November 7, 2010

Let Me Show You My Skillz

It's been getting colder and colder for our daily dog walks! Last week when we pulled out their winter coats we discovered that Henry's, at least, no longer fit. They were just babies last winter! So I decided to make some dog coats, because how hard could it be?? The hardest part was getting the dogs to agree to sit still for fittings.

Henry's new coat is a fleece-lined camo hoodie. Camo isn't really our style, but I found this remnant which is super warm jacket material and I thought it would make him look extra manly. The lining is printed with dinosaurs! It does not get manlier than that!!!

Henry and I stood over his hoodie for this photo so our shadows would make it look creepy.

Henry investigating the dinosaurs.

Zilla, who is named for Godzilla (of course!), got a dinosaur coat complete with stegosaurus back-spikes. The hole in the middle is where the leash attaches to her harness. I went back later and added a hole to Henry's too. She seems to like it! I sewed the lining to the outside (there's also a layer of flannel padding sandwiched in the middle) with some very turtle-shell-looking quilting; the bright yellow definitely adds to the turtle belly look.

Here's Zilla expressing her dino-confidence on Henry.


I was able to put in a little (very little) work on Atlantis- I added some thread embroidery. I'm trying to decide if I'm going to continue on as planned, reversing and flipping the waves for the other side, or if I'm going to do something else. I've been thinking of maybe continuing the waves in the same direction but lower on the left side of the center bead, then adding some sort of thread embroidery to the upper left side- maybe storm clouds? I have to say that I've never done any embroidered lightning! And I do have some metallic silver thread...

The only problem is that changing plans midway through the cuff could make it crash and burn. I guess there's a second problem, though, which is that I like to be able to change the plan as I see fit. And maybe I see fit to add lightning, hmm??

Here's a close-up- you can click the photo to make it even larger- that may make the embroidery easier to see. I really haven't done much!

I am incredibly excited to roll out my X-TREME photoshopping skills here. With this utterly perfect image, I'm attempting to show you what my original thought was for this cuff. If I'm being completely honest, the two sides will never ever match up perfectly, and I'm not even going to try to make them. But you can at least see the original idea! I like the look of the whole cuff laid flat; my hesitation is in picturing this worn- you'll only see the middle third or so, which I have cleverly illustrated here:

Why am I even doing anything else?!? I could be making millions off of my 'shop skills!!! It's like the bracelet is already finished! Ta-da! I'm done!


  1. You are just a clever girl! Hmmm maybe that's an idea..just do half our projects, upload to photoshop and post on our blog(s)! All done, right! AT least it would look good on the 'net'! Love the doggie coats!!!!

  2. Ahahahaha, X-TREME photoshopping skills!! I think you've found your true calling!

    Also, the dog's coats look so great! I especially love the spikes.