Boy tee and dog hoodie

After: boy long sleeved t-shirt and dog hoodie

Before: adult long sleeved tee with cowl neck.

So I found this long sleeved t-shirt with rather ridiculous cowl neckline in the men’s section of a thrift shop. My first thought was: wow, look at all those fabric! The color is actually light grey with black printed pattern, it is rather thick jersey in good quality. I bought the item for about USD5.

My favorite pattern for making Sidra’s long-sleeved T-shirt is Biscuit by Tamanegi-Kobo, a Japanese pattern store. The sleeves are very interesting, they look like regular sleeves from the front and raglan sleeves from the back. I’ve used this pattern several times here, here, and here. This time I printed a new one as Sidra is now size 130. Too bad that in several years he won’t be using this pattern and also all my Japanese pattern books for kids, as all of them stop at size 130.

I used the original sleeves hem and simply overlocked the hem of the T-shirt. All of the seams are done on my overlocker.

Dog clothes for small dogs

The dog hoodie is from Millamilla pattern book, the title is in Japanese and translated as ‘Dog clothes for small dogs’. I used the book for first time for making clothes for Duff here. The hoodie has raglan sleeves and single layer hoodie. I cut all the pieces from the cowl of the original t-shirt. All the seams are done on overlocker except for several topstitching using sewing machine.
Boy tee and dog hoodie Boy tee and dog hoodie Boy tee and dog hoodie

Here they are in matching shirts!

Boy tee and dog hoodie Boy tee and dog hoodie
Boy tee and dog hoodie Boy tee and dog hoodie
Boy tee and dog hoodie

Boy’s long-sleeved T-shirt pattern is Biscuit by Tamanegi-Kobo (PDF), size 130.
Dog hoodie pattern is from Millamilla pattern book , size M.

Screen printing newbie: ARK dog scarves

ARK dog scarves

I recently volunteered to make these dog scarves for ARK to replace the worn-out ones. The old ones are slip-on type with casing to thread the collar, which is perfectly fine if there is only one or two dogs. But when there are five or more dogs, taking the collar off and putting it back again can be quite a hassle, so they asked me to make a non slip-on scarves.

After several prototypes, I came up with this one. The scarf is double layered, topstitched around the edge, has rounded edge, and a small loop to keep the ends of scarf together. I made it in 3 sizes. Since I didn’t have too much yellow fabric, the other side is from an old bedsheet in different shade of yellow.

Another problem was how to put the ARK logo on the scarves. One way is to use iron-on transfer paper, but they often don’t do quite well in washing machine. They also leave a thin layer of background on the fabric. It is actually quite transparent but since the logo has a lot of empty space inside, it still shows up. Of course I also didn’t look forward to ironing several scarves in this summer heat. The other alternative was screen printing. But I didn’t know how! Well, I can always learn, can’t I?

ARK dog scarves

That was where T-shirt kun came in. I bought it in Sekaido, an art supply shop in Shinjuku. T-shirt kun is an easy screen printing kit with an exposure machine and enough equipments to make several small prints. I only had to put the screen on the frame, put them in the exposure machine and pushed the button. Several minutes later the light went off and I brushed the screen gently with water, then it is ready for screen printing!
ARK dog scarves ARK dog scarves ARK dog scarves

Now I’m thinking of all the possibilities to make with this screen printing kit! In the meantime, here’s ARK dogs (Punkie Anna, Moulin, Fuwawa, Financier, and Swan) in ARK adoption event last Saturday wearing the new scarves!

Punky Annda

Fuwawa and Muran (Chinese crested) Financier the Dachshund Swan the Chinese crested

Garnet tops (+ dog tees)

As you might know, my wardrobe is mostly consisted of dresses, which is something that I had wanted to fix since the beginning of the year. But there were always some pretty dress patterns that distracted my attention and I kept making more dresses.

A couple of months ago I bought these pair of denim from Modcloth on a whim. Note to self: there are certain times each month when I have to avoid online shopping site. Anyway, it is a high-waisted skinnies in stretchy materials and was the most loved item in denim section so I clicked and bought them in size 3. It turned out that I really like this denim! I wore them almost everyday this summer but the lack of tops in my wardrobe doesn’t offer too much choices to wear with the denim pants. So I searched for a basic top pattern with enough interesting details to keep me motivated and found it in Tamanegi-Kobo, a Japanese pattern store.

The pattern is called Garnet. It is designed for knit fabric and offers two options of sleeve, gathered cap sleeves and open shoulder with elbow length sleeves. I love that the bodice is quite basic with enough shaping. I can alter it to an ordinary T-shirt or tank top. The instructions are in Japanese but it is a simple pattern so it was quite easy.
Garnet tops Garnet tops

I happened to find some knit fabric in three different patterns, each is about 1.2 m. The first top that I cut is the black dots on light pink fabric. The fabric is quite thin and fragile and it was sort of a muslin for this pattern. I cut size S and it fits me right without too many alterations except for shortening the sleeves. I then  shortened the bodice too because I like to wear the tops not tucked in. Since the pattern is shortened, I managed to cut two tops for each of the next two fabrics!

Garnet tops Garnet tops

Garnet tops Garnet tops

The sleeves and neckline of the tees are finished with knit binding. Instead of binding, I just serged folded strips of fabric along the edge and then topstitched them from the right side. The topstitching was done in zigzag stitch with width set on 0.5 and length on 3. For the blue cap sleeved version, I used plush elastic to finish the sleeves and neckline.

Garnet tops Garnet tops

And of course, matching dog tees from the leftover fabrics! It will be like mother-daughter outfits! Or not.

Dog tees Dog tees Dog tees

Top pattern is Garnet by Tamanegi-kobo, size S (PDF)
Dog tee pattern is free tank top pattern by MillaMilla, size S (PDF)

Summer kimono

Dog summer kimono
For Bashu, that is. One might ask, why would a dog need a summer kimono? But let’s not dwell unto this and just enjoy these cuteness! Isn’t she soooo adorable wearing the little kimono?

Dog summer kimono Dog summer kimono

The pattern is Yukata from my favorite dogwear pattern store, MillaMilla. It is a Japanese pattern store and I had used their patterns to make several dogwear for Duff. MillaMilla also has an English site and an etsy shop.

Since I bought the pattern from the Japanese site, the instructions are in Japanese. But as usual Japanese instructions always have lots of helpful diagram so I didn’t have any particular problem making it. Also, dogwear is not the most complicated thing to sew.  The fabric is some beautiful red kimono fabric bought in Yuzawaya. I bought it with the intention of making a corset out of it but then I changed my mind. The green fabric for the obi is from a small store in my neighborhood.
Dog summer kimono Dog summer kimono

Dog summer kimono

I also recycled a knit top to make a summer dress for Bashu. The pattern is from the pattern book, Dog clothes for small dogs, also by MillaMilla. I love that the dress has these little straps like a real summer dress!

Dog summer dress Dog summer dress

Dog summer dress Dog summer dress

I have to say that this time I’m falling in love a bit too hard with Bashu. It seems that I have a soft spot for older female dogs, maybe because the dogs I grew up with were mostly female. Bashu is so sweet, cute, and loving. She doesn’t mind me hugging or kissing her, even seems to like it. But as with all fostering stories, there’s the bittersweet part; Bashu has found her forever home and she will be leaving at the end of the week. In fact, her new owner met her last week at the adoption event, so actually she just needs a temporary space with us until all the paperworks with the new owner are settled.

Bashu misses Shidora

Sidra had to say goodbye to Bashu yesterday since he was leaving for summer camp. Bashu will no longer be here when he’s back. Bashu is quite fond of Sidra and she spent the whole day sitting in front of the living room, whining occasionally. She used to stay there beside Sidra while he was playing game or making summer homework. Bashu never steals anything but yesterday I found her taking Sidra’s recorder (musical instruments) from his box and dragging it to her bed. Awww.

Since Bashu really likes Sidra, I thought Sidra would be sad about her leaving. Surprisingly he seems fine, he said that the most important thing is that Bashu has found a home and he is sure that Bashu will be happy. So, congratulations Bashu, and good luck for the new life!

Summer dress pattern is from Dog clothes for small dogs pattern book.
Summer kimono pattern is Yukata by MillaMilla

Duff’s clothes

Dog clothes

Dog clothes for small dogs

Dog clothes are probably not something necessary, except maybe in cold weather. But I’ve got to admit that dog in clothes are probably one of the cutest things in the world. At first, I just tried my hand on recycling Sidra’s old T-shirts into Duff’s t-shirt using this free pattern from Free Dog Clothes Pattern blog. They were finished crudely so I won’t post them here.

But then I found this: MillaMilla, an online dog PDF pattern shop that features the cutest and most adorable dogwear, and suddenly I have a new hobby. MillaMilla offers several free pattern that can be downloaded here. Right now they have a tanktop and hood pattern, but more free patterns will be added soon. This online shop is actually a Japanese pattern shop that has recently developed its English site. The Japanese site features more cute patterns and even a pattern book! They also have an etsy shop.

I ordered the book and it is delivered in just a couple of days. The book features patterns for small-sized dogs only (chihuahua to poodles and slightly differently drafted pattern for small dachshund), but the website has bigger sizes. There are 45 different variations of  tank top, T-shirt, raglan sleeves T-shirt, camisoles, shirt, coat, bandana, and belly band patterns in this book. As usual with Japanese pattern books, there are no seam allowances but the drawings show how much and where to add the allowances.

Dog clothes Dog clothes

It is a great thing that I can recycle old clothes to make new ones for Duff! The blue tank top is recycled from an old T-shirt. The beetle patch is from Sidra’s shirt that I made five years ago. The shirt is torn in places, I saved the patch and applied heat and bond iron on adhesive. I use size DS (Dachshund small) for this t-shirt, it is a bit too fitted but still okay.

Dog clothes Dog clothes

The camouflage pattern T-shirt is from another t-shirt that I made for Sidra a couple of years ago. This time I use MillaMilla free tank top pattern in  size DM (Dachshund medium). You can see that it has more ease than the blue one.

Dog clothes Dog clothes

Here’s a striped hoodie, recycled from a top I made two years ago. I think he looks like a seal in the first picture!

Dog clothes Dog clothes

This one might be totally unnecessary. A dog wearing a shirt in woven fabric? Also, a batik shirt? It is sort of Indonesian personal joke, as batik shirt is considered a formal wear for Indonesian men. The batik fabric was once a part of Sidra’s Javanese costume that he wore for a photoshoot for Sesame, a kids’ fashion magazine. I think Duff looks pretty comfortable in it!

Pattern is from MillaMilla: free tank top pattern, Dog clothes for small dogs pattern book.

Duff loves his cardboard house

Duff loves his cardboard house

It has only been three weeks since Duff came, but it sure feels like a long time! He has learned several commands like sit, stay, and down. He still doesn’t like to play with toys, but Sidra made him a cardboard house and Duff really loves it! He can spend quite a long time in it, digging on the bottom or ripping the wall.

He sleeps on his bed in our bedroom at night, and sometimes in the morning he would crawl inside my blanket to sleep. It is so cute. He loves following me, sometimes when we came home, he ignores my husband and Sidra and goes greeting me first. I think I’ve grown quite attached to this little guy.

Now for the bittersweet part. Duff is sweet and cute so it is no wonder that he has found a loving family already. He will leave this week on the 21st to meet them, along with his bed and clothes. He really likes the bed that I made for him, so it is better if he can take it to his new home. I will surely miss him, but it is part of being a foster parent. Congratulations Duff and good luck on the new journey in your life!

Dog bed

This is for me??? Really??

As Monte has destroyed the big pillow that he used as his bed, I thought that I would make a proper dog bed for Duff. Yes I could have bought it, but where’s the fun of it?

After searching for some DIY dog bed on the internet, I found one via Pinterest that I quite like. Unfortunately the Pinterest link only pointed to the image with no explanation of the original creator. The watermark shows a username on Weibo, a Chinese microblogging service. If you are the owner of the image, or you know who owns the image, please tell me so I can give a proper credit. This is the image.

The idea of the dog bed is quite simple but clever. Everything is in one piece, you only need to shape them by stitching some lines across. The walls are then connected to each other using ribbon ties. Of course this bed is more suitable for calmer dog like Duff. I use cotton/linen mix from my stash, it is an interior weight fabric with checks pattern. Duff seems to like it as he has already lied down on it when I was cutting on the floor. I recycled the fibrefill from Monte’s pillow for the bed’s walls.

Dog bed Dog bed

With walls up

The pillow form was made from Monte’s old pillow form fabric, filled with leftover fibrefill and cut-up fabric scraps. The case is just some old pillow case lying around. Maybe I should have made a matching pillow case, but the fabric of this pillow case is very comfortable and Duff loves it.

Dog bed

Pillow added

Dog bed

Dog bed

Dog bed

Now I will show you how to use the bed.

Dog bed

You can use it like this.

Dog bed

You can also use it like this.

Dog bed

Thank you for looking at my bed.

Duff’s pillow

The red pillow is from his previous foster parent. It is made from quilted fabric with his name appliqued on it. Except for the smell, the pillow is still in perfect condition! No bite marks and all. I think it is so adorable that he has his own pillow.

Duff is such a sweet boy! He doesn’t bite, doesn’t chew on things, does his business on the right place (except for several times when he couldn’t differentiate tatami floor with grass). He sleeps on his bed in our bedroom at night and doesn’t have to be crated.

The thing is, he doesn’t know how to play. Maybe he didn’t have toys when he was living with his previous owner. Isn’t that sad, a dog who doesn’t know how to play? I threw him a ball, he looked at the ball and looked back at me excitedly, as if he knows that I want him to do something but he just couldn’t figure it out.

I gave him a chew toy (with tasty bacon flavor!) but he just sniffed it and then looked at me. This morning I gave him a food dispenser toy, he was preoccupied for sometime but stopped when the treats were all gone.

So he usually just follows me everywhere, sitting around me and staring at me with his adorable eyes. It is cute of course, but I hope he will be able to enjoy playing with toys someday!

Page 3 of 41234