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Leg pattern 
Thursday, July 24, 2008, 10:16 PM
Posted by Administrator
I finally have a leg pattern. I've been working on it off and on for ages, making samples, tweaking it, making more samples...

FINALLY.

This is probably the most complicated pattern of them all. Not only is it the main base, it has three joints going off at weird angles. It is *not* simple to visualise. Look at the arm, it's mostly 2D. There's a shoulder, there's an elbow. They bend on the same plane.

Not so with the leg. First it comes off the torso at an odd angle (I've designed it so it can join the torso at a 45 degree angle, to make the connection simpler, but that meant a funny cut on my 'cylinder'). Then, it bends at the knee at a different angle. Then it bends again at the ankle, and goes into the foot. The ankle bend is about the same as an elbow, so it should be fine.

The foot will require hand stitching of the little toes to get the claws in there too. I can do most of that on the bus to save time.

A note: I'm not really explaining how I go about making the patterns. I realise people might want to know this (it is my most commonly asked question with the others I've made).

Here's what I do. I take my screenshots, I stare at them. For a long time. I cut them up in my head. Then, I draw a pattern. Tweak the shapes a bit to make all the parts fit together, and then it works.

Yeah. Didn't think that would help much. This is an organic process, not something I can reduce to easily followed steps.

Since this is such a large project and I want to conserve fabric (in order to make it as large as possible), I've been making the patterns in Illustrator. This way I can make them, tweak them, and print them at whatever size I like. I've been printing them small and making sample pieces out of cheap fabric to make sure the patterns work. Then when I've got them all, I'll be able to place them all on a rectangle with the same proportions as my fabric and stretch them to fit the available space.



Only then will I know how big the megacharr will really end up.

This is also why I'm in such a rush to make the patterns. I can't do anything else until I know how big everything needs to be, and I won't know that until I've got them all.

OK. Crazy long post... over! Next I think I'll work on the arms.
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