Continuing on with my exploration of soft toy design, I decided to try a pattern from Anne Dyer’s book, Design Your Own Stuffed Toys. This book was recommended to me by a blog reader (thank you!). It was published in 1969 (the year my parent’s got married).
Here is what I would say about this book. It has some good techniques, but it is terrible to read. So much text, and really annoyingly technical. Lots of annoying, and I think unnecessary measuring. But her underlying idea is good – drawing a profile, creating gussets, darts and under body pieces to fill it out, widening the legs.
I decided to try to sew the cat from the cover.
I can’t decide if it came out pleasantly Egyptian or strangely fox-like. Either way, it was an interesting pattern because it is for a sitting animal. No legs. The neck has a nice shape and the darts and gussets are very well-designed. Maybe there is something to all of Anne’s calculating, but I seriously cannot understand it all.