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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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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More Sea Anemones…

I do like dismantling previous motifs … you end up with even more motifs for even more patterns… ๐Ÿ™‚

I was playing about with my Sea Anemone ‘Mouth’ motif (see previous post) – and I transformed/blended and deleted bits of two of the below motifs…

hought I'd play with the shape a little - also switching colours around to see what happens...
thought I’d play with the shape a little – also switching colours around to see what happens…

… and ended up with these…

lots of little 'Jazz Hands'
lots of little ‘Jazz Hands’

I have yet to the Sea Fleas leaping around some cups… I think I need some sleep first.

 

oops.. nearly forgot to add this one I did earlier… same motif as above with some various changes in stroke/colour etc.

Though I’d add a little burst of colour at the sides… bacteria anyone?

anemone mouth motif turned into a floral type shape... various selection of changes give in this collection.
anemone mouth motif turned into a floral type shape… various selection of changes give in this collection.

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Doodle pip

A few experiments with some doodles.

I’ve used Illustrator on and off over the years and I know a fair amount about it but yet I’m finding myself getting stuck… guess I’ll be watching more tutorials.

Sometimes it just takes time for information to reorganise itself in your brain… or you just end up in a jumble ;-P

 

 

I do hate it when wordpress just decides to make posts disappear … it’s 3.54am and I’m too tired gargh.

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darn it… I don’t normally do this but…

 

I made some baby booties!

When ever I’ve told someone I crochet they give me a strange look – I’m not sure if it’s because they are not sure what it is or they are surprised someone like me crochets? (I’m pretty sure I fit the cliche.. overweight… covered in cat hair?!) I usually say ‘oh, not cutey stuff like baby booties’… well I can’t say that anymore as I’ve just made several.

These are for my twin brother’s daughter to be ๐Ÿ˜€ who will arrive in May 2012.

The fabric shoe pattern was brought on Etsy.com and Precious Patternsย sell lots of patterns to download.

The material was brought from John Lewis and I have to say trying to buy coloured elastic was a nightmare… ebay to the rescue as usual but these booties have cost me a huge amount of money!!!! I just hope they fit… I don’t have a baby on hand to try them out.

Fabric hand-made 'Crossover Baby Shoes' (Pattern by Precious Patterns)
Fabric hand-made 'Crossover Baby Shoes' (Pattern by Precious Patterns)

Two crochet booties ‘Rosebud Slippers’ – pattern by Erica Knight featured in the book “Essential Crochet” (see link below for Amazon link to the book) – I followed a pattern as I don’t know how big baby feet are and I’ve forgotten how to shape in crochet as it’s been awhile since I last tried.. most of my creations have been ‘freeform’ ie: I make it up as a I go … and they are slightly weird so no one notices any errors in stitches.

'Rosebud Slippers' pattern by Erica Knight - Essential Crochet
'Rosebud Slippers' pattern by Erica Knight - Essential Crochet

 

'Rosebud Slippers' pattern by Erica Knight - Essential Crochet - still need to do the crochet 'ribbon' (not featured in Erica Knight's book... she uses an actual ribbon

I have several other hand-made things to make but I have a few months so hopefully it should all be completed by then!

 

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