A Bit of a Departure

2 11 2013

Normally, I’m just into piecing and quilting.

Kiddo’s birthday is coming up at the end of the month, though, and I wanted to make him something. There isn’t much that I’ve made specifically for Zeb, and I figure that it’s time to start rectifying that. Part of that is motivated by the knowledge that I’m just not going to be able to dress kiddo off the rack. He’s tall and skinny, and promises to just get taller.

So, I’m reasonably sure that apparel sewing is in my future…

And I’m trying to convince myself that I can do it by tackling other, non-quilty projects.

Like softies:

Meet BlackMeet Black.

Kiddo’s already seen him, and has taken him with to go visit with Grandma this weekend. I plan on making a kitty softie to be friends with Black, and clothes for them to dress in.

I’m using Shiny Happy World’s Dress Up Bunch patterns, available here. Black is from the Meep pattern. I just forgot to fold over the ears when I sewed them into the head. Overall, I’m very happy with the pattern instructions for Meep. They were detailed and well-illustrated, with the exception of forgetting to remind users to reverse the pattern pieces when tracing out the leg pieces and back panels – one needs to flip over the pattern and trace the reverse image to successfully end up with two legs, and not just four leg pieces, or two panels for the same half of the back. Mind you, this isn’t a problem if you’re using a fabric where there is no wrong-side, but it’s very important when using a print or a faux fur, like I did. Thankfully, I had enough foresight to think things through before I got to cutting.

By the way – faux fur?

My sewing area still looks like I murdered a Muppet. And I’m pretty sure I got stray fur up my nose, and I desperately needed a shower after finishing Black, so that I wouldn’t feel like I did after installing fiber glass insulation in my father’s attic (which is to say, itching like I’d rolled in poison ivy). That stuff got everywhere, and my work areas are covered in shiny pastel blue remains. And that’s after vacuuming everything.

Anyway – for those of you who are interested in trying your hands at making softies, I would definitely recommend the Dress Up Bunch patterns – they’re even 25% off through 04 November 2013, using coupon code HANDMADEHOLIDAY.

I’ll take some in progress photos of my next softie attempt. I’ll be using that blue faux fur again, I think, but different fabric for the face. Black uses reclaimed fabric from some jeans where the inner thighs wore out for his face. I want to use up the entire half yard of each of the faux furs I bought, so I’ll be putting the extra softies away, just waiting for a certain newborn to grow old enough to appreciate them.

Alternatively, I’m considering making these, and clothes, and opening an Etsy shop. Black wasn’t so time-consuming that I hated it, or resented the time invested. Really, it took me about two hours. With practice, that’ll be even less.

Speaking of… I have another quarter yard of that blue faux fur to start working with.




2 responses

3 11 2013
Susan @TheBoredZombie.com

Very nice! Murdered a Muppet! Ha! That is exactly what that faux fur looks like.

3 11 2013
Grey Cat Quilts

It totally is! Even worse, I have to make at least one more softie out of bright pink faux fur, so it’ll be a double homicide.

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