When you design your mini patterns, do you design the pattern larger then reduce it? It just seems that for such a small pattern, you would have to be sooooo accurate in your measurements for head gusset and foot pads that it would be easier to get everything fitting properly then reduce it.
Just wondering how you all do it.
I too design them right at "mini" stage. After I've designed the pattern then I might enlarge it or shrink it for whatever look I'm going for. That's the same for my mini's and larger bears.
I tend to just sketch and draw a bear, doesn't have to be a "pattern" right away. I'm just going for the look I want...then I start marking out the pattern.
About everything being exact and overly accurate..I've found it to be the same from large to mini. They essentially follow the same rules in measuring for foot and gusset.
I design my bears in the mini stage as well. I some times make three or four heads and try them out in material before starting a bear. So I can see the shape of the muzzle better. Then I can tweek to my hearts content.
I usually do I profile sketch and front sketch of what I have in mind then use that to actually create the pattern. I can usually see what type of gusset I am going to need to create a specific head/muzzle shape.
You should do what ever works for you!!!
..I design mine mini size as I can go and sew a prototype with not a lot of work to see how it looks---then tear it apart if I don't like the shapes. Granted, I've never done much 'sides the mostly traditional head and legs and arms, but I'm hoping to take the bear designing class at the EbearZ and brush up on those skills.
Kim, I never thought of modelling it in polymer clay! What a fantastic idea!!! Thank you!
I start mini right off. I usually make the pieces a little fatter than normal. Even though the seam allowance is very small, the arms & legs come out very skinny unless I do that. But, then I happen to like fat bears! Shrinking a big pattern only works if the big pattern is only a few inches bigger. But trying to turn a 12" bear pattern into a 3" pattern just doesn't come out right.