Beastie Birthday II – A Gardening Gift!

Hello there Beastie friends! It’s been another busy old week here in Beastie Towers – honestly, I’m starting to wonder if there’s any other kind! So, it’s nice to be able to take some time out and have a chat with you all… And, most importantly, finish off what we started last week. For anyone who missed out, we met this charming Beastie couple, created as a very special birthday gift!
Two Birthday Gift Beasties, by CrawCrafts Beasties

Last time, the birthday boy got to hog the spotlight. Well, he did have A LOT of cool stuff to show off!
Cool Beastie Stuff - CrawCrafts BeastiesBut our lady Beastie has remained a woman of mystery – until now! Hey there, Jan Beastie!
Jan Beastie, a Birthday Gift Commission by CrawCrafts BeastiesLike her partner, she’s rocking a cool pair of boxy Beastie-sized specs. And there’s also something a bit special about her dress – let’s take a closer look!Jan Beastie's Dress - CrawCrafts BeastiesYou’ll have to squint a bit, but look! Seamless sides!

This came about out of necessity… After tuning in to The Great British Sewing Bee a couple of years ago, I became obsessed with aware of the benefits of matching up the design when working with patterned fabrics. It turns out that it’s especially important on a Beastie-sized garment, especially with a larger print. The last thing you want is for your Beastie clothes to look like they’re made out of two different pieces of material!

So, even though this natty geometric leaf print isn’t especially big, the way it repeats was causing a bit of a headache in the matching department. I already knew that the leaves on the sleeves and skirt were going to sit slightly differently to the bodice, but trying to cut three bodice pieces that lined up as well really wasn’t working!

So I arranged my pattern pieces for the front and back in a line, and cut them out as one long piece instead. Thanks to Beastie bodies not being overly blessed with curves, this worked a treat… I might even switch to making dresses like this all the time!

But back to the Beasties! Thanks to some photos generously provided by Human Jan, I was able to Beastify her preferred hairstyle…
Jan Beastie's Hair - CrawCrafts Beasties… And copy one of her favourite handmade bags!
Knitted Beastie Bookbag - CrawCrafts BeastiesWell, mostly… The original is crocheted, which is one craft I’ve yet to attempt!

I wonder what’s inside?
Jan Beastie's Bag and Book - Commissioned Gift by CrawCrafts BeastiesAha! It’s a copy of Jon Beastie’s novel “Kirkenes Wool”! This Beastified bestseller is made of wool felt with a hand-embroidered cover, and isn’t really suitable for non-Beastie readers. Fortunately, a human version, “Kirkenes Blue” is also available!

And when she’s not using it to carry around her favourite reading material, Jan Beastie’s bag will also hold her knitting. Very important, I’m sure you’ll agree.
Beastie Knitting - CrawCrafts Beasties

But that’s not everything! The reference to a “Gardening Gift” in the title of this post will now become clear… Because Human Jon and Jan spend a lot of time cultivating their own fruit and veg, it only seemed fair that their new Beastie friends should be able to help them out a bit! So, here they are, ready to get their paws mucky!Ready for the Garden - CrawCrafts Beasties

I’ve provided Jan Beastie with an apron (modelled on one of her own makes) to protect her nice dress from grass stains and rogue tomato juice, and both of them have felt wellies in case the ever-unpredictable British weather turns the vegetable patch into a quagmire.
Beastie Gardening Gear - CrawCrafts BeastiesThe wellies have needle-felted soles so I could work in a bit of a tread for extra grip, and it looks like cultivation has begun already… That’s a real Beastie chili plant they’ve got there! I also included a Beastie-sized trowel, so they’ve no excuse not to pitch in with digging duties.

Phew! Well, I think that’s just about everything…
Everything a Beastie Needs - CrawCrafts BeastiesOooh, apart from the card in the middle! That was actually Jan’s idea – she suggested I use my design sketch to create a personalised greetings card to go with the gift. So, I did just that… I removed the labels, recoloured the drawing to reflect how the finished Beasties looked, and popped in a picture of the Moneypenny’s Lock Bee Garden as a background.

I think this might be one of the biggest Beastifications ever! And there are more in the pipeline over the next while, so stay tuned!

Next week, we’ll be rejoining Paddy and Plunkett as they visit a tranquil haven in the Devon countryside… I think we all know how that’s going to turn out. See you then!

23 thoughts on “Beastie Birthday II – A Gardening Gift!

    1. Thanks so much, Ivonne! It was a fun make… I think there will be more Beastie gardeners on the way when I finish my current orders πŸ˜€ Cheers for popping in!

  1. The trowel! The apron! The dress! The plant! The wee Beastie boots! I’m drowning in a sea of adorable-ness!! I’m rarely careful with my pattern matching when I make (human-size) dresses, but somehow the sewing gods have been kind to me and I’ve ended up matching up patterns without trying…I think it’s been beginner’s luck. If I TRIED to do that, nope, it’d be a pattern mess.

    1. Oh no, I think you just naturally have mad skillz! I’m sending all my troublesome fabrics to you from now on πŸ˜‰ And thank you for singing the praises of the Beastie gardening gear! If it passes your keen eye, I must have done ok. Cheers for swinging by, Tammie! πŸ˜€

        1. Ooops! Oh well, at least you can sidestep this problem easily by using unpatterned fabrics from here on out. Hey, maybe I should do that too! πŸ˜‚

    1. Thanks, Mariss! It was a big project, but I do get a kick out of Beastifying people’s favourite things πŸ˜€ Cheers for stopping in!

  2. This duo is absolutely incredible. Jan Beastie’s tiny knitting makes me wanna cry! I noticed the tread on the wellies before you mentioned it…. INCREDIBLE DETAIL! Additionally, you are waaaaaaay more talented than anyone on the Sewing Bee!!!!!!! You could take the competition by storm!!!!!!!! Congrats on another amazing job.

    1. Why thank you! πŸ€— But could I still do it with time pressure, a camera in my face and Claudia Winkleman leaning over my shoulder? Hmmm, probably not! 😨 Cheers for stopping in to visit, Weekes! And for noticing all the little things πŸ˜€

    1. It’s been a pleasure, Jan! πŸ˜€ And it was wonderful to see the pair of them gadding about in the famous Limery after they arrived in their new home! I hope they’re being good and helping out with the last of the harvest… πŸ˜‰ Thanks again so very much for adopting them!

  3. Oh my, just when I think you cannot make stuff anymore spectacular you do! Wow, just wow. I love the plant and the bags, and well everything. Okay I will start rambling so I will stop now and go stare at the photos again!

    1. Heeheehee! Well, that sounds like I’ve done SOMETHING right, anyway! πŸ˜‚ Thanks for your kind, totally unrambling words, Tierney! 😁

  4. Just. Wow. There are so many lovely pieces of this Beastification (I have never ever seen a felted patch cord. It is spot on!). They are a delightful monster couple, and I love that the design sketch became a part of the final gift. I’m also enjoying that several Beasties are bespectacled and quite often have very literary/writerly pursuits. The Beasties are a well-read bunch, it seems! πŸ™‚

    1. Heehee! Thanks, Shirley! This was certainly a pretty extensive Beastification, but it was a fun one! And you’re right, I did have a lot of glasses, books and guitars to make this year… Beastie people are obviously cool people! 😁

  5. What an amazing Beastie present! SO many details, I feel like I need to go back and read it all again to make sure I didn’t miss something. I can’t get over that teeny tiny knitting!!

    1. Thanks, Hannah! And you’re right, this was really an enormous project… While I was making these two, I had one of my longest ever “to do” lists to help keep me on track! πŸ˜‚ Cheers for swinging by to check them out!

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