April 11th, 2011

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Modifying McCall's Patterns

So I currently own the McCall's 8953 sewing pattern for jumpsuit-style costumes. Looking at the pattern though, I'm beginning to wonder how much use it's going to be to me. I'm trying to make a bodysuit with digitigrade legs. While I've made digitigrade fursuit "pants" before (faun costume), I'm not entirely if or how I can incorporate the method I used (Matrices') for those into this pattern. Maybe it's just confusing me because I'm using a pre-made pattern- without experience using such- and not making my own this time. When I make my own, at least I know the how and why I'm going from point A to point B.

Also, what (if any) modifications should I make to this pattern to make it work better for a fursuit than a generic hobby-costume jumpsuit? Obviously I'm going to have to do a LOT of alterations of the canvas prototype version to make it fit me better, that much I know, but is there anything I can do now from the start to save me a lot of unnecessary work later?
Beetle Giggle

Plastic Canvas 'in bulk'

I checked in my local haberdashers but they only have widdle sheets.

I'm assuming Amazon is the best bet but what does 'count' mean? theres 7 and 10 count, is it hole size? Which should I buy for fursuit heads and how much?

I'm remaking my Khaazbaar head; http://www.furaffinity.net/view/5479500/ ( Baaaw inb4 not furry baawwww) so its quite a big head ( though it won't be as wide as it is on the ref).

On that note; has anyone make fursuits with wide mouthed characters like frogs, fish?

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Just a short reminder that the first of the Japan charity auctions ends tonight around 8 p.m. EST. An auction will be ending every night until Friday (also all around 8 p.m. EST), so don't miss your chance to snag a lot of art at what will likely be at a very discounted price. If you haven't checked the auctions out yet, be sure to note that each auction contains more than just artwork--they've got tails, plushies, and other custom items made by a lot of people. Over 60 artists have contributed, which is a much larger turnout than I would have expected, so please be sure to take a look and bid if you are so inclined. :)

And don't forget to spread the word! This is our last chance to tell others about the auctions. The incentive (a chance to win a free tail or badge) will end on WEDNESDAY at 8pm--any announcement you post needs to remain up for 48 hours to be entered to win, so if you wait until after Wednesday, you'll forfeit your chance. :o Be sure to tell others about it now, so you don't miss out! Details on this incentive can be found here.

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This will be the last official announcement about these auctions, since I don't want to spam people for another week about them all ending. It's also my last plea for help. Please help us spread the word! Five seconds of your time could help thousands of people!

Thank you everyone!

Super 77 Questions

I'm considering using a spray adhesive like Super 77 to piece together the larger chunks of foam for my next head. Just a couple of questions...

1. How flexible is it when it dries? I'd rather use it than hot glue for the larger pieces, and I'm thinking perhaps it won't form those big hard clumps that hot glue does and ultimately make the head a bit softer overall. Is that about right?

2. How long does it take to cure? As with any aerosol I'm sure there's a period of time I'll have to leave my head outside for it to stop releasing fumes.

3. How long does it take to adhere? Will I be sitting on my back deck holding pieces of foam together for an hour, or will they be tacky enough to hold within a few minutes and I can set it down?

Thank you! I'm sure I'll figure out more about this stuff with a bit of experimentation, but foam is expensive, it'd be nice to get a bit of knowledge from folks who've used Super 77 before first. :)

How Hot is Too Hot? Danger/Warning signs?

So I wore my fullsuit for the first time a few weekends ago, and while I'm pretty sure I kept myself at safe levels(despite falling asleep in the hallway for a few hours at the end of the day), I found myself wondering if anyone had a decent list of how to know when you should get some air.

I also noticed that the longer I was able to regulate my activity while staying in suit, the better I acclimated. Constantly taking breaks and demasking seemed to overheat me more than just taking an occassional break in front of a breeze or laying down for a bit.

I've suffered from heat stroke in the past (I used to live in the desert) so I know where too much is, but I'd like to see if anyone has a good list or guidelines for when one should take a break/regulate their activity or demask imediately.

Because once you're light headed, dizzy, losing balance and seeing spots/blacking out, there isn't a whole lot you can do, and the odds aren't the best you'll be right next to the fursuit lounge.

Ear vents

Nrf nrf, noob question time!

I'm trying to get a bit better heat regulation in my head because I am having a hard time keeping it on for any reasonable amount of time (even when I was out in the snow taking pictures, I have been getting way too hot too quickly -_-)

SO, I'm thinking of cutting some vents in around the ears? It's a plastic mesh construction with quite a bit of space in the head so that might help.. right? D:

Only thing is I don't really know how to go about that, where they should go, how to have them not be just big obvious, er, holes? So any advice, pictures, etc - very appreciated!