Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Family Fun Project: Antique Toy Animals

These I found in the Studio's archives yesterday.

While these antique stuffed animal toys really do look charming, you may want to update their materials somewhat in order to conform to today's standards for child safety. One example of this would be to replace the beads used in this pattern as eyes for the animals.

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I have never tried using either of these patterns myself. Speaking as a former costumer and hat designer, however, I think that it might be wise to do what many seamstresses and tailors do, and that would be to experiment first using some lightweight cotton fabric such as calico or muslin.

These toys would look cute in any antique store display of some other children's items, I suppose. This would be nice for specialty shops trading in Edwardian children's goods, especially as the patterns themselves were designed and published between 1905 and 1910.

This would not be an easy project for anyone that would be new to sewing, though. The instructions offer too little guidance for the novice, and there are no seam lines to each pattern. Judging from the looks of the finished products as well as the patterns, my best guess at this moment is that seam allowances are included in the overall plan, but are not sketched onto every pattern piece. Again, experimentation is of importance as would be the sewer's creative choices. You may not like to crochet, for example, and therefore might choose to use a piece of trim or braid for the pig's tail, etc. I suppose that these 2 patterns could even be enlarged or resized to suit tastes.

Personally, I think that they are both sweet and charming.

Happy Stitching Creativity!

PPSFamily Fun Project™: 
Two Antique Stuffed Toy Animals

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