The historical Saint Patrick 387-460 AD was a Roman-British missionary and first Bishop of the Irish Church. He wrote that at age 16 he was captured and taken to Ireland as a slave. There he worked as a shepherd, but escaped after 6 years and made his way home (to Britain). He later returned to Ireland after he had a vision that he should return and convert the Irish pagans to Christianity.
According to tradition shamrocks were used by Patrick to illustrate the triad of the Trinity, and the bright green color represents rebirth and eternal life.
With regard to the legend of St. Patrick banishing the snakes from Ireland. Ireland is one of the islands which has never had snakes. The story is most likely symbolic to mean banishing the pagan Druids who used snake-like images in their art. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and has been revered since the 7th Century.
Happy St. Patrick's Day! And Check in with Doggie Wants to Shop soon--Mama Kitty is working on a shirt for a cute but stout Bulldog named Murphy. We'll post pictures and tell you how it takes shape. --SH
Today The Huffington Post blog asked, "Why Should Dogs be Left Out on St. Patrick's Day?" Why indeed!
So we went to work and found some fun sites from around the web for our furry friends, be they Irish Setters, Irish Wolf Hounds, Irish Terriers or just good natured pets that can tag along for the pub crawl. Next year we'll make our own shamrock duds for sale on Doggie.
If you'd like to see adorable party dogs in their St. Patrick's best try TheFW.com, "17 Dogs Rockin' Adorable St. Patrick's Day Costumes."
To buy something especially cute for your loveable canine, we have discovered that The Artful Canine.com carries collars and leashes in St. Patrick's Day designs. Or take a look at Irish-themed bandanas with your dog's name on it at Personalization Mall.com and order one for each of your dogs.
There are loads more fun sites and some U-Tube video as well. Here's a good one from The Tuscon Citizen's website, St. Patrick's Dog Does Riverdance. In any case we at DoggieWantstoShop.com wish you a fun and safe St. Patrick's Day!
While You are Sewing Doggie Clothes You May as well Try Your Hand at Doll Clothes too.
As I was sewing dog clothes for Doggie Wants to Shop I was thinking about Christmas. So I thought 'why not use some of my dog fabric to stitch up some doll clothes for my granddaughter's American Girl doll? So I did. With roughly the same amount or fabric and notions that I would have used for a dog outfut, I made doll clothes. You can see the pictures. The little doll coat and dress came out pretty good.
It seems that many of the skills used in making small-dog clothes also transfer to doll clothes. For instance, setting an order of operations to accomodate the small space and parts--knowing when a section may be inaccessible because you can't get the fabric under the sewing machine needle due to it being such a small working space on the garment--sleeves, cuffs and collars. Some of the sewing methods that are used to sew human-size clothes are just not going to work here. So get inventive.
In such a small space, lining the garment is often easier than making facings and hems. Sometimes details are better added first while the fabric is flat rather than on an assembled dress or coat. And, the whole idea of scale, for tiny dog clothes and for doll clothes is ridiculously minimized.
So try it. You may find that it is fun and rewarding.
It's just finished! Here's my idea for a Frontier Jacket for a dog--Davy Crockett would be proud of this one. The dog jacket is sewn from the laundered sections of a cut-up faux suede men's dress shirt--it's just enough fabric for a little dog size. The fringe and braid are cloth too. But it sure looks like buckskin.
I started with a basic vest/ jacket pattern and cut main garment and lining out of the suedecloth (I had already cut apart the shirt). I sewed the fringe and trim to the outer piece of the jacket, and them constructed the body of the jacket. By doing trim first I had the benefit of designing the theme trims on a flat piece. But later I had to be really careful when I sewed the main body piece and the lining that I didn't sew over the trim or get it tangled in my seams. The way I averted disaster was to scotch-tape the trim out of the way while I sewed the main body.
Once the outer body seams were sewn I clipped the curves and turned the vest right side out, removed the tape and pressed. Now all that is left is the velcro. The velcro should be about an 1.5 inches for the neck closing, and two pieces about 3 inches for the chest. And have fun on this one. See Davy Crockett Buckskin Dog Jacket.
Doggie's FALL SALE starts now and continues through November 10. Designer Dogwear is all on sale! See our eco-friendly puppy clothing from EcoPup, and our cute little-dog fashions from I See Spot--all on special.
Also of note: Check out our Santa Ball Buddy in our Sports and Toys Collection. Maybe Santa will leave one in your favorite pup's Christmas stocking.
A terrific value at $7.00.
The Invincible Snake rattle toy by Kyjen was reviewed by The Daily Kibble.com posted September 27, with an article in The Scoop. This fantastic dog toy is so sturdy it is practically "invincible." Even big dogs like Lola (pictured) can't mangle it. Invincibles come in two colors, orange and green, and two sizes, Small and Large. Your pups will love these fuzzy snakes and will spend hours playing with them.
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You can enjoy sewing cute dogwear shirts, vests, jackets and dresses for your best dog friend. And you can eliminate a lot of undue stress by measuring the dog as accurately as possible before you begin cutting your pattern. Check your measurements against the pattern dimensions. All you need is a soft measuring tape to measure and a note pad and pencil to write the numbers down for later reference. You will be measuring the pup’s neck, girth, and neck-to-tail. Sometimes weight should also be considered. It's important to measure for crochet and knit projects for your puppy too.
Most canine garments are basically flat to begin with. So it’s easy to compare your numbers with the flat pattern, and it’s a good idea to first draw the pattern on newspaper or muslin and pin it on your dog (if she’ll hold still) before cutting out the actual fabric.
The neck. Use your measuring tape to check how many inches it is around the dog’s neck at the widest part. Make a note of it.
The girth. With the tape, measure around the dog’s chest or belly (whichever is larger). Add that number to your notes.
Neck-to-Tail. With your tape, measure from the back of the neck to the base of the tail. Add this number to your notes also. Now you can check these notes against the actual pattern and make adjustments if necessary.
Does the pattern include a hood? Measure from the back of your dog’s neck over the head to the nose allowing space for ears. Keep the hood loose and add a drawstring if needed.
Are you sewing heavy winter garments? When sewing padded fabrics or fleece, allow extra space to allow for the fabric’s fullness and the dog’s fur. And with all dogwear sewing projects, make sure your pattern size is large enough for a seam allowance, usually ¼” to ½”.
Sewing for your dog is really fun and creative. She’ll love all the attention!
How to sew a stylish shirt for your dog-- I think just about every man I know has shirts in the closet that are never worn any more. Maybe they are last year’s style, or the wrong color or cut. In any case, it’s pretty easy to find a mens’ dress shirt that is made of high-quality cotton in a fun print or stripe. Even your local thrift store has a selection.
So pick out a shirt. (If you’re sewing for a large dog you may need two coordinating shirts to piece together.) Freshly launder the shirt. Then you’re ready to cut. Use your sharp sewing shears and cut off the side seams and shoulder seams (no need to take seams apart). Cut off collar, front panels and sleeves. Cut sleeves (long sleeved shirt) along the seams. Cut off cuffs and open out the now-flat pieces of fabric. You should have 5 flat pieces, a back, 2 fronts and 2 sleeves. Next, lay the pieces out flat and iron. This is your sewing fabric.
Now you’re ready for the pattern. Simplicity has some good patterns for purchase, so if you use one follow their directions. Or make your own. If you make your own pattern be sure to measure your dog’s neck, back (to tail) and girth. If necessary cut the pattern out of newspaper first and try it on your dog. We are aiming for comfort, style and function. Be sure to add a seam allowance.
Lay the pattern on your fabric, pin and cut out the main body piece. Use a contrasting fabric for self-lining, or use more of your same fabric if you have enough. Use the rest of your pieces to cut other design features such as skirt, ruffle, collar etc. Sew your main body piece and lining with right sides together, clip curves, turn right-side-out and iron flat. Make your other parts (check your pattern instructions) and close the bottom of the main body piece with a whip-stitch across the bottom. Add Velcro fasteners at neck and chest.
Here's an example: The brown fabric on the Beware of Dog halter-vest (picture on left) is from a re-purposed fake suede mens' shirt. And my next project will be to make a dog shirt with the rest of the brown fabric. It is going to be a "Daniel Boone" suede jacket with fringe and braid. Such fun.
Good sewing, and enjoy being creative. Follow the blog for further tips and advise about Sewing For Your Dog.---Mama Kitty
Sewing for your dog can be fairly simple because many dog dresses/vests are based on a basic flat pattern. Usually the belly and neck are fastened with Velcro, and decoration is added to the basic pattern. Another standard is the cut-out underbelly so the garment will not get stepped on or soiled. Decoration that can be reached by the dog's tongue is sewn to the back, or back of neck, out of the pup's reach. In general, you'll want your dog clothes to be washable and comfortable.
Here you see a cute dress that follows a basic pattern. I have added my own pleated skirt, back contrasting fabric, leash loop and St. Martin de Porres medal. It has chest and neck closings, but the underbelly area is open (no skirt).