June 14th, 2006

Evil Grin

Polar Bear Fursuit for Global Warming


I know this is really a bad time to post here about advice, seeing as so many folks are going to AC, but I got this idea for my next suit, that I wanted to throw out and ask for advice on. I want my next suit to be a Polar Bear to go to environmental/Global Warming marches in. I figure what better animal to represesent the stuggle to enact change to slow aburbt Climate change than this majestic creature which has been put on the endangered speices list because all the ice melting has caused them to drown.
I think I might want to make this one another half-suit, and have him dressed in like a Hawaiian shirt or something else tropical to further illistrate the changes these animals are having to undergo. I'd love to here some advice on this and pictures of anyone else who has attmpted a polar bear before.

Thanks in advance.
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Minschier Gilmore

Antelope suit!

Hey all you ungulate fans! Here's my latest, Rawley the Pronghorn. He was built for the city of Rawlins, Wyoming. Enjoy!

I'm quite pleased with him. I'll try to get more pix this weekend when he debuts in public!
Spinning hat

Holy werewolf hats, Wolf Man!

My plan was to have 40 hats ready for Arts In The Park last Saturday. I had 2. It took a LOT longer to stitch the ears onto the hat than I expected. I timed myself sewing them on with lower-quality stitching, forgot my timing and guessed 10 minutes(forgot if it was per ear or per hat). After the ears failed the durability test(5 days of wearing it all day, fun stuff), I upped the quality of the stitching. It then took ONE HOUR to sew the ears onto each hat! But the durability is much improved. With this extra time, I had to bump the price of the hats to $8 each, and that's not even accounting for all the other labor, just the sewing on of the ears. $8 is still a good price, from what I've seen, but nobody wanted to pay that much at the festival(I later lowered it to $6 without success). I eventually sold two non-eared hats at the end of the day, and I wasn't even planning on selling them without ears. But I might be offering their money back in exchange for permission to use a photo I took of them wearing my hats, if I can track them down. It was a nice photo.

Now on to my question: how can I speed up the attaching of the ears?
How I do it now: I sew the two pieces of fur together at the edges(inside out then flip it, like a pillow), and this leaves an interior space as the front piece is smaller than the back piece. This also allows a little bulk in the back. I hand-sew the ears onto the baseball cap with both bottom edges going together, except for a small outward fold in the back, which I continue my stitching to. I put the needle through the hat, then front of ear, out the back of the ear, then back into the hat, repeat until I reach the other edge. Then I tie it off at both ends. The stitching is as tight as I can get it.
I've considered Velcro or snaps, but it seems those wouldn't last long, and Velcro would require a flat piece at the bottom of the ear, making it not match very well. Any other connection ideas? More suitable stitches for this kind of connection? Would glue actually give a good enough hold? Perhaps a combination of fabric glue and widely-spaced stitches.
One hour really seems like too long for this kind of stitching, especially when it just takes 10 minutes(per ear, I think) to hand-sew the two pieces of ear fur together to MAKE the ear. Maybe I just need more practice.

For more information on how my day at the park went and for more photos of the hat, my website is at www.WillYums.com. I now have a lot back-stock waiting to be MADE and sold on my website later. I hope I can get some hats available this week.