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Plushie Pattern Testing by viergacht Plushie Pattern Testing by viergacht
Pretty much what it says in the title: why it's always good to do a test of a new pattern before you commit yourself to a sewing project, featuring my malformed first try at a new style My Little Pony.

I've been making patterns for about 12 years now, and I STILL need to test them first - there's no shame in failing if you learn from your failures.
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IF YOU FIX THE PATTERN SOME IT COULD BE BREEZIE WORTHY~
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This is very helpful. I don't think I'm nearly at the level to start designing patterns but it's good to see how its done.
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LuxDani Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is actually insanely helpful.
I've only tried making a plush once, I'm pretty intimidated now but yet, super intrigued. This inspires me a lot, not to mention this is an amazing idea. Would have saved so much time and frustration.
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viergacht Oct 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
I've found the best way to learn (for me at least) is studying other people's patterns. Actually I've been working on writing a book on pattern design - most of the books out seem to be "follow this pattern to make this exact plush" but don't tell you the nuts and bolts of designing your own.
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VeryBerrii Aug 25, 2012
This is really useful thanks! I was wondering though if you had any tips on actually drawing out your own patterns?
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viergacht Aug 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
What sorts of things would you like to know?
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VeryBerrii Aug 26, 2012
The basics really, I'm clueless :(
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viergacht Aug 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
LOL that's a whole book's worth of information! Actually something I have been working on writing, since most books on designing your own plushie patterns are 20+ years old.
Let's narrow the focus - what are you making a plush of?
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VeryBerrii Aug 27, 2012
Haha, am I making life difficult? I'm sorry :/ But a pony, more filly-ish though :D
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viergacht Aug 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well, it helps to start by looking at the patterns other people have made, see what you like and don't like about them.

Start with an orthographic drawing - draw what you want to make from sides, top, bottom, front and back. It doesn't have to be completely accurate, but it gives you an idea of how wide gussets have to be, that sort of thing.

Remember that limbs and things are going the shrink when they're stuffed. For example, one problem I've seen with ponies is toothpick-legs. I think that happens because people are tracing right off a drawing, but you have to know that the leg has to be wide enough to wrap around the hoof, so the pattern for the leg has to be three times as wide as you want the leg to be.
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