Last year we had power cuts over Christmas and the heating went out. The dogs looked very cold and pathetic wrapped in blankets. Now they have snuggly fleeces to curl up in.
The hoodies were made out of fleece with felt paw print contrast.
1m of grey fleece, 28" plastic zip
There's a button hole below the hood for a lead and a pocket on the back although I'm not sure what a dog needs a pocket for. Normally, I'm not a fan of dressing up animals but it does get very cold.
I used a Kwiksew K4033 pattern size large. It's quite long in the back but a little snug for the wide staffy chest.
A solution to your pumpkin problem: after carving out the inside of your pumpkin you're left with the disgusting, bitter pumpkin flesh. Roasting it is horrible and pumpkin pie just tastes of cinnamon. pumpkin cake, on the other hand...
Blend 800ml of pumpkin innards. That's about two small pumpkin carvings. Beat 480g of butter, 350g caster sugar and 6 eggs. Add 700g of flour, orange zest and 1tsp baking powder.
Cook for 60 minutes at 180 degrees.
Ice with orange royal icing.
I've delved into Famous Frocks again to try out some stretch fabric dresses. The first is this Rita Hayworth inspired one.
It used 1.5x1.5m blue cotton jersey stretch from Tia Knight Fabrics on eBay, 50m royal blue Gutterman thread and 30cm of 6mm clear elastic.
This was the first time trying out stretch stitch on the new machine. The pattern suggested using zig zag stitches but that gave bad seams so I used a straight stretch stitch all the way through. It was a relatively easy pattern, requiring only straight stitch, ruffling and top stitching. Also an exciting first outing for the twin needle.
The ruffling is a little uneven at the top because the sewing machine kept dropping stitches. I unpicked it twice but it was starting to lose structural integrity so I just had to make do with uneven scrunching.
Ruffling was achieved by sewing a wide stitch and gathering it then sewing clear elastic over the top.
Next time it definitely needs sequins! Or velvet.
Notes for next time: stretch cotton jersey does have a right and a wrong side. Ruffle higher up the front to eliminate the odd gap.
You rip what you sew!