Thursday, 18 October 2012

Holy Cow - a few teething problems...

Update on panto cow! In my previous post I showed you all the first draft I made of the cow head. Well, the minds of the wardrobe got together and decided that it needed to be bigger, and that it could do with padding to make a bit more sturdy.

First though, we went to buy the cow fabric. There were some fluffy monstrosities in the shop, but we settled on this faux fur "cow hide". It's not too thick and has a bit of stretch, making it much easier to work with than the other options we saw.

I got to work extending the pattern pieces by about 5 cms. All I can say is thank goodness for my Patternmaster! It makes adding seam allowances and alterations a lot more straightforward. Definitely a great investment if you don't already have one!

Next up was cutting the shapes out of the foam wadding. It's not strictly a dressmaking product - I think the wardrobe mistress got it from a recycling art supply shop. But in costume, it's all about making the most out of unusual materials! I sandwiched the foam between the cow fabric and the lining, ready for assembly. It's about 1 cm think, so I was a bit concerned that the domestic sewing machine might not be able to sew two layers of it together! 

Well... my fears proved correct. It was fine sewing a couple of layers of fabric and foam, but my poor Pfaff just couldn't handle the double thickness of the foam. I made a good stab at it though, and broke the sewing machine in the process (as I discovered, sewing thick amounts of fabric can throw the "timing" out on the machine - meaning the needle can't do a full rotation when you turn the wheel.) I got the Singer out to see if it was up to the challenge, but it broke before I even started! 

We got the machines fixed OK, so I did a bit of fiddly-pokery then got a bit further. Three snapped needles later, I broke the Pfaff again. Oh well! Looks like I'll be handstitching from now on. Where's my thimble?!


  1. And that is why I don't 'do' costumes Grace - hope you get sorted!

  2. tracey kapsokavadi27 March 2017 at 07:29

    hi , i really need to make a cow costume for a charity panto play, could you tell me where i can get this pattern,,, simplicity dont make it any more and i have scoured the internet to no luck , thanks


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