Head progress! Kinda creepy as I’ll have two severed princess heads lying around until I can sew them onto the bodies XD;.
Hilda’s head is all done (though I may re-adjust her fringe so she doesn’t have that gap on the top of her head), I just need to finish it off with the crown and the earrings, and all the parts of Zelda’s hair are done, as well as the front part of her crown, I just need to make the rest of the crown before I can sew it all together. The crowns are probably gonna be the most tedious things of the whole project to make XP.
Pokemon: The Very Best
This comic is not just about training Pokemon.
This comic is for me when I think about my art; for my sister-in-law when she worries about her university studies; for countless others who wish that they could be better than anyone else at something.
At the end of the day, there is no meauring stick with any real meaning other than this: are we better at something today than we were yesterday, and what can we do to be better still tomorrow?
Next week: Doctor Who
Hilda progress! Her dress and gloves are done, and she now has her cape and shoulder plates!
Took a bit longer to finish the dress that I was expecting, as I had to redo the skirt cuz the red cotton I’d used to sew the stripe on could be seen through the white silk and it looked really scruffy, so redid it with white cotton and it looks a lot better.
Much happier with this tabards paint job compared to Zelda’s, managed to find a thinner brush which made doing the details a lot easier. Makes me wanna redo Zelda’s, but that would mean having to take her apart unfortunately, and I kinda just wanna get these two done now so I can move on to something else XP.
Spent the best part of today working on the shoulder plates. They’re made out of gold PVC, which, as silly as it may sound, I had to re-paint gold as the natural colour was too dark, and had an almost green tint to it, looks MUCH better and brighter since I painted it. Had to stick a few layers of PVC together to make it thicker, and made the details by cutting bits of PVC and laying them on top of the base. Forgot to add the swirly pattern to the shoulder plates though, will add that tomorrow before I finish off Zelda’s.
Still got a little ways to go yet, but we’re getting there! =D
Zelda’s dress is done! Took longer than it should’ve done, mainly because I’d been putting off painting the tabard; painting is not my strongest point and it certainly ain’t a perfect job but it’ll do XP. The gold looks nice against the cerise silk at least, ahah.
Happy with the dress besides, the blue stripes came out really well, especially on the sleeves, may need to iron the skirt a little to get the creases out, but overall I think it’s coming along nicely.
Gotta finish off Hilda’s dress tomorrow, which means another bodge painting job, yaaay XP!
Quick tests for the dresses out of scrap fabric, didn’t take too long to work out the patterns, they fit well and look the part so I’m happy to go ahead and make them out of the proper fabrics =).
Not looking forward to painting the designs on the tabards though; cack-handed girl tries painting intricate details on tiny pieces of fabric? That should be a laugh XP…
Hilda and Zelda plushie progress! Been working kinda slow on these so far, partly because of relatives coming over, mostly cuz of the excitement of E3 distracting me XD; (new Zelda looks AWESOME btw!!!).
There we also some issues with the creation of these plushies themselves, mainly with the shoes, because I’d decided to make the very clever decision to make them out of silk XP;. As pretty as it looks, it’s also incredibly fragile, and the first attempt I made came apart as soon as I turned them rightside-out, so I spent a while trying to figure out ways to get the fabric to stop fraying, and eventually found that fusible web seems to work the best, which I cut out and ironed onto the edges of the fabric and it held the fabric enough to keep it from coming apart when turned and, more importantly, when stuffed! Phew, all that work for something that isn’t even gonna be seen under the dresses XD…
This is also the 3rd attempt at making Hilda (the one on the left with the blue shoes), as my original idea was to try and incorporate her gloves as part of the main body pattern. Unfortunately, the shiny lyrca fabric I used was WAY too stretchy, and caused her to have super giant puffy hands when I stuffed her XP. Then the second attempt I flubbed up because I’d cut the fabric in the wrong direction, causing the body to stretch out of shape and, again, make her look fat and puffy! Well at least I know to pay attention to the elasticity of the fabric in future XP;. Didn’t take too long to recover from that mistake thankfully, as I managed to get her whole body all done today, so all’s good! Also, Hilda’s pattern in slightly different to Zelda’s, as I want her to hold her staff =).
Shoe colours were picked based on the colour of their belts, btw. Onto the dresses tomorrow, woo!
This is Fuzzy Pringles! He is a long overdue gift for slayingallhumans, a friend of mine from college, he was a character I made for a stop motion project and she asked me at the time to make a plush of him. 4 years later, here he is XD;!
He’s made with the Halloween Kitten pattern by Voodoo-Tiki, with some alterations to give him his markings. He’s made from Plush/Minky fabric and faux fur, with a silk embroidered nose and mouth, and iron-on eyes. The drawing is one of the original drawings I did of him back in college, which I used as a reference to make him from.
He’s all boxed up and ready to go! Gotta admit I’m gonna miss this little guy, but I know he’s going to a good home =3.
Figured I may as well share some W.I.Ps of my current plushie projects, I’m doing Princesses Zelda and Hilda from LoZ: A Link Between Worlds!
Started off making the faces, first drawn in Photoshop, then printed out onto transfer paper, cut out and ironed onto the cut craft velour. Getting all the pieces positioned in the right places on the fabric before ironing is a real pain (breathe once and they go everywhere!), but it’s as close to the original drawings as I can get them. I might re-do Zelda’s face though as her features are a little lower than I would’ve liked, but it might be OK.
Still waiting for the fabric I need before I can do any more work on Hilda (for her gloves), but I can make a start on sewing Zelda’s body.
Maya Fey from Phoenix Wright plush! I’m SO happy with how she turned out! Which is a relief as she required quite a bit of work, had to make lots of little bits and pieces for her XD.
Body is made from craft velour, clothes are cotton, hair and sandals are Minky, beads in her hair and Magatama are oven-baked and varnished Sculpey, necklace is made of glass and plastic pearl beads, ribbon details on her arms and sandals, and face is iron-on transfers.
Thought this might be interesting to post, the evolution of my plushie doll body pattern over the last month or so, starting from the first attempt in the top-left to the most recent attempt in the bottom-right.
1st attempt (Top-Left) - Starting out by using the proportions of the designs I’d sketched initially as a base. Happy with the chest shape, but arms (which were sewn onto the body separately) were too short and too thin, and the legs too far apart, looks a little ungainly XP;. Had trouble with the feet too, and has two different feet that I tested different patterns with, neither of which worked out too well.
2nd Attempt (Top-Right) - Adjusted the legs so they were closer together, made the body a bit longer and also made the arms a bit longer and wider. Made several more attempts at feet, but none of the tests worked out. Used this version of the pattern for my Vixen Plush, and worked around the foot problem by making boot-shaped feet.
3rd Attempt (bottom-left) - Tried something different with the arms, but they ended up just looking like fat sausages XP. Feet getting better, but the dart in the toe is too long making the feet look flat.
Final Attempt (bottom-right) - Took a simpler approach and added the arms directly onto the body pattern, with the hands separate so the thumbs face forward. Turns out simple is best, as it looks a lot better, and saves some sewing time XD! Slightly altered the legs so they’re not so far apart, and after a bit more faffing with feet finally got a foot shape I’m happy with!
There’s always room for tweaking of course, and the current pattern will no doubt change over time, but for now I’m happy to use it for my next plush so expect that in the coming weeks =3.
Some quick doodles while I’m waiting for my boyfriend to arrive. Been a while since I made a completely new character, all the sewing I’ve been doing recently inspired her design.
No those arn’t giant scissors XD, she’s a small (roughly 15cm tall), ant-like creature who loves fixing up damaged clothes and soft toys without getting caught by the big humans they belong to, still deciding on her name. Might try draw up a neater version after the weekend when my boyfriend’s gone home =).
Doodled these ages ago. Occurred to me that the “Dog” part in my username was completely meaningless, so I made myself a “dog-sona” XD. Colours are kinda random, probably play around with them at some point, but I think the designs kinda cute. Either way, it’s nice to have a visual representation of “Dizzie Dog” at long last that isn’t just my own derpy face XD.
My character, Vixen, plushified! First time using this pattern, it’s based on Sakkysa’s 2012 Plush Pattern, which I used the head from, and I made my own body design from that. Needs a few tweaks, mainly with the arms as they’re a wee bit too short, but overall I’m happy with it! Also, just to note, this is a specifically female body pattern, I plan on making a male body pattern in future too, which will be less curvy =).
Eyes are iron-on transfers (ironed to cotton then glued to the minky fabric for strength), nose and mouth are hand embroidered, both of which I need to practise with as the face is a little derpy XD. Need to practise with clothes too, although I’m pleased with the boots.
Included the original design drawings for funsies =).