Hiruko (puppet) cosplay help?

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#1 RisinOtaku on 1 year ago

Hi! Okay, so, I am so sorry if this isn't the right subforum, but it just didn't seem to fit in any of the others. If it is in the wrong place, just tell me where it needs to go and I'll move it without complaint!

I cosplay Deidara from the Naruto series, and I have a service dog, who will be attending her first con with me this year at A-Kon, and I want her to cosplay too (she doesn't mind wearing clothes/costumes, as she's used to wearing a vest when we go anywhere and she's always wearing coats/jackets/sweaters when the weather calls for it, and she wore a costume to a ren faire last year with no issues). Specifically, as Sasori (Deidara's partner) in his Hiruko puppet (pictures of it are below).

I can't quite figure out how to make it, though. The best thing I can think of would be to make an oval hoopskirt with a neck hole, but I'm not sure HOW to modify a pattern/tutorial for a normal hoopskirt into an oval one that has an open side on one end. I can figure out pretty much everything else (the cloak will be a bit of a pain because sleeves, but the cloak is going to be built onto the hoopskirt base) once I have that dealt with. Actually, I do have everything else figured out haha! :crylaugh:

Any advice or tips would be highly appreciated! Just please don't make comments like "that's cruel don't dress a dog up" or "don't take a dog to a con just stay home/leave it home!" or anything along those lines. I really don't want to hear it, because I do truly need her with me whenever I leave the house for more than 30mins and I want to enjoy my life.

Pictures:
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#2 Penlowe on 1 year ago

I think actual hoops might be very cumbersome for a dog, especially on stairs, they don't have extra arms to lift the hem going up. I'd stick to a cape/ drape garment. When she's lying down, you can trace around her for the best sizing. Also don't have the hem drag the ground, you need to not put her in something that she will get tangled in.

IMO: don't get so wrapped up in dressing her that you prevent her from doing her job.

#3 RisinOtaku on 1 year ago

[QUOTE=Penlowe;5063931]I think actual hoops might be very cumbersome for a dog, especially on stairs, they don't have extra arms to lift the hem going up. I'd stick to a cape/ drape garment. When she's lying down, you can trace around her for the best sizing. Also don't have the hem drag the ground, you need to not put her in something that she will get tangled in.

IMO: don't get so wrapped up in dressing her that you prevent her from doing her job.[/QUOTE]
Trust me, I won't. I know how she needs to move to do her job, and I fully intend to make it something that can be put on and taken off in under a minute. And I planned on using something really flexable/lightweight as the "hoops" (like cheap pvc tubing) so it could be easily held or tied out of the way if stairs were needed. But I would always take the elevators anyway because my cosplays often had bulky or heavy pieces that made stairs dangerous.

#4 Dictamnus Albus on 1 year ago

oval fabric, measure ankle to collar, measure hem inward using previous measurement
add allowance, cut and dart neckhole?

im prety sure its not that simple though, i tend to have a simplistic view on things

also thought id mention events i had witnessed last year
in reguards to service animals

honestly i think the people in this case were abusing peoples natural discretion
in allowing service animals
(kinda the same way people abuse the accessibility provisions at shopping centers)

cause the puppy they had was clearly untrained and most likely not even socialized
the poor thing appeared panic stricken,
i overheard conversations spanning the whole 4 day event
on how clear it was that they were abusing the system and how it COULD reflect poorly
on service animals and policy in general

i was actually surprised at how many people actually concluded the case was an abuse of
policy, (to use the laws to get thier animal into a place that otherwise refuses animals)
and not a reflection on true service animals and thier trainers or owners

now im sure those types of people are in a minority
and that you are not among them

but it does serve to remind those in need of service animals, to make sure thier
companion is up to the task, and can handle larger crowds and high traffic areas

cause, you know how public perception works...
for every dunce there needs to be 100 gold stars
or some random compleatly unaffected person starts a movement

all my other experiances with service animals and thier people, have been quite good

out of curiosity, would you mind telling what breed the dog is?

#5 RisinOtaku on 1 year ago

[QUOTE=Dictamnus Albus;5063962]oval fabric, measure ankle to collar, measure hem inward using previous measurement
add allowance, cut and dart neckhole?

im prety sure its not that simple though, i tend to have a simplistic view on things

also thought id mention events i had witnessed last year
in reguards to service animals

honestly i think the people in this case were abusing peoples natural discretion
in allowing service animals
(kinda the same way people abuse the accessibility provisions at shopping centers)

cause the puppy they had was clearly untrained and most likely not even socialized
the poor thing appeared panic stricken,
i overheard conversations spanning the whole 4 day event
on how clear it was that they were abusing the system and how it COULD reflect poorly
on service animals and policy in general

i was actually surprised at how many people actually concluded the case was an abuse of
policy, (to use the laws to get thier animal into a place that otherwise refuses animals)
and not a reflection on true service animals and thier trainers or owners

now im sure those types of people are in a minority
and that you are not among them

but it does serve to remind those in need of service animals, to make sure thier
companion is up to the task, and can handle larger crowds and high traffic areas

cause, you know how public perception works...
for every dunce there needs to be 100 gold stars
or some random compleatly unaffected person starts a movement

all my other experiances with service animals and thier people, have been quite good

out of curiosity, would you mind telling what breed the dog is?[/QUOTE]
I don't mind at all! She's a lab mix. But she looks about 6 months old next to a purebred lab! XD

And no worries, she is trained and can handle it. She's handled a Vans Warped Tour show, a Marilyn Manson concert, and a renaissance faire. MM was the first concert she went with me to, and she actually fell asleep!

She also does fine in crowded stores (even the mall), though she does still get a bit startled by sudden loud noises, but that's a normal thing for most dogs and all she does to react is stop for a second, look in the direction the noise came from, then move on.

Fakes have caused us issues previously, which is unfortunate. Hopefully, we won't run into any again anytime soon. Although she is fully trained, we're still working on a few little kinks when it comes to her seeing another dog while on duty. Kinda hard to train her to completely ignore them if we're not given the opportunity haha, but she does handle it quite well.

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