Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Minerva Blogger Network: The "Dog Lover" Pajamas


Size: size 8.
Alterations: I only used elastic at the waist and no fabric tie belt; I added a bow at the center front.
Fabric: quilting cotton from Minerva Crafts (momentarily out of stock)


These PJs went live on Friday on Minerva, but I couldn't bring myself to blog about them until today.
You see, in a cruelly ironic turn of events, my dog passed away on Friday, which wasn't just the scheduled day to blog these pants, but also the day she had a vet appointment because she hadn't been feeling great lately.
I don't believe in coincidences, so I wonder what the F was up with that day...

Anyway, thank you SO MUCH to anyone who shared some kind words with me on social media, it really meant a lot. In my real life, not everyone understands how devastating it can be to lose a pet (lots of people thinking "it's just an animal"), so I was quite moved by how sweet you guys were.


Now, the pants. This is my November project for Minerva Blogger Network. I wanted something cozy and snuggly for the incoming cold weather, so I settled on PJs. And because I love quirky prints and I love dogs, this fabric was the perfect choice! The only problem is, I didn't notice this quilting cotton was sold by fat quarter, so the 2,5m of fabric you need for this project add up to quite the price.
If you want to make yourself a pair of PJs pants, I would recommend browsing the immense polycotton range at Minerva, there are some extremely cute, more affordable choices.

Here are a few of my favorites:

1. Strawberries - 2. Cupcakes - 3. Stars - 4. Polka dots
The pattern I used is once again from Sewaholic, the Tofino pants. It's a rather pricey pattern for PJs, but it's a good investment in my opinion, especially if you're not very experienced, as the instructions are really great. Not much else to say about it, as Pjs don't really require fitting at all.

I'm trying to convince the rest of the family to adopt a new dog as soon as possible... Cross your fingers for me!

26 comments:

  1. Oh Anna, I am so sorry to hear about your dog. My heart goes out to you!! My two dogs are my family - we don't have children, and my pups are my little companions, and my angels. I know this must be such a hard time for you!! I agree, it's best that you adopt a new pup as soon as you can. :) It will help get through the healing!! xo

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  2. Oh Anna, I'm so sorry to hear about your doggie :( Sending you a big virtual hug xx

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  3. I work at home and my darling dog is my coworker and we have a lot of conversations during the day. Beyond kidding, sometimes I think he understands me more than my husband or child does. Dogs are not just "animals." Because they live with us and we love them so, they've evolved to become more like us, but better than us. So much better than us. My heart goes out to you. Everyone who's ever loved a dog knows the heartbreak that the end of their life brings. You will always be better for the love the two of you shared. Peace and love to you.

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  4. your pjs are adorable. I know how much a loss of a loved pet hit us hard so I'm glad you found some comfort by our messages.

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  5. Aww Anna I'm so sorry! I'm sending huge hugs and a mug of tea over the internets. :(

    Super cute pjs! I love that puppy print and the red bow is just adorable.

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  6. I'm so sorry to hear about your dog Anna! Pets truly are like family members. I would think of these PJ pants as your little memorial for your pup, so you'll always remember her fondly every time you wear them.

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  7. I'm so, so sorry to hear about your dog. We can be just as close to pets as people and to lose one is devastating! Your pajamas are so sweet, and I hope you think fondly on your wonderful dog when you wear them.

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  8. Oh, no, I'm so sad about the unhappy coincidence. I hope your family decides to adopt a new dog soon-- the house can feel so empty without a beloved pet. I hope your time with your boyfriend's dogs was comforting.

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  9. Oh, Anna! I'm so sorry to hear about your dear dog. The loss of a pet is just heartbreaking. Sending you lots of love and good thoughts!

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  10. Anna, very sorry for your loss. My cat died suddenly last week and it was heartbreaking. So I know just what you're feeling. Think of your dog someplace warm where there are lots of squirrels to chase and balls galore, and a sunny bed to sleep in… The pain gets easier. And getting another dog is a great idea! Love the Tofinos, you reminded me I want to make a pair, thanks!

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  11. Oh Anna I'm so sorry about your beloved dog. Sending you lots of love. xx

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  12. Oh, so sorry to hear about your loss... It's never "just an animal", I cannot understand this kind of thinking! It's a friend and a companion.
    I love the fabric you chose for the pajama pants! *^o^* You inspired me, I think I need a pair of pajama pants now. ^^*~~

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  13. I'm so sorry to hear that you lost your beloved pet. We lost our adored one year old cat last month to a freak accident which adds up to us losing 3 cats in 15 months. It is utterly devastating, but it is a price I am willing to pay for all the laughter, joy and love that comes from having pets.

    We now have two bouncy 13 week brothers and it does help ease the pain even though you know that they are not and will never be a replacement for the pet you lost.

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  14. Mie condoglianze piu sincere e profonde :(... che tristezza. I feel for you. Ho perso un cane adorato l'anno scorso (e other pets over the years) - e un fatto triste che non vivono quanto noi - pero fanno la nostra vita molto piu bella e piena di amore....

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  15. So sorry to hear:(

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  16. So sorry about your pet. I can't imagine as I have a sheltie collie. Your pj's are lovely.

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  17. Very cute PJs!

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  18. Oh dear, I'm so sorry for your loss. I do know how hard that can be, especially when out of the blue. Sending your prayers and hoping the memories bring you some comfort. Lovely PJs. g

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  19. So sorry to hear about your doggie, I know how awful it is when a beloved pet passes away. These pjs could be a tribute to him to remind you how snuggly and cosy he was too xx

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  20. Hey Anna! People are absolutely wrong to say it's just a pet. I have a cat and she's getting quite old and I absolutely fear that day because I love her with all my heart. So so sorry for you, and I totally understand what this loss must mean to you!

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  21. Silvia - Sewing PrincessNovember 13, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Sorry about the dog...in a way those pants will always remind you of her. Good luck on getting a new one.

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  22. I'm so sorry to hear about your dog, Anna. I was so distraught when my hamster died 18 months ago, so completely know how it feels to lose a beloved pet. These PJs are so lovely, though, and a really nice way to honour her.

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  23. Gorgeous PJ's :) I've got this pattern and have been wanting to sew it up ever since it came out! They fit you wonderfully, and I'm so sorry to hear about your dog - that's devastating :(

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  24. So sorry about your dog, I hope you get to love and care for another one. Your PJs are really cute.

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  25. So sorry to hear about your dog...they are anything but "just an animal". Fingers crossed for the new adoption.
    And lovely pjs.

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