Cloey's Queen Elizabeth 1st Halloween Costume Instructions Designed by Cheri Carlson
Include your furry family member in the Halloween festivities this year by constructing a fun costume for your pet. This "Queen Elizabeth I" costume was designed for a chihuahua-dachshund named Cloey for our pet Halloween costume fashion show. Clearly enjoying the spotlight, Cloey modeled her costume perfectly, strutting in front of the camera with the royal airs of a queen.
To create this costume we purchased: coffee filters, a second hand decorative pillow sham, 1.5-inch wide ribbon, hot glue, Velcro and elastic. Feel free to use fabric from around the house or simply embellish a store-bought costume. Where we saved on materials for the body of the costume, we made up for on the sparkle. You can add as much as we did or just a touch to your costume. Depending on your sewing skills you may choose to glue most of the costume.
The Cape Step one: To make the cape, cut fabric to fit your pet, curving it out at the neck to form short flaps that will connect under the chin. If your pet wears a harness, cut a slit in the back so the ring of the harness can poke through. Use some excess fabric to create two straps to fit around the belly. Attach Velcro to each strap and sew them onto either side of the sham.
Step two: Sew the ring on the loop end of an antique brass with small flowers and curls toggle clasp to one of the neck flaps. Make a chain of four 5mm antique brass-plated open jump rings and sew three of them onto the other neck flap so that one of the rings is free to hang off the edge and connect to the bar of the toggle clasp.
Step three: Use a Hot Fix applicator to affix Swarovski hotfix flatbacks to the cape. We used the following flatbacks: Swarovski H2028 SS30 hotfix XILION rose topaz, Swarovski H2028 SS30 hotfix XILION rose blue zircon, Swarovski H2028 SS20 hotfix XILION rose peridot ab, Swarovski H2028 SS20 hotfix XILION rose crystal copper, Swarovski H2028 SS34 hotfix XILION rose blue zircon, Swarovski H2028 SS34 hotfix XILION rose light colorado topaz, Swarovski H2028 SS34 hotfix XILION rose crystal copper and Swarovski H2028 SS20 hotfix XILION rose light colorado topaz.
The Crown Step one: Next, make the crown. Cut two pieces of fabric to fit on top of your pet's head. Cut two pieces of elastic to a length that will fit snuggly under the chin; one strap goes in front of the ears and one strap goes behind the ears. Thread a closed jump ring onto both pieces of elastic so they will sit together under the chin. Sandwich the ends of the elastic between the two pieces of fabric and sew the fabric together over the elastic.
Step two: Bend the bottom three spokes of an antique brass fancy wings filigree at a 90 degree angle so that they rest flat on the hat, forming a crown. Sew the filigree in place. Use E6000 adhesive to glue a 14mm Swarovski topaz rivoli to the center of the filigree and let dry. Next, make the dangles for the crown. Thread an 8mm Swarovski XILION blue zircon bicone onto a 23 gauge 1.5-inch antique brass-plated head pin, finish with a wrapped loop and attach to a 4.5mm antique brass-plated open jump ring. Thread a 7mm Swarovski faceted round topaz ab bead onto a head pin, finish with a wrapped loop and attach to a jump ring. Repeat. Attach a jump ring to an 8mm Swarovski crystal copper pendant and repeat. Attach a jump ring to a Swarovski crystal golden shadow pendant and repeat. Attach the dangles to the bottom loops on the half of the filigree that is sewed on the hat. For each of the wrapped dangles, we attached two jump rings to the filigree and then connected them together with the jump ring on the wrapped dangle.
Step three: Next, we used a 1.5-inch antique brass-plated 23 gauge head pin to attach a bicone to the top three points on the crown. This thin gauge allowed us to thread the wire through the filigree. Keep in mind that the head pins are just long enough to accomplish this and don't leave much room for error. Cut the head off of a head pin. Thread one end in through a loop on the filigree and then out again near the point. Wrap just enough to secure around the wire before threading an 8mm Swarovski blue zircon bicone. Finish by forming the end into a small spiral and crimping so that the bicone is held in place. Repeat twice. Use Gem-Tac permanent adhesive and a jewel setter to glue Swarovski flatbacks onto the filigree. Allow to dry.
Step four: Use a Hot Fix applicator to affix Swarovski hotfix flatbacks to the fabric of the crown. We used the following flatbacks: Swarovski SS30 hotfix XILION rose topaz, Swarovski SS30 hotfix XILION rose blue zircon, Swarovski SS20 hotfix XILION rose peridot ab, Swarovski SS16 hotfix XILION rose light colorado topaz and Swarovski SS20 hotfix XILION rose crystal copper.
The Elizabethan Collar Step one: Next, create the neck piece. Measure the circumference of your pet's neck and draw a circle in the center of a coffee filter that is the same circumference. Draw a second circle within the first one to create a 1/2-inch space between the two circles. Cut a slit starting from the outside of the filter to the inside and cut out the inner circle to form a hole. Cut small slits around hole to the line of the larger circle to create small flaps or tabs. Fold these tabs up along the circle outline. Repeat this process for several filters; you can cut about four filters at a time.
Step two: Cut two pieces of ribbon about 8-inches longer than the circumference of the neck. Find the center point on one of the ribbons and mark with a pencil. Make marks on either side of the center point to match the length of the neck circumference; these marks will let you know where to start and stop gluing the filters. Tape the marked ribbon around a jar that is slightly larger than the neck size so that the ends are about a 1/2 inch apart. When gluing the filters onto the ribbon, be sure to begin and end the filters at the same place so their ends will be even. Glue one filter at a time onto the ribbon. Put a dab of hot glue even with the starting mark of the ribbon and gently press one end of the tab onto the glue. Carefully work your way around the jar and glue the filter until you reach the end mark. Repeat this process, placing one filter on top of the other until you are pleased with the width of the neckpiece. The top filter around the jar will be the bottom or underside of the neckpiece. For added decoration, we cut two additional filters so they were about 2-inches smaller in diameter than the rest and glued them on top of the neck piece.
Step three: Glue the second piece of ribbon over the first, covering the glued ends of the filters. We trimmed the excess ribbon to about 1.5-inches on either side and attached Velcro to make it easy to clasp the neckpiece around Cloey's neck but you can also simply leave the ribbon length and tie the ends of the ribbon around your pet's neck. If you make the Velcro clasp, create a decorative bow and attach it to the neck-band with more Velcro.
Step four: To ensure that the neck piece wouldn't slip around Cloey's neck, we attached a 7mm sterling spring ring to the back of the neckpiece near the Velcro closure and attached a sterling heavy closed jump ring to the collar of the cape so that we could attach the neck piece to the cape, holding it in place.