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How to make patterns- Lesson 2 by pheleon How to make patterns- Lesson 2 by pheleon
Originally, I was going to have 3 parts to the tutorial, but I condensed this one so this is the final lesson. :)

I hope this helps! It's really just the starting point of making a plush pattern. Personally, I can just sorta see the shapes floating in my head and unfolding into 2D planes, but explaining that is impossible. In the end, I thought that the most basic way to break down a 3D object is with simple shapes like rectangles, circles and triangles.

If you need clarifications on the contents of this lesson, feel free to comment. However, please don't ask me how to make specific body parts/shapes! With this tutorial, you can figure it out on your own and probably make it better than I can ever explain.

I mentioned my mini-plush pattern in this tutorial, so in case you haven't see it before, here it is:

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Firestar24 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I have a question about the torso. Would it be better to do a side view to make the pattern or the "boob" pattern?
pheleon Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
It's good to do side views for any type of pattern, unless you're making a very flat plush (like for wall decorations which don't require much depth).
Firestar24 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Here's the idea I was going for:

I've never made plushies before... and i'm much too ambitious. But hey, why not aim high?
I've got a good pattern for the head, I just need to make up the body because she has "unique" anatomy.
I'm trying to keep it rather simple, but i'm new at this.
lunaflyaway Featured By Owner Edited Jul 11, 2014
Ah... Two questions.
Once you have visualized it in an angular form, do to fabric's natural roundness, can you just use that for the pattern ?
And how do you visualize something angularly? I have had trouble figuring that out...

Otherwise, thanks for this! It really helps! Especially when you're a newcomer to pattern drafting all together :iconsweatdropplz:
pheleon Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
I'm not sure I understand your first question very well... If you create a pattern with sharp angles (like a cube), it'll come out more round because of the fabric, so if you really wanted those sharp angles, you'd need to stitch it from the outside.
Second... I think the best way for visualisation is to start with very basic shapes. For example, a head is a sphere, a neck/torso is a cylinder and rectangle...arms and legs are cylinders. Then from there, you can tweak the shapes to give them more curves.
lunaflyaway Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
Thanks! I was asking because I have an easier time visualizing round objects :iconsweatdropplz:
TenshiHime13 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
This is really helpful as was your previous tutorial about this.  Thank you. :)
Lucky757 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks so much! This is amazing!
SpiderRabbit Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
I notice the girl dolls have boobs. HOW do you give them boobs?
pheleon Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
I feed them a lot of estrogen. ;)

(I just design a pattern that accomodates a bust, and then usually needlesculpt the cleavage.)
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