- Upholstery Foam (£12)
- Faux fur 2 metres (£8)
- Fabric spray glue (£3)
- Needle & thread
- Leggings (£3)
- Padding (£5)
- Upholstery silk (£6)
- A friend/model (Free, hopefully!)
Total: Approx. £37
"I've seen them on sale for over a hundred! This is a bargain!" says Llama.
The legs are my favourite part of the costume - they are simple, fun, comfy and adaptable. The model is standing straight in these images, but the legs provide the great illusion of a new leg shape. They are formed to resemble the hind leg of a goat, but they could easily be adapted to become dog legs or cat legs, as the tail and shoes are in separate tutorials, so take from this what you will for your creative endeavours. Note how the shape also makes the feet appear smaller and more as though you are standing on your toes!
Legs differ, and a great deal of this tutorial is up to your creative decision. However, this tutorial makes legs that are relatively thin at the front and bulky at the back, so you can follow that more closely if you prefer.
Gather your supplies. Above are examples of upholstery foam and fabric padding (or 'wadding'). Both are used in the construction of seats, cushions and costumes. These vary in price but are otherwise easy to purchase online. Make sure your leggings fit you comfortably and securely, as they will be the base of your costume. Don't pick leggings of any fabric that will be difficult to sew (such as shiny plastic fabric).
Dress your model in the leggings (should be the same size as you obviously!) and begin to draw and cut shapes in your upholstery foam.
I used 2 inch deep foam, but you could use thicker or thinner, depending on how chunky you want.
The top piece is the thigh, a thickened area for your legs. Where your knee is, divide the foam to allow you to have more mobility. The shape overall should form a dome like front leg.
The back is the heel of the goat leg, a sort of crook where the leg will appear to be bent like a hind leg. Make them as wide as you like but I tried to keep them as wide as my leg.
Spray fabric glue to hold it in place, and shape accordingly with scissors. Don't worry if it is a bit rough, just make sure you are happy with the silhouette.
Use the padding to cover your upholstery. You can see below that I used three thickness for the front of the legs to keep them the width of my leg, but you could make them much bulkier if you wanted. From the side the shape is more easily recognisable as a hind leg - you can see how it alters the model's leg shape. The padding secures everything and makes the foam more even, hiding imperfections.The shoes here show how the final look will be, and how the leg shape guides into the shoes to make the illusion of a hind leg. This also allowed me to measure how high I wanted the shoe fur and how wide they needed to be to fit snugly.
Use the silk fabric to cover the layer again. This silk fabric will prevent the fur from catching on your costume when you are wearing it, which can be very annoying!
Cover all over, don't worry too much about neatness. This is a home made endeavour and the fur will cover it anyway. The spray glue should dry pretty quickly, but give it about 15 minutes before removing your leggings.
If anything tears a little, use the glue to stick it back on.
When putting on fabric it is important to test the shape first to avoid waste (a good way to keep cost down!). I used an old bed sheet to make a mock fabric, and we wrapped it about ourselves to try and find the best shape.
Essentially we found what worked for us, and sewed along the bottom and crotch as well as the back of the leg. The mock fabric gave us the chance to decide what pattern to use, and looked a little like this.
Put on your mock fabric and sew. This mock fabric helped us to see where it needed adjusting, as here is it quite loose. Note how the seam goes along behind the leg, not the front.
Once you are happy with the shape, paint on or draw on where fabric is not needed. Unpick your rough sewing, lay out your fabric and cut the shape to be correct.
It is important to practise on mock fabric before cutting your faux fur, as faux fur can be expensive. Take note however that faux fabric will not have as much give in it as the bed sheet fabric, so give a wide hem when cutting.
Yes, testing deserves to be a step! Here my model Jess tried on the real thing.
We took the mock fabric and cut out the template on our brown faux fur. We then sewed the fur inside out and then slid it on over the leggings and padding.
You can see here that the legs are still not quite tight enough, so adjustments were made while she was wearing them. The fabric was also sewn to the leggings in key places, like the ankles and waist. Don't sew your poor model to the clothing though!
If you have a tail, attach it to your butt.
See the tail tutorial for how to make goat tail for under £5.
Alter the costume where necessary but sewing until you are happy, try on with your shoes and ta da! Congratulations on making your very own satyr goat legs!
Here they are shown with the hoof shoes and goat tail. Take a look at my other tutorials on how to make these extras, or turn the legs into some other animal and experiment a little for yourself.