Hi I wondered if anyone had any tips for me for making patterns when trying to re-create a specific bear?
So far I have made a few of my own patterns, with a rough idea of what to do - e.g. I have wanted a wide head, so have changed the gusset; same with a short nose.
I haven't had a precise bear that I have been trying to make - just a rough idea of features.
Now I want to re-create a specific famous bear and haven't a clue where to start.
I haven't got a model I can drape to re-create the bear from, just a couple of pictures.
What advice can you offer me to help?
Here's what I'm going to attempt to re-create - hopefully!
What is a good material to make a 'test head' out of? something that will hold the form similar to mohair but obviously, nice and cheap and easy to sew as all my bears are 100% handsewn.
You're gonna need a concept drawing! LOL Draw what you want your bear to look like, as acurate in proportion as possible. It doesn't have to be detailed but you also want to keep the original concept piece by tracing over it when you need to make adjustments.
There is a book called desigining the doll by susanna Oroyan. It explains a little bit about casting a pattern from concept art. You could also try a book by nancy tillberg called 101 bears to make. Great book, but you'll have to get it from your local library unless you got 100 bucks to spend.
It explains proportions, and some pattern development.
Email me if you have anymore questions ren