You may remember that in November we adopted a Rosie, a sweet and funny pug. As you can see by the picture above, Miss Rosie was, to put it nicely, quite plump. Three months of a regime of regular walks & green beans to bulk out her meals and she is now almost at her ideal fighting weight of 15 pounds (o, that it were so easy for the rest of us!).
The purple and black harness that she wore when she arrived has become much looser, skewing to the side in an annoying way during our walks. And, well, it’s purple. Not one of my favorite colors. So I decided it was high time for some new duds.
Next I chose two fabrics, one for the top (what we call in the biz “self” fabric), to which I ironed interfacing, and a second lining fabric. Both were a medium weight canvas that should wear well.
I then laid the original harness on top of the fabric, and used it as a template to trace around. I removed a quarter-inch from each end of the neckband, so the new harness would be a bit more snug than the original.
Setting aside the lining, I sketched the flowers and leaves with tailors chalk on the self fabric, then applied a wash of color. I used liquid fabric dye for this part, and black screen printing ink for the outlines, because I had them at hand but fabric paint would work just as well if not better.
I heat set the whole shebang with my iron (I have I mentioned I have a new iron? My old Rowenta gave up the ghost after 7 years of loyal service, right in the middle of prepping Spring orders for production. So I got me a brand-spanking-new gravity fed heavy duty dealie. I love it. I don’t have a picture, but this is basically what it looks like. )
Then, just because Rosie is a fancy dog, I added some beads:
Because I make a lot of my own tape, I usually apply bias tape in two steps, sewing it right side to the wrong side of the item, then flipping over to the right side to fold the tape under and stitch it down. That way I can see that the width of the tape is uniform and adjust it if need be.
You’ll see what I mean below: