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« Reply #5350 on: April 16, 2008 07:40:36 PM »

woo! more poppets  Cheesy finally convinced my mother they werent creepy. She only really saw the bald ones but I showed her an up close shot of the one I made for Melancholy Miss and she was amazed. Now I have a feeling Ill have to make her a hippo one... I have no idea how I will manage that but Ill give it a bash
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« Reply #5351 on: April 17, 2008 06:39:56 AM »

I haven't made the Elenore pattern since before Christmas. I don't know how I got this thing together except I was using jersey instead of alova suede. I' plan on making some alterations. then reposting it. Sorry to all of you who were telling me what the problems were, and I didn't believe you.
I'm working on a new elenore poppet. She's going to be a gothic fairy. I'll post the pics of the inspiration when I have her done.

Eureka! The fact that you were using jersey makes total sense to me, because the whole time I was working on this I thought "I wish I had more stretch".

I used my trusty old drafting software to come up with an edited version of Elenore that works.  (I imported you drawings and made a couple size/ angle adjustments.)  I'd be happy to send you the pdf file when I get home (I'm on my work computer right now).

It's all your pattern, with a couple of edits - definately not trying to sneak in on taking credit for the awesomely endowed poppet.
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« Reply #5352 on: April 17, 2008 07:04:20 AM »

I'm pming you with m addy now! Thanks. That saves me some work. There are some other adjustments that I've found that need to be made too. Like, her ankles are too thick for her dainty feet. Her legs and arms are too short. And she's a bit thick in the middle. I was thinking that she should be thinner in the waistline. I think more of a curve in her waistline and another curve in her back would help. Right now it looks as if she has a droopy butt! Also her front neck needs to be longer. When I downsized her to standard poppet size (80% of original Elenore pattern), I redrew her hands, so that the third and fourth fingers are attached. Somehow, the thumb turned out looking strange. I'm not sure I want to finish making this into the gothic fairy. She's built more like a version of me. Although my tummy was never that flat!
Do you want to do all that too?
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« Reply #5353 on: April 17, 2008 07:05:27 AM »

I haven't made the Elenore pattern since before Christmas. I don't know how I got this thing together except I was using jersey instead of alova suede. I' plan on making some alterations. then reposting it. Sorry to all of you who were telling me what the problems were, and I didn't believe you.
I'm working on a new elenore poppet. She's going to be a gothic fairy. I'll post the pics of the inspiration when I have her done.
MAybe that's why my elenore shoulders were scary!
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« Reply #5354 on: April 17, 2008 07:21:53 AM »

I tried to be frugal, found a flannel and fleece baby blanket two pack for $2.  The fleece was for a poppet for a friends daughter.  It is not fun to work with at all!    Sad  Too much stretch, the poor poppet with probably look like a pre-teen (feet-too deep, legs and arms a little long, but not much of a figure).  Oh well, if we have pregnant poppets, why not a pre-teen.  I'll post when it is finished...and never use anything this stretchy for another poppet.



I encourage you to try some other types. I've had simillar issues with baby blankets. I can't figure out they they are so stretchy but they are abnormally stretchy for some reason. I think it has to do with the way the fabric is cut. If it's cut on the bias (angled along the stretch) then it will be really stretchy, but if it's cut opposite or even straight one way or the other it's not.
I have had so many issues with fabric and stretch I check all my fabric before cutting or even pinning my pattern too it. Basically what I do to test where the stretch is is this:
I pick the fabric up on the bolt and hold the short ends and tug. If it stretches that way it has at least 1 way stretch. This is good for dolls and stuffies as a little stretch helps a lot when stuffing. I then pick it up and tug the other ends usually this is a bit tricky since it's on the bolt but I pinch a section near the middle of the bolt and hold the bottom middle and pull. If it stretches the fabric is 2 way stretch.
Repeat on an angle and if it stretches again it's typically a 3 or 4 way stretch.

I typically repeat this when I get home and I'm cutting the pattern out. I like my items laid longways against the stretch so the stretch makes them taller and skinnier. However if you want a chunkier toy lay the pattern the other way and it will stretch chunkier. Smiley

Gloria was a 2 way stretch fabric. It was a bit of a pain to sew but I love how she came out. I just pinned like crazy and went slower than normal and it was fine.
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« Reply #5355 on: April 17, 2008 07:38:03 AM »

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« Reply #5356 on: April 17, 2008 08:08:06 AM »

I'm pming you with m addy now! Thanks. That saves me some work. There are some other adjustments that I've found that need to be made too. Like, her ankles are too thick for her dainty feet. Her legs and arms are too short. And she's a bit thick in the middle. I was thinking that she should be thinner in the waistline. I think more of a curve in her waistline and another curve in her back would help. Right now it looks as if she has a droopy butt! Also her front neck needs to be longer. When I downsized her to standard poppet size (80% of original Elenore pattern), I redrew her hands, so that the third and fourth fingers are attached. Somehow, the thumb turned out looking strange. I'm not sure I want to finish making this into the gothic fairy. She's built more like a version of me. Although my tummy was never that flat!
Do you want to do all that too?


We can definately work together to draft up your revised Elenore!  When I get home I'll e-mail you the pdf file.  (I got your pm). I fixed the neck issue, and her shoulders (someone else mentioned having difficulty with this.)  I've also altered her crotch area, so this may fix the droopy butt issue. The one I made is still thick around the waste - the addition of the chest piece gives her some extra girth, and I'm not sure where we should take her in at.

When I send you the pdf files, you can print them out and sketch on the changes you'd like and I can edit the original .dwg file.  I never did draft up elenores hands and legs, just used ghilie's original.

I just love crafty.canadian and her software.   Kiss Kiss Kiss

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« Reply #5357 on: April 17, 2008 08:19:44 AM »

I'm pming you with m addy now! Thanks. That saves me some work. There are some other adjustments that I've found that need to be made too. Like, her ankles are too thick for her dainty feet. Her legs and arms are too short. And she's a bit thick in the middle. I was thinking that she should be thinner in the waistline. I think more of a curve in her waistline and another curve in her back would help. Right now it looks as if she has a droopy butt! Also her front neck needs to be longer. When I downsized her to standard poppet size (80% of original Elenore pattern), I redrew her hands, so that the third and fourth fingers are attached. Somehow, the thumb turned out looking strange. I'm not sure I want to finish making this into the gothic fairy. She's built more like a version of me. Although my tummy was never that flat!
Do you want to do all that too?


We can definately work together to draft up your revised Elenore!  When I get home I'll e-mail you the pdf file.  (I got your pm). I fixed the neck issue, and her shoulders (someone else mentioned having difficulty with this.)  I've also altered her crotch area, so this may fix the droopy butt issue. The one I made is still thick around the waste - the addition of the chest piece gives her some extra girth, and I'm not sure where we should take her in at.

When I send you the pdf files, you can print them out and sketch on the changes you'd like and I can edit the original .dwg file.  I never did draft up elenores hands and legs, just used ghilie's original.

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Hey, I just learned something very important about pattern layout. All of you Poppet newbies, pay attention.
Make sure that when you lay out your pattern on the fabric, that the stretch is up and down, not left to right. Unless you want a fat poppet, that looks like it has an ET head. I guess I wasn't paying attention this time, cause that's what I did. It gives them a whole different look, that's for sure!
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Hey, I just learned something very important about pattern layout. All of you Poppet newbies, pay attention.
Make sure that when you lay out your pattern on the fabric, that the stretch is up and down, not left to right. Unless you want a fat poppet, that looks like it has an ET head. I guess I wasn't paying attention this time, cause that's what I did. It gives them a whole different look, that's for sure!


I don't think the fat poppets look like they have an ET head. 
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« Reply #5359 on: April 17, 2008 08:41:09 AM »

This one does! I was going to make a goth fairy. But I think she looks more like a gnome! I'm just as happy to do that. So, the goth fairy will have to wait until the elenore pattern is revised. She'll still be cute!
I guess chubby poppets aren't a bad thing. I just was not expecting this, after making so many.
I hope I haven't offended anyone.
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