Monday, December 20, 2010

Gloomy Bear Apron

I am hosting a Glommy Bear themed swap over on DoA and the very lovely Izarra was kind enough to share some patterns from her collection.
The pattern link is shared here: It will likely need to be resized for your doll.

I wanted to post sorta a how-to-pic tutorial with some sewing instruction, for anyone who might need a little help putting it together. (Particularly for those who have joined my swap)
I have no idea how it's actually put together, but this is how I did it. I also scaled it down for a 1/6 size doll (my liv doll, Milla, will be modeling it). It was a little tedious, and probably easier for a 1/4size doll or bigger.

First you want to size the pattern to your doll, then print and cut out.
(For the Gloomy's eyes, nose, blood, ears and claws I used felt. )
I started with the front apron piece by adding some trim

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Then I sewed the two back pieces to the front

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Next I machine basted the skirt to ease in and gathered the fabric. Doing so, will allow the skirt to measure up with the wasitband so you can sew them together. I sewed the ruffles together with the waistband when sewing it to the skirt, so I kinda rushed a step here and missed a pic or two.
This is after it's done:

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I also cheated in a way, I didn't make my own ruffles - as the pattern calls. I had some ruffled trim from past projects I was able to use.

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AFter it's done:

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NOw you add the waist band ties. (In my trial, I kinda made them too short, The bow doesn't have long enough tails when it's tied up, so be sure to leave it extra long)

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Front so far:

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Now on to the Gloomy part:
I put the felt claws between my two pieces and sewed it together.

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Right side/wrong side views
Turning the sleeves is tough on this small scale, I used a seam ripper to help me turn.

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one set of claws turned out kinda wacky. I was kinda rushing it... and.. I still like it. =] So I didn't bother to fix it.

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Next I hand stitched the felt facial features. I used embroidery floss as I was testing with big stitches, but you can uses regular thread for a more invisible stitch.

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I added the ears between the two layers and sewed together. Leave opening on the bottom to turn.
(The ears were hand darted in the center)

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I stitched the arms to the head:

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Then stitched it to the skirt:

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Hey, it's almost done! Just need some shoulder straps.

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Which I also cheated on as I used some decorative trim.

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So I didn't realize until it was done that the blood on the gloomy mouth is a little lobsided. =/
but I still am very happy with it.

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Now it just needs a lil ironing. ^_^

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My top stiching on the bear head is a lil sloppy looking, but it was kinda a rush work, that Milla is thrilled with. She wants to keep it....


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But I"m working on some Barbie clothes for my neice for Xmas, and I think I"m going to trow this in the mix.

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Thanks for reading, I hope this comes helpful to you.
If you find that it does, I"d appreciate a link back!

-Catz

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Yarn wigs and BJD Swaps

I recently ordered my first ABJD and I've been so thrilled I don't even know where to start as far as making her some clothes.
I'm fairly new to sewing doll clothes, (I staretd with MH this summer) but being as how I have some sewing background I think I do a decent job, so I went a lil crazy and joined a few swaps on DoA.
I'm even hosting my own right now (Gloomy Bear themed) which I'm reallly thrilled for.
So why am I joining all these swaps instead of making my own doll clothes you might wonder, well It's just more fun this way. I also find it a little hard to be inspired without having her here to play with. AND I can always make myself doll clothes, but I might not always have the chance to be able to trade with someone from another country, with different fashion ideas or best of all someone with ten times my experience level.
Of course there's always the chance of getting a 'waaaap wwwaaaa waaaap' not so great item, but I think if there's obvious effort put into it and good thoughts on their end we don't really need to go there. I'm not purfect either.

These swaps have really modivated me to try different things. Every swap I've done so far I've made something I've never made before. And I loved the end results so much I didn't even want to send them out. That's how I know they are good gifts, I just hope my partners feel the same. xD
I'm keeping a photo log of all the things I've made on my flickr.
Since I've noticed some people don't take or post pictures of the gifts they get.
And I like them so much I need to have some photoproof. XD

For the X-mas swap I just finished, I really loved the items.
I spent a great deal of time on them, especially the yarn wig I made. The only thing on my partners wish list was a wig and I can't really afford to spend money, so I decided to try out this Yarn wig Tutorial I found on Flickr.
I didn't follow it completley, and used an amigurumi method for the base cap, but basically that's how it can be done.
I am sooo happy with it, I love it love it love it.

I took some pictures along the progress.

After I crochet my cap I was a little discouraged adding that one string of "hair" OMG this is going to take forever, that's what I was thinking.
(I used a latchhook method with a crochet hook.)
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But surprisingly, 30 min later I had hair all around the cap. At least it only felt like 30min.
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I used Diegos head for sizing, who has a head circumference of ~22cm. Similar to my Swap partner's doll.
This is after getting hair all around the cap.
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Side view:
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Side back:
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I was starting to run low on yarn so that is actually all the latchooking I did.
I used the rest of the yarn to create a good size weft to cover the rest of the head.
This is after the weft is sewen on:

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Covers it all up in the back~

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I sewed the part more to the side:

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Then I decided I wanted to add a bit of "gothic" and made some dreads.

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It's so wonderful and I loved it so much,
I had to try it on my OC Catz~
before I packed it up. XD
She loved it. Of course it's huge on her. I aimed for roughly a knee length dress.

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See more photos at my Flickr

I can't wait for my partner to get it!
Thanks for reading!
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