A dog’s dinner

It’s a great expression, isn’t it?

It’s old fashioned British slang for messy or unfinished, or cobbled together. In this instance, it has an additional meaning.

Regular followers will recognise the fabric of this nice apron. It’s what I used to make Mouse’s warm winter coat, lined with cosy red fleece.

In this case, it’s a more colourful alternative to the efficient but very dull tan cook’s apron I’ve been using for a couple of years. And in point of fact, it’s not messy or unfinished, but it certainly is a bit cobbled together!

I only had the dog-coat remnant, but thought I could probably squeeze an apron out of it. Well, yes, the bottom half and bib top, certainly. But I also needed ties and a loop to go over the head, and a pocket. The ties and loop were achievable by piecing strips together, but that left no rectangular pieces for the pockets. So I did a bit of crazy patchwork! One pocket is hand sized, and the other is phone sized.

All the edges are simple overlocking turned over and stitched down. It’s probably not as durable as the old tan apron, but it’s cheerful and fun, and I shall wear the dog’s dinner to make the dog’s dinner πŸ™‚

And that’s used up the last of that piece of scrap. These remnants are too small for any other use, so I feel no guilt about dropping them in the bin.

Like the dog, I haven’t wasted a scrap!

54 thoughts on “A dog’s dinner

  1. Marty K says:

    Absolutely love the apron, especially your creative pocketry! You look quite lovely modeling your new creation and may you have much fun while wearing it!

    I’m also eyeing the little scrappy-scraps that you tossed, because I make dog and cat — really more like puppy and kitten — toys for my fosters by tying together little strips and bits and bobs of fabric. That way I don’t feel bad when those toys are destroyed. πŸ™€πŸ˜Ή I started making the toys from the scraps we had left after cutting bandanas for the shelter dogs. Now, I find it a challenge to see what I can make out of tiny pieces. I think I need to find a real hobby.πŸ€ͺ

    • katechiconi says:

      I did try to think of something to do with the scraps, but the widest bit was only an inch wide, so… It was a fun, quick project, it got another scrap out of the cupboard, and it’s both useful and pretty. Win-win!

  2. A spotty dotty apron, it’s perfect πŸ™‚
    Coincidentally I also made an apron yesterday but of a different style entirely. Will try and get a pic later to show you

    • katechiconi says:

      I’m a messy cook, so good coverage is essential! Ideally, I’d have one of those full body coverage jobs with a crossover back. But this is a good option for scant scraps.

  3. cedar51 says:

    Well hello Mrs Dotty Spotty (using the commentator from above for inspiration) – don’t you look spivvy in your new catch all apron – along with phone pocket. Now don’t get too much flour on the phone, pretty please. And how will Mouse cope – might get confused on which bed is which?
    When I got into baking a lot more earlier last year, I had no such apron – so I bought one from a kitchen ware type shop. I hang it in the pantry door on a command hook – but often I would be half way through a cake bake session and realise I hadn’t put it on…
    Recently I thought I wouldn’t ever be able to bake again, but the specialist I saw today ruled out my GP’s thoughts completely. I had made a new plan for the apron to be in my art space as that’s another place where I should really have an art apron on – paint/glue other on hands stuff.
    I might have to try and create an art apron – I’ve got material and I can use the pattern of the nice shop bought item…

    • katechiconi says:

      You can never have too many aprons, I find… I must wait and see if Mouse starts to stand beside the apron hook before his winter morning walks, instead of the dog hook with the coat and leads!

  4. How utterly lovely ☺️. I love the spots and how u look in it ❀️

  5. tialys says:

    Neither a dog’s dinner nor a pig’s breakfast. Love your ingenuity with those scraphappy pockets.

    • katechiconi says:

      You just can’t have an apron without at least one pocket, and the scrappy route was the only way to go. And of course the advantage of the huge dots is that the mystery stains won’t show that much!

  6. craftycreeky says:

    Love your apron, especially the pieced pockets! Great use of leftovers and barely a scrap wasted πŸ™‚

  7. My frugal mother, who re-used aluminum foil and bread bags and junk mail, would even approve. Bravo for clever pocketry!

  8. An excellent apron and certainly not a dog’s dinner!

  9. claire93 says:

    very practical and very chic, if I may say so!

  10. I love the apron. Looks like such fun things can happen when wearing it.

  11. mlmcspadden says:

    looks great, and if you hadn’t said anything on the pockets I’d have never seen they were pieced! great work.

    • katechiconi says:

      I was so pleased with the pockets because of using up the scrappiest bits. Normally I like to used doubled fabric so there are no seams on the inside to fray, but instead, I just ironed on some fusible interfacing, which both seals the seams and strengthens the fabric.

  12. nanacathy2 says:

    Fabulous apron. Takes great skill to create something as wonderful as this from scraps. If this is a dogs dinner then Mouse is very lucky.

    • katechiconi says:

      He poked it with his nose. For one moment I though he was approving it, but then I realised he was trying to shove me towards the kitchen and his bowl… So it got its inaugural use in *actually* preparing the dog’s dinner…

  13. Sharon says:

    Apron is fabulous. What a great expression, I never heard that expression before.

  14. Dayphoto says:

    It’s cute and SO ARE YOU!!!

  15. kymlucas says:

    Love the polka dots!

  16. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Very nice !!

  17. anne54 says:

    That’s a great photo of you Kate. You look like you are ready for anything the kitchen may throw at you! Your comment about Mouse nudging you towards the dinner bowl made me smile.

  18. What a cheerful apron… I love the fact that you managed to use almost every little bit of fabric.

    • katechiconi says:

      I like the principle of zero fabric waste. I tried to think of ways to use even the larger of the small scraps, but there just wasn’t a way or a need. I do have one dress I’m working on which is a true zero waste, from a pattern by Brigitta Helmerson. Coming soon to this blog!

  19. welshy055 says:

    Modelled beautifully! I wonder how Mouse feels about the two of you being matchy matchy… knowing Mouse, he’ll be cool πŸ™‚

    • katechiconi says:

      Hey there! Mouse will always be fashion-forward, I’ll always be a follower… besides, he’s Mum’s dog! Hope the knee is recovering well, even if progress feels slow.

  20. This post put quite the smile on my face today. I have never heard that expression. But the apron is quite fun and practical at the same time. This could have been a scrap happy project.

  21. magpiesue says:

    I’d have just looked for a contrasting fabric for the pockets! You’ve done well using up that remnant. πŸ™‚

  22. Steph says:

    It’s funny, I always say “dog’s breakfast”. I wonder if that’s messier?!
    For natural fibres, I compost tiny scraps. I’ve never seen them when using the compost, so they must be breaking down ok.

    • katechiconi says:

      They’re both pretty messy if Mouse is anything to go by; his bowl lives on a large rubber barbecue mat and he *still* gets bits everywhere… As a quilter I simply generate too many very small scraps to compost. It’s a pity, but I’d need an almost industrial scale operation! But Mouse hair, human hair, dust, dryer lint, threads (I only use cotton) all go into the compost.

      • Stephanie Ewart says:

        Oh Mouse! Shinee is neat with food, but messy with water. She’s fine when actually drinking, but as she walks away she somehow manages to drip water everywhere!

        We have old patched-up bathmats for her bowls. Mouse would obviously need a bigger area!

        Meanwhile, I don’t use an apron at all, but your beautiful new one is #goals.

      • katechiconi says:

        Part of it’s because he has Go Slow bowls to chase the food around in; it’s about the only way to slow him down, or he’d inhale his nosh. The nice thing about the rubber mat is you can take it out in the yard and hose it! And yes, Mouse is guilty of creating the Greyt Lakes around his water bowl too…

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