I'm going to return to the horse and revise. But the other day I checked out a few vintage craft books from the local library and I couldn't resist sewing through some more patterns. I have checked these books out many times, especially four or five years ago when I was first beginning to sew toys. It is great to look at them again with different eyes now.
The Big Book of Soft Toys by Mabs Tyler was a favorite then and is still a favorite. First of all, I love the name Mabs. People often call me Abs, so I feel a special affinity. Like so many great craft books, this was originally published in 1972.
And there are some adorable patterns in here.
I am interested in ways to make pattern drafting very simple. I was drawn to the bunny on the cover because it is just three simple pieces – a side body, an underbody and a head gusset. I think this design could work for any crouching animal.
Very cool. Drafting patterns like this could be a great workshop.