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Topic: Aikido Monster Plushie (lots of pictures!)  (Read 986 times)
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« on: December 08, 2012 07:29:16 PM »

This little plushie was inspired by my friend who practices Aikido. Aikido, for those who don't know, is a type of Japanese martial art. What really inspired me to make this plushie was the outfit that is commonly worn by aikidoka (people who practice aikido) which is a white top, uwagi, and a pair of loose dark blue or black pants called hakama. I love the way that hakama look when someone gets flipped or thrown and the pants fan out and show the motion of the person (see picture below XD)

Anyways, on to the plushie!

He is just a bit shy of being two inches tall and is made of felt with cotton clothes. I looked at some instructions for the hakama but pretty much freehanded the entire outfit. The hakama were probably the most complicated thing I have ever sewn in my life (and it didn't help that they are only about an inch tall) but I wanted them to be as accurate as possible. They have the proper number of pleats, 7, and are worn in the proper style. He is holding a staff type weapon called a jo that is made from a craft dowel that I cut to length and painted.

Detail of the hakama

Back view

Scale reference photo (sorry it's a bit fuzzy, camera couldn't decide what to focus on  Tongue)

An unintended, but very awesome, result of the way the pants fit the little guy is that he can actually stand on his own!

Design sketch

I started work on him having absolutely now clue how he would turn out but I'm super happy with the way he turned out and he is now standing guard over my desk Cheesy
Hope everyone enjoys Smiley
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2012 08:06:14 PM »

Gosh, I love this little monster. I've recently had a brief flirtation with aikido myself, and am beyond awe at how small it is. I really like the details on the hakama, and I wish I could sew something like this.

You've inspired me to try my hand in sewing. Now to see how that turns out.........
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2012 08:42:01 PM »

i also love her--she has a lot of personality-sweetness!

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« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2012 07:35:04 AM »

Wow, I think you've captured the real outfit so well.  He's very cute.

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« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2012 12:17:12 PM »

Wow! Thanks for all the great feedback guys Cheesy

And magdalena_011, I'm so happy that I've inspired someone to try their hand at sewing ^_^ If you make something please post it cause I'd love to see and if you ever want any advice or tips please message me Smiley
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