Sunday, March 15, 2015

Crazy Dog Lady for Sure

I finished my entry for the Crazy Dog Lady Challenge, and I must say I'm pretty pleased with the results.

As a reminder, my inspiration dog is my Great Pyrenees, Zoe.

And this is a close-up of my fabric, a very soft and well-behaved cotton from Cotton and Steel. I'm suspecting this might really be a coyote rather than a dog, but the resemblance is remarkable, don't you think?

We adopted Zoe three years ago from Great Pyrenees Rescue of Northern California. When we got her they thought she was about 3 years old, so we figure she's about 6 now. She's just the sweetest dog you would ever want to know. To her, a stranger is just a friend she hasn't met yet. She works with me doing pet assisted therapy. Twice a month we visit a nursing home with Furry Friends. Zoe also heads to the public library once a month, so that kids can practice their reading with her. She's a totally non-critical audience. That's a program called Tales to Tails. This weekend we'll be visiting the library up at the Santa Cruz campus of the University of California, so that stressed-out students studying for their finals can mellow out by cuddling a big, white fur ball. That program is called Pause for Paws.
The blue isn't really as dark as it looks here
I decided to use one of my favorite patterns for this challenge - the Edith blouse from Maria Denmark. I thought the vintage style of the blouse would be a good match for the slightly retro-style fabric, and it's certainly an easy top to wear.

Front view
The blouse has darts front and back to give it a nice shape.

Back view
And the cut-on sleeves just cover your shoulders.

Better idea of the color
Here's a picture on Mini Me, to give you a better idea of the color. The background is a very soft blue-grey, livened up by green cacti, pink jack rabbits and, of course, Great Pyrenees.

I had what I thought were the perfect buttons. I got them at an antique mall in Illinois when we did our road trip to Chicago last summer. I think they look like little full moons, just the thing for a while dog (or coyote) to be howling to on a Spring night.

She's very good at giving kisses


  1. Love the blouse and Zoe is beautiful. The only Great Pyreneese I have ever encountered were working dogs and not that loveable. I know that she is wonderful if she participates in all those programs.

  2. That's great fabric and a versatile, pretty blouse! I need to consider making some similar tops for this summer. Your dog is beautiful:)

  3. Awww I have a Zoe too... mine looks like a smaller, less fluffy version of yours! :) Yours looks like such a sweetie... I wish they'd had a program like that when I was studying for finals! Also great blouse!

  4. Beautiful dog. Cute, fun blouse perfect for Zoe's n your therapy sessions

  5. Love the shirt and the dog!! What a special dog....spreading joy all around! I just found Style Arc Patterns and LOVE them. I will have to check out the Edith....its the perfect style for summer!! Your fabric is so cute too!

  6. What a beautiful, sweet, loving dog you have there in Zoe! Love your shirt! The buttons add to the 'fun' factor symbolizing the moon. Glad you share Zoe's 'love' with others.