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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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nineninefox Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member  Filmographer
I like the plush it's cute
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Shinishitbox Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
IF YOU FIX THE PATTERN SOME IT COULD BE BREEZIE WORTHY~
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PonyRevolution Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
What sorts of things would you like to know?
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VeryBerrii Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
The basics really, I'm clueless :(
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Viergacht Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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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VeryBerrii Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Thanks for the help! Sorry if I was a bother...
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Not at all :)
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DrawWithLaura Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ugh thank you so much <3
I'm just starting to try out plush making.
And I seriously have no idea how to start.
I have a pattern sketched up, but how do I magically know how big each piece is? If I eye ball it, won't parts be inaccurate?

Doing a test run will DEFINITELY help me figure out all these issues!

But I have one question... you mention "dart" a lot, what is that? O .o
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
A dart is a little cut taken out of a piece of fabric cut to help it fit around curves. If, for example, you try wrapping fabric around a round object, you'll see you have to pinch the fabric up in folds to get it to fit tightly - cut out the excess fabric and sew the edges together, and that's a dart. These usually look like a little pie slice cut out of the fabric. To get a stuffed animal's legs to stand upright under the body, you use an "oyster dart", which looks like a spindle or circle shape in the armpit area of the limb.

I could sketch this if the explanation isn't making sense.
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DrawWithLaura Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I understood the first part just fine <3 I've seen it many times ^^
But the part about the legs was a little confusing @~@
Sketching it would be a lovely thing to do Q3Q
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JPSpitzer Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
That's Ico, the brave horse. A character in an argentinean animated film from the 80s. [link]
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh man, that's really cute!
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Toshiko-paws Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
you could always make circles to put under the bottom of thefeet to make it "stand" flat like :3
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I plan to do this for the final design. This one is just so small, and felt is so godawful to work with, I left it out.
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Toshiko-paws Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
totally agreeable XD
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SaintCharmer Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
It's not bad actually, just needs some eyes and a little care on the mane. It's better than Hasbro's
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
LOL Thanks. The new version is looking pretty decent.
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RustyBeescake Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
My Son took a liking to my test pony, its got random embroidery on it ..different eyes, is roughly sewn out of cheap fabric with wonky legs....BUT he loves what is now dubbed Proto-pony. Monsters need love too hehe.

Great advice you give here.
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
LOL It's true . . . I was ashamed for the first bear I made, it was so wonky, but my one little sister was HORRIFIED that I was going to toss it, and "adopted" it. I'm glad she did.
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Kazenra Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Student General Artist
This is such wonderful advice, I've been searching all over for some help with patterns. And then I found the group! And this!
I've only just gotten into plush making and yet I've decided to give myself the mammoth task of making a 6ft long game character monster -,-

I've done a couple of tests for it, but I'm so impatient I'm always tempted to just throw test pieces aside and straight dive in. I must keep telling myself no! :XD:

Btw aside from any of the mistakes which arent that noticable to me, this pattern is adorable :meow:
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
Oh man, I am SO IMPATIENT too, believe me this advice is coming from hard lessons.
Good luck with your monster! I just got a massive stash of scale-patterned black fur and am sorely tempted to make some kind of ginormous dragon or dinosaur with it. No idea where it would live in my little townhouse, but there ya go.
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Kazenra Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh noes ^^; I do have to keep telling myself that if I take the time to get it right I won't hate it so much for bruising my fingers :'D (I don't have a sewing machine lol)

I wish I had some of that black scale stuff :XD: after I make this monster, and if it goes well, I was gonna make a similar one called Nargacuga (the one i'm making now is called Barioth). It's a black dragon panther thing and it is epic ^.^

Thank you ^.^ and good luck for whatever you decide to do! What is space for but to be taken up with awesome things? :la:
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
I got my fur at Hancock Fabrics, here's a pic: [link] It would be perfect for that Nargacuga critter!
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Kazenra Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh wow that stuff is gorgeous! It really is perfect, I will have to grab some for myself :giggle: thank you for the name~
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
Good luck!
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elphieofkiamoko Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The head-shape is EXCELLENT. I'm jealous. I can't wait to see the perfected model! :33
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! Don't be too jealous, it wasn't easy. LOL
I'll probably be posting the pattern when I finish it.
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elphieofkiamoko Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
83 Okay!!
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WoG4e Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I wanna hug it o-o
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
Considering she's full of needles, that might not be a wise idea XD
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Claw-Ravenscroft Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
i would give it more butt and the backlegs a stronger bow.
and i would add a belly piece and a middle head piece.
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
There actually are a belly and head piece already - the squarish but under the body and the teardrop shape.
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Rythela Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
I love the Pattern style!
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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beanchan Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Looks like you have a good start. It took me three tries to get my pony pattern to where I more or less like it and I'm still making improvements
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TheTinkerThinker Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
I really admire how you draw big nasty snarly critters, then turn around and make the plushiest, softest things. Pure duality gold there.

I wonder what will happen if your two different customers ever meet. :3
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
Well, the gift is going to a sister, so they already know I'm a weirdo. As for plushes, no one's ever offered me money for them XD
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TheTinkerThinker Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
Well, they're nice plushies, if I might say.
(As long as you don't stick on HUGE eyes, I'm cool with it)
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
But . . . they HAVE huge eyes!
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TheTinkerThinker Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
Depends if you're talking nickels, quarters, half dollars or anime sized.
Guess where I draw the line. :P
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tofuskin21 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
SO. MUCH. AGREE. :iconrejectedplz:
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gaernavi Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi there, congrats on a great first prototype! Having just finished working out my own MLP pattern through some very mutated test plushies, I know your feelings. And while it may not carry the same emotional weight as a personally-designed plush gift, I am thinking about posting my pattern, if you would like to use it. I will be posting the prototype pony as soon as I can get my camera working. Great job again and good advice for all who like to sew new things.
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
That's very kind. I've actually started the final one now, but if you post your pattern I'd love it if you added it to my group, Pattern-Depot. I'm sure a lot of folks will find it useful!
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Voldenae Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
All of my decent patterns are trial and errored before real projects, thanks for posting this!!
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