The best dog costume designs on our website, I must admit, come from people with skills considerably better than ours!
Above we see the lovely set of dog costumes created by Bonnie and Beth Abelew of Plainview, New York, that speaks to a famous Greek legend.
Our golden retrievers Phoenix and Gryphon love wearing costumes and getting dressed up. They always get lots of treats and attention, so they love going out and showing everyone their outfits. They wear a little something for almost every holiday, but at Halloween-time they really go all out. We decided to dress Phoenix as Medusa, the evil Greek legend, and Gryphon became the soldier who turned to stone after gazing at Medusa with her head of snakes.
We worked very hard on these costumes, making them with a combination of home-made pieces, repurposed store-bought items, and a lot of sewing, gluing, and painting. These outfits took a while to make and were a lot of work, but were also a lot of fun. We tried to capture the myth, and we thought they came out well.
We agree with you ladies - these are some of the best dog costume designs we've seen - very nicely done indeed!!!
To start with, we worked on making Medusa’s tail. Medusa has a long serpentine tail instead of legs. We made this tail by sewing black felt into a wavy tail shape for the base. We used lots of stuffing to make the tail nice and thick. We made scales to make the tail look snake-like. The scales were made by cutting diamond shapes out of greenish brown iridescent fabric. The scales were then glued onto the tail base in layers that overlapped.
We used green scaly fabric to make green fin shapes which were lightly stuffed and sewed along the edge of the tail.
We also made a snake belly using gold fabric, which we cut into half circle shapes and glued along the top edge of the tail.
differentiate the gold shapes and make them stand out, we outlined them
in white puffy paint.
(If you'd like to see more detailed photos and step-by-step instructions, go to their description on Instructables.)
Phoenix in the Medusa costume
Next we worked on Medusa’s outfit. We
wanted her to look majestic and slightly spooky. We needed Phoenix to
look like he had shoulders and arms, so we used a cream colored shirt,
stuffing it to look more realistic. We topped this with a glittery green
top, and a skirt made out of the same material as the tail. We added
gold half circles, the same as those on the tail. This way the dress and
tail worked seamlessly together to look like one long piece.
It was important that Medusa’s headpiece look like a mass of writhing snakes, since this is what she is most known for. The snakes were made by gluing plastic snake heads to the ends of wire tubes, with small red jewels for the snakes’ eyes. Layers of these snakes were added to a foam coated wire frame base. Green springy pieces and strips of wired sequins were also added.
To make Medusa’s hands, we stuffed
cream colored gloves to attach to the ends of the shirt sleeves. We cut
long acrylic nails into sharp points and painted them green, then added
snake skin duct tape tips, like a spooky french manicure. We glued each
nail onto the gloves’ fingertips.
We added a gold shawl, a gold snake headband necklace, and gold bracelets with snakes glued onto them. We found a snake staff that fit perfectly with the outfit. We also made a forked tongue out of red stiff felt, to complete the snakelike effect.
Gryphon as the Stone Soldier
Spraying the tunic with stone paint
What a wonderful description and superb photos! Although this was not counted as a valid entry for the 2016 Dogge Costume Contest since the photos were published elsewhere online, we appreciate your submission and hope you will continue with you creativity!