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61  From boredom to toucan love! Fabulous toucan inspired halter dress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by ludicrouslouisa on: June 11, 2007 03:36:35 AM
Well I was stumbling around the internet and I found a beautiful photo of a keel billed toucan
And I loved the colours so much that I decided to take this tutorial
and make myself a toucan dress!

The yellow is left over from a pinafore but my fabric store sucks so I had to go and dye the blue and green. The green was originally meant to be limey but I couldn't find the right dye and only discovered a colour mixed chart AFTER I'd finished dyeing it! Argh!
The blue was supposed to be brighter but it didn't take that strongly. And although all the fabric (except the purple which is quilting fabric) is "cotton homespun" the blue is thinner like a sheet or something. Weird.
And the photo butchered the colours - they're brighter and the purple is redder in real life. 

That's the original design but I decided the yellow would be seethrough so I switched it with the purple cause I'm not wearing a bra see Tongue

It's very comfy but I had two problems.
- look at the back.

I turned the top down BEFORE I sewed the zip and it shows. Oh well.

And, I was NEARLY done when the sewing machine broke! ARGH! SO I hand sewed the straps and part of the green/black seam.

I'm happy though and I hope you like it. Now I finally have a dress that fits for summer!
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62  I'm NEVER sewing one of these people AGAIN! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by ludicrouslouisa on: May 15, 2007 09:31:17 PM
This one killed me  Angry
I would do it again actually, but only if I got paid $300 plus because for this one I got paid about $40. It took me 4 weeks. I reckon for every hour I worked I got about a fraction of a cent
But without delay, here's Taka! His hair took 3 weeks to sew!

He's all hand sewn calico with embroidery thread hair, and he's about 30 cm tall. (He's also a japanese bassist in real life but that's beside the point.)

I thought he deserved a turn on the horse for once

He's got giraffe spotted pants (hand stencilled with gold paint)

And last but not least, why have these dolls if you can't reenact really bad photos of their real life counterparts?

I hope you like him! He's going off to Scotland soon Tongue

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63  Oh no! A yellow pinafore of DOOM! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by ludicrouslouisa on: May 15, 2007 09:03:57 PM
I made two pinafores recently Cheesy All up they cost me about $33 Australian and helped me use a little of the infamous fabric stash!
The first, made with giggles' tutorial, is a green pinafore with vintage floral.

However I sewed the buttonholes in the wrong direction. And you have to wrestle to get into it (I hope it doesn't shrink any!  Undecided )
I'm not sure if anyone else had that problem?
My brother refused to take a photo of the back cause it was a bit crumpled - I'd ridden a bike in it

Anyway, the second pinafore is better.
I had this random print fabric that I liked but I don't like white that much so I grabbed it, a scrap of old sheet and some white "cotton homespun"  (all of which I dyed primrose yellow) and made myself this.

The skirt is a-framey (I wanted to do a circle skirt but I didn't have enough fabric) and it is lined with a shorter skirt made out of a yellow sheet (so that I can wear it without pants.)
I did the measurement from my hips and made it looser so I can get in and out much more easily! And I added a bib Cheesy which is also lined with yellow sheet.

edit: This is the bib
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64  Re: Yellow Rosey Jumper. [[w/ tutorial! page 3.]] in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by ludicrouslouisa on: May 14, 2007 01:16:42 AM
This is mine Cheesy I sewed the button holes the wrong way, and it's a struggle to get on and off. I made another one afterwards, where I used my hips instead of my waist and made it looser, with a bib ( a lot of diverging from the tute!)
However I only have photos of my first one with the fab vintage floral.
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65  Re: Pattern for softie chinchilla??? in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by ludicrouslouisa on: May 09, 2007 05:23:58 AM

OK they're not the best, but hopefully you can work from these patterns. If you use them, make sure that everything has a) seam allowance (you'll need about 3 mm if you are overstitching, more if you are using a machine) and b) that the pieces are porportionate to each other. I suggest that you draw up a slightly more measured version of my pattern, or cut straighter than I've drawn it.
I'd say use faux fur for the body and for the ears and feet use pink or grey felt or something.

The red bits are for feet, the blue bits for paws, the orange for the tail, the purple for ears and the black for the body. If you want a nose you can stitch one on, and eyes can be glued buttons, sewn, google eyes, painted, whatever.

Cut two ear pieces, four paw pieces, two tail pieces, two foot soles and two foot pieces, one base and two sides (note, the base might need to be shortened - I haven't made the pattern so I don't know.)

First, sew two of the paw pieces together. Turn right side out. Repeat with other two. You have the paws.
Sew the feet to the soles, turn right side out, repeat.
Sew the tail pieces together, carefully turn right side out, and stuff. Stuff the feet and paws but not too much. To make the ears "eary" then you'll have to get the two corners together and then stitch them along the bottom. You'll now have ears, paws and a tail.

Then, stitch the two sides together - cut two slits in the head and put the ears in carefully. If you want to put on button eyes, do so NOW.
You should have what looks like a disemboweled bottomless chinchilla now.
Stitch the tail in at the bottom of the seam (where it should go)
Then, sew the base in. What I'd do is I'd sew it wrong side outwards to the sides, and leave a gap in the bum area, say, and then turn it right side out and stuff.
While you are sewing, stitch the paws and feet in place.

I hope that works!
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66  Re: Crab Stuffies?? in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by ludicrouslouisa on: May 04, 2007 12:51:09 AM
I'm not sure if it's too late but here's a pattern I made. I haven't sewn it so I'm not sure how successful it'd be

You need to cut the back piece twice, the shell piece twice, the mouth parts four times, the legs 8 times, the claws four times and the claw tops four times as well. If you want the eyes on little stalks you might have to use pipe cleaners or something - or sew a little felt tube and stick some wire through it.
I'd recommend using felt if you're inexperienced. Get an orange or reddish colour for the crab and a cream/brown/black for the shell. Cut the shell piece (note the pattern pieces are crappy but they'll hopefully give you an idea) with a generous seam allowance. Sew both shell pieces together...carefully, turn inside out. You will need to embroider the red squiggly line on them in a slightly darker thread.
Sew the leg pieces so you have four back legs - turn inside out and stuff. Then sew the claws, turn inside out. stitch the claw tops together at the side seam and fold wrong side up over the right side up claws. Stitch carefully, than sew the other side seam and turn the claw tops inside out. Stuff the claws.
Then sew the mouth parts, turn right side outwards and stuff.
Stuff the shell.
Now...the tricky bit. Tuck the body/back pieces into the shell opening. Stitch carefully in place. If you want to put eye stalks on make holes in the front and stick the stalks through and stitch/glue. Then pin the legs and claws in place between the fabric, where they should be and stitch with a running stitch. There should be a little gap at the front where the mouthparts should be. Stuff the crab's body and then tuck the mouthparts in and stitch.
Hopefully that makes sense. Might make myself a hermit crab...
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67  Re: pj bottoms! in Clothing Sewalongs by ludicrouslouisa on: April 29, 2007 12:28:49 AM
Tada! Done Cheesy

and the back

Not perfect but pretty good when you consider that I haven't sewn on a machine for yonks and I made up the pattern...
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68  My first post and first sewing for about 2 years! Snuggly PJ pants! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by ludicrouslouisa on: April 29, 2007 12:26:19 AM
OK I admit that I'm not the best at sewing...and I haven't used a sewing machine in about 2 years since discouraging textiles experience but then I found Craftster!
I was inspired!
I'd been going to the sewing store to get fabrics for my plushes...and then I found this fantastic flannelette! I love green, blue and yellow, and was very sick of powder blue and pink pyjamas, so I made up a pattern based on my old PJs.

That's the front, obv. As you can see they don't fit perfectly but they're very snuggly. No elastic, just the ribbon to hold them up.

And the back.
I've posted a tute in Discussions if anyone's interested. And I plan to make a top to go with them Cheesy
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69  Re: pjs in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by ludicrouslouisa on: April 27, 2007 03:42:21 AM
OK, not the best, but it might help - they're very simple - I only have quite basic sewing knowledge.
As for the fitting - they're quite baggy, hence the darty bits. You might want to cut some fabric off the crotch to make it fit tighter - but I haven't tried that.

PS the text funked up a bit - if you can't read it I can type it out again, I guess Tongue

Edit: seam A is red, seam B is purple, seam C is green, seam D is light blue and seam E is orange - the letters got fully dissolved Sad
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70  Why pay 40 dollars when you can pay 4? Stencilled band shirt love. in Stenciling: Completed Projects by ludicrouslouisa on: April 22, 2007 08:38:52 PM
OK, when I was browsing Feeder's website (Feeder are a band) they had this t shirt for sale.
Only problem was that a) it was PINK my least favourite colour, b) I don't have a credit card and c) it was 17 pounds. 17 POUNDS! That's 40 Australian dollars!
So I went into town with my mate, got some plain singlets (1 each) and then we went home and stencilled them. The stencil is text off a band poster (for a single called Shatter - hence the smashed text) and not only does the smashed text look nifty - it had breaks in it so it stencilled fine!
AND it only cost me $4!

Bad pictures, sorry, there was only me home and I can't do self timer.

And in the sycamore tree

And the poster that it's from:

They only have small bad quality photos of it so you can't blow it up and use it as a poster yourself Tongue
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