Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Introducing Basil Lepine, Esquire!
Happy Wednesday everyone! I have finally finished my 'Basil' bunny and wanted to show him to you, so without further ado, here is Basil Lepine, Esq!
I had so much fun making Basil and I must admit that it was also more than a little frustrating at times! I am not a seamstress, have never made my own clothes, so making a suit pattern for Basil definitely tested my sewing skills! I had a suit pattern for a rolly polly bear that I had made years ago, but it was a challenge to adapt it to Basil who is definitely a long and lean rabbit! This particular suit Basil is wearing was supposed to be my muslin "test" suit but by the time I completed it I was so frustrated with sewing tiny little clothes that I decided to paint the muslin with acrylic paints instead of making another outfit from some old suit material that I had. It actually turned out rather well and I could then add the embellishments of the carrot border on the vest and the painted carrots in his pockets.
I've learned some new doll making techniques and also learned how to make a pattern for clothing (albeit grudgingly!) in the making of Basil and so have some new skills in my craft making arsenal. I hope that you'll all step outside your own personal crafting boxes in the future and challenge yourself to try something new, I think you'll be happy that you did! If you are interested in purchasing Basil, I will be listing him soon at my selling blog, Paxton Valley Folk Art Shop and at my Etsy store. Have a great day and happy crafting!