Thursday, October 28, 2010

Frankie Stein Baby

I'm all done with my daughters Frankie costume!
I just love love love how it turned out.
I actually made it twice since the first time around it came out just a bit tooo small for her. So I'll be listing the extra one on my etsy in case someone else might want to dress their infant as Frankie someday.
Originally I was going to go to party city and buy the Frankie Costume, but with the popularity of the series and being too close to halloween I just decided to put it together from scrap. I actually found some pretty nice plaid print at Joanns ON SALE!
So I bought extra. XD Good thing too since I had to make it twice. ^_^

I went through Gwendolyn's closet and thought this pink skirt jumper would work nice to draft my pattern. It did, but with me trying to work in a rush I didn't leave much seam allowance and so it turned out just a tad too small for her.
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Second time around I knew I had it right, and got it done in a few hours.
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I also used my surger for the first time. My neighbor was so sweet, donated me her old surger. I still need to do alot of learning with it, but the seam finishing I did with it was awesome.

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After sewing the top and bottom together I worked on the tie. I didn't really have the right fabrics and I forgot to get some when I picked up the Plaid at Joanns, but I thought this remnant worked well.

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Last thing I did was add the belt which is just a half belt sewed at the sides and only to the front.

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I used some studs from an old belt, I was going to use the smaller studs, but I got too impatient and the biggerones I only had to add like three. lol

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I also have alot of MH skulls from the boxes I saved thought to use one on the tie.

I just love my work on this! *squeek*

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And now for the shoes!

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She'll outgrow them soon and they've already got a bunch of scuff spots on them so I had no problem painting them. Although I wish I had some sand paper, the paint would of taken better and I might not have to have given it a bajillion coats. lol.
But I am running out of time so I just went for it.

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Originally I was going to take the stiched up girls stockings and making a small pair for Gwen, but then I found a pair of white tights in her drawer and I just decided to draw on it myself and I like it better than the store bought ones.
They are really terrible quality.
I'm using a pair myself though, when I dress as the bride since I don't have white stockings and I already bought these crappy ones. XD

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Since I repositioned some of the tape before paint instead of replacing it, paint did leak through to the black sides. nOuuuu!
XD

I tried cleaning it up with goobegone
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It does look better, but still you can notice some spill overs on the black.
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In the end all I can say is that I LOVE IT!
and I"m excited for this weekend!

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Here's Frankie with Gwen's shoes.
She approves. =p

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Now all I gota do is figure out my Bride wig!

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

DC Halloween at Monster High

It all started with a random impulse idea to make Draculaura a Harley Quinn outfit for halloween. I've got tons of remnants and while cleaning out my fabric bin I decided I can put them to use making doll clothes. Only problem is, I'm not really crazy about making doll clothes. I'm not very good at it and I get easily frustrated working on such a tiny scale. At the same time I want to try to get better at it and that only happens by practicing.
I've had quite a few people ask about how I made the DC outifts and what patterns I used ect. And although I'm definitely not a pro at this, I want to share my experience and how I went about it and maybe it can help someone else.
(**IF you use this as a guide for your own super hero's, I"d appreciate a link back and I"d love to see your projects!
Thank you!
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First off, I'm a huge vintage pattern and just a pattern collector, I've got file cabinets full of patterns for adults and kids. Maybe a couple of doll patterns.
So I find it useful to reference those patterns whenever I try to draw something on a smaller scale for a doll. This is not particularly easy and there really is no short cut. I draw out the pattern on a piece of paper over a trace sketch of my dolls body.
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That way I can gauge about how big I need to draw the pattern. More likely than not, your first draw isn't going to be the purfect pattern, it's helpful to have cheap scrap fabric to test your pattern on. Or just have extra fabric.
THis is my original draw for the body suit pattern. It includes a sleeve, a collar and a front and back pattern piece for the body suit. It might look like the center hole there is for the neck but it's actually for the sleeve. So that one piece is a front AND back.
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Now this pattern I drew did need adjustments, it was too big in the crotch and upper leg areas. YOu really just have to play with the pattern you draw until you get it they way you want it.
Keep in mind that different kinds of fabrics work differently with certain patterns. So say I wanted to make a Jeans jumpsuit, after adjusting this pattern for the right fit with stretch fabrics, it might not work the same for a fabric that's not so stretchy like jeans.

So after you have a pattern, you can cut it out.
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Now I"m a self taught sewer and I had not idea that for stretchy fabrics it's best to use a stretch stitch until someone told me, so if your new to sewing or new to sewing stretchy stuff make sure you use a stretch stitch which in my case is #02.
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First thing you want to sew is the front seam.
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Then open it up.
This is what it looks like unfolded:
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Then you want to add your sleeves. This is a tricky part. But it's much easier to add the sleeves before you close it up. IF you close it up first, or find that it's too hard to sew in the sleeves with the machine, as you have to work in a circular motion, that's ok, you can simply hand stitch the sleeves in place. I'd rather battle with the circular machine stiching as I find it easier since my hand stitching gets really messy when I'm impatient.
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Since I'm working on red claw body suit, (which only has one sleeve) I'm ready to move on to the next step which is closing your body suit at the shoulder seams. Remeber to hem you your sleeves before stiching them closed.
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After you do this step then you add in the collar, which I didn't take pictures of since Red Claw's suit doesn't have a collar.
YOu simply take your collar piece and fold it in half, you can stitch it together to help it stay in place. Put right sides together with the suit and stitch.

After you add in the collar you want to sew a bit of the back seam like this:
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Then you fold your suit to match up your center seams. Front center seam touching back center seam and then sew up the legs, but remember to hem them first as it's much easier to do that.
When your done it should look like this.
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Then turn it. YOu will need something to help you turn the fabric right side out.
I use this tool I found at Joanns a while back but you can use a seam ripper or a pin even to help you pull it along.
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The last thing I do is sew in the Velcro after I've tried it on the doll to make sure it fits nicely. After making the last adjustments needed, Tadaa!
Super Villan!
XD
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For Riddler, for his pants I basically just cut two rectangles sewed them together diagnaly at a corner for the crotch then opened them up, hemed them, added a waist and sewed up the legs. I didn't take any pictures of this, so I'm sorry if it doesn't make sense I can try to explain it better latter on. When I make pants for Duece as the Joker.

For the shirt I used Holt's shirt as a pattern.

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This is my initial draw, again it's not purfect.
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For the coat I used a barbie ken coat to reference for my pattern.
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I had to play with the sleeves a few times before I finally got them to fit, they are still not right in this finished coat. Too tight and too short.
YOu just have to keep doing it till you get the pattern right, at least this is how I draw/draft... my patterns.
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and here's the whole gang so far:
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This project is going to have to carry on past Halloween because it's around the corner and I still have other unfinished projects, not to mention my daughters Halloween costume. Frankie!
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