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my super sekrit sewing project

originally uploaded by carinkal.
so i alluded a few times to a sewing project i've been working on over the past few weeks, and now that April Fools is behind us, i can let the cat out of the bag. or rather, the tauntaun!

if you're on my facebook friends list you've already heard the brief story, but here's the full one for those who have interest.

a few years ago i interviewed for a job at ThinkGeek, which if you are not familiar with i recommend highly if you like geeky stuff. while i ultimately did not get the job, it was a great interview in which much was covered - two things specifically were sewing, and star wars.

fast forward to a few weeks ago, when i get an email from the folks at Thinkgeek, asking if i was interested in a project. After some discussion i agreed to do it, and they provided me a sketch and the concept - a tauntaun sleeping bag, that opened with a light saber to reveal the warm (non-smelly!!) guts inside. how totally awesome :)

i think it's important to point out that while i did assemble the bag I did not do any of the following:

-come up with the concept
-sketch out how it would look
-do the interior guts :)

It's important to point that out I believe because even though i think the end result came out way awesome, it's not my idea. i was just the hands, as it were. i also have no more fur, and no more time, so i won't be making any more ;) the fine folks at thinkgeek are looking at getting a license to make them mass-market, so if you want one - they are the people to ask!

it was a great fun project to work on, and i took some pictures -- follow the flickr link to check them out. i hadn't worked on a sewing project of that scale in over a year, and it was nice to have something like that to get my feet wet on again. next one will be less time-crunchy though!

i'm proud of how it came out, and i'm really not truly proud of a lot of the things i do. so there it is. my 15 minutes of internet fame. they're already over, really - this is just the postscript ;)

joomla visitor


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Apr. 2nd, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
That is so totally awesome!!!
Apr. 3rd, 2009 01:54 pm (UTC)
Apr. 2nd, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
I think that's really awesome. :) Gratz on such a great project!
Apr. 3rd, 2009 01:54 pm (UTC)
Apr. 2nd, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
SHUT. THE FUCK. UP! Like...I know, even if only virtually, the person who made that???

I feel cool by association. You are so awesome. :)
Apr. 3rd, 2009 01:15 pm (UTC)

Plus, you know, more cowbell.

EDIT: And you KNOW vickitori09 is gonna chew you up for this. ;)

Edited at 2009-04-03 01:16 pm (UTC)
Apr. 3rd, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
haha i know, i feel bad that kyle wanted one so bad!!
Apr. 6th, 2009 03:09 am (UTC)
uhhh... everyone I know wants one.
Apr. 3rd, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
haha! you are hysterical! thank you - i am not any more awesome than you though, ms. awesome knitter. :)
Apr. 3rd, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
*bluh* Thanks. :)

I told some of my geeky friends about this, and got a lot of responses about how awesome that was, and asking whether you got the original back/were going to put it on eBay. They're convinced you could get at LEAST a thousand bucks for it. :)
Apr. 2nd, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
Dude, that thinkgeek april fool's joke was the best ever! Good work!
Apr. 3rd, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
thanks! i loved the idea - that's what really made me want to do it!
Apr. 3rd, 2009 01:12 am (UTC)
Holy crap! That was YOU?! That thing is AWESOME. I want one! Way to go!
Apr. 3rd, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
thanks :)
Apr. 3rd, 2009 01:37 am (UTC)
I have to tell you - my husband and I were DEVASTATED that it is not really for sale. :(
Apr. 3rd, 2009 01:39 am (UTC)
did you go to the site and get on the list? if you go to the product page, you can sign up. they're really trying to get it made for real!
Apr. 3rd, 2009 01:42 am (UTC)
That is great! I love Think Geek. :)
Apr. 3rd, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
thanks! and me too - they're an awesome group of people to boot!
Apr. 3rd, 2009 01:47 am (UTC)
My Gen-X mensa list was all over this yesterday. Neat!
Apr. 3rd, 2009 01:57 pm (UTC)
i'm glad they liked it!! :)
Apr. 3rd, 2009 03:08 am (UTC)
Cool! I saw that on Neatorama yesterday. You're indirectly famous! :)
Apr. 3rd, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
hahaha. or something like that! i just hope they get the license to make them! i want one! :)
Apr. 3rd, 2009 03:53 am (UTC)
Heh - that's so cute! :)
Apr. 3rd, 2009 12:37 pm (UTC)
That’s awesome! *hugs* People have been chattering about that all over the forums!

Apr. 3rd, 2009 12:55 pm (UTC)
So...did you get to keep the bag?
Apr. 3rd, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
no boo! but they did pay me for my time :)
Apr. 3rd, 2009 01:10 pm (UTC)
You are awesome!
Apr. 3rd, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
so are you! :) but thank you!
Apr. 3rd, 2009 01:44 pm (UTC)
Wow, you! And the making is just as important as those other things.
Apr. 3rd, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
ha, i don't always think so. i can never come up with concepts, only recreate what's already been drafted. :) thanks though!
Apr. 3rd, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC)
As someone who can't sew to save my life and can't even cut out straight, you are amazing.
Apr. 3rd, 2009 02:47 pm (UTC)
I bow to your skillz. :)
Apr. 3rd, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
Awesome, I loved it!
Apr. 3rd, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
re: secret project
... or maybe, your 15 minutes are just beginning. That was quality work!
Apr. 3rd, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC)
this is one of the most awesome things they have ever had for sale
or at least for fake sale. I really want that. hopefully LFL sees the demand you generated with your sample! Kudos to you.

Cris K TK 770
Apr. 4th, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
YOU SERIOUSLY MADE THAT?!?!?!?!? FOR THEIR APRIL FOOL'S JOKE?!?!?! OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111111111111

i saw that! i was amazed! i know people who want it ferreals! and you MADE IT!? that's so incredibly awesome!
Apr. 4th, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
dawntreader90 pointed me in your direction.

I'm so in love with that thing, I can't stand it.

AMAZING work. May your 15 minutes go on and on and on!
Apr. 4th, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
That is so awesome it's ridiculous! YOU RAWK! It's friggin' gorgeous!
Apr. 4th, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)
Apr. 8th, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
You are far too modest- it came out brilliantly.
Apr. 9th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
Your internet fame is still going strong!
Apr. 10th, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
Post in Instructables?
Any chance you could post on Instructables?

Apr. 13th, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
we love you because you are teh awesome.
Apr. 13th, 2009 11:52 pm (UTC)
The Sith Academy pointed to you, and I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the joke. Thank you for your part in making it happen.
May. 21st, 2009 12:55 pm (UTC)
thanks - it was fun to have a part of it! :)
May. 13th, 2009 07:19 am (UTC)
Well done!
I look forward to ThinkGeek's April Fool's products every year, but this is the first one I've seen that was irresistibly cute! I saw the bag and thought somebody's Mom must have done it for a grandchild. Nice to have on your resume!

I hope it becomes a real product, like the 8-bit tie I have in my suitcase.
May. 21st, 2009 12:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Well done!
belated i know -- thank you so much - it was so much fun to make :)

thinkgeek is working hard to make it a real product - check out their blog and their weekly broadcasts for the latest updates, i know they've come a long way towards making it a reality!
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