Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Most Ridiculous Thing I've Ever Made

 We got a dog last week!  Her name is Dede and she is a 14 month old English Bulldog.  She is house trained, good with people and dogs, and just about the chillest dog I've ever met.  We got Dede from an awesome breeder in Charlotte when she didn't quite work out as a show dog.  We were hoping to get her fixed before she went into heat......but I found blood spots on the carpet last night.  I have no experience with dogs in heat.  I learned that she could be spotting for up to 2 weeks.  I couldn't find a diaper cover in her size at the pet store, so I made one.

She makes for a wiggly model.

I used this free pattern and modified it for Dede's 25" waist.  I don't have big squares of velcro in my stash so I secure it with some safety pins.  She has a tiny little corkscrew-shaped tail, and therefore, doesn't need a tail hole.  Dede couldn't care less that she is wearing a diaper.  

I added some elastic around the butt area.  Next time I'll make the elastic tighter and continue it around the front of her legs.  There is an extra long maxi pad inside to catch drips.

This is Dede's favorite spot.  She will sit here for hours if you touch her.  She likes nothing more than to be loved on.  My super sensitive pregnant nose + the smell of Dede's 'that time of the month' = angry, annoyed, cranky Stephanie.  I have been mad at her all day.  But now that it's all covered up, how can I not love that face? 

She's perfect!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Kwik Sew 3513 | I Love Yoga Waistbands!

I've had Kwik Sew 3513 in my stash for about a year and decided it was time to make a black staple skirt.  I used a rayon/cotton knit from Five Eighths Seams.  I almost fainted when I saw the price ($17 per yard) but I only needed 1.5 yards, and this knit was so soft and drapey, I gladly forked out the plastic.  This four seasons skirt will get tons of wear.

This pattern comes together stupid fast and is basically fool-proof.  The front and back are the same pattern piece and then you cut out two waistbands and you're set!  Only five seams to finish and I didn't even have to hem the skirt edge.

My only advice is you may want to cut your waistband a bit larger (at first) just to be safe - I learned this the hard way one time.  Every knit is different!

I used my sewing machine and walking foot with a twin needle on the lightning bolt stitch.  My Janome serger was out of commission.  I just barely got it back after being in the shop for 2 months!

Sorry for the sucky picture.  Sometimes black is difficult to photograph and I didn't have the time (or desire) to fix it.  There are plenty of more photos on

I highly recommend this pattern!  It's a great wardrobe builder, is perfect for people new to sewing with knits, and I definitely plan to use this pattern again.  Oh - no, this isn't a maternity pattern and yes, it totally fits around my growing belly.  I love yoga waistbands for that reason.  I made this skirt when I was about 8 weeks along and at 22 weeks it still fits great.

Happy sewing!