Good Christmas Morning! I made a teddy bear as a gift for young Noodle. When my brother and I were small, an old friend of our Adelaide aunt's kindly made us a pair of large woven-wool teddies. They wore matching coordinating vests, bottom hugging shorts and red bow ties. We lovingly referred to them as Strop. My homage to Strop above is a bit more modestly dressed, and looks more like he should be on the back of a truck with TheBeverly Hillbillies than sparring with the young Paul Hogan. I very much enjoyed making this bear, though my pants pattern drafting skills need some work. (The shirt was quite easy, even though at first glance it appears the more complex garment.) The bear was from a 1970s pattern which was the most similar I could find to the bears that we had. He was easy and fun to make, especially at that relatively large size.
GLOSSARY FOR YOUNG READERS Strop -- click here The Beverly Hillbillies -- click here
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I worked for many years in the fashion industry, designing prints, textiles and developing products for children. I now work as a freelance illustrator and make a variety of work under my own name. Some of the things that I make can be found in my etsy shop and in galleries and stores around Australia.