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11621Re: [TheCostumersManifesto] Re: Mascot/Fur Animal costumes

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  • Susan Toker
    Dec 3, 2009
      You had the link wrong. Go here, it works:


      On Thu, Dec 3, 2009 at 4:32 AM, mongrelmuppet <mongrelmuppet@...>wrote:

      > Thanks for the ideas! That last one is an idea I hadn't thought of and is
      > definitely worth a try. My clients would prefer something that rests on the
      > shoulders, and isn't molded to a specific head size/shape, since many people
      > are likely to be donning this.
      > I have been trying to track down that Simplicity pattern for weeks now. I
      > used to have one, too, but it was lost in a move before I could experiment
      > with it, and I've not had a need since. I've been researching online as
      > well, and came to the same roadblock you did, plus the e-mail address for
      > the owner of nicodemus.org comes back continually as non-deliverable, so I
      > can see that picture, but can't get the pattern number off it to help with
      > the search for the pattern.
      > If anyone else comes across this pattern or the number, I'd be very
      > appreciative of knowing about it.
      > Thanks again!
      > --- In TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com<TheCostumersManifesto%40yahoogroups.com>,
      > K Murphy <costumerkate@...> wrote:
      > >
      > > Simplicity came out with a really good pattern for a fur mascot head
      > about 10 years ago. I can't find the number online, but there's a picture
      > of the pattern envelope at this URL:
      > >
      > > http://www.nicodemus.org/fursuit/patterns.php The pattern envelope
      > appears in the upper left of the upper photo -- it's the one with the tiger
      > on the front. Unfortunately I no longer have mine and I don't know if it's
      > still available. Maybe if you email the owner of the site he could tell you
      > the pattern number and you could try to find a copy?
      > >
      > > The Simplicity pattern used headliner foam (the same upholstery used in
      > cars, it's a thin knit fused to a 1/4" foam) and faux fur to construct the
      > head. The eyeholes were covered with circles of plastic window screening
      > (the edges bound with cotton bias tape) and the iris detail was painted on
      > with acrylic paint.
      > >
      > > I used the same construction technique many times, and it works very
      > well. The head is very lightweight and stands up to all kinds of abuse. It
      > can be washed, but really doesn't need to be, because it sits on the
      > shoulders and does not touch the body.
      > >
      > > I have also had great success using open cell foam (the kind used for
      > outdoor furniture cushions), but that has to be contact-cemented together,
      > whereas the headliner foam (which you can usually get at JoAnn Fabrics) can
      > be sewn on your machine.
      > >
      > > If you construct a simple "orange slice" type pattern segment, you can
      > use multiples of it (8 is a good number) to create a large, hollow,
      > spherical shape around which many type of features can be created. As long
      > as the curve of the slice follows the curve of a circle, you will end up
      > with a very nice round shape.
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
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      > >

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