Felted Bigwig

I did get some sewing done today – not ideally as much as I should have – but some, so I’ll have a proper post tomorrow.  For now, here’s another little felted animal I made today – it’s Bigwig, from Watership Down (my favorite book.)

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He stands about 2″ tall.  I wanted to make him all scarred and lop-eared, but it was too small for me to do any detail.  Still, I quite adore him. 😀

felted wool cat

I was bad last week and I didn’t update the blog even once… sorry!  I am working on a few things, but I seem to have hit roadblocks on every project I’ve started lately and that combined with some unexpected busyness in real life means I haven’t gotten a whole lot of sewing done.

My mum recently started to learn how to felt wool, to make little creatures and such, so I gave that a try with her today.  Here’s my first crack at it.

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If you’re wondering what it’s supposed to be, it’s an evil kitty sitting on a flying cloud.  He flies around and sees into your soul with his empty, sinister eyes.  Anyhow, not too bad for my first attempt at this felting stuff – although I did poke enough holes in my fingers to make a sieve in the process.

Anime Central is coming up in mid-May already – yikes!  It really crept up on me!  I’m going with my little sister again this year and I’ve been planning, but not working on our costumes yet.  I’ll be making two for her, at least one for me, and one for my other sister, who’s going to come and hang out with us for a day.  So I’ve got quite a lot to do in the next few weeks – I’ve just started one of the costumes but I’m not very far yet, because of, as I said, unexpected roadblocks.  I’m hoping to get a good start with what remains of this week, because I’m going to be out of town my next off-week, and after that, it’s April already!

petit oiseau bleu

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I actually made this forever ago – it was around the same time as this one; I was doing a theme.  Last weekend I found a bag of embroidery stuff in my bedroom and this little surprise was inside!  I had forgotten about it!  I think I meant to redo the knots, but lost track of it.  I can’t get the hang of french knots.

red velvet… shoes!

Have I mentioned (recently) my addiction to velvet?

I bought some shoes at the thrift store a while back with the intention of remaking them into 18th century-style shoes.  They’re not perfect, but they had a decent heel shape and were my size.  Last night I finally got around to tackling that small-but-n0t-so-small project.

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Here’s the before – not too shabby, actually.  They almost worked as they were.  I had an idea of removing and saving the lace appliqués because they were fairly nice, but they were glued on pretty solidly and I had to hack them off.

First step was to remove the heel cap and the under part of the shoe.

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I was a little too enthusiastic and I tore one of them (oops!)  Not unsalvageable, though.

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The underside of the shoe with its skin removed.

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I traced a rough pattern out of some muslin and then cut it out of my red velvet.  My original plan was to redo the shoes in a more neutral color – I was thinking a white brocade or something pretty similar to how they started out – and that way I could simply switch out the ribbon to make them match any outfit.  I found to my dismay that I didn’t have anything in my stash that would suit… but I did still have most of the red velvet dress I previously cut up for my Dark Odette costume, and once it caught my eye, it refused to let go.

I used some scraps of denim as well to reinforce the tongue and the side tabs.

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Covering!

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And… covered!  To be honest, up close, they’re not as pretty as I’d like.  The perils of using hot glue.  Instead of covering the heels with fabric (I couldn’t figure out how to remove the heel and it was past midnight so I didn’t want to risk making a bunch of noise) I painted them with black fabric paint, which unfortunately gives them a plasticky look close up.  But from a distance it doesn’t look horrible.

I used a buttload of glue to get the bottom shoe piece reattached, and spent a good hour fighting with the heel caps to get them back on.  I imagine the process would have been a lot better with the aid of a hammer.

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Here they are plain as they come, before grommeting.  They’re not actually as big and bulky as they look, they just make my ankles look tremendously skinny.

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Turned out I had left my grommet tool at my mum’s, so I had to stop over there today to get the grommets put in.  Ta-da!  I tied them with some white ribbon and I love the color combo, but I love even more the idea that I can use any color ribbon I want to tie them to whatever outfit I’m wearing!  And let’s be honest – red velvet shoes are so fabulous that it doesn’t even matter if they don’t match my dress, right?

 

My goal for tomorrow is to get the hat to match my blue round gown done.  The trim on that dress is still in progress.  I may have the whole outfit finished this week. 😀

sneak peak

costume #2 for ACen – can you guess who I’m going to be?

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I’ve often said that I enjoy a challenge.  what that really means is that I like to challenge myself – for instance, by deciding that with less than a full week (besides work days) to go until the con, I wanted a second costume to wear on Sunday, since we’ll be going both days.  so in picking a costume, I was specifically looking for something I could make in less than a day (although in reality it took me two whole days.  but still.)

anyway, I’ll do a proper post on it probably after ACen, when I have some photos to share.

Ciel gown – finished product

I found my camera (hiding in a bag of sewing junk – what a surprise) so I actually have some good photos of a project for once!  at least, as good as they get considering I’ve got no talent for photography.  If I take a picture without getting my thumb in front of the lens that’s pretty good for me!

anyhow, here it is – the Ciel “roses” ball gown for Anime Central 2014!

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(it sits crooked on my dress form, I don’t know why.  I fussed with every layer for a half hour and couldn’t get it to lay right.  perhaps because it fits my body, which is not a dress form, perfectly?)

there are several layers to this costume.

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first is the under petticoat and my “bustle” – a bum pad that I found in a box, I can’t for the life of me remember what costume I wore it with before!  the petticoat is my Jasmine petticoat from way back when.  I recall saying at the time that I might wear this over a bustle someday… I probably wasn’t imagining something like this costume, though!

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the underskirt.  I draped the pattern for this on my dress form; it’s pretty simple, two panels and two gores, with a small train.  the back is just pleated where the bustle sits.  the pleats on this sucker drove me nuts, and I ran out of fabric and luckily was able to get a little more in the same color.

 

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the top skirt, also draped on top of the other two skirts to ensure that the shape and the gathers were just right.  it was a fussy process, and I’m less pleased with the end result than I’d like, but I think I did as much as I could with my choice of fabric.  I wanted two layers of pleats on this skirt, too, but I simply didn’t have enough fabric.  I put a giant bow and some frills on the back just because.  this is supposed to be a big, frilly, girly dress.  nothing says girly like an ass bow with roses, right?

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the whole ensemble.  it is a little crooked, but not so much on me as it is in these pictures.  the back does lace shut.

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I made the little choker/neck frill thing from scraps of my ivory fabric.  then I went digging through my bags and bags of ribbon stash, only to find that I don’t have a single thin pink ribbon.  I did, however, have this frilly pink piece of trim, so I went with it.

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and last but not least, the hat.  I covered a straw hat from Michael’s with the pink fabric.  by this point, I was nearly out of the ivory – down to scraps and worrying about how I was going to finish my pleats – but luckily, I had some really lovely silk in a nearly identical color, so the hat is lined with that and the bow is from silk.  I feel like the cotton would have looked a little cheap; the silk brings a nice fancy touch to the hat.  the roses under the brim only go round the front of the hat, and I stuck some in the back just for fun.  I still have some roses left over from that bouquet I butchered; I may do a little more trimming before I call this project complete.

 

whew!  now that this beast is past me, I’ve got another costume to get cracking on right away – my sister’s!  I worked on it a little already, but I’ll save it as a surprise, and cover it in another post once I’ve made some real progress.

a bit of embroidery.

I felt like practicing my embroidery this morning, that’s all.

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I can’t quite get the hang of french knots. >_>;

also, I know it looks like an orange pig, but it was suppose to be a fox.  I probably should have added a tail…