Sewing with Feline Assistance

Felicity is a very important part of my sewing process. I’m not sure I’d be able to do it without her help.

If she wasn’t around, who would I have to oversee every step, carefully scrutinizing the process?

Felicity the cat thedreamstress.com

Who else would step in to keep an eagle eye on the chalk and make sure it didn’t walk away with itself as I drafted patterns?

Felicity the cat thedreamstress.com

(Felicity walking away with the chalk herself, generally by batting it under the nearest piece of furniture, is an entirely different matter.)

Who else could I get to elegantly ruck up my carefully smoothed and drafted toiles?

Felicity the cat thedreamstress.com

Who else would helpfully sit on my pattern books, directly  on top of the pattern I’m working on, to make sure I didn’t forget which one I wanted?

Felicity the cat thedreamstress.com

It’s the one under me.  That’s the one you’re using.

Who else would then graciously agree to move off the pattern, only to sit on my laptop, pressing all sorts of keys and hiding my pinterest inspiration board in an unfindable location?

Felicity the cat thedreamstress.com

This butt only pushes important buttons.  

Who else would make sure that my fabric had the right aesthetic sprinkle of cat hairs by taking her bath on it as I tried to cut it out?

Felicity the cat thedreamstress.com

No one but Felicity of course!

No wonder the poor wee darling is so worn out:

Felicity the cat thedreamstress.com

And if you’re wondering, she’s currently helping me with my HSF Paisley & Plaid project – it’s the 1913 skirt just under her paw in the photo above.  But you haven’t seen any paisley or plaid you say?  Oh, just you wait!


  1. Agreed! I really enjoy your Felicity posts. They will never get old!
    Where would we all be without the dedicated help of our fluffy feline friends? 🙂

  2. Tenshi says

    Awww, she’s so helpful! Mine do exactly the same.
    What would we do without our feline helpers? They’re basically experts at everything – be it sewing, knitting, cooking, playing games, they’re always there and helping.

  3. Grace Darling says

    Have you ever made something for Felicity?

  4. I think they know exactly where to sit by extrapolating precisely where your eyes are pointing with uncanny accuracy. Being able to follow eye pointing is a useful skill to a hunter – if you see a mouse or a spider, you stare right where you think it is, which behaviour can alert the cat and if you’re lucky, they will go seek it out and kill it. It’s a theory anyway. I’ve tried it with spiders with mixed success. I’m sure the cat knows what I mean, it just depends whether they are in the mood to be bothered to hunt 🙂

  5. Claire says

    Perhaps a useful blog to do would be how to sew with cats. I for one cannot bring myself to locking the purry, furry girlies out of my sewing room so a few pointers on how to actually get some sewing done in the prescence of a kitty or two would be most welcome. 🙂

  6. Feline sewing assistants must surely go to school for such things. Otherwise, how could they all do it so uniformly?

    • It is secret cat knowledge, passed down from generation to generation, with each kitten hoping to end up in a sewing home.

  7. Elise says

    Ivy the Glorious Dog-Baby is absolutely essential to my work. How would we ever get anything done without a kindred animal to help?

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