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Art, Archery, & Antiquated Attire 

Pencil pictures,  9x12s on watercolor paper. First try at using a mechanical pencil after basic shading and stuff with Ticonderogas . Probably a frowned upon method (?) but it bringeth this uneducated one much joy.  (Topic for the one.)
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In September my mom bestowed these tapestry runners to me for fun dissection, destruction and dismemberment. Later became a laced bodice thanks to an old waterbed sheet, leather scraps and ribbon from my grandma’s basement.  
Then it needed a dress as a friend. Wanted to make a more accurately fitted muslin because the one I did in 2017 was exceedingly barbaric and based solely off tidbits of info found on Pinterest (cringe-inducing lack of ease reference, marked seamlines and notches.) Finally made life size measurement “maps” of meself and my peoples. 2d tracing and position marking to aid with shoulder slope, then separate charts with about twenty 3D measurements.  Thanks family, for being gracious Vitruvian volunteers. Apparently a lot of humans have mismatched  shoulder slopes.  (Thanks ER, for the recent scoliosis diagnosis. Would have been baffling without such insight. )
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Decided to draft an asymmetrical shoulder/torso pattern instead of using one shoulder pad. Did about 5” of total wearing ease for semi loose fit. First attempt at elbow darts (these are a thing?). Hand-draped sleeves for non-wrinkled cap shape, but not quite right yet (too feeble to do stuff + doing it anyway due to reckless inspiration =  a disgraceful quality of work but a very happy distraction) Expansions for shoulder mobility. Strangely, superglue seems to be the only glue or tape that will stick permanently on baking parchment paper (?).
The ~elegance~ of the second test garment made with a mouse-chewed sheet and expanded with masking tape:
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Finished dress: 
Made from 3 yards of thin upholstery fabric from art scrap store. 
Balanced dart technique , 3.5x gathered skirt, fully lined (method ), invisi-zip. Prick- stitched facing was kind of a fail, didn’t intend to make an outer facing but forgot, so rolled with it. The slight sleeve cap gathers are also my mistake (Positioned them ~1” too far back). 
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Archery Gear: The results of my dad finding a new old bow and me remembering how fun it was to shoot the toy one. 
Thus I learned about string slap the hard way...
Did anyone else think that bracers were LotR fashion that had no practical use? ._. 
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. Bracer with handsewn leather loops because of a lack of long leather eyelets. Based roughly off Etsy listing photos, made test subjects from old jeans first.  Leather from the marvelous bin at the art scrap store.Dropped the awl in the process and the 1840s needle tip snapped and soared across the room. ._. Partially sewn with Needle Launching Monster (China Leather Shoe Patcher)
Draw hand finger guard, handsewn.  
Quiver. When eccentric thoughts materialize and you end up cradling arrows in a mock California Sugar Pine cone. (Based off this Reddit user’s  image. Can I link to Reddit? is that okay now? Sorry if not.) The cone scales are made from acrylic painted scraps of the leather jacket (this, my shoes and my brothers wallet all match now...Awkward? XD). Neoprene glued+ sewn on with the NLM/CLSP. Innards are thicker leather with rubber stabilizer at the top band, the end is veg tan leather. Sewn with hand cross-stiches and layered scales with glue. Sewed on a three point strap. Just made with bag sliders (Seemed more convenient than ordering the right things). (Only own two arrows currently. ) Took acetone to the decals of the arrows and removed the rubber fletch things. Followed this dude's tutorial for feather fletching except with e6000 glue instead. Used some abandoned feathers from my Muscovies.
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(Looks pretty bad around the sleeves- the error of drafting a dress after the outer bodice. Fail-learning journey .)
For hunting a box of pine straw and rocks. 
Archery was admittedly an absurd thing to consider right now, but sometimes I’m mostly/somewhat ambulatory, so yay anyway. 'Twill be used one day.  ^_^
 
Pants and a fake cat for my mom. 
The cat head/face pattern needs some refinement next time. Little leather paws and thread whiskers. Didn’t have plush weights, used airsoft BBs instead. 
 
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The baby. Polo shirt gnome bonnet, gown from the good parts of the rat-chewed sheet. 
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Polo shirt attire + spoon + 99 cent tote for a boat + mom breathlessly blowing bubbles by the bank =
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Both the baby and the phone nearly went overboard. *rubber boots, soaked anyway*
 
Did you ever make rafts as a child? 
 
I remember getting stoked about them and my parents made my brother help with one when we were 7 and 10. He wasn’t fond of the experience, so switched to raftdrafting alone. I think only one was stable enough for human use. Their flimsy remains lay in the bottom of the pond to this day. XD
Our dad, ever since that day: “If I’m ever gone, my daughter gets the tools, and my son gets her phone number.” 
...not sure if that’s supposed to be a bad thing or not, but sounds like a sweet deal?
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Recently decapitated an elf doll to remake it. The cotton fabric I had clashed with the head, so painted it with watered down acrylics and heat set it. 
My mom: What’s in the drier?
Me: A body. 
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Removed the original face paint, was going for a more Studio Ghilbi style. The outfit is kind of rubbish, made the clothes for another doll at 14. Just decided to add new lace and made some slapdash leather boots. 
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I have two heads now. Not like this, or the Rebis....
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...but a foam one for hat making....  
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Dress form is now renamed Taun We. 
 

Okay, done spam-bling now, sorry and salutations! :spinsmile:

 
 
 
 

 

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I briefly owned a bow I made out of pvc pipe and paracord; I think I sometimes wore my hoodie jacket while shooting it, but I'm pretty sure that was the closest thing I had to arm protection.  I didn't have it long it enough to get a quiver so I just carried my arrows around in my hand.  Also, I never upgraded past practice arrows so all I shot were cereal boxes. 

So yeah, congrats on being a 10x more prepared and better equipped archer than younger me.  :P

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On 5/14/2021 at 12:32 PM, JAG18 said:

I briefly owned a bow I made out of pvc pipe and paracord; I think I sometimes wore my hoodie jacket while shooting it, but I'm pretty sure that was the closest thing I had to arm protection.  I didn't have it long it enough to get a quiver so I just carried my arrows around in my hand.  Also, I never upgraded past practice arrows so all I shot were cereal boxes. 

So yeah, congrats on being a 10x more prepared and better equipped archer than younger me.  :P

Haha, thanks. XD Wow, just looked up the PVC bows, they look so intriguing! Did you make it yourself?  
I’m not sure if I’d ever be comfortable using real arrows, I accidentally put a pretty deep hole in our wooden fence with the dull ones. :lol: 

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15 hours ago, Mushy the Mushroom said:

Haha, thanks. XD Wow, just looked up the PVC bows, they look so intriguing! Did you make it yourself?  
I’m not sure if I’d ever be comfortable using real arrows, I accidentally put a pretty deep hole in our wooden fence with the dull ones. :lol: 

Yeah, I did.  Around that time I was watching a lot of videos on Youtube of some guy making weapons in his garage and I was like trying to get into the hobby as well.  The only thing about pvc bows is I'm pretty sure no matter how you make them the poundage will always be high; I know the one I made I couldn't pull it back to full draw with a normal grip and the only way I could actually shoot it was having my palm facing away from me.

Oh wow, yeah I guess that's definitely a possibility when you're firing sharp things.  Maybe it's a good thing I never tried firing real arrows.  :P

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