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Nov. 21, 2009
The reason for finding this was that I needed to mark my fabric pieces with the important dots and other notations I would need when I started sewing the Phillip Bear. I had forgotten that part of sewing, so it was a good thing I took the class. That turned out to be one of many times I was grateful for the class this morning.
After I marked up the fabric pieces I began matching and pinning. This sounds simple enough but I started off with a huge issue that nearly stopped me in my tracks. Now those of you who know me really well already know I have a real problem with right and left, and along with that are some spatial issues — and that's being kind to myself. Although I have a vivid imagination, I don't see how things go together in my head. I write things down, I manipulate things, I mark up maps to get somewhere, draw things out on whiteboards at work ... I cannot just visualize something concrete and "get it".
I sat down and tried to match up the front of the bear to the back of the bear. I had a picture right in front of me as to how that would look. I
Laying out the feet.
I poured myself a glass of iced tea, took a few deep breaths, and put those pieces aside. I matched up the ears. No problem. I matched up the center of the face with the 2 sides, no problem. My breathing became easier. I matched up the back of the head with those two sides - it's working. I matched up the arms and the legs with great ease. No problems. No matching needed for the soles of the feet. I'm good.
I took a look at the front and back with newfound confidence. I tried to pin the back to the front for one side. It didn't work. Then I tried the other side — no go. Big sigh. I saw that if I traded the two fronts then the pieces actually lined up and matched
Ready to sew!
These pictures are the results of this morning's marking, matching and pinning session. Looks like I forgot to capture the ears in these pictures, but rest assured, Phillip Bear will have ears! Sewing and assembly and possibly even stuffing will be later in the day ... or tomorrow.
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