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Maggie's Beautiful Bride Halloween Costume

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Maggie's Beautiful Bride Halloween Costume Instructions
Designed by Cheri Carlson

A dainty blue merle Australian shepherd named Maggie modeled this "Beautiful Bride" costume for our Halloween pet fashion show. Maggie looked radiant for the show as her veil and dress, embellished with Swarovski Elements rhinestones, sparkled brilliantly with her every movement. Refashion your own pet into a beautiful bride this Halloween with this simple-to-construct costume.

Step one:
To create this costume, we purchased a child's dress from a second hand store as well as tulle and 1.5-inch wide white ribbon. To save time with the alterations, try to find a dress that is close to the size of your pet. First, shorten the length of the dress to fit, and cut a scoop into the front to leave room for your pet's legs to move freely. You may need to cut slits in the armpits to allow room for your pet's shoulders. The back of our dress had three buttons that we replaced with three 12mm Swarovski rivoli buttons in crystal transmission. Set the dress aside.

Step two:
Next, create the veil. Cut a piece of tulle; ours was about 15-inches long and 24-inches wide but you may need to adjust depending on the size of your pet. Gather the tulle at one end and sew it onto a piece of 1.5-inch wide ribbon that is about the length between your pet's ears, ours was 2-inches. Sew on two pieces of 3/8-inch organza white ribbon onto the wide ribbon so that the ends dangle far enough to tie around your pet's neck. When you tie the ribbon, you will want one ribbon in front and one ribbon behind the ears.

Step three:
Next, embellish the headpiece of the veil. We used Elonga 7 multi-strand stretch cord to sew on several Swarovski faceted jonquil ab round beads in both the 6mm and 8mm size to completely cover the surface of the wide ribbon. The stretch cord works perfectly to give the beads an interwoven appearance by allowing the beads some give to move around so they sit flush against one another. Simply poke the needle through the underside of the ribbon, thread a bead on the upper side and poke the needle back to the underside. Repeat until you have covered the surface of the ribbon and secure with a knot.

Step four:
Now you are ready to decorate the dress and veil with rhinestones. Use a jewel setter and Gem- Tac adhesive to glue the rhinestones onto the fabric. For the dress we used 25 Swarovski SS34 rose crystal ab flatbacks. We made a border of eight rhinestones around the lower half of the neckline and then spaced the remaining rhinestones around the dress. For the veil, we evenly spaced 16 Swarovski SS12 rose crystal ab flatbacks over the tulle.

Step five:
Next, create the charm for the leash. Thread a 14mm Swarovski faceted crystal ab round bead followed by a 10mm Swarovski 10mm jonquil ab margarita bead onto a 20 gauge 2 1/2-inch head pin and finish with a wrapped loop. Attach the charm to a 7mm sterling silver split ring. We attached this to the split ring that normally holds Maggie's tags.

Be sure to check out our Halloween Dog Fashion Show Video to see all the fun our dogs had while wearing these costumes!
Estimated time: 2 hours (plus drying time)
Difficulty level: Beginner

Tools and Supplies Used:
3/8-inch organza ribbon-white by the foot (R38-WHITE)
Elonga multi-strand stretch cord - 0.7mm (ELONG-07)
Round nose pliers (TOOL-108)
Chain nose pliers (TOOL-106)
Side cutters - semi flush (TOOL-131)
Jewel setter 2 pack (TOOL-170)
Knotting tweezers (TOOL-112)
Gem-Tac permanent adhesive (GEMTAC)
List of Components:
Swarovski 2058 SS34 XILION rose flatback crystal ab (2058-CAB34, qty 25)
Swarovski 2058 SS12 XILION rose flatback crystal ab (2058-CAB12, qty 16)
Swarovski 3015 12mm rivoli button crystal transmission v (3015-CTRV12, qty 3)
Swarovski 5000 14mm faceted round crystal ab (5000-CRYSAB14, qty 1)
Swarovski 3700 10mm margarita bead jonquil ab (3700-JONAB10, qty 1)
2 1/2-inch head pin, 20 gauge (sterling silver) (SS-HP0Y, qty 1)
7mm sterling silver split ring (SS-SR07, qty 1)
Swarovski 5000 6mm faceted round jonquil ab (5000-JONAB6, qty 36)
Swarovski 5000 8mm faceted round jonquil ab (5000-JONAB8, qty 27)

Alternate Components:
These are fun alternatives to those listed above:
Swarovski 5000 6mm faceted round fern green (5000-FGN6)
Swarovski 5000 6mm faceted round crystal ab (5000-CRYSAB6)
Swarovski 3015 12mm rivoli button crystal ab (3015-CAB12)
Swarovski 2058 SS34 XILION rose flatback citrine (2058-CIT34)
Swarovski 2058 SS34 XILION rose flatback fern green (2058-FGN34)

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Purchase Idea Kit Components

Swarovski 5000 8mm Faceted Round Jonquil AB
Swarovski 5000 8mm Faceted Round Jonquil AB
Code: 5000-JONAB8
Diameter 8mm, Hole Size 16 gauge/1.29mm 
1-2425-4950+
$0.56$0.50$0.44
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Swarovski 5000 6mm Faceted Round Jonquil AB
Swarovski 5000 6mm Faceted Round Jonquil AB
Code: 5000-JONAB6
Diameter 6mm, Hole Size 18 gauge/1.02mm 
1-2930-5960+
$0.36$0.32$0.30
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7mm Sterling Silver Split Ring
7mm Sterling Silver Split Ring
Code: SS-SR07
7mm 
1-2425-4950+
$0.66$0.60$0.54
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2 1/2-inch Head Pin, 20 Gauge (Sterling Silver)
2 1/2-inch Head Pin, 20 Gauge (Sterling Silver)
Code: SS-HP0Y
Length 2 1/2-inch, 20 Gauge 
1-1920-3940+
$0.87$0.79$0.71
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Swarovski 3700 10mm Margarita Bead Jonquil AB
Swarovski 3700 10mm Margarita Bead Jonquil AB
Code: 3700-JONAB10
Diameter 10mm, Total Height 3.5mm, Hole Size 18 gauge/1.02mm 
1-1920-3940+
$0.85$0.77$0.69
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Swarovski 5000 14mm Faceted Round Crystal AB
Swarovski 5000 14mm Faceted Round Crystal AB
Code: 5000-CRYSAB14
Diameter 14mm, Hole Size 16 gauge/1.29mm 
1-56-1112+
$1.79 $1.52$1.69 $1.43$1.59 $1.35
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Swarovski 3015 12mm Rivoli Button Crystal Transmission V
Swarovski 3015 12mm Rivoli Button Crystal Transmission V
Code: 3015-CTRV12
Diameter 12mm, Total Height 6.5mm, Hole Size 16 gauge/1.29mm 
1-1415-2930+
$1.23$1.11$1.01
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Swarovski 2058 SS12 XILION Rose Enhanced Flatback Crystal AB
Swarovski 2058 SS12 XILION Rose Enhanced Flatback Crystal AB
Code: 2058-CAB12
Diameter 3-3.2mm, Total Height 1.25mm 
1-5960-119120+
$0.09$0.08$0.07
Qty>
Swarovski 2058 SS34 XILION Rose Enhanced Flatback Crystal AB
Swarovski 2058 SS34 XILION Rose Enhanced Flatback Crystal AB
Code: 2058-CAB34
Diameter 7.06-7.27mm, Total Height 3mm 
1-4950-99100+
$0.37$0.33$0.29
Qty>

Alternate Components

Swarovski 5000 6mm Faceted Round Fern Green
Swarovski 5000 6mm Faceted Round Fern Green
Code: 5000-FGN6
Diameter 6mm, Hole Size 18 gauge/1.02mm 
1-2930-5960+
$0.39 $0.35$0.34 $0.30$0.29 $0.26
Qty>
Swarovski 5000 6mm Faceted Round Crystal AB
Swarovski 5000 6mm Faceted Round Crystal AB
Code: 5000-CRYSAB6
Diameter 6mm, Hole Size 18 gauge/1.02mm 
1-3940-7980+
$0.37 $0.33$0.33 $0.29$0.29 $0.26
Qty>
Swarovski 3015 12mm Rivoli Button Crystal AB
Swarovski 3015 12mm Rivoli Button Crystal AB
Code: 3015-CAB12
Diameter 12mm, Total Height 6.5mm, Hole Size 16 gauge/1.29mm 
1-1415-2930+
$1.23$1.11$1.01
Qty>
Swarovski 2058 SS34 XILION Rose Enhanced Flatback Citrine
Swarovski 2058 SS34 XILION Rose Enhanced Flatback Citrine
Code: 2058-CIT34
Diameter 7.06-7.27mm, Total Height 3mm 
1-4950-99100+
$0.32$0.29$0.26
Qty>
Swarovski 2058 SS34 XILION Rose Enhanced Flatback Fern Green
Swarovski 2058 SS34 XILION Rose Enhanced Flatback Fern Green
Code: 2058-FGN34
Diameter 7.06-7.27mm, Total Height 3mm 
1-4950-99100+
$0.32$0.29$0.26
Qty>

Purchase Tools & Supplies

3/8-Inch Organza Ribbon-White by the Foot
3/8-Inch Organza Ribbon-White by the Foot
Code: R38-WHITE
Width 3/8 inches 
1-4950-99100+
$0.34$0.30$0.27
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Elonga Multi-Strand Stretch Cord - 0.7mm
Elonga Multi-Strand Stretch Cord - 0.7mm
Code: ELONG-07
Diameter .7mm 
1-12-34+
$1.92$1.72$1.56
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Round Nose Pliers
Round Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-108
Price: $7.09
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Chain Nose Pliers
Chain Nose Pliers
Code: TOOL-106
Price: $7.09
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Side Cutters - Semi Flush
Side Cutters - Semi Flush
Code: TOOL-131
Price: $10.69
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The Beadsmith Jewel Setter 2 pack
The Beadsmith Jewel Setter 2 pack
Code: TOOL-170
Price: $2.48
Qty>
Knotting Tweezers
Knotting Tweezers
Code: TOOL-112
4.5 Inches 
Price: $4.29
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Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesive
Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesive
Code: GEMTAC
3.7 fl oz 
1-23-56+
$14.09$12.69$11.49
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