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Costuming For Teddy Bears, Soft Dolls, and Art Dolls

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What you will learn:


Class 1:
  • Patterns provided and what the markings mean
  • Measuring the bear
  • Create and Adjusting the pattern-where to adjust
  • Fabrics
  • Trims
Class 2:
  • Sewing machine: how to thread
  • Feet what they are used for and demo some
  • Types of seams such as an open seam and French seam
  • Pinking shears and edge finishing (hems)
 Class 3:
  • Start the trousers

Class 4:
  • Finishing the trousers
Class 5: 
  • How to make Bloomers
Class 6:
  • Waistcoat – lined and non lined

Class 7:

  • Adding buttons, covered buttons, buttons holes, poppers, hooks and eyes
  • Create a sleeve pattern and collar pattern

Class 8:

  • Add sleeve and collar to waistcoat to create jacket

Class 9:

  • Finishing
  • Zips

Bonus Classes:  

  • Create a top hat from fabric and card
  • Newsboy cap
  • Use a hat mold to create a felt hat

  Bonus Items:  

  • Patterns
  • Handouts
  • Supplies List

About this Teddy Bear course

Come and join us as the instructor shows you how to measure your bear and then use those measurements to create or adjust a pattern to create shorts and a waistcoat. The instructor will cover machine sewing a pair of shorts with an elastic waistband and how to add detail to customize them, such as lace to make bloomers. Create a waistcoat with darts to help fit the bears form and add snaps and buttons.

Open Facebook Group to students of this course:
Curious Mondo: Costuming Your Bear

Time table:
9 hours

Basic / Intermediate / Advanced

Target market:
Teddy Bear artists, Teddy bear lovers, soft-sculptors, art dolls artists, anyone who loves sculpting or want to start a new hobby or career.

Main objective:
Learn how to make custom costumes for your teddy bears.



About the instructor

Michele (Shelly) Freeman

Michele is a Teddy Bear Artist working in Faux fur, Mohair and Alpaca using Wool Batt to sculpt the face and paws. Michele has been designing and making bears and animals professionally since 2012. She sells her work on Etsy: www.edenandfriends.etsy.com and live in shows across the United States. Needle felting her bear’s faces is a key differentiator that sets Michele apart from other more traditional Bear Artists. Michele has won numerous international and national awards for her bears International Teddy Bear Artist Award (UK the TOBY Industry Choice and Publics Choice in 2017 (US) and more recently another TOBY Industry Choice award for 2018.

Michele studied Industrial Design and worked as an Industrial Engineer before launching a new career in professional bear making. “Bringing the creativity, design and necessary techniques altogether is critical in making a quality product.” Michele says. Each one of a kind hand crafted bear is finished from nose to paw tips using her own custom patterns. “A huge amount of time and effort goes into the creation of a high quality unique bear, so my OOAK bears are for collectors and not for children,” she says. She finds inspiration reading books, children’s stories and Classics and shooting the breeze with her daughter- Eden. “She is such a fun source of inspiration, and is the Eden of Eden and Friends. A bear cannot be offered for sale unless it has received her stamp of approval.” Michele’s work has also appeared in many publications including the Teddy Bear Times and Teddy Bear and Friends magazines. Michele was born in South Africa and currently resides in Texas, USA.

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