My etsy shop has been closed for a while but I still get orders for custom puppies. This is my latest creation. Not sure what kind of dog she is but she's awfully cute. I do love the challenge of making something that looks similar to the real dog.
Here are some construction pics. The fabric I use is much longer than I needed so I had to trim down the fur. This is always a messy process. No way of getting the loose fluff under control. I just keep some tape nearby rolled with the sticky side out.
My second challenge was getting the creamy streaks on the brown ears. 4 way view I tried numerous things but I ended up using yarn. I cut short pieces of cream yarn, separated the strands and "sewed" it into the ears. I took a pin and pulled the fibers apart so it didn't look so dense and yarn like. I think I got a pretty good resemblance. side by side comparison
Original Pattern Review:
These are little plush puppies. They're about 4" tall to the top of their heads. The first ones I made were the pug and chihuahua that were modified from a Japanese craft book pattern. From there the variations just grew.
I have only a handful of base head, body, ear and tail shapes that I mix and match to create different breeds. For example the Boston terrier is basically the pug with different ears and coloring. The dalmatian, Labrador and Golden Retriever are the same patterns made up in different fabrics.
When I first started I did sew these by machine. The pieces were just to small and I ended up ripping out seams more times than I got it right. Plus there were many things that couldn't be sewn by machine. After that I decided to hand sew them. Much faster considering the control I have and eliminated the seam ripping and resewing business.