Monday, November 24, 2014
A good and patient man
This set also comes with a story, which I will tell, but first I have to give credit where credit is due -- to Mario, who learned this weekend that he could tie a 16" necktie on a stuffed bear. Thankfully said stuffed bear did not have its arms and legs in place when this occurred, because it would have just made it more difficult.
The woman who ordered these bears had a special request. Could I make a set of 2 bears in a week? They're for her 2 daughters, and the clothing provided is from her grandfather, who is expected to pass away within the next few weeks. The bears were his idea, and they picked out the clothes together, but then he surprised her by saying he wanted to be the one to give the bears to her girls. She thought she'd just take the clothing and put it aside until after the holidays, but he had other ideas.
So she contacted me to see if we could play beat the clock together and make a special gift from her grandfather to her daughters.
(Actually the guts of the jackets are up on a shelf in my workroom for me to study at leisure after the holidays, when I might actually have time to sew for me -- or Mario -- again).
Her other request for these bears, aside from speed, was that they have neckties. Her grandfather is known for his tie collection and he handed over a lilac silk and a maroon paisley for this project, and in addition to the ears/foot pads, she asked if I could make tiny neckties for them.
Turns out I can.
This is definitely not something I'll do too often -- it was a little bit of a pain working with tie silk on such a small scale, and an adventure for Mario tying a tie that small -- but it really finished them off in a style appropriate to the donor of the garments. (I know I could have made a faux tie, but I decided to try for the real thing -- and in case you wondered, a bear's necktie is 16" long).
P.S. I ended up getting a third order from her, a combined-fabric bear for her mom. I kind of like that one (in the center) best of all.