It’s that time of the year again – Halloween! Are you ready for it? is your dog ready for it?
Since the dawn of sometime ago – perhaps the early nineties – humans and domesticated beasts have wrestled. More important, they have wrestled with one tough question: What’s my Halloween costume?
If one is a dog parent, the answer is truly confounding. Dog costuming is a high stakes annual activity. If one enters a Halloween photo competition, for instance, it could mean high steaks too: Edible prizes might hang in the balance!
As Halloween 2017 draws closer, my doggie daughter Blanche DuBois Sharp and I offer a solution to unreasonable retail prices and the emotional toll of this dilemma. The remedy is the elegant art of draping, and it is as close as your closet!
Draping is an ancient practice that refers to taking whatever lies within your reach, putting it atop something else, and folding it in such a way that it does not drop to the floor. Drapable items usually include things that are fabric-based, like swatches, remnants, or bolts (these are technical terms; exercise caution when in use). However, do not discount paper, cotton candy, or jewelry! Conclusion: if it’s malleable, then it drapes!
The best part of draping is that it does not involve sewing, stapling, or pinning. Also, if one employs household items, then the activity costs nothing, and it usually is not time consuming. Such is the case with draping for most dogs, unless they are Suffolk punch horses.
Below, Blanche and I provide several illustrated draping case studies. Please take these concepts, adapt them, and make them your own! The perfect time to start a project is now, because there are several minutes before Halloween 2017 kicks into high gear.
This fringed shawl allows hip, shoulder, and derriere movement as Blanche rehearses an up tempo, original routine.
Talk about gilding a lily . . . Blanche is no shrinking violet in this floral wool lariat! It frames her face quite memorably!
Scheherazade? Dulcinea? The Flying Nun? Keep the audience guessing with this versatile wrap!
Like a breath of fresh air, this handkerchief suggests “Little House on the Prairie.” So quaint and simple for our fast-paced, cutting-edge, high-tech society!
Me-Ow! Blanche rules as glamour puss in a faux fur scarf. (This is her personal favorite. The same is true for her best boyfriends Howie and C.C., the felines who live in fear downstairs).
Please try your paw at draping, and send the results to DOGTV.com. Your creations could appear in a future post. Happy Halloweenie, dawgs!