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Dalmatian pattern

ctirish | Posted in Patterns on

Does anyone have any ideas or hints on how to make the little foot covers or paws ( I guess) on a Dalamtian costume?  I am hoping there is somene who has made one of the animal costumes. It is a Simplicity Pattern number 4001.  I am making view B and it is a size 1/2 which is going to be big on her even though I tried to adjust for her smaller size. 

The foot covers  have a piece that is rectangular shaped and is called the foot;  then there is a piece of what looks like a paw that seems large to me and it is called toes. None of the mittens, feet, toes, tail have adjustments for size and the pattern goes to size 4 toddler.  I can’t imagine how to decide on resizing and how to determine proportion for a 4 month old.  Part of the problem is that she is in NJ and I am in CT and right now I can’t run  down with my machine and make it to fit.

Thank you, jane


  1. Teaf5 | | #1

    I think it would be tremendously easier to use cheap white socks for both, drawing the black dots on with fabric paint or permanent marker.  For very young children, comfort is essential, and it's easy to find baby/toddler socks in grocery and drug stores.

    1. user-51823 | | #2

      the socks are a really great idea. they don't look too nice with marker tho, so consider cutting some dalmation spots out of black felt and gluing them right on. and cut teeny pieces of pink felt in the shape of the pads to glue on the sole of the sock :-)

      Edited 10/19/2006 7:47 pm ET by msm-s

      1. Teaf5 | | #3

        Good idea!  Just as I read it, I wondered if dalmation socks might be available in children's stores--because the movies are so popular?

        1. ctirish | | #4

          Thank you for your ideas. I decided to go with the socks for her feet. I talked with her mom and she was more worried about it getting there on time. So, at about 3 pm EST, I called and asked if she wanted me to go look for socks or put it in the mail and she chose the mail. So, it is on its way, it is going overnight air to go to New Jersey from CT. I can drive it in 2.5 hours.  I forgot to take a picture of the outfit and I realized I don't have any pictures of outfits I have made for the kids without them in it..

          I was adamant this year that patterns would be picked out early, which they did, it just didn't register with me when she said they had a party. I assumed it would be the weekend of Halloween, not the week before the holiday.

          I talked with Simplicity today and she was saying this is there busiest time of year. I commented for Christmas and winter coming. She said no, it is Halloween that is so busy. She said a lot of people have always made their costumes for Halloween, and there is a lot of people who have not sewn since high school and they decide to make a costume.  I did not expect that to be the case.  I can't imagine trying to sew on of these costumes if you don't sew on a regular basis.

          I did mention to her that not sizing the foot covers and mittens was a problem. She just started listing excuses and  I caught on pretty quickly that she didn't care, so I said thank you and goodbye.

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