I am making these little teddy bears for my grand-nieces. they are from a pattern I downloaded from the Internet. (Instant gratification: I googled “Hand sewn teddy bears” and found this for free…in the old days, I would have had to take a bus or a train, go to a sewing store, pore through patterns, buy one, get back home and then cut it out!). I had purchased some flannel a few weeks before so it was already washed and dried.
So here is a photo of the pattern. Here is a photo of the first one I made. (We haven’t put the eyes and nose on yet) Can you detect the mistake? I made this mistake because I cannot, cannot, visualize what my item is supposed to look like when it is done. And so I put it together without being able to visualize the final product. (I have finished sewing the second one and had to do it over several times before I got it right). And I am very slow at sewing. I interrupt myself all the time…to check email, Facebook, phones, use the bathroom, read a chapter, or make tea.
So, here is my question: Do I actually give this as a gift, assuming the 5-year-old won’t notice the mistake, or do it completely over?
What I like about sewing is the problem-solving nature of it; this seam doesn’t look right, how can I fix it? This snout doesn’t fit right; what do I do? This is what keeps me going and also slows me down.
So clearly this blog is not about showing all the beautiful and creative things I make every day; it is about the process and all the seams I have to rip out!