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Day 4: 31 Day Challenge – Reconstructed Dog Sweater

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

I thought I would roll into the reconstructed clothing that I am dreaming of in my mind with a simple dog sweater.  Making this sweater reminded me of when I was 7 years old and used to sneak and use my mom’s sewing machine.  She didn’t let me use the sewing machine because she thought I was too young, but I was pretty sure I knew better and waited until she was some where else to use it.  All of my first projects were made out of paper towels because I didn’t have access to fabric.  I tried toilet paper too, but that just tore.  Paper towels actually makes a pretty decent fabric if you two-ply it.  I would make doll clothes for all of sister’s dolls.  I wasn’t much of a doll person.  I was way more interested in playing in the mud, climbing trees and making things.

Today when I was making this sweater I was reminded how even though it’s a small project, which  in some ways is easier, working with tiny little pieces on fabric is really a challenge in and of itself.  I was also thinking about how ironic it is that I make reconstructed sweaters to sell and yet this is the first sweater I’ve made for my dog.  It took me about 1 hour to make including designing, cutting and sewing.  It’s sort of sad that it has taken me years to find this hour.  I’m glad I made time for this.

Day 4: Reconstructed Dog Sweater

It feels good to make something special for my little dog Cheeto.  Even if he doesn’t really appreciate it.  In truth he hates wearing sweaters, but he needs them or he shivers all the time.

In case you didn’t read my first blog post about this project . . . this post is part of a 31 day challenge I am doing to bring more creativity, stories and solutions to my life.  I have been using my creativity almost exclusively for work in the recent past and for the month of January I will creating things for my personal life, talking about them and taking pictures.  I would love input from readers as to which project you enjoy the most and if I get enough comments on one particular project I’ll turn it into a tutorial after the 31 day challenge of crafting, stories and solutions is over.  So please let me know what you like!