Monthly Archives: February 2020

Hoodies for Dogs

One thing that I love about sewing is that it gives me the ability to make projects on a whim and come out with something fun, creative, and sometimes unexpected. Ellie & Mac’s Hoddie Dog Sweater is one of those patterns – as soon as I saw it, I knew my dog had to have a hoodie… because dogs in clothes are adorable!

Just like a human, there are several measurements that you need to take in order to get the best fit. Thankfully, Jimmy was very cooperative so taking them wasn’t too bad. According to size chart, he was a medium, which is about what I would have expected him to be, but expected that the end result would need some tweeking in the end. I was rather surprised that the only future modification that I will really need is shortening the body some. In hindsight, I should have already done this because I knew how long he was (from taking measurements), but I was so excited to finish this and try it on, I never thought about it.

Putting this together was very easy as the instructions are pretty good… Except… the pocket markings are wrong on the pattern (it’s sized for the pocket piece that hasn’t been “finished”) and I thought that the placket instructions could have used a bit more direction. Otherwise this came together without a hitch and I love the end result.

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Hoodie Dog Sweater

Before I start my next big project, I thought that I would cross a few projects off my list and make a few fun ones in between. First up: Ellie & Mac’s Hoodie Dog Sweater.

When I saw this pattern, I couldn’t resist grabbing it for Jimmy. Not only is is adorable, but he has very little fur on his underside, so when we’ve had very cold days, he just snuggles inside. This hoodie sweater should be a fun solution. But first…. measuring. I’m guessing he may not be the most cooperative with this (I’ll arm myself with treats), but I’m hoping that I’ll get close enough to guestimate what size he’ll need.

As for the fabric, I’ve decided on using a cotton interlock for starters. I had a fun print that’s been in my stash for ages – it’s not large enough for a lot of projects, but should be plenty for a pint sized hoodie!

No Show

It seems like after the new year, I go thought an underwear sewing spurt. Seeing that no show underwear are my current favorite, I decided to give Greenstyle Creations No Show Brief pattern a try, while I was at it, I decided to order some of the Mist fabric that she offered since I really didn’t have any material on hand that would work and I was interested in seeing what their recommended fabric were like.

First, let’s talk the fabric. I’m not sure that I’m a fan. It is very soft, super stretchy, and very comfortable to wear, but it curls like crazy. It was not fun to work with… in fact, I may have enjoyed this project more if I hadn’t used it.

Now, let’s talk the pattern. For me the sizing was spot on. I did make the low rise, which seemed way too low for me. I wound up adding a bit of stretch lace on the top (partly because of the fabric curling, but also to add a bit of height) which seems to put it in a more comfortable spot for me. I think if I make more in the future I’ll cut somewhere in between the low and mid rise to see what I get. The pieces went together well, but make sure that you read the instructions closely – I didn’t and wound up having to rework the crotch lining. All in all, this was a pretty easy little pattern to put together, but I’m going to go back to the drawing board with the fabric before I try this again.