Meet Pepper

I am still waiting for the additional quilt fabrics to arrive so no progress on that as yet, panic, panic, panic. Thank you so much everyone who commented, I gleaned lots of advice and tips and am slowly getting around to replying to all by email but have been a little delayed as my Technical Advisor has rebuilt my computer in the last couple of days. To soothe my nerves in the meantime I have been busy with a couple of things. First of all, there is Pepper (named by Tilly who has been longing for her own giraffe). Another giraffe, no bag as yet but a fetching skirt and blouse ensemble and I am especially pleased that I managed to sew with the elastic, a first for me, it required a bit of experimentation but we got there in the end and the technique works well for doll's clothes. I did mean to add some weight to the bottom this time but sewed it up before remembering, next time..... I have changed the pattern a little this time but it is still essentially the same pattern which has got me thinking about copyright issues with these Japanese Patterns. There is a shop locally which I think might provide a small market for this sort of gift but presumably I would be infringing copyright? However, I do notice a lot of things for sale on-line which would seem to be based on designs from these books so how much should a pattern be altered? I do have some ideas for toys of my own creation which I will get to work on soon but no doubt if I searched the internet hard enough I would still find very similar designs, perhaps it is just that sort of market. I am not going to research my own ideas for fear that I will throw up that very problem.

Of course none of this tarnishes my fondness for the Japanese Books and with Pepper the Giraffe completed I set to work on a couple of dresses for Tilly, the pattern comes from this book.

Just some small adjustments to make and zips to put in, hopefully some model shots later this week.

Comments

Cherry Rolfe said…
The Copyright issue is a tricky one. I think its only Disney who would drag you over hot coals, but then again if I designed something I would like to be able to hang on to the credit for it! If you have some ideas of variations of your own, that make the item feel like it is your creation - I would go down that road!
P said…
the rule of thumb is if you alter something by 60% it won't be considered to infringe copyright.
There's a possibility you might be able to request a copyright waiver but it'll be hard to negotiate in japanese... :)
heather said…
Pepper is fab ! I want one too :0)
Stephanie said…
Pepper is adorable. Such a happy girl, and she looks like she is all set to enjoy a splendid afternoon tea party or a days shopping. Something fun anyway!
Copyright is such a minefield. I have looked into it a bit since I do some collage art, but stuffed toys...I don't know. It does occur to me that people have been making stuffed animals for such a long time, and the basic shapes dont change very much. A giraffe is a giraffe, and a bunny is a bunny. Think of all those teddy bears out there that people make - and sell - all based on the same shape. Just my thoughts...
Wendy said…
Love that Giraffe but can't help with the copyright as Lucy is looking into the same problem and we can't get a clear answer :o(
Charity said…
Pepper is a sweet giraffe! The fabric you're using for the dresses is sweet, too :0)
hannah said…
Love your new giraffe, I have plans to make one of those as we have that same japanese book here. I have very little idea on copyright either, I mix and match ideas for some of the softies I have made, throwing in a few of my own details, although they are just for my own enjoyment and not for sale. If I was selling something i would think it would have to be my own idea / make up my own new pattern I guess.
Love your bag from a few posts back too,very impressive and we visit Aberkhan whenever we come up to visit the in-laws, its a great place!!

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