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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Coraline Doll--UPDATE with Cat on: February 18, 2009 07:58:43 PM
My kids and I saw Coraline last weekend and I wanted to make a Coraline doll--for myself, but I relented and made it for my older daughter. The younger wants a toy of the cat, I guess that's next.

I used an old t-shirt dyed with tea for the head and body, the legs are striped fabric. The coat is yellow felt. All the clothes can be removed except for the stockings. I just made up the pattern by referring to online photos of the actual doll in the movie. The key is an old skeleton key with a button glued to it.

close-up of the face

shoes and stockings

dragonfly button used as her hairclip. It's actually pink but it caught the flash.

My daughter is so happy with it. I was getting a little obsessive over it not looking exactly like the doll in the movie, but I'm still quite proud of how it turned out. Although if you aren't familiar with the movie it's a pretty creepy doll!

Edited to add--I finished the cat last night

at is made from black felt, with embroidered eyes and nose. He is sort of posable--his legs are thread jointed, which is sort of like button jointed without the buttons, which makes for a looser joint which works with this toy. He is about 8 inches from the tip of his ear to his toes. Coraline measures about 15 inches tall.
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / World of Warcrafting--Murloc and Night Elf on: December 21, 2008 05:27:58 PM
Christmas gifts for my World of Warcraft obsessed daughters

Murky is for my five-year-old, I adapted a frog pattern for the body and legs and just sort of made up the head by looking at pictures of the Murky plush toys that were given at BlizzCon. It's made from blue and orange polar fleece. The Night Elf is for my ten-year-old, it's based on her character, a Night Elf Hunter. I used this pattern: http://dollmaker.nunodoll.com/ and changed it a little bit, adding button joints. The doll is made from an old t-shirt, the tunic is fleece and the boots are wool felt with fake fur trim.

Side view of Murky:
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Baby Murloc Costume on: October 11, 2008 11:04:13 AM
This is a Halloween costume for my World of Warcraft obssessed five year old daughter. It's a Baby Murloc


It's made of blue polar fleece, the body is a one-piece bodysuit that fastens in the back, and the headpiece is a separate hood.
4  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Felted Dreadlock Lion's Mane on: April 28, 2008 09:22:50 AM
This is a project that's been taking shape in my head for quite a while and I finally got around to doing it.  It's part of a winged lion costume for my daughter.<p>

I've interrupted her World of Warcraft game so the picture was a bit rushed, I see now I should have moved some of the dreads to cover the elastic.

It's a rather tedious, but fairly easy to make, you just attach hanks of wool yarn to an elastic headband and felt it in the washing machine. I've included a tutorial with photos at my blog.


Edit:--I'm such a dope! Initially I typed sewing machine instead of washing machine.
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Best finish for curved seams on: January 10, 2008 02:47:40 PM
I don't own a serger and right now it's not economical to buy one. I sew mostly clothing for small children and generally use french seams to finish raw edges. I really like this technique, but I'm trying to make a pair of pants for an older child and it seems as though a french seam along the curved line of the crotch will be too bulky, especially since I can't then clip the seam to make it lie flat. I'd try a Hong Kong seam, but I'm not sure I'd have the same problem. Any suggestions for a good way to professionally finish a curved seam? Thanks!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Lucky Owls Kimono Set on: November 27, 2007 01:23:09 PM
This is about a size 6 months. The jacket is natural color linen lined with light gray cotton, it crosses over the front and ties on both sides. There is a small applique from the same fabric as the pants. The pants are from a  Japanese import cotton, a bluish gray with tiny owls.

In Japan owls are considered lucky because the word for owl is fukurou, which sounds like fu (not) and kurou (trouble), so you are without trouble.

The pattern is from a Japanese book that I think might be out of print, ISBN 4277721346
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Sly Wolf Hoodie on: October 17, 2007 06:02:46 PM
I used a thrifted gray velour sweatshirt to make a wolf hoodie for my daughter

(sorry about the glaring devil eyes!)

Japanese wolf fabric on pockets. I just tacked the fabric over the exsiting pockets

wool felt patch to cover the glittery butterfly originally embellishing the jacket

fake fur wolf ears attached to the hood

shrinky dink zipper pull. This turned out a little larger than I intended so I may redo it.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Gnome and Mushroom Jumper on: September 20, 2007 09:15:22 PM
This is a little jumper I made recently after seeing a similar one in a Japanese magazine. The bodice is blue corduroy, lined with a blue and white cotton fabric. The skirt is a patchwork of assorted florals, some linen, and gnomes carrying mushrooms in wheelbarrows. I echoed the mushroom motif with a felt applique on the bodice.

I don't own a serger, so I used french seams and the hem is done by hand

I'm really pleased how it turned out, intially I was only using the florals and the linen, but decided to add the gnome fabric and then the mushrooms followed.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Professional Finish Attaching Ruffle To Hem on: September 09, 2007 12:15:12 AM
I don't own a serger, so I am trying to explore alternatives to a professional finish to the clothes I make. I've somewhat mastered the french seam, but I am a bit stumped with trying to attach a ruffle to a hem. I've come up with three ways:

1. Use a french seam
2. Attach ruffle with right sides facing, seam is on inside with garment, cover raw edges with bias tape or ribbon
2. Sew a narrow hem, attach ruffle to right side of garment, cover raw edges with ribbon.

All three of these methods have pros and cons--is there another way to do this that I am overlooking? Thanks!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Bollywood Baby Silk Sari Slippers on: July 26, 2007 02:23:13 PM
I was searching down in the basement for a box of mason jars, when I found the bin of fabric I had given up as a becoming a moving casualty (we recently bought a house). In it were the scraps of sari silk I had been looking for, allowing me to make these rather impractical Bollywood baby shoes.

They aren't intended for a walking child, so I used the same silk to make the soles. These are from the pallu part of a sari--years ago I had the amazing luck to find 5 of them at the thrift shop.
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