Other Craftiness

Thoughts on Costuming (or The Writer Also Sews)

Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 in Other Craftiness | 5 comments

I’ve recently gotten very involved in costuming. I’ve always enjoyed making costumes, but now I’m actually being paid for my work. Yay! So, being the research addict that I am, I’ve been bouncing about the Internet reading costuming blogs and whatnot. I was over at Historical Sewing and read an article on the biggest mistakes a costumer can make. I also read all the comments people had added. Some were quite discouraged by the article; in trying to point out that I thought the author was just trying to show areas where small changes could make a difference, I started...

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She Writes … And Plays with Dolls Too (Part 2)

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in Other Craftiness | 1 comment

In my previous post I said I’d go through a doll-making from beginning to end. Here’s how I do it 🙂 First I start with a simple one-piece doll pattern. I drafted it myself (as I’d like to sell these someday, I wanted to make sure I wasn’t using anybody else’s pattern) and cut it from plain muslin. I usually use my sewing machine to make the body, although I have also done the body completely by hand. While I sew the clothes by hand, I dislike doing the doll that way. It takes forever because I can’t use a simple running stitch as I do with the...

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She Writes … and Plays with Dolls Too (Part 1)

Posted by on Sep 16, 2013 in Other Craftiness | 1 comment

So I’ve been taking a semi-forced break from writing recently. Not because I wanted to, but because my characters haven’t been talking to me, the plot has several holes large enough to run a herd of cattle through, and I need to sit down and read several books for research purposes, but haven’t had the focus to do so. Homeschooling also started in full swing. I decided to give my brain something else creative to chew on for a while instead. It seems everybody is making plushies nowadays. I’ve seen some awfully cute ones of hobbits and Time Lords and consulting...

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