I just realized I never actually posted this post from about a month ago! I thought it was up here already–shame on me.
In case you’re wondering what kind of a fall it’s been so far, it’s been the kind where I thought I left my camera charger in Minnesota, but really it’s been in my desk, where I’ve looked a zillion times, the whole time. Take from that what you will.
I don’t have so much in the way of Halloween plans for myself, but last year I wanted to make tesla an Appa costume, and totally flaked on it, so this year I made sure it happened by making it in early September, when I had plenty of time instead of waiting for October when free time was sure to be a hot commodity.
This is Appa, he is a Sky Bison:
The idea I had for the costume was pretty straightforward—basically I wanted to make an Appa pelt with a few straps to keep it on around the front and back legs. After a lot of bribing Tesla with treats so that I could measure him, I made a paper pattern and then a fabric one to check basic fit.
Tesla clearly hated it, and the fit wasn’t great, but I made a few minor changes and deemed it pretty good.
I chose to make the actual costume out of fleece because it’s much easier to work than fake fur, and also snuggly. I wanted the costume to be double sided (for… realism?) so sewing it was basically the same as sewing a stuffed animal, but without the fluffing. I can’t decide which was more annoying—sewing the horns or cutting out and sewing twelve tiny bison feet.
Before putting the two sides together I had to make sure that absolutely every embellishment for each side was done, which meant horns were finished, tails were quilted and arrows were sewn. Then I pulled it inside out through the tail, which was a major pain, but worked out really well. I then hand stitched the tail to finish. I had left the brown arrow on the top extra big over the tail so this was time consuming but simple. Finally I sewed straps under the chin, on the four feet, and across the brisket to finish.
Tesla is none to pleased; I however, am delighted.
Check out the gallery for some pictures of the sewing process.