Matrices (matrices) wrote in fursuit,

Making a neck for a fursuit head!

Someone on FA asked me how I make my necks! I took pictures of the process as I made a neck for the costume I've been working on in time for Rainfurrest.

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I start out with 4 pieces. A front, a back, and two shoulder pieces (which are trimmed to fit) The width of the front and back pieces are determined by the circumference measurement around the neck opening of the mask. If you're following along at home, take a dressmaker's tape measure and measure around the opening and cut the two main pieces. The front and the back CAN both be the same size, but together their size should equal the circumference of the neck. Pin them on your suit to make sure the top edge matches up (where it fits to the mask), you can see my white back piece has a curved upper -- that's so it matches up with the back of my mask.

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I sew down the front to the back on both sides, approximately 1 inch, though depending on the mask it might be a little more.

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Now I add in the shoulder pieces! Sometimes these need to be played with but it is always a triangular insert to open up the neck at the shoulder for good coverage so your human neck doesnt peek out when you do that inevitable puppydog tilt-head-at-sound move that is pretty cute but usually results in skin showing. Give yourself a good several inches at the bottom of that triangle to make sure your shoulder has room.

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I feel this is an important step, try it on! If you can move your neck all around (and your head fits through) and there are no huge wrinkles or ugly folds, you've got a good neck. Try to twist it around so the back faces front and look at that side, too. You want it to lay fairly flat over the front and back of yourself, and the shoulder inserts make room for your shoulders, of course. Trim up the bottom edge so it has a neat appearance, and now you're ready to attach it to your fursuit head!

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I then sew the neck to my fursuit head, when sitting on a dummy head the shoulder inserts stick out a little. Brush out those seams and you're done!

If you find you've got some unsightly folds, but you can't reduce the size of the neck fabric without affecting the fit, I like to weave in some elastic thread to make the neck stretchy. Follow this tutorial for more info on that subject: http://fursuit.livejournal.com/4065775.html
On this particular fursuit, I wove in a small 4-inch patch of elastic thread on the back of the neck flap to help it curve in while still laying flat.


Hope this clears up the neck process! As always, I am happy to answer any questions!
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dizfoley

September 17 2012, 08:29:12 UTC 1 year ago

Oh beautiful. I always love seeing neck tutorials because I think it's one of the hardest parts. Do it right though, and it can really make a fursuit head look flush :) Thanks for another easy to follow tutorial!

film2edit

September 17 2012, 11:54:07 UTC 1 year ago

That's a very nice tutorial. Are you basing it off a template you made or measurements?

matrices

September 17 2012, 19:55:32 UTC 1 year ago Edited:  September 17 2012, 19:56:28 UTC

I primarily just use the measurements of the circumference of the neck. Each character has a differently shaped neck contrast (like the brown and the white ratio I used on mine, with brown being a little smaller) so really, the front and the back pieces can basically be squares/rectangles, the addition of those triangular shoulder pieces will still make it work fairly reasonably. I tend to like to round off my bottom edges, though, just so it has a nice organic look.

familliaraver

September 17 2012, 13:53:41 UTC 1 year ago

woooo a bib tutorial! my boyfriend is going to be relieved that I don't need to duct tape him into this head I'm making.

fuzibuni

September 17 2012, 14:15:11 UTC 1 year ago

So simple... But this helps me SO much lol! Thank you!

tolkawolf

September 17 2012, 17:32:47 UTC 1 year ago

This has been the toughest part for me over my last two heads. ;o; Thanks so much for sharing this!

tolucian

September 17 2012, 22:51:51 UTC 1 year ago

I've been staring woefully at my latest two heads because I was unsure of how to do a neck for them.
Thank you so much for this. :D Your tutorials are always so helpful.

lrdkazul

September 18 2012, 01:48:03 UTC 1 year ago

thank you so much for this! I've been dissatisfied with the way I've done my necks, I'll be excited to try this method out!

diadexxus

September 22 2012, 05:36:47 UTC 1 year ago

Another excellent Tutorial, THANK YOU!
-J

felixcani

October 14 2012, 20:36:42 UTC 1 year ago

Can this neck be used for partials too ? (Gonna make mine a fullsuit later, but gonna go for a partial for halloween)

matrices

October 14 2012, 21:09:33 UTC 1 year ago

Of course! Necks look best tucked into clothes (rather than laying on top), so be sure to give yourself enough fabric to tuck it in properly!

felixcani

October 14 2012, 22:28:08 UTC 1 year ago

Neat. WIll try that then. First sewing experience with fur ever ;/ Made a tail, but I guess taht's faar easier than making sure the headfur is correct and pattern making etc.

BTW saw the props vid you and Maly had in 2010 at rainfurrest on YT and wondered where you can like buy accercories.
Let us say a custom made plushie about 40/50 cm long. Any good ideas ? (Except making one cause fabric hereis Expencive...)