What I'm Wearing
Barbarian/Druid ...I haven't decided yet, but I have my Barbarian Horde dog (as the shop owners like to call her) in costume too :) I've made everything, but I'm making new skirts for this coming year in Holly! The components to the costume are:
Fur cloak, fur scrap shirt, leather waist cincher, two skirts, and furred boots, topped off with a coyote face (optional), with feathers weaved into my hair. It takes about 3 hours to get ready, hair and makeup taking about half of it, or more, especially the hair. Next year, the two skirts will be replaced with a gathered skirt and leather/fur trimmed pants, hopefully.
Who Made it:
I did! The fur and leather, however, would've been impossible without my supplier that has worked so hard to get me everything I needed, so I'll give props to him! http://www.theleatherguy.org ...he's really awesome :) He even answers my emails if I have a curiosity about something that may not be up on his site but maybe he's tracked down before. He's awesome. The cloak is all hand sewn, as is the shirt and...just about everything, actually. The staff came from a river in Tennessee that I had to cross just to get to it as it was stuck on the other side in the mud!
The picture of the dog's costume is at: http://crookedhalodesigns.deviantart.com/art/Barbarian-Attack-Dog-26671824
Tips and Tricks
- Fur scraps and Craft Grade furs are a money-saving must.
- Hand sewing is a must due to the need for strategic placing of the threads so they're not visible. It's time consuming, but worth it.
- A very, very, very unique dog that not only likes dressing up, but will pose for it to be measured and pinned pre-sewing. Adopted dogs are the smartest! And most special...she's a rescue! To think, 3 years ago she was just wandering around the streets abandoned!