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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Santa Dog is coming to town! McCalls 6259

Ho ho ho!!! Give me some bacon!

Ok I know the dog costumes are getting out of hand especially since I have an 80 lb labrador retriever that most people probably wouldn’t dress up like a Paris Hilton dog, but this Santa costume was too cute to pass up. Our local JoAnns had a $.99 McCalls pattern sale the other week and I wanted to stock up on some craft patterns, especially Christmas decor since we don’t have much other than our tree and some nutcrackers. So while looking through the Holiday patterns online, I stumbled onto McCalls 6259. This pattern is obviously for a much smaller dog so I had to make “big” some adjustments.

For the body I referenced her jaildog costume to scale it up. The fabric I used was a stretchy red velvet so it had much more give that just a plain cotton. For whatever reason I have had a huge stash of this white fur material in my sewing closet, so it was time to be put to good use! The belt was black bias tape that I doubled up, and the buckle was off an old belt that I was planning on giving away. 

The construction of this costume was very straight forward. I didn’t even bother hemming parts of it because the material doesn’t fray or curl, and let’s be honest.. its a dog costume. I don’t think Harper will be too critical about it. I used velcrow for the enclosureunder her belly and the hat. I think she may need some help from safety pins on Christmas day though since it pulls open when she sits or rolls around.

I think she looks like one festive doggie and I anticipate many treats in this Santa Dog’s future!