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51  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Elf amigurumi on: November 13, 2013 11:38:02 AM
Sad. It's the upper eyelids, giving the impression of sagging eye corners. That reads as "sad". Furthermore, you gave him two highlights in the eyes, both of them looking rather oval than round. That, too, translates as "sad" in human eyes (in fact, it translates to wet eyes like in "swimming in tears").
But he's cute nevertheless, but if you want him to get rid of that sad look, you'll have to change these.

Just a quick example: get rid of one highlight per eye, make highlights rounded, get rid of "eyelids" and accentuation:


Salad
52  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: pink peacock Chloe dress on: October 21, 2013 08:23:08 AM
It looks beautiful. But, just to achieve perfection, you should either widen it a bit at your hips OR shorten the back. See last picture? The fabric gets folds because it rests on your lower hip instead of gliding further down.
(Since the dress doesn't look to tight at the hips I'd shorten the back. Just take in that fold.)

Salad
53  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: "I want a Harry Potter Birthday!" on: October 15, 2013 11:37:07 AM
It was, indeed. The weather was just fine enough to train Quidditch outside. When everybody got thirsty, I started the potions class. Of course I did Snape honor - I took so many house points away from the kids, I bet they won't be back in black numbers until they are oldngrey. >;> And they just loved being told off by "Snape". We crafted our own wands of polymer clay wrapped around pencils. And we had a wonderful "Nagini"-Snack consisting of a gherkin, cut in rounds, and between each round I put a "pumpernickel" (special bread from germany, made exclusively of rhye, baked for about a day - you can get it readymade, don't worry) with fresh cottage cheese on top.

Salad
54  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Game of Thrones/Pokemon Cross Stitch on: October 13, 2013 11:18:06 AM
It made me laugh out loud! (But my hubbie doesn't get it. Poor him).

Love it!
Salad
55  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: "Pretty Maid" Nursery Rhyme Dress HELP on: October 09, 2013 03:28:34 AM
What, like a milk-maid, or like, just "maid" as in young, unmarried girl? Cuz I immediately thought milkmaid.
ARGH! Most of these cheap dirndl costumes really hurt my german eyes... *shudders* I'd go for this one:http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_TgZU5tQSskI/TELxqSSqrOI/AAAAAAAAA_4/Dsmv2NL6gSE/s1600/Maidservant:door.jpg

Salad
56  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: "Pretty Maid" Nursery Rhyme Dress HELP on: October 09, 2013 03:24:15 AM
http://www.rhymes.org.uk/a112-where-are-you-going-my-pretty-maid.htm
Like in this rhyme?
White blouse, long skirt made of rectangle twice her cirumference (at least), vest without sleeves (but with makeshift-lacing, just pin a cord with safety needles to the front), and, most important, little white bonnet.

Salad
57  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: Wizard of Oz office decorating on: October 05, 2013 12:17:40 AM
It looks great. But forgive my asking, since I'm german I have no clue about this "Homecoming". I sure can translate it, but what's its meaning?

Salad
58  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with gown skirt pattern on: October 04, 2013 09:59:18 PM
Hm, no, I'd think there are gussets set into the seams. Look at this picture, there you can see it better:
http://akuriko.deviantart.com/art/OhayoCon-Masq-158233085

Salad
59  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Pokemon tour is starting soon! WIP on: September 29, 2013 11:41:14 AM
Hello, we're back from the tour day!
The last week really got busy as there were all kinds of things I still had to fix, and one of the girls was out of town, so no chance of trying the costume on her.
The second one suddenly crazed out and refused to wear the Squirtle costume, saying it is too tight for her and she can't stand it. *sigh* We have this sooo often, all of a sudden the trousers are too tight or just "too small" - when the day before everything was totally perfect. So I had to do a very fast switch, giving Squirtle to oldest daughter and modifying Quilava so that middle one can wear it AND oldest one can claim it afterwards. Phew. And, not having already enough on my plate, on saturday I decided to redo the Raichu-trousers instead of just making them a bit wider... but youngest one really could not get into them. Lucky for me I *just* had enough of that orange fabric left...

And of course I forgot to take pics, I just have these few:

Squirtles tail, stuffed but not sewed in the structure.

Two parts of the trousers destined to be Quilava's legs. I had an old pattern for a fitting trouser and cut front and back in half, lengthwise. Then I retraced them on paper, but this time giving them curves for (later) knee and foot. Then I cut the fabric and sewed them back together, now getting some kind of "bag" where I had added the curves. After sewing in a dart I had a perfect "animal leg" - I guess a picture says it better than I can:

See the legs?

Well, and now to the action shots:





Last not least: we made one of the three "first places" - they chose the best three out of, about, 40 costumes, and Squirtle was one of them. But best thing was, how many people asked if they could take a pic of my three little pokemon!

Happy but tired,
Salad
60  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Name Painting - I need help on next steps! on: September 22, 2013 11:23:21 PM
Akkordeon book mounted on thin wood plates. Bound in a way you can lay it flat and have his name spelled out. Later, you can mount it at the wall.
My thoughts.

Salad
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