Houndstooth coat for my favorite hound


I realized today that I have not made any new posts lately, and ironically I have a bunch of finished sewing projects to add but I haven’t had much to time to coordinate with my man and take photos of them yet. So on that note today I am adding a post of a project which I can be the photographer, Harper’s new dog coat! It hasn’t really been all that cold this winter (not that I am complaining) so she hasn’t gotten much wear, but she still looks cute.

I used McCalls 6455 which is a very easy pattern, great for a beginner. One thing I will say is that this is the first dog outfit pattern I have used that I actually had to size down, usually these patterns are small even when they say that they can be used for “larger” dogs. This pattern had huge sizes and even an extender to add to the belt for a larger chested dog (or more ahem… rotund dogs). So for those of you who have Mastiffs, St. Bernards, Great Danes or any other massive breed of dog and you like to dress them up then this pattern is perfect.

I used a faux houndstooth fleece, and a lot of black bias tape around the edges, and velcro for the closures. I am finding that velcro isn’t the best bet for Harper because she has such a thick neck it comes undone pretty easily. I’ll probably add snaps or buttons to this to make it more secure.

On unrelated non-sewing news, my husband and I decided to jump on the backyard chicken trend and start our own little flock. Fresh eggs coming our way! We started building our coop, which we have dubbed “The Cluck Hut” and painted the frame today since it was so gorgeous outside.

We ordered our chicks, 4 different breeds, which will arrive mid April to their new digs. We wanted to wait until it warmed up a bit since chicks are sensitive to cold weather, we figured it would be good and warm by then. Three of the chickens will be our good eggs layers, one buff orpington and two plymouth rocks. The other breeds we ordered for fun- one is an Easter Egger which is of South American decent and can lay green, blue or pink eggs. The last two chickens are  silkie bantums, they look like little muppets! Check it out:

Hee hee hee.. can you tell I am excited about these chickens?? More to come on the ladies later!

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6 Comments on “Houndstooth coat for my favorite hound”

  1. prttynpnk says:

    The chicks get houndstooth coats too, i hope!

  2. CGCouture says:

    The silkies will lay eggs, but they’ll be iiiiiiiiiitty-bitty ones. (My mom used to raise chickens, and she fell for the little fuzzballs too.) They do look extremely cute out there in the yard.

    Cute doggie coat! I’ll have to tip my mom off on it, since she’s got three cold-weather-weanie boxers…

  3. Trisha says:

    Cute pup! She looks great in that coat.

    We’ve “adopted” a chicken from a local farm–which means that we get 6 eggs per week from her–she lays green eggs, and they are delicious. How brave of you to try your own coop! I wonder how the dog will react to the chickens?

    • cjgal says:

      Harper is pretty lethargic these days ( she’s going to be 10 this year) she doesn’t have much interest in other animals unless they are being served for dinner 😉

  4. mrsmole says:

    Love that kooky looking chicken!!!! I’d love to have some of my own!

  5. cjgal says:

    Thanks ladies! I can’t wait till the chickies get here, we should have a ton of eggs since we will have 6 chickens but they probably won’t start laying until the fall. That should give me plenty of time to sew up houndstooth chicken robes for them… Haha maybe not… I will def be sharing pics of our gals though!


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