For those of you who know my dolls, Senna and Rye, you may know that they incidentally both arrived with eyelashes awry and detached.

And if you know me very well, you may also know that I at a young age developed trichotillomania, an eyelash-pulling addiction (or for some people, other hairs) related to nail biting.  Yes, it’s very strange to anyone who doesn’t have it, and extremely embarassing to talk about.  But as I’m at the 14-year mark of this habit, it’s about time for me to openly address it and deal with it.  It’s genetic, it’s partly unconscious, and very tough to stop.  The main reasons I want to bring up this issue are to make people aware of it, and to let other people who have it know that it’s not their fault and that they aren’t the only ones!

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It’s Christmastime!  What do you know, as soon as finals are over another kind of stress comes around (thank goodness, I passed all my classes with OK grades) and it is a time to be busy busy busy.  Although, I will admit I haven’t been doing all that much since being home because of continuing motivational issues I’ve had all semester.  A small exception to that has been the duty of sending a Christmas card from my dolls to other dolls through a Den of Angels xmas card exchange.

While Rye’s “secret santa” receiver is a tiny Puki who likes candy, all we know about Senna’s recipient is that he is a DZ Floy SD and his owner likes camping.  Alas, we decided that we should make a sleeping bag for him.

Here pictured are Rye (70 cm, 28″) and Senna (60 cm, 24″) and you can see that 45″ fabric is perfectly suitable for the 60 cm doll along the crosswise grain.  If I were to try to construct Rye his own sleeping bag… ehhh, that would be a very different, and bigger, story.

I first cut a half yard of quilted cotton which ended up being perfectly sized to encase Senna in.:)

I also cut half yard x 22″ pieces each of the lining and outer fabrics.

I first basted the fabrics to the quilted cotton along the edges, then sewed on those horizontal straight lines you commonly see patterning sleeping bags:

I then sewed the top and bottom edges of the casing, right sides together, and added the little elastic rings to the bottom (that allow you to keep the sleeping bag rolled).

The next and most mentally challenging step was sewing the bottom edge of the sleeping bag:

Finally, the zipper was added and I used a 22″ one, the longest type available at the sewing store.

Woo! Sleeping bag complete =)

We also made a little pillow of fleece to match – nothing complicated.:)

Double layered padding makes it warm~

Wouldn’t you rather be sleeping comfortably if you were a doll?  Buy one from my store here!  ^___^

Being that it is 9 months after Valentine’s day, they say many people’s birthdays are around this time of year.  It’s really a bummer to get your birthday bundled together with Christmas, but even worse to get slammed with finals when you wish you could be celebrating.  Anyhow, I just found out that it was my good friend’s birthday yesterday, so I had to put something together quickly which integrates building things with a passion for muffins.

Sewing – hot glue – cardboard – lots of adjustments

Miniscule watch pieces from ebay:

Some of the pieces were too tiny to even fit through the needle!

Due to the tiny, rigid, and very poky nature of the metal parts, I would recommend this to be used as anything BUT a squeezable plush.  Maybe a pin cushion at best?

I know how to make it better next time, and although it took a lengthy 5 hours to assemble I think it’s cute enough to try to sell on etsy. =)

The fact of the matter is; I DID have my Halloween costume (i.e. my Stagecraft final project)  fully completed by the time the occasion came around.  I just never had a chance to photograph it until now!

[insert design sketches which I have misplaced]

I have unfortunately been inactive on this blog for a record of 2 weeks, and right now I should be studying for my last final.  But I’m just here to post pictures, and a picture post is better than no post!  =)  I have a very large lineup of projects waiting to be written up.  @__@

Outfit parts:

Bonnet

Corset

Skirts

and the shirt I planned to copy, but did not have time.

Question: why is the corset satin so scrunched/ruched?
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That was entirely not on purpose, but being my first corset it seems to be that I did not line up the outer fabric firmly enough with the lining. This has resulted in scrunching due to it not being taughtly sewn. I plan to redo the binding though which was very rushed in time for the holiday, so hopefully the problem will be mended.:)


Keep an eye out for a post on how I made the bonnet!

Corset – this took me ~ 13 hours to complete.  See my post on making your own corset pattern very easily, which was the method I used =)  I also tried to make it reversible:

Skirts – the overskirt was a very simple assembly of a few pieces.  The muslin skirt with ruffling took approx. 3 yards of muslin to make it a very full circle skirt, and I used McCall’s pattern 8095 as the base.

Bow – a long piece of satin ♥

This part of my Costume Crafts class has been one of the most exciting.  With a material called Varaform, a unique patented plastic, you can make any shape you want by heating it up in warm water to make it completely pliable.  When it cools, it’s hard again!  It also sticks to itself. =)  The unfortunate part is, it’s about $60/yd so you better have the budget to back your project.

The first thing we did was take plaster casts of our faces using first amalgam and then plaster strips to harden the mold to keep its shape.  We then poured plaster into the casts and voila – we have sculptures of our faces to use for mask making forevermore!

For my own mask, I had a really hard time deciding on just one design to go with… I settled on a “steampunk” theme, because I know that’s a pretty popular look nowadays.  The most difficult part of that decision was finding parts!  The gears they sell on ebay are generally from watches and are especially tiny.

So I was left to dismantle the only unwanted gadgety item in my room – my old rice cooker. The lid broke two years ago, the pot got lost, and it’s not really good for anything.  XD  90% of the decorations on this mask are rice cooker parts!  Screws, springs, metal parts, strangely shaped things.

(the rest are snaps or grommets, leather scraps and velvet)

This technique works on both real people and dolls =)  And it is super EASY!

This tutorial is shown on Senna, a doll with a Senior Delf body.  You’ll need a partner to help you do it on yourself:)

Materials

  1. Spare t-shirt to be cut up  (or for a doll, a piece of fabric)
  2. roll of duct tape
  3. sharpie/pen
  4. non-fabric scissors

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