Sewing Pattern making – ‘Cats in Pants’

I have thought about making patterns to sell, either crochet (I’ve gone off that idea for now) and sewing patterns of characters and toys – maybe even writing a few that feature armatures for stop motion puppets and/or toys that are posable.

Cats in Pants digital download pattern - teaser images
Cats in Pants digital download pattern – teaser images

I’ve seen other people’s patterns as they are usually rather simple in that there is a list of tools/materials, brief instructions and then some rough template shapes to cut around but I have a tendency to go overboard and my pattern keeps turning into a major essay on sewing… I’ve cut it back and tried to go back to a simpler version.

I do still plan to have some tips and notes on alternative fabric that can be used and techniques and my templates have been created in illustrator with cut/sew marks and I hope, are clear on where to leave a gap for stuffing, eye placement etc.

For some unknown reason InDesign is refusing to work – crashes and now I just can’t start it up so I’ve had to give up and use Illustrator to layout the pages – not a great solution but it will have to do until I can be bothered to fight with it again!

I think I will have to create a few pages at a time so will piece it together later – I won’t do the content page until I have sorted everything out – I’m thinking of also supplying a useful list of bloggers / sewing websites for beginners to visit and help them with video techniques if my explanations don’t work. πŸ™‚

Starting a page layout in Illustrator
Starting to rough out page layouts of the pattern in Illustrator

I do need to do the main photo (the pattern wont feature the nose in the top photo on the ‘adult’ cat and the ears will be more cat shape) and I wanted to do some ‘lifestyle’ shots of them frolicking in a backyard by a fish pond but I gave all my current stock of Cats and Kittens to Diverse Gifts in Brixton (Coldhabour Lane) so now I have to finish the next litter – they are currently sat on the side waiting to have their eyes put in and then clothing added. I also need to make some underpants… not sure if I will include that in this pattern or do that as an ‘add on’ that can be purchased at the same time/later on etc.

well, I thought I would do an update as I keep forgetting to blog about anything – it’s difficult as I’m currently out of work and will run out of money soon wails.

Over and out… will update again soon (ish)

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Octopus Character Illustration … just for fun…

This little chap has got his new swim pants and cap on πŸ™‚

Octopus Character Illustration ... just for fun...


Β found it… phew… close call.

I have now corrected that inexcusable error! (also brighten the swimming cap and tweaked some shadows and highlights… still a little murky… the sky bit that is…water tends to be a little murky anyway πŸ˜‰

Rubber Ducky hoorah!

what do you think?
don’t make him cry now… that’s just cruel… wonder if he would like to sold as prints etc?


I’ve added him to my Etsy shop… πŸ™‚

let me know if you want him tweaked, different colour pants/cap or size…Β via @EtsyΒ (the watermark/name/text wont appear on the actual purchased print!)

Octopus Swimming Champ with Rubber Ducky Cut and Fun Illustration - Children's Humour Wall Art Decoration
click pic to visit my Etsy shop πŸ™‚
Octopus Swimming Champ with Rubber Ducky Cut and Fun Illustration - Children's Humour Wall Art Decoration
click pic to visit my Etsy shop πŸ™‚

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