Digitgrade Hoves and Legs

Well, here's a short description how I made the Legs of my Beastman-Fursuit. The following picture shows how hoof and Padding is done:

the Hoves

  1. This shows the whole leg from the side. You can easily see how simple the illusion of a digitgrade-leg is created, while the wearer stands pretty normal.
  2. Here we have a closeup of the foot/hoof it's basically a shoe with a plastic piece attached to it.
  3. This is how the plastic-hoof is made: I used a piece of plastic Gutter (shown from the side here and gut it diagonally as shown by the thin line.
  4. Now we cut each of the pipe pieces open in the place where would be the back later. (whole thing is shown from above restuing on the cut-side)
  5. Then use some heat to make the Plasic soft enough to bend the ends open until it has roughly this shape and (more important) fits over the shoe!
  6. This is how the whole thing looks from the side now. Drill Holes in where the Dots indicate.
  7. Finally you have to drill a hole through the sole of the shoe where the line indicates and put a long screw through ist which will keep the plastic hoof in place (be sure you use shoes with thick enough soles so you won't feel the screw). The screw is the only thing that keeps the Plastic in place and likewise allows you to walk pretty normaly. The Foam used for the lower frontal padding is usually sufficiant to push the hoof downso it will always be more or less flat on the ground.
  8. This is how it looks from the side.

Well, this is the basic principles how the hoves were made and how they work. If you like do go further into detail check this here: The photo documentation of Varric's latest hooves!

We probably have hoves and paddings now but always remember that the paddings won't suffice to give the fur all the shape by itself.
This is the method I developed do give a pretty normal pair of Fur-Trousers the right form to accomodate the paddings:

the Legs


This is one leg on the left it is shown from the front and on the right from the back. Keep in mind that this is actualy a tube, which means that that front and back are sewn together in the fasion of a common jeans. The horizontal line in the graphic should aproximately indicate the highth of your knee.
Cut allong the lines where indicated. You best do this from the left side of the fur not to dammage the hair (but well, since you are making a fursuit, you know abou such things, don't you? ;-) )
We start with the upper bulge, (left side) where the animal would have it's knee.
You'll need the half round piece twice per leg.
Always be aware, that the hair of the fur in any of the pieves shown should go down. Otherwise this might look quite stupid in the end.
Now we sew the flat side of theses pieces along the lines a-b-a. The two round sides sould point to each other and the triangular pieces should stil be free (if you sewed something to the a-side of the triangel, you did it wrong. The a-sides of the triangles are now sewn to the attaching round sides an what is left of the round pieces are sewn to reach other. In case this does not look rund but pointy in some places you probably just need some minor corrections but that should be no Problem.
The lower part is much easier (and it's easier to describe ;-)) Just sew the edges of the same leght together! That meany y-side of the triangle to y-cut of the trouser. w to w and finally put in the small rectangle as it fits. (this replaces the grey rectangel whis is slightlay smaller and ist therefore cut away)

Well, that's it! Just fit in the paddings and the digitgrade-look should be pretty nice.