Have you ever seen a giraffe with a comb over? I hadn't either until I created one.
Meet Jimmy the Giraffe. Other contenders for his name were Jimmy "In Denial" the Giraffe, Jimmy "Receeding Hairline" Giraffe, or Jimmy "Cueball" the Giraffe.
Using a reproduction vintage pattern from Simplicity, I made Jimmy.
For his little eyes I used turquoise fabric I had leftover from the last project, cut into teensy circles and sewn on using a zigzag stitch. Then using embroidery floss, I sewed little eyelashes.
So here's where Jimmy gets interesting: I should have used fringe for his mane, but I didn't have any, so I decided to improvise using more embroidery floss. Yeah. That wasn't the best idea I've ever had. Look.
The floss doesn't hang well, and sticks to his back and each strand is kind of far apart. Poor Jimmy looks like he's balding. I like to tell him it gives him character.
This is his backside. I think it's cute.
More of his little backside.
Here's Jimmy posing with the pattern.
So here's the deal. Jimmy was supposed to be a consolation gift for one of the gals I visit teach who just had a baby (four months ago). I say consolation gift because I'm pretty much the world's worst visiting teacher, especially since my favorite companion ever moved. So I feel like I need to console her.
But Jimmy's kind of a mess. And I'm a horrible VT and I don't want to make things worse by gifting a deformed, follicly challenged stuffed giraffe. So Jimmy stays in my closet for unsuspecting young visitors to play with.
In all truthfulness, I'm in love with Jimmy, despite his challenges. Maybe I'll try making another little Jimmy as a consolation gift.