How I make my mice #4

So, once a mouse body is knitted and put together, I try to figure out what he or she would be. If I have an order I usually make more then one and pick the one that seems to fit more the requested personality.

One of the requests was do make a Bavarian Female.  Well the typical Bavarian Female Tracht (refers to traditional garments in German-speaking countries. Although the word is most often associated with Bavarian and Austrian garments, many other peoples of Germany have them.) is usually a Dirndl.

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A dirndl (German:ˈdɜrnd(ə)l ) is the name of a traditional feminine dress worn in Austria, South Tyrol and Bavaria. It is based on the traditional clothing of Alps peasants.

Nowadays the come in all kind of different colors and lengths.

One detail is always the same, the shape of the top part, slimming and pushing up the boobige (boobs pouring over an outfit) In Bavaria it is called to have a lot of “Holz vor der Huette” directly translates to “wood in front of the cottage”

So I had a little bit of a problem. My mice do not come with boobs.  Now I had to figure out how to make this possible.

Then I had an idea. I made a corset, for the little mouse and stuffed it a little bit and sewed it down on the right places. This was the result.

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A Mouse in Lingerie.

I like to have the mice wear bright bold colors to offset it from their body color. So I picked a yellow for the dress and then the apron in a rose to give it a little bit more splash of color.

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The corset got some sleeves and was turned into the blouse that is worn under the Dirndl.

As a final touch the stitching in the front was added. The strings in the Dirndl are there to tighten the dress and function more like a corset.

I would say she is ready for the Oktoberfest in Munich !

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How I make my mice #3

I forgot to show you the most important part of my mice and how they get it.

The whiskers: Richly supplied with nerve endings, whiskers give mice information about air movements, air pressure, food and anything they touch. Whiskers are extremely sensitive because they are closely connected to the nervous system. The scientific word for whiskers is vibrissae.

I have tried a few different materials, but wasn’t too satisfied in how they looked, sometimes they would droop, then I added either nail polish or glue to make them stiff. Right now I am working with waxed cords, they are still a little thick for my liking, but the whiskers stand out by themselves and I love how it gives them the cute look. I might have to go hunting again and see if there is any thinner wax cord to work with.

So here it goes, I pick up my mouse

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fix the face if it got a little smushed , by moving the stuffing around a little bit. Tug the ears if that helps.

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Then I grab my big fat needle and my wax thread. Cut a piece off and get to work.

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I push the needle with the wax thread through the little mouse nose. It does get a little tricky sometimes because the filling and the yarn like getting stuck to the wax. A knot on each side and then cut it off. I leave the tails long on purpose so I can trim them after they are all put in. You can always cut something off, but you can’t add it on, if it looks funny.

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And then they look like this little mousy. Sometimes I go back later and re-trim the whiskers.  And once all the extremities are added, they will get their accessories or clothes.

How I make my mice #2

After I have finished the head I usually start working on the tummy.  I don’t have a picture of how I start on the bottom of the head and how I increase the stitches. mousebelly1

And with every mouse the size of the belly varies. Some are slimmer than others. Then stuff the little belly with the white fluffy stuff. Decrease the stitches and close the belly up. mousebelly2

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Usually I keep that thread pretty long, because I use it to “fine tune” the mouse later once all the legs, arms and tail are attached.

After that I usually move on to the ears. That’s when the transformation happens and the personality of the mouse peeks through. mouseears3Each ear has two pieces , the outer side and the pink inside. Each worked separately and and then sewn together. Some get pinched at the end to give the ear a more curled up look. Or just leave as is. It really depends on the mouse.

 

 

See how the mouse all of a sudden gets a personality?

Off to add the tail. I usually just pick up stitches right at the rear and and start knitting a long cord. mousetail

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Once the tail is done all these threads have to be tucked away, can’t have all this mess hanging of the mouse. Then the tail will get a little knot in the end.

Next step is the arms. I eyeball the spot where I want the arms to sit and pick up some stitches and work for a short while then switch over to pink for the mouse hand.  The other side happens the same way. mousearms

Then again a lot of threads need to disappear again. Legs will be attached after, but I didn’t take no pictures of that yet. I have to start a new mouse to show you how I work on that.

So I did all that 6 times and then had few of them half way done.11mice1

Then a few more  and I had a big Clan

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Now off to the exciting part of getting them either dressed or give them some accessories.