In July I had another commission project to do: make a jointed teddy bear with machine embroidery across the tummy. Oh, and the fabrics were two baby blankets from the parents-to-be's childhood(s). One of them was a plain stretchy off-white blanket, and the other was a blue gingham quilt with extra-thick polyester batting that had balled up from repeated washings in its past. Quite the challenge! Did I mention that I've never MADE a jointed teddy bear before?
So I called my sister-in-law, Alice, who used to make jointed teddy bears all the time, and asked her if she still had the pattern that she had used. Lo and behold, not only did she find the pattern booklet (long since out of print), she also had the plastic joints AND the eyes! Bless you, Alice!
I had hoped she would offer to help me with it, but she was busy with other things (like preparing for her OWN first grandchild). She probably also had much more confidence in my ability to make a bear than I did.
The bad news is that I did have to make an extra limb because I made two identical ones, but the good news is that the rest of the bear went together pretty easily. And the customer loved it!