I’m gearing up to start my sewing for convention season! If all goes as planned, I’ll be selling at three conventions:
HeroesCon in Charlotte, NC June 7-9
Dragon*Con in Atlanta, August 30-September 2
NC Comicon in Durham, NC November 9-10
I’ll also be attending GI Joe Con in Indianapolis. On my birthday. Because I am a nice girlfriend who does that on her birthday for her boyfriend. (I’m kidding, I loves me some conventions and I’m getting treated to a mini shopping spree at Kokomo Toys.) I won’t have a booth at GI Joe Con, but I will be bringing some cuddly friends with me for the room-to-room trading, mostly GI Joe as well as some other beloved 80’s buddies.
So here is my tentative list of the what I’ll have available. If you can’t make it to a convention to see me in person, I will have limited numbers of each character available in my Etsy shop.
Excited! You can check out pictures of convention dolls I’ve made before on my Flickr page. I’m also working on refining my My Little Pony pattern, so look for those too!
I have been an extremely busy bee! As Heroes Con and Dragon Con are drawing closer, I’ve been spending every spare moment attached to my sewing machine and turning out batches of cuddly friends. Here are two of the largest batches I’ve made:
Ninja Turtles! Shredder had better watch out with all these little guys after him. They are so fun to make, the little shells and bandannas come out so adorable. Plus, who can say no to teeny plus nunchucks? Nobody, that’s who!
I absolutely had to make a big batch of zombies for Dragon Con! It’s held in Atlanta, which is also where AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is filmed. This zombie hoard is decidedly cuter, and less pungent!
This is only half of the plush zombie hoard! I have twenty-two cuddly brain eaters with removable guts. Each one has a unique set of gross features with skull faces, bloody mouths, wormy friends, eyes dripping goo, and various injuries. These are probably my favorite thing to make, which might be cause for concern…
I’ll be putting a limited number of these, as well as a few of the other dolls I’ve made, on my Etsy shop this weekend.
This was a custom order I was really excited to do! I love Firefly
, and Kaylee is one of my favorite characters. (It’s so hard to choose a favorite on this show, everyone is so fun and rounded out!)
I think what I like most about Kaylee is that she can be girly but doesn’t mind getting dirty either. She loves her job as a mechanic and the adventure of being out in space with the crew, and her skills can get her a lot of respect. (One of my favorite scenes is her surrounded by admirers while discussing the pros and cons of various ship components, especially since she had been snubbed by the fancy girls for her store-bought dress.) Kaylee is sweet and positive and seems to be able to find the good in people even when they have trouble seeing it themselves. She’s a good balance between the feminine and refined Inara and strong and always self-assured Zoe; naive and unsure at times but not treated like a child.
The doll was based on Kaylee’s outfit in the pilot. She has a floral top under her removable jacket. She also has a little stuffed strawberry, no doubt snuck from Shepard Book’s payment. Her coveralls have a teeny teddy bear applique. Her hair is done in two little buns.
Since I had so much fun with this doll, I wanted to something else as a little homage to Kaylee.
I started with Kaylee’s everyday mechanic outfit, trying to keep the theme with the utilitarian jeans and roughed up boots. Since Kaylee has her girly side too, I added the frilly top as a nod to her over the top gown in Shindig
. (That dress is hilarious but a little much for everyday wear). I added a jacket similar to the one Kaylee wears on Persephone in the pilot episode to incorporate some of the Chinese influence through the show. I also like the contrast of the floaty floral jacket with the slim pants and boots. Being the mechanic, of course I had to add a little wrench ring.
I have a few more cute plush ladies I want to feature, so check back for more cuddly dolls and outfits!
Or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, if you want to be technical.
This little guys are the first of the dolls completed for NC Comicon
, and I’m a little bummed I won’t be keeping them. Despite all my incredibly girlish hobbies and tendencies, I did watch a ton of “boys” cartoons growing up and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was one of my favorites. (I’m still a little tomboyish about television and movies; I love zombie movies and I can’t watch a romantic movie without making puke noises. Because I am so mature.) I found this green fleece online and immediately knew it had to be turtles.
Donatello was my favorite, I think mostly because purple was my favorite color as a kid. He’s also a big geek, so that doesn’t hurt. I think my favorite part was always the the incredibly unrealistic inventions he would create, most of them pure deus ex machina. His voice actor, Barry Gordon, also did work is several other of my favorite cartoons, including Darkwing Duck and Swat Kats.
Each of the turtles has a little plush version of their signature weapon, held on with hook and loop tape so they’re removable. I think Michelangelo’s little nunchucks are my favorite.
Now I just need to make them some little plush pizza for a snack.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been getting the last of my custom orders done in order to start getting ready for selling at NC Comicon
the first weekend of November. I always get a good selection of interesting charcters with customs, and it seems like I’ve had an overload of aliens lately…
Oh em gee, I am super happy with how little Doop came out. I think I captured his absolute redonkulousness, along with his vacant stare. Doop is one of those dolls I had way too much fun making. He’s about 16″ tall and, like all my dollies, has jointed arms. Jointed arms are especially good for flailing while following your boyfriend around the house and repeatedly singing “doop doop doop doop doop doop” until he loses his mind. I think “Nerdy ways to irritate your boyfriend” is so going to be a new blog feature.)
I love his weird, buggy eyeballs. You don’t even know.
Kit was actually for Stitch Wars Strikes Back
at the Bear and Bird Gallery
. He didn’t sell and I’m totally disappointed to have his adorableness in my house again. Devasted. He’s not at all cuddly and loveable and I do not squee girlishly about his head tentacles. (Headacles? That doesn’t sound right.) He also did not sit with me and watch the aquatic episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
I think Marvin is the most “mainstream” of the alien plush. He looks a little cranky about it.
Here’s Starro to give you a big hug… and control your brain and subvert your will. But mostly hugs!
Come on, give him a little smooch.
Making Adventure Time plush for other people was super fun (see PB and Lady here and Finn and Jake here). But you know what was even more fun? Making a Marceline for me to keep!
As much as I sew, I rarely get to make things for myself. Most of what I make is custom orders or for sale at conventions or on my Etsy
shop. (Speaking of conventions, I’ll be at NC Comicon
in November, come see me!) I love sewing for other people and it’s a good thing I don’t keep everything I make because I would be buried in dolls, but I’ve been so busy lately and now I’m gearing up for a plush-a-thon in preparation for NC Comicon and the holidays. With all that, I decided to recharge a littly by making something just for myself.
I used the same pattern I drafted for Princess Bubblegum to make Marceline, as well as modifying the dress pattern. I’m really happy with how the jointed necks are working out, so I may be making more characters in this size eventually. Other than the neck modification, which Marceline especially needed to show off her bites, the body is pretty similiar to the body I use for the regular female plush. She stands about 25″ tall, most of the height coming from her legs.
I made the clothing removable so I can make her more outfits in the future. One of the little things I like about Adventure Time is that they do bother to make different outfits for the characters. (Finn, being a 13 year old boy, probably does just wear the same clothes all the time.) Her outfit from Henchmen is top of the list if I can find the right fabric for her tights.
She’s very cuddly for a vampire queen, but don’t tell anybody.
Plush Finn and Jake can’t just go galavanting about the land of Ooo all alone, right?
Duh, they have to have PB and Lady Rainicorn to rescue from the Ice King and his terrible fanfiction and explain the difference between Xanoids and Plantoids. Ya ding dong.
Since PB is a princess, she has to rock out in her sweet crown.
She also has two little dresses, in case she wants to mix it up a little.
When she has important royal business to attend to, so can ride off on Lady Rainicorn. Who is huge. I’m serious, check this out.
I think she ended up being a little over 60″ long. I really didn’t intend to make her that hugely long and it took forever to sew all those strips of fleece together. Despite that, I totally want to make another one. Princess Bubblegum is about 25″ tall, so a little taller than the plush Finn. She’s the first plush I’ve done with an actual neck that’s jointed, and it turned out pretty well.
So far, these have been customs and I’m only able to enjoy them for a short time. These were so fun to make I need to make some for myself. I think I’m going to have to carve out the time to make myself a plush Marceline the Vampire Queen. Is there a cuter idea than a little plush axe bass?
Now is the time to do the Almost Through My Commissions Dance. As much as I totally love making customs and all the amazing and weird character requests I get, I haven’t had a chance to make what I want to make in MONTHS. I’ll be taking a break from customs until early November to prepare for selling at NC Comicon and to get my Etsy shop stocked for the holidays! Keep an eye out for lots of new characters, some old favorites, and other fun things.
Until then, bask in the amazingness that is Futurama plush.
Bender, as was to be expected, was a pain in the BUTT! I think I went through five versions before I was happy with how he looked. Version four was great except for being about 3″ too tall, which I didn’t realize until I was most of the way done and set him down next to Fry. Argh.
I am so pleased with how little Zoidberg turned out, especially the little sandals and face tentacles. Who knew face tentacles could be so cute? Making him used up the last of this peachy colored fleece though, so I’m on the hunt for more.
Of course you can’t have Futurama without little Fry. I love his ridiculous hair. Now I’m going to go try not to think of the episode with Fry’s doggie Seymour and …. oh crap now I have to go cry. (The end of the Wikipedia article
has links to articles about real dogs who for years for their dead masters. Wikipedia what did I ever do to you?)
I am so freaking excited to be in my first ever gallery show, I feel like a real artist. Also there are some insanely awesome and talented people involved and my stuff gets to hang out near their stuff and be friends. Maybe our toys will have slumber parties.
Stitch Wars opening night was this past Friday, August 12th. I really wish I could have made it, but Florida is a bit of a drive and as supportive as Bats is I don’t think he would have been down for a twelve hour trip. What a loser. I’ll just have to enjoy it through the magic of the internet.
I made three dolls for the show, a Kit Fisto and a Yoda and Luke on Dagobah.
I had to make Luke a little bigger than the usual dolls so Yoda wouldn’t have to be so tiny. Luke is about 21″ tall compared to my usual size of 17″.
I found this really really great rough muslin for Luke’s pants and Yoda’s robe. That makes me happy, which is how you know I’m a big fabric nerd on top of being a big Star Wars nerd. I am like a totem pole of nerdosity.
Luke has a little backpack so Yoda can ride along and make cryptic and generally unhelpful comments. The pack attaches across the front with velcro so it can also be removed as well.
The original Kit I did as a commission was so popular and came out so well I had to make another one for this show. He has some small changes; a different robe and spotty tentacles. The head is jointed and the lightsaber attaches to his hand with velcro. Added bonus, his lightsaber is fun to hit people with. Also, I’m making a million more Kit Fistos because they are so freaking cute I’m going to explode.