Custom Fit a Bridle

Oopsy Wardrobe Malfunction Custom Fit a Bridle Blog Post

 

Oopsy! What do you do when your Hobby Horse Bridle does not fit properly? A “wardrobe malfunction” can be embarrassing, can’t it? Help is available!

Learn how to custom fit a Bridle to your “Wish for a Pony” Hobby Horse or Spoonflower Cut n Sew Faux Suede Horse. Understand why size differences can occur depending on the fabric and materials chosen. Make small corrections for a perfectly fitting Bride so your Hobby Horse is ready for play or display!

Watch this Video to see how to have a perfectly fitting Hobby Horse Bridle no matter which fabric or materials you have chosen!

 

Both Hobby Horses in the Video were created using the same Pattern pieces. The Bay Horse called “Wildfire” was made using Twill fabric purchased from a fabric store. The Pattern shapes supplied in the “Wish for a Pony” Sewing Pattern PDF were printed out as directed and the fabric shapes were carefully cut out. The correct seam allowances were used. The Buckskin Horse was made using the Spoonflower Faux Suede. The design printed on the fabric uses the same Pattern shapes as those supplied with the PDF. The fabric shapes were carefully cut out and the correct seam allowances were used.

Logic says that the Horse heads should be exactly the same. In reality they are not!! This is not Maker error and there is a simple explanation = The Twill fabric stretched more when the Horse head was stuffed than the Faux Suede did.

The Bridle Length Guides supplied with the “Wish for a Pony” Sewing Pattern PDF were designed to create a Bridle to fit the Twill fabric Hobby Horse called “Wildfire”. The PDF shows the construction of the Off-White Bridle. The Black Bridle was made using the same Bridle Length Guides.

Logic says the Off-White Bridle and Black Bridle should be exactly the same. In reality they are not!! This is not Maker error and there is a simple explanation = The Black Cotton Webbing/Herringbone Tape (referred to as Twill Tape in the Video = Oopsy!??) is narrower & softer and stretched more when the Straps were sewn than the Off-White Webbing/Tape did.

In order to have a well-fitting Bridle the Bridle needs to be Custom Fit to the individual Hobby Horse. This may involve checking the finished sewn length of each Strap (after Topstitching has taken place) by comparing it to the Bridle Length Guide supplied with the PDF. This is a good step in the right direction towards a good fit. Even if the Straps are the ‘correct’ length the choice of Ring used may necessitate an adjustment of Strap length. It should be noted that variations may also occur due to differences in the thickness, softness or amount of stretch in individual pieces of Elastic. Keep these points in mind when creating your Bridle and check out this Alternative Bridle Bit Method.

As the Video demonstrated there are many reasons why the Bridle may not fit well. The following photo series illustrates the main points of note from the Video.

 

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D Ring is in wrong position

 

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This would imitate a D Ring Snaffle Bit, however it causes problems!

 

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D Ring will tend to slide in this position!

 

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Recommended D Ring position

 

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Add stitches to keep D Ring in recommended position

 

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Shorten Poll Strap for a better fit

 

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Add extra Hook & Loop Tape

 

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Same width D Rings may vary in depth

 

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Different depth of D Ring makes Strap too long!

 

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Shorten the Strap if using a Round Ring!

 

So… getting back to that “wardrobe malfunction” the only change that may be needed for your Hobby Horse’s Bridle may be to turn the D Ring to the correct position!

 

Oopsy rotated D Ring Wardrobe Malfunction Custom Fit a Bridle Blog Post

Wrong angle for D Ring + Recommended position!

 

Turn the D Ring so it looks like this… oh and don’t forget to add some extra stitches to make it stay that way!

 

D Ring Correct angle - Custom Fit a Bridle Blog Post

D Ring turned to recommended position

 

FYI: The Bridle Length Guides and Step by Step (Banana by Banana) directions supplied with the “Wish for a Pony” Sewing Pattern PDF are intended to be a starting point for each individual Maker’s creativity. Add a Nose Band and some Bells if you want to like Maker Therese did! Read about and see more of her Hobby Horses here.

 

Arthritis friendly Hobby Horse Mane and more

Palomino with Bells on Bridle by Maker Therese

 

Now that you know how to custom fit a Bridle to your “Wish for a Pony” Hobby Horse or Spoonflower Cut n Sew Faux Suede Horse & understand why size differences can occur you will be able to make small corrections for a perfectly fitting Bride. Now your Hobby Horse will be ready for play or display! Yay!

 

 

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