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“Holly” a Monster High Skelita Repaint for the holidays!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends south of the border where they are no doubt enjoying family and food and fun πŸ™‚ May it be healthy and happy for you all!

I have just finished and listed a Skelita Monster High. In honour of the holidays, her name is Holly.

She wears a nod to the Nordic countries ofΒ Europe and their Christmas celebrations with an evergreen crown festooned with candles.

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It gets better πŸ™‚

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Now it just needs some berries!

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I gave Holly a couple of holly leaf and berry motifs on her ankle and her shin …

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And here she is in full Christmas regalia!

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Holly is currently available in my Etsy shop. Here’s a link:

Holly on Etsy

Thanks for reading and Happy Holidays!

~awsumgal

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New Project :) Vintage Batgirl!

It’s finally time for Batgirl-Batman’s most helpful female companion!

The version I’m going to try and create is the wonderful looking character portrayed by Yvonne Craig in the mid 1960’s.

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I’ve been watching old Batman episodes on Youtube, getting a good grounding in what she’s wearing, and now everything in my head is punctuated by Biff, Blam and Pow in giant cartoony letters, lol!

Batgirl, as we all remember, wears an awesome royal purple sparkly stretch unitard with a purple cape lined in golden yellow, a purple hood with ears, darker purple partial facemask, purple gloves and purple kitten heeled boots. And of course her golden utility belt.

The first challenge was the fabric for the skin tight suit itself. Even choosing the right colour for it was something not to be taken lightly, because depending on what promo photo you were looking at, sometimes it looked positivelt blue and some times royal purple. After watching the episodes and looking through as many pics as I can find,Β I’m sold that it’s royal purple πŸ™‚

The skintight suit needed to be made out of stretchy fabric and this proved difficult to find until I stumbled upon Funkifabrics. They’re fabrics are terrific quality and worth every penny (or pound, as they’re in the UK!) Even then though, it’s a leap of faith in terms of colour. You know, colours on your monitor may not be as they appear yada, yada….

Life’s risky, so you know, dive in. Take the risk, order the fabric, lol! Wait by the mailbox until it arrives…..

Then it arrives,

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it couldn’t be more perfect! This stuff is amazing!Happy joy dance ensues.

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Back to work now though. Focus, pay attention, me, not you!

The cape. Hmm, the cape. At first, I though, yes right, now as few seams as possible, do it circular.

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I’ll add weights to the hem points so that it drapes. The purple silk I’m using is happy to drape. Not so much the stretchy gold lame. Hmm. I know it needs weights! So I sew drapery weights very carefully on the inside of the cape. I turn it right side out. Looks a little like a squid, lol! Cute, sort of, but you know not a cape. So ok, now it needs lines of stitching between each batty panel. So I try that. It hangs like a fatigued squid now.

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So, no, go away and think some more.

Shelve the squid!

Rethink your earlier disdain for seams. Silk is (a least in this instance) thin and so, seams can be handled! Below, is a non-circular paneled version…

So I try again with panels, and I do it with lovelyΒ purple silk and the gold lame. And then I realize, the metallic gold lame is wrong. I mean, her cape is not metallic. Yes, it’s gold and it’s shiny like satin, but not metallic gold. It’s shiny like satin. So duh, how about some butter yellow golden satin then? Preferably silk.

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(The silk I used in the above example is gorgeous, and amazing, but it has an inherent stiffness and doesn’t, yes, you guessed it, drape!)

So off to the fabric store. They don’t of course have butter yellow golden silk. (I seem to have a little trouble finding exactly what I want. Maybe I’m just super picky…. yup, that’s probably it.) But, they do have dye! And I have lovely white silk satin at home. Who doesn’t, lol!

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So now silk is quietly turning a lovely yellow hue even as I write this. When it’s all dry I can continue on with the sewing πŸ™‚ In the above pic, the brightest yellow is the dyed silk, (still wet, it dries slightly lighter) the white piece is an example of how polyesther doesn’t take dye (at all) and the lovely but too stiff silk I already had πŸ™‚

Until next time πŸ™‚

Thanks for reading!

~awsumgal

 

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Desperately Seeking Susan Skull Case – Bigger!

Well, it was bound to happen at some point. I’m making a case like Susan’s only this time, it’s not for a doll, it’s for an actual human!

Now for those of you who know me, this is extremely unusual. I work small, smaller than Barbie small. I like to work tiny and get caught up in ridiculously small details. Not this this time. This time it’s big! About 15 inches wide big πŸ™‚

I’ve bought a vintage lockable round case in black (of course) and will be refurbishing it, cleaning up the hardware and the handle and refitting the interior in pink silk and of course painting the skull heads front and back and the dancing skellies around the sides.

Here is the case before.

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It’s in pretty great shape as it is. It has no markings, so I don’t know how old it is or who made it. It shipped from France but I don’t know if that’s where it originally came from. The hardware and the leather layered handle make me think 50’s maybe 60’s but I’m not really sure.

The handle will need some love πŸ™‚

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The first thing I did was give it a cleaning. I just wiped gently with a damp cloth initially to get any dust and light dirt off. (Honestly, It didn’t even look like it needed even that!) I did notice some blacking on my cloth which made me wonder if someone had touched up the colour at some point, but it made no difference to the colour of the case, so I’m not concerned about that πŸ™‚

The stitched edging had lost some of it’s blacking as well, it’s even more pronounced in the pic than in real life, so I’ve redone that and it looks much more presentable!

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I tested the locks and springs and they are in great working condition but they have lost their chroming and shine, not surprisingly. I thought I might be able to shine them up by just cleaning off the metal of rust and dirt, but the shiny silver was of course a coating long since gone by the wayside in whatever travels this case has enjoyed in the past. A dull grey is all I’m going to get going that route. I considered replacing all of the hardware, but it was a fruitless search. Different styles, slightly different sizes, and different finishes πŸ™

The hardware, feet and locks and so on, are all riveted through the case. This means that the replacements need to be the very same size as the originals. No small feat I can tell you! Different hardware would necessitate more rivet holes through the case and since the original holes can’t be plugged or filled, the new hardware would run the risk of migrating into the old holes and wide up being loose and wiggly. Not what I envision at all.

Chrome type paint to the rescue!

I’ve been working on the stencils. It’s hard on the hands because I am cutting through a bunch of layers, but the front (and back) stencil is all cut.

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The side stencil is not cut at all, but here it is helping me visualize placement, size and the like πŸ™‚

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Off to clan up that hardware now!

Have a great day and thanks for reading πŸ™‚

~awsumgal

 

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Io – Heir Apparent listed in my Etsy Shop

With ebay fees at a staggering 10% not including the paypal hit, I’ve listed my most recent resin LuXdoll in my Etsy Shop.

Link:Β  Io – Heir Apparent

Io – Heir Apparent, ooak resin LuXdoll by awsumgal

Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

Thanks for popping in πŸ™‚

~awsumgal

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Three more fashions for Dawn and Pippa listed!

I’ve been very busily finishing up half done fashions now that my studio is more organized. It’s so very enjoyable to work in an organized space. Mine is still a work in progress, but it’s coming. It’s pretty obvious to me that it’s more efficient because I’ve listed three more fashions for sale on eBay. I don’t think I’ve ever had six outfits for sale at the same time! It does help to mitigate the ridiculous cost of insured and tracked shipping (which is pretty much a requirement on ebay these days!)

Here are the three newest on offer…

Afternoon at the Races

Afternoon at the Races by awsumgal

Afternoon at the Races on eBay

 

Country Market…..

Country Market outfit for Dawn and Pippa dolls by awsumgal

Country Market outfit for Dawn and Pippa dolls by awsumgal

Country Market on eBay

And lastly for today, Lakeside Lunch!

Lakeside Lunch for Dawn and Pippa by awsumgal

Lakeside Lunch for Dawn and Pippa by awsumgal

Lakeside Lunch on eBay

My dolls seem to lead such very exciting lives, lol!

Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend! I know I will! A little Tour a little FIFA, it’s gonna be good!!!

Thanks as always for reading,

~awsumgal

 

 

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