Last week, I did a sneak peek of the Halloween costumes I sewed up. When they were complete, I dressed Bug and Sweet J and we had ourselves a little photoshoot in the yard.
Per Love Bug’s idea, I created two dog costumes, which are similar to the two dogs we know and
tolerate love, who live with MJ’s parents, Maddie and Zoey. Maddie is a light coated golden retriever which is Sir J’s costume. And Zoey is a chocolate brown, curly haired Labradoodle, which is Love Bug. Zoey used to be our dog until we had Bug and then I gave her the boot. Yes, I have a heart of stone in my chest.
I used two tones of fleece to make these very simple costumes. Bug is not a fan of wearing anything that doesn’t feel like real clothing so I stuck with a long shirt/dress shape for the bodice, a stocking hat ‘ears’ and ‘paw’ mittens. The brown pants and leggings are her own clothing. Fleece is also pretty warm which will be helpful when we trick-or-treat later this evening.
I don’t think Sweet J knew what to think. He didn’t seem to understand the hilarity of little babies wearing puppy ears. His bodice is the same shape as Love Bug’s, a loose a-line form, but smaller.
For the hats, mittens and Sweet J’s booties, I used actual hats, mittens and socks as templates and adjusted as I went along. The little paw pads are glued on with fabric glue.
Since Love Bug will wear shoes tonight, I constructed simple shoe covers that sit around her ankles and drap over her shoes. Not super sophisticated but it works.
The ears aren’t quite right for the types of dogs we are pretending they are but after a few attempts that looked donkey-like instead of puppy-like, I went with the big, floppy ones.
Some puppies need a paci.
Love Bug really got into character during our session.
Waiting for Dad to come home.
Some spots and a tail.
The sun started peeking through all pretty like and I had to grab a couple shots of my curly coated pup.
And did you catch the sun spot down in the corner? Check it out below.
Spooky, huh? I seriously didn’t stage that.
And while I was snapping the sun, Sweet J got interested in the grass.
More grass pulling, I guess.
Thankfully, before he got any ideas about eating grass, MJ got home and we got the puppies inside for dinner.
I actually had a lot of fun making these costumes and I found fleece easy to work with. I’m even looking forward to next year’s creation.