What I Do When I’m Not Blogging

17 Oct

Just in case you were wondering where I’ve been all week…

I was making bear costumes.

Bear costume
Of course I tried one on and took pictures. It’s a teddy bear costume. Anyone who pretends like they don’t try on the weird stuff they sew for other people is absolutely full of shit.

Bear costume

I know you are just totally jealous right now, so calm yourself.

This is Simplicity 2853. No, it’s not for me – it’s a commissioned sewing job (hence the sudden radio silence – gotta get the work done before I can play again!). I actually made three of these, all in this incredibly soft, cushy, fleecy fur. That shit was a BITCH to cut out because it loooved shedding; I think I spent more time sweeping teddy bear fur off the floor (and onto the cat) than I did anything else. At any rate, I’m 99% done – just need to finish the arm/leg hems & sew the ears on the last one. THEN IT’S PARTY TIME.

Oh! We also managed to explore the attic over the weekend!

Today we are exploring our creepy attic.
Sorry for the Instagram picture, but look at my twisty chimney! I don’t know about y’all but that is COOL AS SHIT.

Sadly, the attic was pretty much empty… although we did find this chair.
Chair we found in the attic
It has no legs (probably took them off to get it in the attic & then they disappeared over the years), but other than that it’s in pretty good shape!

Chair we found in the attic
Here’s the side. Anyone know what you’d call this style of chair? I thought it was a barrel chair, but those have arms… and this one doesn’t.

Wallpaper scrap matches the chair
The other cool thing we found up there were little scraps of wallpaper that perfectly match the chair.

Attic opening - wallpaper
One of the openings to the attic still has wallpaper in the space between the real ceiling & the dropped ceiling. I know, I know – this photo looks like a nightmare. But isn’t the wallpaper crazy? And they even wallpapered the ceiling! God, this house must’ve been tacky as shit lol.

I also finished knitting my red sweater! It’s still blocking, though, so more on that later.

SEW-ALONGERS: The Mood Fabrics discount is still on for a few more days! Use the code LLADYBIRD to get 10% apparel fabric (for more info, check my blog post on fabrics)

I’ll be back later with more blog posts that are actually relevant to your interests.
Bear costume
Stay cool, y’all.


54 Responses to “What I Do When I’m Not Blogging”

  1. Lizzy October 17, 2012 at 11:13 am #

    So cool!!!!! LOVE IT!!!

  2. Trice October 17, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    Only slightly jealous. My mom made me a bear-suit several years ago, while I was in college. I was dressing up as a girl name Lain for an anime convention.The bear suit was ridiculously comfortable. I kind of wish I still had it.

    • LLADYBIRD October 17, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

      One of the girls who is getting the costume says she is going to wear it around the house like pjs. So awesome! I’m kind of tempted to make one for myself 🙂

      • Trice October 17, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

        I have a monkey Snuggly with monkey face hoodie, tiny paws and a tail. Just imagine having pj’s that are animals suits. WHOLE LOT OF AWESOME. This might have to happen.

  3. Katie D October 17, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    LOL sooo funny… I can totally relate to trying on other people’s ridiculous sewing projects. I have been working on vests and jackets for a woman that does horse shows… talk about over-the-top. PS – that twisty chimney is SO COOL! I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like that. Pretty sweet.

  4. Amanda October 17, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    I just wanted to say that you’re hilarious and that last photo is the best one I’ve seen on a sewing blog. Ever. Too funny!! (Also, I’m an architectural historian and I totally appreciate that twisted chimney – I’ve never seen anything like it!!)

  5. Melanie October 17, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    That chimney is wicked awesome.

  6. Karen S October 17, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    Love that last picture of you! Too funny. The chair may have had screw-on legs and I think you can still get replacements for them-though I’m not sure where. You should see if you can find some so you can use the chair. It looks pretty cool.

    • LLADYBIRD October 17, 2012 at 12:45 pm #

      Yeah, there are screw holes on the bottom where the legs go. I assume it should have those midcentury tapered legs (kind of like this, except my chair is obviously way more awesome). The legs are pretty easy to find and appear to run under $50 for the most part. I wish I could find a picture of a similar chair, though, to get a better idea what the original legs looked like!

  7. didyoumakethat October 17, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

    Officially the most surreal (and hilarious) sewing blog post I have ever read. When I saw you in a teddy bear outfit I thought, ‘Oh, the nervous breakdown has finally kicked in.’ Then I doubted myself. Maybe I wasn’t having a nervous breakdown – maybe someone had slipped mind-altering drugs into my afternoon tea. Then I doubted myself again. Maybe Lladybird has been indulging in something she shouldn’t have. But, no. It’s all true! You have sewn three teddy bear costumes. To commission. Why and to what end are these outfits needed?!!!

    • LLADYBIRD October 17, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

      They are Halloween costumes! They are dressing up as Goldilocks & the 3 bears haha. I forget that the US tends to put waaay more emphasis on Halloween than other countries 🙂

      • Tracy October 17, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

        Glad it wasn’t for a furry convention

        • LLADYBIRD October 17, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

          Not gonna lie, it crossed my mind haha.

          • Lucy October 17, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

            I didn’t want to be the one to make that joke.

            • gingermakes October 18, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

              Haha, I immediately went there, too!

  8. MarrieB October 17, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

    Love that last shot! I think the last Halloween costume my momma made for me was a bear suit, not too different from this one, only I had a white belly. I loved it cause where I grew up it was usually snowing by Halloween.

  9. Ashley October 17, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    Your posts are always interesting…and the costume is awesome!

  10. misscrayolacreepy October 17, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    That last picture is classic!!!!!

  11. Katie October 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    I’m not sure what, whoever decided wallpapered ceilings were a good thing, was thinking. My parents house had almost-lemon yellow and almost-lime green wallpaper everywhere, including the ceilings and dormers, when they moved in. Such a pain, and so ugly (also, the kitchen pantry had a working toilet)

    • LLADYBIRD October 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

      SHUT THE FRONT DOOR. I need to know more about this toilet asap.

      • Katie October 17, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

        It was a normal toilet and we know it wasn’t *supposed* to be there (standard Cape Cod, and the pipe was PVC so new-ish installation). The sewage? pipe didn’t even seem to go anywhere sensible- went up straight through the corner of my room upstairs and disappeared into the roof. The toilet was yanked out when they pulled the wallpaper but the pipe is still there almost 20 years later, being awkward.

        • LLADYBIRD October 18, 2012 at 8:48 am #

          Hahahaha, omg omg omg. I’m dying over this. So are you saying that when one flushed the toilet, the shit literally hit the roof?

          Seriously, though – that is so weird! Although now I kind of wish I had a toilet in my pantry. I’d never leave the kitchen, ever.

  12. missjoiedevivre October 17, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    That last photo is awesome. That’s the coolest, toughest, don’t-mess-with-me, I’ve-also-got-an-album-comin-out bear I’ve ever seen. What’s your street bear name?

    • LLADYBIRD October 17, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

      I have no idea, but this comment made me laugh really hard & now I’m going to spend the entire day thinking of a Bear Rapper name hahahahah

      • missjoiedevivre October 18, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

        Make sure you tell us what you settle on. Lil’ Grizz? T-Bear? Fuzz Wuzz? It’s the wrong pose to be a Bearyonce, insufficient ass on display. (Bear-yonce Knowles that it is, not Beary-once, Beary-twice).

  13. Lucy October 17, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

    At a guess, the twisted chimney is so it pops out the roof at a different angle to the fireplace – see how it goes 90 degrees? Happens a lot when there are fireplaces in the corner – but I guess it must also helps stop wind and rain going down it or something?

    Too late for you now, but in sewing class at primary school I learned a trick with fake fur when I was making a teddy bear pyjama case – cut it with a craft knife so the bits of fur don’t go everywhere. But can you imagine cutting out pattern pieces that size for THREE bear suits? Nah.

    • LLADYBIRD October 17, 2012 at 3:11 pm #

      I think that’s the case with the twisty chimney – I asked on Instagram when I posted it & a couple people told me that answer. Kind of neat! As a side note, there are two chimneys in the attic but only one fireplace in the house… I guess one was boarded up over the past 70+ years, Boo.

      I know that trick with fake fur! It does keep down on the flying bits (although they are still there). These actually aren’t fur so much as it’s like a really really cushy fleece. I specifically said “no fur” and this is what they brought me. A huge pain to cut but you wouldn’t know just by touching it on the bolt. I can’t believe how much the cut edges shed!

  14. Sew Me Love October 17, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

    Cuteness overload!

  15. StephC October 17, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

    you are the coolest mthaf-ing bear ever.

  16. macstabby October 17, 2012 at 8:40 pm #

    That last pose is vaguely reminiscent of when white dudes in the 90s would strike rap poses. WOULDST THAT THEY’D ALL DONE SO IN BEAR SUITS. What will be the name of your album and when does it drop?
    Super cute! And will be warm on a chilly Halloween night.

  17. Amanda October 17, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

    Dude- there is always a time and place for bear suit posts. Always.

  18. Glenn October 17, 2012 at 9:27 pm #

    love it! looks like u stepped straight outta this vid by bloodhound gang, lol!

    • Elisha October 18, 2012 at 1:10 am #

      I was going to make the exact same comment! I read this post, later had this song stuck in my head, then was like “why is that song stuck in my head?! Oh, because LLADYBIRD.” I totes had to come back and say so.

    • LLADYBIRD October 18, 2012 at 8:44 am #

      I will graciously accept this comparison, because, BLOODHOUND GANG. Haha!

      • tania@sewitanyway October 18, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

        That song was my first thought too!

        …and this post made me smile on a crappy day! Thanks! 🙂

  19. Sarah W. October 17, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

    Sure the bear suit is for a customer, sure. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

  20. Sarah October 17, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    Those are so awesome! Back in highschool I made a big pink bunny suit for a friend, basically just had him lie down and traced him onto the fabric, added a hood with ears, and a front zipper, haha. It wasn’t half as fab as these bears, but still fun :).

  21. tinygoldenpins October 17, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

    You know you look adorable, right?

  22. Alli October 18, 2012 at 5:46 am #

    What awesome finds…..how cool is your chimney?!?!
    And you’re right….I’m SO envious of your teddy bear suit. I love teddy bears. I’d have no problems about dressing up as one, lol 😉

  23. Cynthia October 18, 2012 at 6:19 am #

    I have the bunny version of this suit, complete with ears and a small tail.oh, and it has built in socks with little no-slip heart-shaped platic dot under the soles. it’s made of black fleece with an aqua and light pink hearts print, and it has heart-shaped pockets MADE OF BABY PINK FURRY FLEECE. i bought it (as in, in a shop, and in the pyjama section, not the costume one) when I lived in a teeny tiny studio in Japan and could not afford heating. I thought I was genius until I realized that you have to take the whole thing off to pee which defeats the purpose. since then I’ve been dreaming to make one with a toilet solution, but the only thing i can think of is extending the front zipper to the back which would make it look like an horrifying sex costume.
    anyway, sorry for the rambling…
    I really love your blog, and these bear suits are too awesome!
    have a great day!

    • LLADYBIRD October 18, 2012 at 8:46 am #

      Dude, that sounds awesome! I would totally rock a bunny suit around the house. For your toilet solution – why not a butt flap? Butt flaps are awesome. Why are those not a thing anymore?

  24. Carlee McTavish October 18, 2012 at 8:19 am #

    Awesome friggin costume. The only thing that would make it better was if it was not a bear but a squirrel with a huge tail. But those make it hard to sit down. I would know. :/

    • LLADYBIRD October 18, 2012 at 8:46 am #

      Ha! I felt like a flying squirrel wearing this, does that count? 🙂

  25. sallie October 18, 2012 at 8:48 am #


  26. Jen October 18, 2012 at 8:59 am #

    i made two of that pattern last year, my friends challenged me to be a hot pink monster and this pattern was the closest thing to a monster suit. i actually accidentally stole the pattern from Joann’s (it was tucked under my arm while i wrestled with the “monster” fur that is still all over my damn house.) this year i’m trying to make my boyfriend and i into sherlock and watson and i’m in a shit mood over the ridiculous amount of cutting and marking i’ve done so far. victorian patterns are a pain in the ass, about to throw that monster suit back on.

  27. gingermakes October 18, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    This is the best thing I’ve ever seen. I want one NOW!

  28. Scruffy Badger October 18, 2012 at 3:25 pm #

    Every home should have one (or two or three) – beats goldilocks anyday! I totally laughed my pants off when I saw this- you are a wonder

  29. ZoSews October 19, 2012 at 5:48 am #

    Doesn’t everyone match their chairs to their wallpaper? lol

  30. Meg the Grand October 19, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    Gangsta bear is my favorite bear in the forest.

  31. Trice November 1, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

    I found the picture of me in the bear suit.
    This Happened.

    • LLADYBIRD November 1, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

      HAHAH!! Omg, but you are the cutest bear!!!!

  32. Lisette December 21, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

    Ha! I totally try on EVERYTHING. I have a scarily similar photo of me in a GIANT fat bluebird costume I made out of blue fleece.

    • LLADYBIRD December 21, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

      Ahahaha omg LET ME SEEEEEE


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