the astrid transformation
do you remember before christmas, when i made the declaration that i was going to go from this:
well i didn’t get it done in time for christmas (shocker!), but i did finish it up by 5pm on the evening of anne’s birthday. here she is!
i didn’t have a ton of time for photos since she was stuffed inside a prettily wrapped box, about 4 seconds after the last stitch was sewn, but here’s what i’ve got, and a bit of a source guide for anyone who wants to make their own:
groovy girl thora came with pink hair on her head, which i cut out as close to the root as possible. i bought some patons astra yarn in a yellowish colour because it had the sheen and twist of the original hair. it’s not a perfect match but meh– highlights. i used a massive darning needle to replace the pink hairs, and added in a couple lines of hair to the top of the head for astrid’s centre part. the ‘do was simple: choppy bangs and a chunky braid down the back.
the headband and shoulder guards were made the same way– leather strips dotted with metallic puff paint.
the sweater was just a knit tube turned tank top when i got to the armpits. i scoured the internet until i found Stroll fingering weight yarn at knitpicks.com in the “tree fort” colourway. i sewed the shirt onto astrid, thus declaring this a toy with no removable clothing.
the arms are covered in a lightweight hemp, which i sewed in place as i wrapped it.
i was hoping to find skull and thorn buttons on the internet, but can you believe that they don’t exist?! i know, i was shocked too. so i bought some white and metallic silver fimo at micheal’s, and got sculpting. i pressed 4mm jump rings into the backs of each skull & thorn before baking, to make them something that i could sew onto astrid. i just used a thin sharpie for the skull details.
skirt: i bought a strip of leather, and cut slits into it (which i rounded off to size). to sew on all of my new buttons, i had to first punch holes for my needle to go through. a push pin and a cork board were great helps in this step.
underskirt: you can’t really see it in any of my pictures, but before i sewed on the leather skirt, i sewed a rectangle of dark brown felt onto astrid. after i’d sewn the leather skirt on, i went between each of the rounded leather strips and cut the points into the felt (like the picture from the movie, above).
legs: i painted groovy girls legs blue with a sharpie paint pen. i also coloured her underwear with a brown sharpie because thora came with sunny yellow ones and i’m all about the details.
boots: i tried to just colour over thora’s yellow boots with both a sharpie marker and paint pen, but the glitter kept showing through and it wasn’t going to work. so then i tried to make boots out of leather and that nearly killed me. eventually i made them out of the same dark brown felt as the underskirt. they were definitely the hardest part of the project- can you believe that i’ve never made boots before? haha. the fur on the tops was also a bit of a challenge until derek found a toy beaver at value village. it died well, bravely and without a struggle. elliot was completely horrified at the death of a stuffed animal, but he loved the creation process too much to make a big deal out of it.
so i think that’s it!
to recap, you’ll need:
- sharpie paint pen in blue
- sharpie markers in dark brown and a thin-tipped one in black
- fimo, white and metallic silver
- 4mm jump rings
- leather in two colours: reddish-brown and gray
- grayish-brown fur (from an old toy or if you can find it at a craft store– i couldn’t!)
- dark brown felt
- metallic silver puff paint
- yellow yarn
- lightweight hemp
- stubbornness, time, and attention to details.
- a beautiful and enthusiastic six-year-old who will love and adore the transformation: