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Disreputable Bear

Added Jun 2, 2011

by rogue-cellist

Bathurst, Australia






This is my beloved’s childhood teddy bear. When I first saw this bear I couldn’t believe it had been kept. The fabric was full of holes, one of the eyes had almost fallen out- I’m not sure what was holding it in as the whole side of the head was a mess of “laddered” fabric. Most of the bear is bald. I’m really sorry that I didn’t take any before photos but I actually did this little repair job about 6 years ago and I didn’t own a digital camera back then.

So the story goes that I went to his house while he was at work and got his housemate to help me abduct the bear. I then went home and spent 2 days repairing what I could (quite a laborious hand sewing job) and making the suit to cover up the majority of the threadbare fabric.
There was no pattern, I just manipulated the fabric on the bear until I got the effect I was after. All the fabric and beads are scraps from other projects.
He did start out with a rose in his lapel- a tiny miniature rose from a bush at my parents house but that is long gone.
And after all that I am quite fond of this disreputable old bear too!

Material Notes

scraps of cotton, synthetic micro suede, charmeuse, ribbon, beads.




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Classic, Evening Wear
Coating, Cotton, Satin, Shirting

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  • Seamstress_large

    Jun 3, 2011, 11.38 AMby Geeky Seamstress

    oh lovely! I love the different textures of the black fabric, the little details like the bow tie :-) and the fact that it all protects a very well loved teddy :-)

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    • Sdc11375_large

      Jun 3, 2011, 11.44 AMby rogue-cellist

      Thanks :-) you wouldn’t believe how nervous I was about how it would be received! fortunately my then fiance appreciated it and we still got married lol.
      Making the little suit actually didn’t take very long- I was really surprised by how easily it came together.

    • Seamstress_large

      Jun 3, 2011, 12.47 PMby Geeky Seamstress

      haha yea, I can see how that would make you nervous :-) My Husb0t’s got a bunny/teddy thing… I’d be afraid to even touch it, you’re a brave woman

    • Sdc11375_large

      Jun 3, 2011, 11.03 PMby rogue-cellist

      brave or stupid… probably the latter lol.

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