Tuesday, August 22, 2006

vintage dress dog

I have a wonderful customer who has requested that some animals be made from her vintage clothing. See the vintage skirt whale for reference.

The second animal that I just finished is a boston terrier made from a vintage dress and white corduroy fabric. The dress has a pattern of little men walking dogs, which was very cute and appropriate for this dog. The markings and paw colors are based on the customer's own dog, making it very special.

For new animal patterns, I always start out with a sketch, so I'm posting the sketch here for you to enjoy. The computer sketches always help me visualize how the shapes will translate to a 3D stuffed animal and into a flat pattern piece. The mouth was a new design for me, and gave me a little trouble when I went to add the nose. I had placed a seam right where the nose needed to go, so I had to make some strategic cuts and stitches in order to secure the nose and keep the fabric together.


Funky Finds said...

omg! this is fabulous. i love the idea...and the materials. your doggie is so cute! how much do you charge for custom designs such as this?

Jen said...

That is the COOLEST fabric i've seen in a while!