Friday, June 14, 2013

More Child's Play

I have been working on some other things for me, but don't really have pics yet.  But I've also been working on some stuff for the boys now that they're home for summer break.  They've been obsessed with Furbies for a while, but they have long been frustrated with my admonitions that loud talking electronic toys can't come on certain trips.  :P  

So a solution was reached - we make a Furby stuffies!  I based the pattern on the electronic Furby toy, draping fake fur directly on the toy then drawing seamlines.  I traced the ears, feet, faceplate, eyes and beak then had them cut out come of the pieces.  I sewed bits of felt on in layers to create the face, stuffing the beak with a bit of fiberfill.  Once the face was made I sewed the body together and stuffed it with more fiberfill.  While it's the 1.0 version and there is one thing my very particular customers are asking I change (the eyes) I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. 

Stuffie on the left, original on the right

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

And now for something completely different...

For those who don't know I have two boys, ages 9 and 12.  And their current obsession is Adventure Time.  It's a very silly show with enough adult humor that even we parents like it.  So we've decided to do a family Halloween costume this year all based on Adventure Time characters.  My youngest claimed Finn the Human and since his school had cheap Finn hats as part of a fundraiser I got him one.  He's been wearing it nonstop ever since.

But my poor 12 year old has been left out, so today I finally made him a Jake the Dog hat.  I used the pattern from this Finn hat instructable as a base but added Jake's ears, eyes and muzzle.  I used this large image of his face for a template and then enlarged it 160% on the copier to get the size right. And I stuffed a tiny bit of batting in his nose and muzzle to give them a bit of 3 dimensionality.

And, in case your curious, my husband is going to be the Ice King and I think I'm going to be the lab-coated version of Princess Bubblegum because I'm a science-loving girl - and it saves me having to make PB's dress!  ;)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Fabric score!

I went to a costumer flea market the other day and got a few things.  Some cool pink Indian-esque fabric and made up sleeves from a friend, a cheesy red parasol to cover and...this fabric, a black with gold metallic woven check, probably shantung, definitely silk - the whole bolt for $60!  I went home and measured - 47 yards, so I paid less than $2 a yard for it!!  :O  35 yards are in once piece, then there is a big second piece and 2 smaller pieces.

black and gold

I'm thinking a giant bustle gown since I've got so many yards.  I can imagine a Regency gown, a hoop era ballgown and maybe a many gowns from how many eras will I make?