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71  Maybe I'm getting a little too excited....dress help? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by ludicrouslouisa on: April 19, 2007 07:23:21 PM
OK. First things first. I haven't used a sewing machine since I was in yr 8, and it caused me a lot of pain - but I WAS in a textiles class with a teacher I didn't like, trying to meet deadlines and getting stressed.
Now I want to do a little sewing. Well, a LOT of sewing actually. I want to make myself a rather girly dress....I'm pretty determined to do it, and although I'm not really skilled I think at a stretch I'll work something out.
I've drawn some not so good sketches for it:

OK. Now basically, in case my shonky sketches don't show, it's going to have a slightly fitted bust/torso area, and I want puffy sleeves (which shouldn't be too hard...) I'm thinking that I'll probably have to do a zip on the back. I've fitted a zip beforehand, but I've never done a fitted top or shirt. The skirt will just hang, probably, and might be lined.

I'm thinking of making it out of a cotton fabric like drill, and I have some pattern ideas (there was a Lolita dress here a while ago that was similar to what I want, but minus the sleeves.
So: are there any fabric recommendations? I'm not very rich so I'd like something fairly cheap. Would I need to line it and what would the white trim be made of? Bias tape, or just white drill or something?
And am I dreaming, or do you think that it's possible to make this dress?
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72  A man and his horse :D in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by ludicrouslouisa on: April 16, 2007 04:26:39 AM

Unfortunately my brother has command of the camera!
I made a cute horse - I do proportionate plushies see. And the horse is about 30cm high at the shoulder Cheesy very cuddly.
They didn't seem to have any wool felt so I had to choose between 100% acrylic and 100% viscose. I chose viscose. Baaaaad choice - it tore so easily!
But the horse was finished. I did a photoshoot of him in the garden with Grantley (that's the guy) but my brother said the photos were too terrible so he stuck the good ones in a layout. So you can't see all of the horse...but isn't he cute?

Nabbed the photos while my brother wasn't looking! Here's a little more of the horse:

Compulsory "artsy" black and white shot:

Silly ladder shot:

And me with the horse and Grant:

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73  A Grantley doll! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by ludicrouslouisa on: February 01, 2007 07:49:23 PM
I've been busy for the last couple of weeks, and have produced Grantley!

He's calico, handsewn...made my own pattern based on photos, measurements and ratios and all that other stuff.
Here's a photo so you can tell what the REAL Grantley looks like.

All the clothes he actually has, except the floral lining was just me being silly Cheesy
This is only the second time I've made one of these and I think I've improved!
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74  Evil me - first post! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by ludicrouslouisa on: January 27, 2007 01:03:20 AM
I've been doing plushies of people, as proportionate as I can make them.
I did myself first, as a test....pattern drawn up based on my own measurements.
Unfortunately I gave it too much seam allowance and I'm too tall!
But apart from that I'm pretty pleased with Evil Me...I'm doing one of someone else which might be posted later.

Body made from calico, hand sewn, shorts and sandals from painted calico, shirt from t shirt fabric and polar fleece jumper.
The hair is embroidery thread...argh it was so hard to do and didn't turn out terribly well!

That's a back view.

I'd be interested to know what you think as this is my first project of this sort! I've done a lot of sewing before and have done clothes like that for existing toys but I've never tried to sew a person! It was a real learning experience.  
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