Dog Coats

Happy Birthday!

Today is my birthday, (Yay! Happy birthday!) and while I don’t have any new sewing to share with you, I do have some adorable fabrics! Saturday evening, Mattie surprised me with dinner with friends, and there was some gifting. My friend Tracy gave me some lovely beads, and Jami gave me these cute fabrics!


The skulls and paw prints are fleece, the polka dots are flannel, and the puppies are cotton. She had doggie coats in mind for these, but the more I look at the puppies one, the more I want to make a new purse for myself. Its just plain cute, and I’ve been carrying around my pink purse for a couple years now I think, and I’ve been thinking of changing it up again. And of course, if I use a matching fabric inside, maybe a chocolate brown broadcloth, I could still make doggie coats with the other 1/2 yard. LOL So many things to think about!

I’m going to sit on it for a few days I think and then decide.

M5165 – Again? Really?

I know how many little dog coats can I make this year with M5165? I’ve made what, three in the last few months? I made another one tonight, this one for my Mom’s little dog for Christmas. It was its own challenge and I really hope it fits her as the dog in question is very overweight, and I had to heavily modify the pattern to (hopefully) make it fit. I added about 2 inches to the width of the coat, so it will come down a bit lower on her sides. By doing it this way, it gives the coat more coverage, but also meant I didn’t need to lengthen the belly straps as well. I also had to add multiple extra inches to the neck, which was done by simply extended that part of the coat outward a few inches on each side. The closures are still with velcro, but I used longer pieces than usual to allow for more adjustment in sizing.

The coat was done in two blue cotton prints- one which was a leftover from when I made a cute semi-peasant-styled top, and one which I had a fat quarter of that I picked up for some reason or other. The fat quarter was barely big enough to cut the coat and straps out of. Sandwiched between the two layers of cottons is a layer of insulated batting, and the entire thing was top-stitched with ice blue thread.

It looks good, but the true test will be on Christmas Eve when we see if it actually fits her or not. I’ll see if I can get some photos of it then when Moppie is wearing it.

I also did some beading this evening, finishing up a pair of earrings I started a few weeks ago. Tomorrow I’ll be repairing two t-shirts I have that have a hole forming in the underarm seam.

Playing Catch-Up With UFOs

I’ve been working on my UFOs the last few days trying t finish them up. What’s a UFO, you ask? A UFO is an Un-Finished Object, something us crafters probably deal with more than most other folks. In my case, I’ve only got a few, but its more than I want to have and my goal this week is to catch up and get all of them finished!

Most of my UFOs are clothing-related. I had a dress I attempted to make abut 3 years ago. I gained weight. I realized almost every piece of it was cut wrong. I gave up with it half constructed and threw it behind my sewing table where it sat until Thursday.

I had a skirt I cut the pieces for in September. It also sat, collecting dust, and not getting anywhere near done. I finished it on Friday, and despite having lots of buttons (my personal sewing bane) I made it through easily and pretty quickly.

I had a bathrobe (technically not a UFO because I never started on it) that I planned even before the second skirt. I cut and finished it on Saturday, and it turned out lovely! I love it!

And what did I do today? I finished the mate to a pair of pot holders I made (the first one of the pair) about 4 years ago. The style is really cute and very retro, but to be honest, its also a huge pain in the butt to make them, which is why I made one and never finished its mate. Its done too now. I honestly had an easier time making it then I thought I would though and am contemplating making a few more to try to sell. I’ll get a photo of it tomorrow.

I also made the mate to a pair of earrings I started a few weeks ago before being hit with the Christmas season beading rampage getting things ready for gifting. Those I will be photographing and adding them to my shop tomorrow some time in the Flowers & Plants section. They’re a pair of Stargazer lilies, in two shades of pink and white. They turned out pretty nicely but they aren’t my favorite earring creation to date.

I did some other sewing too for one of my Mom’s Christmas gifts, which I hope will work out- I asked her for measurements (its a coat for her fat little dog) and I had to modify the existing pattern quite a bit, but I think it will be fine. I did the coat in two shades of blue (both cotton prints) as blue is her favorite color, and used ice blue thread for the top stitching. I’ll try to remember to bring my camera out to her house on Christmas Eve and get photos of the dog wearing it.

I’m not sure what tomorrow will bring for me out in the craft room, but I’m thinking of trying something new this time. Maybe fleece mittens?

M5165 – A Few Times Over

I’ve done this pattern (M5165) before in the past in all three sizes, and its super quick and easy. Pretty much the worst that can happen with this pattern is you could stitch too close to the edge of the fabric and have a hole when you turn it. It really is almost completely mistake proof. I sat down and made two new small ones tonight, which I added to my Kittyloaf Designs shop, and plan on making another one tomorrow in the medium size. The one on the right is using a vintage fabric I got from my grandmother’s stash from when she used to sew her own clothes years ago, and the underside is just cotton broadcloth.

I ended up using one of my stuffies for a model as I don’t have access to a dog of that size here at home, and it actually worked out pretty well. It doesn’t run around or try to take off the coat!

I’m planning on doing some beadwork tomorrow afternoon and running some errands outside of the house, but want to make the other one of these, and maybe start on my bathrobe (M5348) I’ve been stalling on. I’m also hoping to go through the sewing patterns I recently acquired and pulling out the ones I want to sell, and getting them listed on my site as well. Listing the ones I’m keeping here in my library is going to be a huge project that may take several days to complete- I have roughly 50 new patterns to catalog and photograph.

I also have to go pick up some fabrics from the post office tomorrow and assuming they are correct, stitch up two zippered pouches for a friend’s daughters. That will be a really quick and easy project that should hopefully be completely pain-free and easy. I was going to link you to the tutorial that showed me how to sew these bags initially, but I can’t see to find it now and must have deleted the bookmark.

One thing at a time, right?