Teaching a sewing class

There are many things I’m enthusiastic about in the new year, and near the top of the list is teaching. I’ve always loved learning, and now I get to share with others that awesome feeling of learning something new. My first class is a two-part workshop where students will learn how to design a one-of-a-kind jacket for their pet from scratch. In the first session, we’ll walk through drafting the jacket pattern step by step, and each student will leave with a complete pattern to test fit on their pet and measure for their fabric selections. This is where to…

Hello, snaps

I like the clean look of metal snaps, and their utilitarian aesthetic. But they’re not something I’ve yet used in my projects. Well, maybe one or two times on personal projects, with poor tools and unsatisfactory results. For a new jacket design I’m working on, I’d like to use a few snaps in place of buttons. A lot of people are interested in the Tailored Dog Jacket, but the price doesn’t fit their budget. So my goal is to create a design that takes less time to make (for more on this, see what goes into making the Tailored Jacket),…

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The Tailored Dog Jacket from the Ivy League Classics collection

Every time I finish making a Tailored Dog Jacket, I feel a rush. Both because finishing one is a big milestone (in case you missed it, you can read more about what goes into the designing and the making of the jacket) and because I can picture how cute it would be on a little dog :) Feeling nostalgic Do you ever get nostalgic about the things we lose as a society as we progress? I’ve been suffering from that feeling. Over the years, as manufacturing has become fast and cheap, the things we bring into our lives have shifted…

Making the Tailored Dog Jacket

Making the Tailored Dog Jacket is truly a labor of love. Which is fitting, because I’m on a mission to help more pets feel loved. After the designing phase (a previous blog post in case you missed it) of the jacket comes the making phase. This is where I get to obsess over every cut, stitch, thread, and press. The materials The making process really begins with choosing good sport jacket options at the thrift store. I look for 100% wool or cotton, minimal wear and tear, and patterns that look classic and timeless (not tacky or trendy). The natural…