Since I last posted a few weeks ago I've been busy with Handmaker's Factory, turned 35 years old, celebrated 8 years of writing this little blog, sewn a few more toys for birthday presents, worked on the mending pile, found a little time to work on my Archer shirt and made a dog jacket. Yes, a dog jacket!
We have a little friend called Silla. She lives in the next street over and ran away from home visited us some time before Christmas. Since then we have adopted her as our part-time-pet, we take her for walks in the park and she comes to visit and hang out with us from time to time.
I popped into the new Spotlight in Maribyrnong the other day to grab a few of their $5 patterns and added this one (Kwik Sew 3260) to the pile.
I've always chuckled at these patterns when flicking through the books. I grew up with dogs in the UK but we never put clothes on them (except that time I was about seven and dressed Mickey up in my Mam's swimsuit and a wide brimmed hat). But really, who would dress their dog in a party collar for goodness sake?! (actually don't answer that).
I've seen a lot of dogs in the park wearing jackets since the weather got colder and being small and shorthaired I thought Silla would benefit from having one.
The pattern called for a single layer of fabric such as fleece but I made up a small size using some fabric scraps from the stash. You've gotta love a bit of stash busting! Since the fabric isn't as thick as fleece I used two layers and sandwiched some wadding in the middle to add some extra padding. I then bound the edges using the same grey fabric used for the lining.
She didn't seem to mind wearing it yesterday on the walk home from school after being the cente of attention in Heidi's class as her subject for show and tell.
It kept her warm and dry in the pouring rain.
But I think she needs a waterproof one now. And maybe that party collar wouldn't look so bad after all! (just kidding!)