The lion pattern (McCalls M6106) I used to make hubby's Halloween costume called for the use of longer fake fur fabric for the mane of the lion. When we purchased our supplies to make the costume, the store was out of it... and, since we live pretty far away from a decent fabric store, we didn't want to go back. So, we decided to look around for a substitute.
That's when we found tan/brown boas. We bought 3 of them, and instead of using the long fake fur in the pattern, I used the same material for the entire costume (fleece) with the plan of hand sewing the boas on for the lions mane.
Here is our lovely TV antenna modeling the mane. Obviously, there is still some work to do. This is what it looks like with 1 boa sewn on.
Besides the boas, I still have to add the dreaded elastic to the ankles of the costume. In the hopes to make hubby look "cooler" (ie, not wearing sweatpants) I did sew it without the elastic at first, but thought it would actually look better gathered, so the elastic is back in the picture.
To see earlier stages of this years halloween costume making process click the following links:
Picking out Dorothy & Lion costume patterns and fabric
Finding Dorothy's ruby red shoes (for cheap!)
Sewing the skirt to bodice for Dorothy costume