Step 3, the pet; attaching the wings.

Once the Varaform wings are made it is easy to attach them to the Lycra suit.

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Since the Varaform is a net you can easily attach it with herringbone stitches around the edge.

You can see that this gives a lightweight wing shape that breathes, which will add to the comfort of the actor.

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The biggest problem with the Varaform is that the net will show through when backlit so it needs to be covered with a fabric that won’t let light through. two layers of the same swimsuit lycra that I used for the suit is perfect to cover the wing with. I attach the Lycra with herringbone stitches, stretching it while sewing around the edge for a smooth result.

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The feather fabric that I used for the birdman is one of my favourite materials, even though it is expensive it saves me hours of work.

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Instead of sewing the feather fabric on to the costume as I did with character number one, the birdman, I realised that it is much better to glue it on with Copy Dex, it makes it flexible and durable, and saves a lot of time making instead of sewing the fabric on.

Since the front and arms will have less feathers they have to be covered by hand, feather by feather, so I will only cover the back, shoulders and neck of the costume with the feather fabric.

Pleased with the outcome I am ready to move on to the next step.