CHRISTMAS! BOOM. And thus, a perfect little gift for my nephew was born.
Before I begin my little tale, I would like to thank Mevrouw Walvis over at Valaan Villapaita for providing the inspiration. She does not provide a pattern as unfortunately, some people took advantage of how awesome this whale was and decided to copy it almost exactly and sell it, without giving her credit. I think I was lucky enough to get the walkthrough pictures, and for that I thank her. Please check out all of her original pictures and walkthrough over at http://valaanvillapaita.blogspot.com/2011/05/tee-se-itse-valas.html.
Back to my story...
So I click on through to the tutorial... and it's all in Finnish. Lovely photos, but my Finnish is a little rusty, as in non-existent. Google Translate here I come... and then half of the words didn't make sense or didn't translate, and there was no pattern. Usually this is where I throw my hands up and say fahgettaboutit but I decided to press on.
The body picture was definitely on an angle, not a perfect overhead shot, so I printed it out and modified it to be slightly larger than what was shown. Pretty much the only thing I kept was the curvature where the two "body" pieces come together... otherwise I pretty much winged it.
Look at that craft table! Yikes, haha
I kind of surprised myself with this pinspiration, really... I took the time to understand the pictures, and a little bit of it was trial and error. This surprisingly didn't take me all that long, this was only about an hour or two project, even with having to retrace and cut the body twice. The first time, I made it WAY too narrow... but thankfully realized it before I got too far.
An obscene amount of polyfill later...
Thanks for following along in my whale adventures! If you have any questions or comments, I'd love to hear them!