Meet Philip, the horse. My lovely DD3 bugged me for something to sew about 3 months ago, and since I was feeling lazy and couldn’t be bothered shopping the stash or shopping the stores, I pulled a long-ago purchased bag of fabric and stuffing out of the storage area, plunked the pattern down in front of her and said, “Here you go. Make a horse.”
And she did.The hooves are faux leather, the mane and tail are cotton yarn and the body is a wool melton. DD3 did all the work with minimal assistance. I helped with things like pinning excess ease on reverse curves or translating instructions into the actual project or shaping darts, but 95% of this was done by her little crafty self.This is an OOP pattern, and the first one by Linda Carr that I have put together. I’m impressed. The pattern was perfectly drafted and came together beautifully. Anything less would have frustrated a 10-year-old or her mother (who was busy sewing her own stuff and didn’t want to help, thank you very much), but DD3 was happy as a clam problem solving and moving from step to step.
It was a big project – a lot of work, I thought – but she was determined to make this as a gift for my 5-year-old nephew, who appreciated it tremendously.
It’s not really strong enough to support his weight, although the legs are reinforced with 1/2″ dowels, each 12 inches long, which will give you an idea of the scale of this little pony. He’s big enough to keep an American Girl happy (and better made than the fuzz-covered plastic AG horse, IMHO). I’m pleased that DD3 persevered a little bit at a time (and sometimes took a break lasting a week or two) to complete this cute little project!Neigh!!!