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.
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)
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)