superheroes, Christmas trees, goblins, pumpkins, divas, cyclists, chicken, Sandy in “Grease” and many others things.
Most of the time, Skeezix, Oriental short hair 7 years old, is the main model, but their attention span is short, Nichols said. Mal, a Siamese of 15 years old, likes to ask sometimes. Tripper, a young 22-pound brown tabby, which used to be a wild cat that is a little rough, but it is very photogenic.
Most of her ideas come when it is drifting into sleep, said Nichols. Then she purchased in fabric stores and craft materials and accessories such as shoes and sunglasses, felt and pipe cleaners. She gets the synthetic hair at your local pharmacy and turns it into a wig.
Most cats do not like people complaining to her face or ears. “If you are making a helmet, hat or wig, you have to use some kind of velcro to keep it,” said Nichols, who writes a blog and publishes a lifestyle magazine online called “Mousebreath.”
If a cat or a dog that is going on in the locker room that have to be able to walk in it, so that all the feet have to be free, he said. However, “if they are just posing for a card or a photo, think of a movie set where things are not always as they seem. Just look good enough for the photo. Use a stapler or a safety pin take in a dress. do whatever it takes, as long as the Oklahoma for the picture, “he said.
He added: “I do not want to do anything they hate too You want to make it fun to enjoy one-on-one time and attention.”.
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