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Yo-yo arms

Added Apr 7, 2012

by elisana

New York, New Yo...






I had the idea for this while still living in Brazil, some 12 years ago. I had a seamstress make me the jacket and give me a pattern for bell sleeves because I couldn’t sew beyond an A-line skirt . Then I set off to make some 2 million yo-yos to fill that pattern (actually, around 500 if I remember correctly)! I started in Brazil and finished in the US. I love the way it turned out, and how it became a project that made me feel at home when living abroad. The sleeves are not lined so you can peek through the spaces in between the yo-yos and see what’s underneath.
It was a conversation piece in the NY subway whenever I wore it :D




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    Apr 9, 2012, 11.15 PMby nessys

    I admire your dedication in making all those yo-yos! This is a lovely idea – sort of a yo-yo lace. Fab!

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      Apr 10, 2012, 02.17 AMby elisana

      Thanks Nessy, you can tell it was before the bambinos came along… or else I’d still be working on the first sleeve!

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    Apr 9, 2012, 05.28 PMby wildflower31

    Wow, I love this so much. It is so crafty. I may have to make a crochet inspired version, with crochet sleeves.

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      Apr 10, 2012, 02.16 AMby elisana

      oooooooh! I’d love to see that! great idea

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    Apr 8, 2012, 05.15 PMby libra-s

    Wow!! Very unique!!! Absolutely LOVE it!

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      Apr 10, 2012, 02.15 AMby elisana


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    Apr 7, 2012, 09.16 PMby TailorFairy

    Love it! Looks so great! The time you put in was definitely worth it.

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      Apr 7, 2012, 10.03 PMby elisana

      Thanks TailorFairy! It was a lot of time I put into it! I have fond memories of the first ones I made which my niece (then a toddler) would hide from me. She would mention the yo-yos whenever we talked on the phone :D

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    Apr 7, 2012, 08.41 PMby LadyDanburry

    So awesome! You deserve a gold medal for this one!

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      Apr 7, 2012, 09.58 PMby elisana

      wow, I’m flattered! I’m your fan :)

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    Apr 7, 2012, 07.08 PMby barmaglot

    So original! I have no idea how to make a yo-yo, but it looks like an incredible work!

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      Apr 7, 2012, 09.56 PMby elisana

      it’s simple to make, and very portable, which made it easier for me. The trouble was that I had so many to make, and then attach them together. Thanks for the compliment!

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