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This gallery includes cosplay pictures that are cleaner and more professional. Progress pictures and candid shots can be found in my scraps. Also includes tutorials, plushies, artwork, completed props, and other various things.

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Here is my current project list. List is subject to change and is heavily dependent on inspiration. Plushies will be for sale, either through Ebay, Etsy, or a direct purchase. Contact me if you're interested in one of these to buy!

- Luxray (claimed)
- Vaporeon (claimed)
- Furret (claimed)
- Glaceon (claimed)
- other Eeveelutions
- Male Pyroar

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Journal Entry: Fri Jan 2, 2015, 9:03 PM
  • Mood: Artistic
  • Playing: Don't Starve



long time no journal!

i've gotten a lot of notes about commissions lately, and if i'm open. the answer is: yes and no. i am currently only making plushies that i really want to make. i'm very limited in the time i have to sew, so i want to pick projects i really want to work on. unfortunately projects that people want to commission are not always something i'm feeling inspired to make. 

however, if something you're interested in commissioning is something that i want to make anyway, well, yes, there is a good chance i will make it and you are welcome to buy it. i have a list of potential upcoming projects on my main page. if you want to buy one of those plushies that isn't marked as having a home already, you're welcome to shoot me a note to "claim" the plush. or, if you're interested in something else, send me the idea in a note or on this journal.

truth be told, i'm kind of burnt out on ponies. i'm enjoying branching out right now into new things like pokemon. so don't be afraid to toss me an idea that you'd like to see or are interested in buying, but please don't be offended if i decline the idea. it's really nothing against anyone or anything.

i feel bad saying no to so many people, but with working full time, studying, maintaining a social life, and there only being one of me, there's only so much time in a day to sew :<

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makeshiftwings30
Makeshiftwings
Artist | Hobbyist | Artisan Crafts
United States
I'm a cosplayer! I started in 2008 and have learned a lot over the years, and I still learn a lot every day. I love my hobby because it combines all my favorite things into one and I get to express my love for the characters I cosplay.
I also love to make plushies! That's actually how I started sewing.
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Plush FAQ

Do you take commissions?
I am not taking traditional commissions for the foreseeable future. Since I'm very limited on the time I have to sew, I make what I feel inspired to create then sell it afterwards. You're welcome to approach me with a project, and if I'm interested, I may take it on so it would be more like a traditional commission.
For more info see this journal: makeshiftwings30.deviantart.co…

How much are your plushies?
Typically they range between $150-$400 (not including ponies). Note me for a specific quote.

What kind of sewing machine do you use?
I have a Brother SE400 which does computerized embroidery and normal sewing. I love it so much and highly recommend it to anyone. It's only slightly more expensive than a good, normal sewing machine. If you want to design your own embroidery, you need a program like Embird, which is what I use. For Embird, you only need the basic program plus the digitizing program which will run you an extra $270. Embird's super easy to use and I designed my first embroidery in a couple hours, which includes getting used to the program for the first time. You don't NEED this program - you can find embroidery designs online. For MLP designs, E the Pony has a bunch on his website: ethepony.blogspot.com/ He also has a ton of helpful entries on embroidery in general which helped me learn the ropes. You transfer the designs from your computer to your sewing machine via USB. Oh, and you have to have Windows to have an embroidery program. End of story.
The normal sewing features are also awesome. The automatic threader actually WORKS, and it also has an option to automatically backstitch and cut your thread for you after your seam is done, which is amazing. I never knew a machine could do that!

What kind of fabric do you use for your plushies and where can I get some?
I use minky for my plushies. I buy mine online because it's extremely difficult to find in stores and no one around me carries it. I get it from a variety of websites:
www.fabric.com/apparel-fashion…
fabricdepot.com/index.php?page…
theminkyboutique.com/cart/mink…
www.plushaddict.co.uk/fabric/p…
The best brand of minky to use for plushies is Shannon Minky Cuddle 3 in Smooth.

How do you pattern your ponies?
I made a post on my tumblr here about it:
makeshiftwings30.tumblr.com/po…

Why are your plushies so expensive?
Here's a controversial topic. Material cost is a big factor. I use minky fabric which runs $14 a yard. Embroidery supplies are VERY expensive (one spool of thread is $5.50!). If you take out material costs, and Ebay/Paypal fees which are 14% of the total, what's left is labor fee. If I sell a plush for $60, take $20 out for material/fees, and if a plush takes me 10 hours to make, that's $4 an hour. That's less than minimum wage. No one would work for that.
A huge thing to keep in mind is that this is custom made by one person. Mass produced toys are so cheap because they are mass produced. One person doesn't work on them and actually take the time to make sure they look good/accurate. Besides, the person who patterned the original prototype of the mass produced plush likely got paid a hefty sum of money and is probably receiving royalties.
If you are looking for high quality cheap MLP plushies, I highly recommend 4DE. They make accurate, good-looking plushies for affordable prices.

Can you release your pattern, even if I pay for it?
No. There are a couple free patterns out there, and a few you can pay for. Or, try and create your own pattern.

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HayleySkellington Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
May I ask where do you get your fabric?
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Meerkatgirl4321 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015
Your cosplays are stunning! Amazing work!
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Zareidy Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
Hello! I can't believe I don't watch you here since I follow you on tumblr very closely. I love your work! Also, I saw that you go to a lot of Florida conventions which is super cool. :)
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Lanmana Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Your work is phenomenal, all of it! Both the plushies AND the cosplay. I'd love to commission you one day, when I have the money~
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MyPaintedMelody Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you have a pony plush price list?
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jokersitaMerri Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday! :) 
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Armosk Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
:iconpinkieisexcitedplz::iconsaysplz: Happy Birthday!:iconpinkiepiecakeplz:
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MoonlightsSong Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday!
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FiMStargazer Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday!
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grimnir11 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy birthday! ^_^
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