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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Trixie the sexy Poppet (lots of pics) on: August 02, 2009 07:56:10 PM
I just did the poppet mini swap and got a wonderful poppet from my partner WildFyre. I thought she needed a friend so I decided to try to make another poppet (my second one). The first one I just used the basic pattern since I wasn't sure how hard it would be. I decided to try the elenore pattern this time. I named her Trixie and I'm super pleased with how she turned out. Smiley

I gave her bendable fingers using pipe cleaner. Here she is rocking out and throwing up the horns. I crocheted a cap to fit her head and then attached the longer strands of yarn to make her hair.

Here she is camouflaging into my bed (which was the inspiration for her dress). I basically just made up the dress pattern as a went along but I like how it turned out.

Hanging out with her sexy poppet pal. Smiley

These are her underwear. The top laces up in the back. This was the first thing I made her so she didn't have to sit around naked.

I am definitely hooked on poppets now. I can't wait to make her some more clothes. I hope you like her Smiley
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Dr. Orpheus from Venture Bros. (photo heavy) on: June 06, 2009 08:42:13 PM
For the Venture Bros. swap, I knew I wanted to make a doll for my partner of their favorite character. When I got matched up with Inara I found that her favorite character is Dr. Orpheus. I have to admit I was a little nervous since I've never made a doll this complicated before. Actually, I've never really made a doll period.

I made up all the patterns for the clothes and the doll itself as I went along, mostly trial and error. I actually made his hair twice as well. The first time I used crappy AC Moore felt and it looked terrible. I went to Joann and got a couple shades of wool felt and redid his hair and facial hair and he looks much better now.

His face is all hand embroidered. I drew it on freehand with an embroidery marker and then stitched it on. His facial hair is just wool felt that I glued in place. His hair is four layers of wool felt that are glued and stitched around his face.

He cloak unfastens with a snap under his "dracula trophy". I made it with gold sculpy and a red rhinestone and coated it with polyurethane. His robe is made from red novelty velvet (that's what it said at Joann) with black satin ribbon for the trim. All of his clothes (including shoes) are completely removable, if one were so inclined.

This back shot shows the detail of the cloak. It is lined in purple and I painted the edges and emblem with gold acrylic paint. I added a red rhinestone to the middle.

For those of you who haven't seen Venture Brothers, here is a picture of Dr. Orpheus.

You definitely have to watch this show. It's awesome.

I hope you all like him! I was so sad to send him away, but I'm glad Inara is giving him a good home Smiley
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Jailbot on: May 30, 2009 02:01:37 PM
I just sent off my gift for the Venture Bros. swap and I'm not ready to start any huge projects yet so I decided to make myself a little something.

I decided to make Jailbot from Superjail! He is made of felt and completely hand-sewn. I tried to embroider his face with green floss but the felt was too stretchy and it kept coming out super lopsided. I was lucky enough to find some lime green felt for his face instead. He's still not perfect, but I like him Smiley

If you aren't familiar with the show, you can check it out on adultswim.com.
Warning: It's a cartoon but it is rated MA so click at your own risk.
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / My first amigurumi on: May 09, 2009 08:16:09 PM
I just starting crocheting on Monday (or maybe Tuesday?) because I really wanted to try amigurumi. My sorority animal is the turtle so when I saw this pattern I had to give it a try. My sorority colors are pink and green so that is the story behind the colors. I screwed up a few things on the shell but I know what I did wrong so I can fix it for next time. Overall I think it is pretty cute for a first try Smiley

and here is another picture for scale
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Embroidered Purse and Matching Wallet (EDIT: added pictures) on: May 02, 2009 10:18:17 PM
My grandmom really liked the tote bags I made but she doesn't need a big bag like that. I decided a little buttercup bag would be perfect for her. She loves birds so I picked the lining fabrics with birds and trees. I hand-stitched one of the birds onto the front of the bag. I'm giving it to her for mother's day. I hope she likes it Smiley

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Cupcake Tote Bags (lots of pictures) on: April 29, 2009 05:17:25 PM
The last time I sewed until recently was in high school. My sister asked me to sew her some simple fleece throw pillows for her guest bedroom so I dusted off my sewing machine and got to work. I had forgotten how much fun it was! I went out to Joann fabric to get some fabric and ideas. My sister found some super cute cupcake fabric and a pattern that she liked and I got to work.

The pattern is one of the simplicity patterns. We realized once we got home that the pattern was way to small for what she needed so I enlarged it a lot. I also decided against the zipper that the pattern called for and used magnetic snaps instead. I also added a liner with a zipper pocket and some pockets for her phone or whatever, and a key chain holder.

I made one for myself with the same cupcake fabric in pink and then my mom wanted one too. I also made a wallet for myself to match my bag. The wallet is based on this tutorial

My Bag and Wallet

My sister's bag

My mom's bag

They definitely aren't perfect but doing these bags has gotten me excited about sewing and I can't wait to start some more projects Smiley
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