Sunday, February 13, 2011

Put a dog on it*

I am really enjoying my subscription to La Mia Boutique. I haven't been able to sew much from it yet, because of the seasonal differences, but the patterns are both simple and unusual, a combination that I really enjoy.

As part of my month of "make do and mend" - I decided to use up some scraps to make a test garment for LMB 12-2010-18.

The lovely thing about a test garment is you can test all kinds of things, so I thought why not try out some fabric graffiti?

Fabric graffiti is where you take your trusty sharpy and have some fun doodling on the fabric. To permanently set the sharpie thereafter, you need to heat set it with a hot dry iron, then soak in a salt solution, then forever after wash in cold water.

I decided I would go with my favourite motif: the fun loving daschund, here involved in some smelling activity, some of it more savoury than others.

I wore this out this morning and received no comments either good or bad, which probably reflects my feelings on it. Truth be told it was fun to do, but I would probably have preferred the skirt left plain. The effect is a little over the top for me, I prefer things to be subtlety silly.

At any rate, making the skirt from scraps has enabled me to assess it as a pattern and it has great promise.

This skirt will be back in my wardrobe soon, in something more sedate.

*the title of this post refers to this fantastic youtube clip (thank you Amy for telling me about it!)


  1. He he. Love it! I know you think its not subtlety silly, but it nowhere near over-the-top either. Just the right amount of fun, I think...

    The skirt style looks great too

  2. Great style for you - put a dog/bird on it - very funny!

  3. Mary Nanna I think it is very cute. I love your little drawings! And am jealous of your weather.

  4. In the first close up shot of the graffiti, I thought, hmm, interesting. In the full body shot I thought, wow! really cool! How strong of a salt solution do you use for the treatment?

  5. I now have a reply to that most often used statement "What can you do?"
    I will answer "Put a dog on it".
    I like the dogs you put on it, they're hilarious.

  6. I've got to hand it to you - I never would have thought of doodling daschunds on a skirt. cute pattern by the way!

  7. I wouldn't expect something like that to work...but somehow it does! It's a good fit in the pattern too.

  8. I love the dogs, (although my inner-twelve-year-old was hoping for some discreet totally x-rated action, butt sniffing is good too!)

    I'd also like to know how strong you make your salt soaking solution, as I've been keen to try the drawing on fabric with a sharpie idea for a while, but never heard how to make it properly permanent.

  9. I didn't know you could use sharpies on fabric - top tip. I like the blue daschunds - they give a funky twist to an otherwise plain skirt. I'm definitely going to give this ago.

  10. It's cute, but I agree that a plain skirt is perhaps more useful.

  11. So where did you learn that about a sharpie? New info for me, thanks. Do you think it would work on knits?

  12. I think it's adorable! And the skirt looks like it will make a great TNT!

  13. I really like your artistic "wiener" dog (that is what we always called Daschund's) border. I love clothes or fabric that makes me look twice to see what is going on and the border on your skirt does just that. A great accent for a white skirt.

  14. This is just too cute! I love it.

  15. Skirt is great and loved the U tube clip. We might be seeing more dogs i nthe future then...

  16. I'm glad you liked the clip.

    One of my biggest work in slow progress projects is a quilt with sharpie signatures on it. Needing to set the pens might just put off the finished product. I was looking for a legitimate excuse.

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