Make it up and see what you get! That's the best advice I could give. There are no 'right' proportions in my book - for example I like big tums, narrow chest and huge feet. To me, the head looks like it may turn out a bit small for the rest of the bear - I love the arm shape though. turned down paws rule!
The other thing my experiments taught me was that finished bear parts look narrower than the pattern, so you may find your bear goes a bit thin at the ankles (I did)
Get some cheap, non stretchy material and give it a go. I think most people use muslin for mock ups.
I got some cheap fake fur to mock up my first bear, which worked well. Like Julia I think the head looks a little small, but you'll only find out when he's there in the fur in front of you I'm sure I read an article or piece in a book at some point suggesting proportions in anatomy, but unfortunately I can't find it at the moment, if I do, I'll post it up.
I'm not an experienced artist but I love your pattern. I do think the head may turn out a little small. Do you have a gusset for it? Of course I have seen a lot of baby bears with shorter snouts that look great. I am right now trying to shorten up a snout for a curly haired baby bear.
I do love the arm and would love to have a copy of it to look at when designing my bears. Would you mind sending me a pic of the arm? I promise not to use your arm, just look at it.
Ok, I'll make the head a little bigger then! The good thing about using a computer to design is it's easy to make changes :)
Gail...I'm taking a design class at ebearz university.
Leonora...yes, I've made the gusset, it's a wide one because I wanted her to look on the young side if possible. You can right click on the jpg and save it if you want. The arm was just a combination of circles and ovals. I had been planning on doing a straight arm with wire for bending, and have about 10 different arms, but I liked this arm alot, so I'm going with it, I think.
Hi, I'm new and would really love to know how to go about making my own patterns. I don't have a problem with drawing but I have no idea where to begin drawing a pattern?
There's quite a lot of free patterns around online that would give you an idea of what sections look like, then it's a case of adapting to fit what you would like - try mixing and matching a range of patterns to make up the bits you like, if that's easier. I find one of the curve rulers invaluable in ensuring that my paw pads will fit my feet, and my head gussets will fit my heads. Other than that, as above, get some cheap fake fur and experiment
Shane, I'm using a combination, Adobe Illustrator and Wishblade "Create n Cut". With some experimentation, I realized that the software that was made for scrapbooking is perfect for patterns too! It has an outline feature, that lets you put in your desired seam allowance size, and it automatically draws the seam allowance around the pattern shape. Also, if you have the Wishblade or the Quickutz Silhouette, you can have the machine cut the pattern pieces out for you, exactly on the lines you choose. Also, it imports eps or ai files, so you can draw your designs in other drawing programs and import it into the Wishblade software. It stays vector, so you can resize and layout the pieces easily.
I'm new to bearmaking, but I'm a fanatic about graphic software, so I try to learn them all :)
Ooh, Nancy - that looks like wonderful software! Thank you for sharing. Along with the machine, it looks like a big time saver, too.
I agree that the head could be a little larger, but the best way to tell for sure if it's what you want is to make up a sample. You can use muslin and factor in the added width of the fur or you can use cheap fur fabric to get a closer rendition of the finished bear in your desired fabric.