Hoodie for Cassie

My beloved Baby Lock Elizabeth has been needing a trip to the shop for a good servicing, so I’ve packed it up and put it aside until I can take it down to the shop sometime this weekend. In the meantime, I pulled out my back-up machine, which was mom’s Singer 2210 from 1987 to help me with preparing for projects I have in my queue. Also, I decided to start organizing my stash of fabric and projects.

I have a huge Rubbermaid container that I throw all my remnants and scraps in that I hope to use (what can I say, I’m a “just in case” hoarder at heart) someday. I had a large amount of navy knit leftover from my skirt, and I thought I might have enough for a sweatshirt for me, but… nope. But I did have enough to make a hoodie for my dog. Every time she goes outside for a walk in the rain, she always looks so sad with the rain getting in her funnel-like ears, so I was hoping this might help her.

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Cassie doesn’t really like it, but it keeps her dry when she goes for her walks outside in the rain. I should have anticipated having to shorten the length on the sleeves because of her stubby Corgi legs, so I think I’ll probably cut them off and fold in the raw edge, but for now, they’re rolled up to her elbow when she wears her sweatshirt.

Aside from using up scraps, this project also gave me an opportunity to fire up the Singer again and make sure it wasn’t going to devour any of my fabric like it liked to do when I sewed dresses for school dances in high school. It sure loved the taste of polyester satin.

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Pattern Description

Pet sweater. Yep.

Pattern Sizing

Extra-small to Medium. Cassie is a medium (even with as long as she is).

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yep.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Yes; Simplicity is usually pretty easy to follow.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

The order of seams makes it difficult to alter this pattern (leave the side seam open, sew the top of the sleeve to the shirt, sew up the side seam and sleeve seam, then sew the bottom ribbing on lastly), especially since I”ll need to remove the sleeves. So instead of removing all the seams to adjust the sleeve, I’ll probably end up cutting off the sleeve and then sewing up the armhole.

Fabric Used

Medium-weight jersey that I used for a winter maxi skirt.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made

None, but I should have removed or shortened the sleeves. Corgi’s have short legs :)

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Maybe… for one of the cats :P Definitely recommended for smallish to medium size pets.

Conclusion

As much as my dog doesn’t enjoy wearing this, it is a good pattern for stash busting, especially if you like dressing up your pet. I may make another for one of my cats, but I have a feeling he’ll like it less than the dog. :)

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7 thoughts on “Hoodie for Cassie

  1. It turned out perfect and Cassie actually looks as though she likes it. I don’t now about cats thought, let me know though that goes. What a great use of stash fabric. I have a pile like that myself and hate to throw it out , always thinking maybe I will use it for contrast binding or facing inside a waistband.

    • I know, woven fabrics are easier to figure out what to do with, in my opinion. I have a bunch of pieces of jersey of different weights from different projects laying around and this was the best I could come up with :P

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