I've definitely been drawing this out. Between being sick (yeah, cold!) and trying to get back into more regular blogging things just didn't really happen in any regularity. Well, other than sneezing my brains out. That is happening pretty frequently and even with regularity.
The last thing I made was sewing, a pattern from Zooguu.
I'd say guess which Zooguu I made, but this really does give it away.
I used fabric from my stash to make this. A really pretty pink Japanese fabric, which unfortunately frays like a mofo, and one of the first fabrics I bought Gather Here nearly two years ago. This is the first pattern in forever where I haven't used a class to get through the process of making the item. I'm just not that confident a seamstress. Over the course of about a week I made this toy, and while it was a little lopsided (silly fins) it was still really cute.
The basic pattern is really easy to follow. You need black felt, embroidery floss/yarn or safety eyes, and fabric. The pattern suggests a body color, a second color for the underbody and then a 3rd color for the tail. Later on the pattern suggests that you might want to make the undersides of the flippers and tail in the underbody color, but as written the underbody fabric is only used once.
I instead did the undersides of the flippers, tail, the underbody and the horn in Kokka fabric.
The horn has two sets of instructions: spiral and nonspiral. I used silver embroidery floss to create the spiral, because I wanted the sparkliest, pinkest narwhal.
The pattern is very well written. Rather than cut into my instructions, I took my Pattern Ease and traced my pieces. It is a bit longer to make with this step, but the pieces can be more readily reused to make another one.
And I enjoyed making this one, so there will probably be another one.
For anyone who is new(ish) to sewing, here is the one thing I would suggest that I wish I had done. Actually measure to place the flippers. Where everything went a little bit wonky was sewing on the underbody. My flippers ended up a bit canted, which gives the narwhal more of a gamine look. It isn't bad. It's just not as professional as I would have liked.
Because my husband is awesome, there are a lot more pictures. But there is one picture I need to leave you with.