Cannibalistic Hot Dog Over-shirt

hot dog shirt necklineThere’s little hot-dog men eating hot dogs while their olive-headed wiener dogs loaf around, as they do, and I have to wonder if the hot dog the hot dog is eating is ACTUALLY a barbequed dog?  Or some third-party wiener?

I think of these over-shirts I’ve been making as smocks.  Philip doesn’t like the word “smock”.  He prefers “over-shirt”.  Both the over-shirt and smock are ideal words to describe a garment meant to hide my formidable ass but I like “smock” better because it’s a word of action where-as an over-shirt is an inherently lazy garment.  You put a smock on to DO things in, often creative things.  You put on an over-shirt just to cover yourself.  hot dog shirt front

I think, however, that most people feel that a smock is not a garment you wear out in public whereas I have every intention of wearing mine in public.  So let’s call it either and be done with it.

Again – remember that my dressform is much smaller than me.  My shirt is a little less roomy on me.  From the last version I have added some width to both the front and the back and made the shirt a couple of inches dog shirt cuffI cleaned up some pattern issues and changed the back.  This newer version comes together more smoothly.  I trued all the seams – a really important step in pattern drafting.

hot dog shirt buttonThese particular buttons aren’t vintage but are part of my stash.  No button buying for me for a long time.  I’m on a use-what-you-have button diet.

hot dog shirt problemsThis picture illustrates the issues I’m having with my pattern in the front of the shirt.  I need to fix this so that the curves match in the overlapped part.  I also might need to move this button so that it holds the top and bottom more closely aligned.  It’s an easy fix and I’m pretty lazy and not likely to keep the top button buttoned so fat chance I’ll fix it.

hot dog shirt backHere’s the new version of the back.  I definitely considered doing away with the contrasting fabric but my desire to see the hot dogs next to the polka-dot won me over.  I like contrasting fabrics.  I’m happy with this.

hot dog shirt back detailI now have 4 over-shirts done (I’ll do separate posts for the other two) and I have the two linen ones left to do.  Then I have pants and pyjamas to make and I’ll be done sewing clothes at least for a little while.  Which is good because I’m quickly exhausting all the Midsomer Murder videos my video rental place has.

Santa Rosa better get ready because I’m putting this shirt on right now to head to the store!

9 thoughts on “Cannibalistic Hot Dog Over-shirt

  1. Taj

    That shirt is a kooky party I want to attend. And also, I absolutely love Midsomer Murders. I think I’ll have to re-watch them all soon. That shirt totally needs some glamorous accessories and a shopping trip through one of the villages in Midsomer.

  2. Ann

    You are quite the seamstress!! Love the hot dog people/food/dog theme. Isn’t the sewing effect in the back of the shirt called “smocking”? I could totally be wrong.

  3. pam

    I love that shirt. In heavier fabric it would make a nice over-jacket! The back is jsut fantastic. Now how cute would black be, with inset pleats that were polka dot. Or whatever they call those pleats with the different insides.

    That neck thing would bug me too.. just because I know it’s supposed to match.. but on someone else’s shirt I”d be saying get over it. So hey, get over it. xo

  4. angelina Post author

    I like your idea – you mean do box pleats with the insides being polka dots so you would only see them as the fabric moved? I did a black gauze version of this shirt with black and white striped seersucker that I will be photographing and sharing here soon. Yeah – I’m over the mismatched neckline. I figured I’d share the details that need work because people who sew might find it interesting or at the very least they’ll enjoy seeing that they aren’t the only ones who aren’t perfect! Oh my god – just wait until I share the FAILED button holes on my cabbage rose smock! Shameful work. I can honestly blame my machine for it but still – I expect myself not to fall prey to the weakness of my sewing machine.

  5. angelina Post author

    Hi Ann!! I wish I knew how to do smocking! You could call that mock smocking if you like. I just sewed the gathers down for smoothness but real smocking is really complicated and now-a-days involves the use of elastic thread. I love smocking so much – I should learn to do it. Isn’t this fabric weirdly wonderful?

  6. angelina Post author

    Taj!! Don’t you think I should wear giant hoop earrings with this shirt? And an armful of bakelite bangles? You’re SO invited to the party! Midsomer Murders is one of my favorite shows – I have nearly exhausted the whole series and many of them I’ve seen before. There’s nothing quite like the English who-dunnit, is there?

  7. Ann

    Yes, weirdly wonderful, indeed! I, unlike you, am not a seamstress. I sew things that I want to wear, but do it in a way that is not correct. I admire your patience and exacting fortitude.

  8. Peggy Dyar

    I recently made some pillow covers for a couple “throw” pillows for an elderly patient at a nursing home. On my monthly visit this past weekend, she asked if I could sew something for her that buttons down the front that she can use at meal time instead of the bibs supplied by the nursing home. (The bibs fasten in back and it is difficult for some of the residents to work)
    In my Google search for a suitable pattern, I came across the Cannibalistic Hot Dog Over-shirt that would be perfect.
    I am wondering if you have a pattern for sale and if so, where I could get it?

  9. angelina Post author

    I don’t make patterns for sale – I just make patterns for myself. This one is actually a heavily altered version of Butterick Pattern #B3039: I tend to like Simplicity patterns better and I notice there are quite a few loose fitting button down shirt patterns this season. Might be worth checking out. Thanks for asking and good luck with your project!

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