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[Edit: Full tutorial in MAKE: Vol 38!]

Video Game Plushies

Meet Max. He’s a Baby Roshan, from the video game DOTA2.

I algorithmically generated his sewing patterns from the 3D model, custom printed the fabric, and stitched him together.

How I made Max:

I started with this awesome 3D model of Baby Roshan. It is made up of approximately three things.

Model

The first is a set of 3D points, to define its shape.
3D points

The second is a set of 2D points (called UVs), to define how textures are applied to it.

UV

The third is the texture itself.

I took that model, and created a new set of UVs for it, such that whenever two sets of UVs joined, a seam will be created on my final plushie.

custom UV mapping

new UVs

Given that the two sets of UVs map to the same 3D model, transformation matrices can be calculated to transform the old texture into a new texture. Using scripts that I wrote, I transformed every face, and assembled the result. Here’s one of several pieces.

Piece 1

This new texture I printed into fabric and sewed together to create Max.

Rawr

Ta-da!

I hope this inspired you.

[Full technical/mathematical explanation of what I did here]

Last night I dreamt I went to McKittrick again…
…except in my snazzy new dress!
Caroline
I’d wanted to make a 1940s dress ever since my first Sleep No More escapade.
The vicarious excitement from my friend’s recent trip set the motors of my tiny sewing machine in motion.
Sewing
With permission to incorporate the McKittrick pineapples, I designed and printed my very first fabric through Spoonflower.
Spoonflower Fabric

I present to you: Miss Caroline.

Miss Caronline with Mask
It features a bold print, sweetheart neckline, and long sweeping skirt; a refined version of my Dandyweeds DressMiss Caroline with Book
Miss Caroline
Miss Caroline
Caroline Dress
I’ll be donning this for my second visit to the McKittrick in May.
I’m looking forward to all the things I apparently missed.
I really want a 1-on-1 experience but those seem wretchedly rare.
Either way, I’ll be bloody bold and resolute.

Maybe I will pay fortune a visit.
I hear she has favorites.

*Edit: Apparently they aren’t pineapples, according to scortchedthesnake, they’re thistle, whoops ^^;

*Edit again: Fabric now available on Spoonflower, with approval {Link}

I present to you a l i o t h, a day and night themed shirt.
alioth

It’s features two kinds of fabric, a white muslin and Starry Night by Cranston Fabric, as well as LED sequins and the Aniomagic Sparkle.
starry night and aniomagic
I am a big fan of joodito, and this was inspired by her p r o c y o n.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/49438300/p-r-o-c-y-o-n

I really enjoyed making this shirt. It was my first attempt at pattern drafting. It came out pretty spiffy.

modeling alioth

Watch it twinkle:

Cords were always cluttering my desk. I could never find a place to put anything down.
cords!

No more!
I designed the cor(d)set to cinch the cables together. One sweep can clear everything away!
cor(d)set

I used Grace’s Garden print, by Sweetwater for Moda, for a little whimsy and the LEDs for a little excitement.

Graces Garden
Cor(d)set is made from small squares (from one fat quarter of a Moda Precuts bundle) quilted together with batting in-between. Being my first time quilting, I think it came out pretty well. I learned a lot from wonderful tutorials online. My tiny Continental Electric pulled through for me.
blink blink

It was also my first eTextile project! It was surprisingly easy. I found the Aniomagic Sparkle to be a great first microcontroller for eTextiles. There are others like Lilypad and Flower, but those are more involved. Building the LED circuit was super fun. A little work for a lot of pizzazz!

cor(d)set!

See it in action:

*The credit for the name goes to a very awesome friend, Stephie.

I’ve been working on a couple of projects so I haven’t had much chance to update. I’ll post the results as soon as I finish.

Meanwhile, let’s talk sewing machine.
Since all of my work-in-progress projects require sewing, I have a handy little Continental Electric.
sewing machine
I picked up this gem at a garage sale. It’s about the size of two stacked loaves of sliced bread, only half as long. I was cruising the streets on my way home and spotted it among art decor and electronic refuse. The $8 price tag made this a steal.
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At the time, I didn’t know how to sew. I spent long hours deciphering the manual and Youtube instruction videos. Eventually I learned the basics, like how a sewing machine interlocks two threads to sew, one from the top of the sewing machine, and one from the bobbin below.

I really pushed myself to master this device. I carted it around in my backpack to and fro when I was taking a creative fabrics workshop. Eventually, from this tiny beast, the Dandyweeds Dress was formed.
Dandyweeds Dress
I highly recommend this sewing machine, as one novice to another. It’s super portable! Just plug it in and sew! It’s incredibly sturdy and has held up well to my abuse.

I do have a few complaints. The sewing machine only sews straight stitches, which makes it difficult to work with knit fabrics (knit fabrics are stretchy and straight stitches do not allow fabrics to stretch much). It’s really light, so when I’m applying a lot of force, the sewing machine may shift a little on the table. I usually put a large jar candle behind it to give it more support.

There’s also no back tack. Back tack is when you sew forward, back, and forward again over the same spot. This allows for the thread to be locked in the fabric, similar to knotting it at the end to prevent unraveling. Unfortunately, on the Continental Electric, I have to manually rotate the fabric, to get the back tack effect.

I’ve recently spotted it for $17.99 on Amazon. That’s still an excellent buy. It will enable you to dip your toe into the world of DIY fashion. Think custom shirts, custom dresses, custom everything! With a few practices, you’re only limited by your imagination!

You could even make a seriously cool kimono jacket designed by Alexander McQueen!
McQueen kimono jacket
I’m definitely going to attempt the McQueen jacket. For now, I’m midway through two projects.
Here’s a teaser:

Project 1:
starry sky
Edit: click here for Project 1

Project 2:
dances with daffodils
Edit: click here for Project 2