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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / The Hylian Shield Plush in all its Glory! on: January 09, 2009 06:36:38 PM
So, I'm home for semester break from University and have been doing lots of crafting (mostly of drawstring bags to keep stuff organized) and lurking on the boards, where I saw Princess Toadstool's Assault Turnips.  Being that I don't play many Mario games involving such turnips (I mainly just play Mario Kart), I decided to make myself something in homage to a video game I love (though also haven't played much of, admittedly, but not due to dislike).  Thus, the Hylian Shield plush/pillow was born!

The Hylian Shield is from the Legend of Zelda series, for those of you who don't know.  It's the shield that Link carries with him.

This is the shield:

The grey shield shape in the only machine-sewn part.  The blue, yellow, and red parts were handsewn onto the stuffed form.  The grey, yellow, and blue are fleece and the red is felt.  The two grey parts on the top are actually cut into the blue.

This is the actual shield (there are many versions, and this is the one I used as a model for my shield pillow):

(from: http://image.com.com/gamespot/images/2003/gc/soulcalibur2/0717/0001.jpg)

Scale:

It's about the size of my torso.

It's nice and thick and cuddly Cheesy


Me being silly:


And this is my sewing buddy:

Her name is Reagan, and she's a 3-year-old rescued labradoodle.  She's always lurking around the sewing room when I'm in it during the day, and while I was handsewing the shield, she actually nudged it out of my lap so she could put her head there for me to scratch!  It was really cute, but she also almost got stabbed with my needle.  She's a card.

Anyway, hope you like it!  I hope I made some gamer's day!  It definitely made my boyfriend's!  Direct quote upon seeing what I was working on: "I love you SO much."   Cheesy

EDIT: Edited to show my shield as the first picture, as opposed to the picture of Link Smiley
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Fleece and Felt Uglydoll-esque Monsters (and two chromosomes) on: April 23, 2008 10:29:07 PM
So over the last couple weeks I've been making these fleece and felt monsters.  It all started with a remnant and boredom while my boyfriend was gone for Spring Break and I was at home recovering from a terrible sinus infection.  I sketched a design on (recycled) posterboard and went from there. 


This is the nameless one (Chris isn't really a name-your-toy kinda of person, oh well...)  He ended up smaller than I'd hoped, but the boy was SOOOO happy with him!  His only complaint was that he was just shy of a comfortable cuddling size, so of course I had to make another one. 


This is Bloop.  He's at the other end of the cuddle spectrum.  Super soft fleece and such a cute face make him my FAVORITE one so far.  I took him to school unfinished and sewed on his face and spots and bum heart there, so people sae hime taking shape and told me I should sell my creations.  I knew just the place, of course, and took them up on it, though I haven't posted anything on my etsy yet, they will come.  Anyway.  Moving on.


Dickens came next.  S/he (I can't decide) is just the sweetest looking little monster.  Smaller than Bloop, of course, but still super cuddly.


Dee Dum was created to fill a need for more large and cuddly monsters in my collection.  I also was getting done with sewing monster faces around second period, so I needed more to hand sew  Wink  His shape is the same upside-down and rightside-up, so there's one freckled face and one rosy-cheeked face for whatever mood you're in.  The bow tie is my favorite.


I had some spare posterboard that was too thin for any other design but a worm, so Carrier started out as a worm.  I was sewing on the face at church and my friend, who's also in AP Bio with me at school, asked if it was a worm or a chromosome.  A chromosome is a MUCH better idea.  So a chromosome she became.  She has to be a she because of the nature of X-linked recessive traits of which she is a carrier.  For best results, combine with another X  Wink


From conversations and jokes about Carrier came Colorblindness.  We're going to assume he carries an allele for red-green, which would explain his coloring.  People have said she looks like Gumby without arms and legs and a vegetable from Veggie Tales.  It was quite a hit, though.  Literally.  Apparently he's the best shape for hitting.  That probably explains the lumpiness.  Meh.


There's also this guy, that I gave to my friend Tricia (this is her picture, on the way to a big track meet).  He's cute and cuddly, and she totally loves him!  He's now called Ror (pronounced RAWR!) and he loves to dance.


So, that's all I've got.  Hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed making them!  Ta!

-Liz
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Totally Awesome 80's shirt Recon for the boy! on: April 23, 2008 10:04:10 PM
So, I posted asking for help way back (a few weeks ago) here about the hideous/funky sleeves on the original shirt.  I got some help, and decided to just put on black sleeves instead.  This ended up being the best option, because it also balanced out the black in the shirt and carried it throughout.  (Technical way of saying being lazy worked out  Wink)

So I finished it several weeks ago and gave it to the boy about a week before we went to Disneyland on a music dept. field trip.  He, of course, wore it all over the park the first day, got it soaked on Splash Mtn., and then walked around with nothing on top but a jacket the rest of the day.  Silly boys...  It was really awesome glowing in all the black light stuff there, though.

Anyway.  Here's him being even sillier with the final product when I finally got around to taking pictures.


"Look at my awesome shirt!" *cheeky grin*


Stop looking lower.  It's mine  Wink


I snuck this one to show the stitching that I did all around.  It got a little interesting in spots, and I got even better acquainted with the seam ripper AND A REINFORCEMENT STICTH ALL THE WAY AROUND!  Pain in the you-know-where...


So that's it.  There's more pictures of the original shirt in my member gallery and the post above, but not too many more.  If was pretty straightforward to create, and he totally loves it.  Mission accomplished.

-Liz
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Need help reconning some terribly-made sleeves on: March 09, 2008 08:37:12 PM
So, I'm working on reconning a 80's/90's t-shirt for my boy, which involves making it longer, narrower, and taking care of the weirdest sleeves I've EVER seen.  So far, the elongating has been done, and the narrowing will be pretty easy, but the sleeves.... I'm stuck on how to fix them.  I don't have any fabric to work with if I cut them off and redo them, and they're serged on the inside, so it would be a pain in the you-know-where to rip the seams and replace them, so that's a last resort.  What makes them so weird, you may ask?

Well...

Have YOU ever seen sleeves that terrible?  I haven't... They flare OUT, the hole is too small for the sleeve, so it ended up gathered, and the shoulder stitching is the same way.  WTF?

Here's the sleeve with my reference shirt, and they're pretty similarly sized, but the green one is much larger.  I don't want to mess with the arm hole any more than I have to, so could I just resize from the top?


And here's a couple more views.

Inside-out, without the distracting pattern.  Look at the gathers... mmmm, those are great.


A sort-of 3/4ths view, so you can see the shoulder seam and more gathering of the inside.  Lovely, ain't it?

Whatever I do, I'm trying to minimize the work needing to be done, but I know I'll have to somehow ungather the sleeve/shirt attachment, though I'm trying to place it in a way that I don't have to do too much to it...

Do you more experienced sewers have any suggestions?  Help me, please?

-Liz
5  California / California: South / Any crafty things to do/see around Disneyland? on: February 16, 2008 12:51:10 PM
So, I'm originally from Cypress CA, but I've lived in the Seattle WA area for the last 7 1/2 years, and my high school Orchestra is going on a trip to Disneyland at the end of March (the 26th-30th) and I was wondering, since it's changed so much since I've been in WA, what could I go do or see in the area?  I've got limited freedom, though, due to chaperone check-ins and such, as well as playing in a festival at Fullerton CC on Saturday the 29th (come see if you're into orchestal music!  My group is from Kentridge HS, and I play the cello).

So, got any ideas for me?  Or even just general awesome places to go in the Disneyland vincinty?
6  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / From TOE cleavage to NO cleavage! (a *few* pics) on: February 03, 2008 02:53:35 PM
This is my first time starting a topic, though I've been lurking for a while and have made enough comments before to be able to show pictures directly (you're welcome).  I've noticed these same "before" shoes several times on here, though not done quite like this.  I liked them when I tried them on in the store, but then got home and noticed *gasp* TOO MUCH TOE CLEAVAGE!!!  I hate toe cleavage, so I threw them aside and told myself I'd do something with them later, even if it was just to donate them.  THEN I found Craftster. When I finally branched out from the reconned clothing boards to the shoe boards, I was inspired to create these from those shoes, also influenced by my love of history and involvement in current events.  Without further ado, I present the Newspaper Heels:


Right side is the "Before" and left is the "After" cutting off the band/strap.


After removing both straps.


After using Mod Podge and pieces of newspaper to cover the shoes. This is before deciding what to do with the heel.


Action shot of after doing the heels and before putting on the ribbon.  Sorry it's a little blurry.


I HATE toe cleavage.  This is where the ribbon will be put on to cover said cleavage.


Before gluing the now-cut-and-sewn ribbon onto the top.  I only did one at first to test, and I'm glad I did because the "Ultimate Glue" I used dried yellow and oozed out the sides and through the ribbon.  So I cut it off and redid it with "Fabri-Tac" which worked MUCH better.


The first (bad) glue being clamped to dry.


Finished shoes, with the Fabri-Tac-ed ribbons.


Side view of completed shoes.


Toe detail.  See if you can read the articles I used  Grin


Heel detail.  The heels were striped with strips from an advertisement for travelling to India that was on the back of the Parade section one Sunday.  It was a photo of the Taj Mahal, though I didn't use strips with the Taj Mahal on them, opting instead for strips from the light sky and the dark ground area.  You can even see tourists in the photo.  I still had the whole Taj Mahal left over.


Action shot!  Forgive the sock lines on my legs, and the awkward angle, it's hard to line up a shot using a camera set on a timer and propped up on some thick magazines...  The toe cleavage is now virtually gone, except for a little TINY spot by my little toes, which is okay with me.

THE END!!  Let me know what you think!  Grin
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