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Message Board > Creative Sewing > Making a tail for cat/dog costume ( Moderated by Lynnelle)

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Making a tail for cat/dog costume
Want an easy nonpermanent way to attach to costume
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Date: 9/22/06 10:50 AM

My DS wants to be a puppy for Halloween and my DD wants to be a cat for Halloween. I just purchased some knit pants and knit turtlenecks for the basic costume. I want a nonpermanent way to attach their tails so I don't have to wash the tail everytime they wear the costume. I thought of putting a button on the bum section of the pants and a buttonhole in the tail, but the weight of the tail might make the pants droop in the back. I also thought about sewing the tail onto a piece of elastic the same measurement of their waist and then they could just slip it on but then the tail will be at the waist area instead of the bum area. It might also twist around and end up in weird places. Anybody got any ideas?

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Date: 9/22/06 11:15 AM

Are they going to wear the tails everytime they wear the pants? If the tails are only for Halloween, I'd just hand sew them on (you don't even have to be that tidy), then remove the stitching.

Also, the mascot (a lobo, or wolf) for our local college team has a tail. It looks like it might just be pinned to the inside of the back waistband, then just flipped to the outside. Basically all they use is a piece of fake fur cut to the shape of a tail.

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Date: 9/22/06 11:54 AM

I think the elastic idea at the waist would take less work. Depending on their age, I'm really not sure the kids will be all that concerned with where their tails are...waist, bum, etc. They are usually too busy with other things to notice. I would go for the waist because it would be a lot easier to sit down then a tail on the bum!

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Date: 9/22/06 2:18 PM

You could use a safety pin --quick and easy.

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Date: 9/22/06 11:57 PM

For the cat I'd say go with the elastic band around the wait. That's the way the costumes in CATS the musical did it. I was close enough to see that for a fact when the tour came through our area earlier this year. ;)
For the puppy, I doubt he'd want a droopy tail ..if the pants are for costume only then I'd sew into the cb seam itself. In the past I've done cute lil tails that were sewn to the garment and were comfortable because the fur had a soft foam interior. No poking the wearer when they sit and it pops back into shape quite well. You don't want to place the tail too low anyhow, it should ride no lower than the tailbone. Another perk about the cb placement is the tail 'wags' when in motion. <:)

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Date: 9/23/06 2:01 AM

This might not be what you're looking for but....Easy Animal Costumes for Infants and Up.

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Date: 9/23/06 9:26 AM

Our little children's museum has animal tails in the dress up section, and they have a clip on them that allows them to be clipped onto pants/shirts whatever. Dd loves going around with a tail. I was planning on making a bunch for home, also with the clip. The clips were like this:
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Date: 9/23/06 11:57 AM

When I had to make tail for The Big Bad Wolf one year, I sewed up a lightweight fur tube and stuffed it with plastic grocery bags. The tail was light enough to safety-pin in place on the costume.

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Date: 9/23/06 1:07 PM

Great ideas. Karla, I love the idea of stuffing with grocery bags. That one I will definitely use. Safety pin is a good idea just always afraid that it will come unpinned and then ya know-OUCH!!!. Like those clips too. Elastic still might be the way to go but the more I think about it, since kids will be wearing turtlenecks and probably untucked, I might pin, clip, etc the tail to the bottom of the shirt instead of the pants. I don't care if they use these the basic pants and tops again. I plan to sew/glue on a piece of fur to the chest area of each shirt and might put some spots on the pants for the dogs. So they won't be able to be worn everyday anyway. I will just throw it all in costume box when Halloween is over so they can wear whenever. I saw"Cats" and never could tell those tails were wrapped around the waist in elastic. They were pretty convincing! Thanks a bunch everybody!

Mirza

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Date: 9/26/06 0:38 AM

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