Thursday, September 5, 2013

Stuffed Jellyfish!

I finally finished this stuffed jellyfish for Liz.  I put it off for a long time.  The math behind drafting the top (with the odd darts for shaping) scared me a bit, but I worked out.
The top is 2 layers of the sheer, sequin print mesh underlined by purple satin.  I don't think any of the pictures do it justice, it is such a pretty, iridescent fabric, perfect for a jellyfish!

Getting the tentacles on the outside was also a challenge.  I had to sew them into the center of each dart BEFORE I sewed the darts shut, but leave enough of the end of the dart open that the tentacles didn't get caught when I sewed the whole thing onto the bottom.

Liz is showing off the bottom of the jellyfish, purple satin and 3 gathered sheer magenta ribbons.  The color scheme is entire hers, she picked out all the fabrics and the ribbon.  Speaking of, to get that effect, I gathered the 1.5" ribbon 1/2" in, differing lengths for each one.

Liz is Very happy with the final product.  It's a pretty unusual stuffed animal, but she is enamored with all of the creatures of the sea right now, and it is already in bed next to her shark and starfish. :D

BTW, this entire project was inspired by a puppet we checked out at our local library.  I didn't coy it exactly, but it was a major source of inspiration for the design.  Liz just wanted a stuffed animal though, no puppet, and I'm thankful for that!

Original puppet from library.