Thursday, 4 July 2013
I just blue Tobias Fünke
Tobias Fünke. Everyone's favourite blue never nude.
This was a pretty esoteric project and only those of you who watch Arrested Development will understand why this man is blue and wearing cutoffs!
It was my boy's birthday a few weeks ago and I was struggling to find him a present. The man has everything he wants and doesn't need anything. So I thought of everything that he liked and Arrested Development - specifically a blue Tobias Fünke - sprang to mind. *Internal monologue* "How awesome would it be to make him a little Tobias?!" And so my next project was decided.
I didn't have to look too far for some blue yarn. I had some left over from a vest that I'd made for my Mum a couple of months ago, it's handy being a yarn hoarder!
I wanted to make a moveable Tobias, so he could do awesome poses for the camera (as the one above). So as I was making the doll I had to keep in mind that I'd be putting in a wire skeleton inside. I decided to start with the legs, join them together, continue and continue into body and up to the shoulders. Along the way I inserted the wire and put stuffing in. I went onto the neck, made the head and arms separately then sewed them all together. Next came the fun bit...making the cut offs!!
I needed an old pair of jeans for the cut offs so visited a few charity shops for a cheap pair. I wasn't too successful, but then I saw a Cancer Research shop and OMG THEY WERE HAVING A FIRE....sale. Well, kinda, they had a section where everything was £1 which was pretty cool as they had a pair of jeans in the exact shade I wanted and the hem was already frayed!
I fashioned a pattern for the cutoffs using ordinary paper and sewed it all together, it was such a perfect fit that they stayed up by themselves! Then I made him some glasses out of wire and embroidered hair, eyebrows and a moustache. I tried doing some eyes and a mouth but it just made him look a demented so I decided to omit those in the end.
Seeing as I had a less than a week to make Tobias, I think I did a pretty good job. It could have been better if I had more time to think it through, but I'm still pleased with him :)