First, I had tried to make an octopus costume before this, and it failed, miserably:)
Second, my daughter was a princess for Halloween - and dragons go with princesses, right?
Third, I had actually had an inkling to make a tail before this, and here was a good excuse!
So, here is how I made it:
1) Take a large piece of scrap fabric and sketch out a tail shape. Mine ended up being about 8" wide at the fat part, and about 27" long from fat part to tip of tail.
5) Put 1 set of scales, right sides of fabric together, along the top edge of the tail, lining up with your marks. NOTE: PLACE THEM MUCH CLOSER TOGETHER THAN YOU SEE IN THIS PICTURE! After sewing and fabric stretching, ect., they will end up even further apart. This was a bad example, which I had to re-do!
6) Sew along the flat edge of each scale, using 1/4" seam allowance.
First way: make a long tub to use as a belt. Sew it along the top edge.
I loved this way! I threaded the "belt" through my belt loops, tied it in the front, and the tail stayed on securely!
this tutorial as a guide and an old sweater! I used heat-n-bond for the eyes, eyebrows and line of teeth. I sewed the scales in as I sewed up the hat.
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