Every once in a while I get a odd sewing request. These mostly come from my brothers:
"Can you make me a shirt with detachable sleeves?"
"Can you make me a double shofar case with a pocket for a notebook on the outside?"
"CAN YOU MAKE ME CHAINMALE?!?!?!!!!!!!!!!!"
Yep, I've heard some pretty strange requests in my day, but I've never been asked this before:
"Can you sew something for a dog?"
Now this one didn't come from my brothers, no this came from a lady whom I use to go to church with. She works at a cancer center a couple of towns from where I live and her boss owns a therapy dog. A few times a week he brings his dog, Bingo, to work and visits the patients. He (the owner, not the dog) expressed his desire to this lady I know that he wanted a doctor's coat for his dog to wear whenever he came to work. She told him that she knew a girl who could help him out: ME! I'd never been asked to sew for anything but a human before so I said I'd give it a shot!
After some research I found a pattern that could work for a doctor's coat and some nice white scrub like material (McCall's 5776 for anyone interested).
Here's what I cooked up:
(Isn't he just adorable?!?!)
I sewed view F omitting the pockets and hem band at the bottom. Instead I just sewed a 1/2 inch hem after I shaped the back to account for his hind legs.
(Here you can see where I pinned up the hem. Sorry I don't have a finished photo but you get the idea of what shape I created.)
I had to adjust the size for his chubby body and little legs.
(Me and my "client")
I'm so very pleased with how it turned out! The owner was tickled to death and Bingo was... well... I don't think he really cared or not about the coat but he seemed to like me!
So I guess now I can put on my résumé "dog clothes" as a skill. :) I'm so thankful for this learning opportunity! If your ever in Athens, TN stop by The Athens' Regional Cancer Center and go see little Bingo and his sharp looking new coat!
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