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How DO you make those Animal Costumes? (Fursuits)
Couple Questions Y'all 
23rd-Sep-2013 11:13 pm
Okay a few quick questions.

Working on a suit for Halloween and beyond. Corgi/ Pitbull mix that I'm going to be trying a few new things with to see if I can get everything working the way I want it all to.

1. Fur! Givien to two breed I think between one and two inch pile fur should be fine. I was looking at these:
Faux Fur Long Pile WOLF BLACK

Faux Fur Long Pile LION CAMEL

Faux Fur Long Pile LION BEIGE

Faux Fur Long Pile BLACK GORILLA

But was wondering if anyone had used these before and how they look shaved down. I'm really temped to do the beige and tan together, tan and gorilla black, or beige and gorilla black, but I'm not sure if the lengths will match. If anyone has ordered from fabric empire before; how was the quality and shipping time?

2. Doing a dropped crouch on a partial; is it possible? I have a few ideas, but I'm not sure if it really can be done or not.

This is kinda what I was thinking to do...but if y'all have any better idea's I'm all ears.

Edit: A large shirt will be worn to cover there area where the base shows though I'm also temped to fur that area in case the shirt lifts if that makes sense.

And last but not least

3. Arms + paws This one is a bit harder to explain. I'm looking to do him as close to my drawing style as possible and I tend to do thin upper arms with bigger forearms and paws. I'm thinking of trying to do it this way. but once again...not sure if that will work.

Any ideas of feedback would be loved. And I'll post updates and pictures as I work on putting this suit together.
24th-Sep-2013 02:01 pm (UTC)
Never used them but I would very much encourage you to get swatches. Every time I've ordered fur without swatches it's backfired on me. There is plenty of stuff you can get done in the 2 weeks it will take to order swatches and order furs. As for the hands those can be done. You can either flare the fabric out over the paws and have the paw fabric go up high to make a padded look or build on your duct tape dummy some foam. I did padded fingers before, I padded out a glove, stuffed it and taped a pattern
24th-Sep-2013 08:37 pm (UTC)
I'm gonna give them a call in a wee bit, they are local to me I've I can get the swatches before the sales I'll go head and do that.

Cross that, since they are on sale I can't by swatches.

Edited at 2013-09-24 09:22 pm (UTC)
24th-Sep-2013 08:24 pm (UTC)
Are we talking cholo-style pants-pulled-down-to-show-buttcrack on the partial? Because otherwise I don't see the point of having a dropped crotch XD It's hard to tell from your diagram, but it looks like your partial includes fursuit "pants", and then clothing shorts on top of the pants, right?

Unless you have a srs bsns way of keeping those shorts EXACTLY in place where you want them, they're going to slip one way or the other constantly, and you'll either be hitching them up or pulling them down all the time, and you may not get the full effect of having a dropped crotch in your partial.

EDITED to add:

Having the shorts that low on your legs may also affect your ability to walk in the 'suit - fursuits already tend to limit mobility. Keep that in mind :}

Edited at 2013-09-24 08:27 pm (UTC)
24th-Sep-2013 08:36 pm (UTC)
I know about the limited mobility, I've had a full suit before, and the dropped crouch would only add to that. As for the pants issue. The purple in the drawing would be the pants that everything built on, they would be sitting where pants should. The shorts would be sewn in place so slipping wouldn't be an issue either. The part above the suit's short ( actual crotch area ) would be furred too to complete the long torso / stubby legs look.

Does that make sense? I mean I've got it in my head on HOW I want it to work, just having issue making it come out right.

Edited real quick to add: The reason I want to do dropped crouch, is a) its something I've been wanting to try my hand at for a while now. And b) I really can't see doing the character any other way.
Its not necessarily that there is a 'point' to it rather , I want to see if I can and I want to get the character right. When I get home I'll actually post the concept art.

Edited at 2013-09-24 08:47 pm (UTC)
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