Poor Emmy has had to wait for me to fulfill her special order – a t-shirt and skirt for Rosabell, her Build-a-Bear. I gave myself a deadline: TODAY.
Fact is, I struggled a bit to find patterns for teddy bear clothes so that they would be “just right.” And I did need help with the t-shirt (I made three “tossers” before I got it “just right”), but I was over-thinking the process of making a simple skirt.
I used a pattern for an 18-inch doll for the first skirt, which turned out a bit short, I thought. Also, I used navy blue fabric, and the effect was a bit too sedate for this mischief-loving bear. “Oh well,” I said to myself. “It is what it is for now.” But I went to bed last night thinking about it and awoke this morning with the simple solution. I found a remnant that I deemed “perfect,” and as soon as Mike and Bess left for their hunting excursion, I converted the kitchen to a cutting area and went to it.
I suppose it took me half an hour to make that 10-minute skirt, but when I was finished, another remnant spoke to me, and I made yet another. I could do it all day, but I have a meeting this afternoon.
I am full of ideas for this bear. Or, maybe I’ll even get another special order. KW
[Kathy’s 10-minute Build-a-Bear skirt: Cut a strip of fabric approximately 7 ½ by 24 inches. (Or use a fat quarter and make the width about 22 inches. The bear won’t care if her skirt isn’t quite so full.) Make a casing for elastic on one long edge. Hem the other long edge. Cut a piece of elastic 12 inches long and insert in casing. Stitch the back seam.]