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Home made dog coat - no pictures yet

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by GingerRogers, Nov 28, 2012.


  1. GingerRogers

    GingerRogers PetForums VIP

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    On Sunday I was relaxing in a cosy pub with friends when our vet joined us, she is a friend of a friend, with her lovely rescue lurcher. Lovely lurcher was wearing a very fetching fleece coat in pink with hearts and vet was clutching a matching blanket. Oh, I thought, there goes someone who likes spending money on dog accessories ;).

    Not at all she had made the coat out of a 99p fleece throw and the blanket was the left over.

    What she did, she says, was sew a sort of tube (snood anyone??) out of a long thin rectangle to go over the head, then partially sew this (perhaps 2/3 round) to a larger dog back sized rectangle, then stitch a very thin 'strap' length to the back again about 2/3 down. You slipped the snood tube over the head and then looped the strap under and over and tied it off. It was sort of like a posh equafleece with matching blanket.

    I was very impressed so much so I have actually managed to convince OH to let me practice on a brown checked job we have at home unused (there may even be enough left over to try the 'no sew' dog bed posted last week). If I do (and if it is successful) I will post photo's (if not I won't :p). He has previously been very against dog coats but when I explained how the ninja was shaking after a walk in the rain then and then an hours session with the behaviorist in the rain, he relented :eek: :D.



    I am using brown checked as the vets husband was less than pleased ;) we did point out that if they had kids and a girl then he would probably manage but he wasn't convinced.
     
  2. Lil Doglets

    Lil Doglets PetForums VIP

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    Ever since i got Charlie i've got quite into making dog clothing (all practical stuff ofc!) because she is so small, has such short thin hair and really hates the wet and cold :( but to make things awkward she is such an unusual shape that no typical coats fit her properly :rolleyes:
    So far i've made 2 fleecy coats, one was made from an old hoody for the outer and then an old pink fleece dressing gown to make a nice fleecy lining, i used the cuff of the hoody as a polo neck and then a little concealed belly strap with poppers to hold it in place :) so technically that was free as those pieces of clothing would of gone in the bin otherwise!
    Second coat i used a £3 blue fleece blanket from Wilko and made a cardboard template to her measurements (thought i'd make it properly rather than just improvising :p) then cut out 4 layers to make each side double thickness, made a belly strap and unpicked some velcro from an old coat that doesn't fit either of them to stitch onto the bit at front and belly strap :)
    So that one cost £3 total and i use it most days :D

    Both of them were entirely hand-stitched too :yikes: but i'm asking for a sewing machine and lots of fabrics and stuff for christmas so i can make more and better ones :D
     
  3. GingerRogers

    GingerRogers PetForums VIP

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    Well I had a little go, would have taken less than 1/2 hour had my sewing machine worked, not used it for ages and the motor is jammed, whirrs the needle round at a rate of one poke per minute :rolleyes: so decided to do it by hand as its small but then the only sewing needle I could find was rusty at the eye end so I had to yank it through each thread.

    Please bear in mind this is definitely a prototype and I think it could do with some shape/longer body perhaps and of course a much nicer girly fabric ;) I had substandard equipment and couldn't be bothered to find the dressmaking scissors so used the small kitchen ones hence the lines aren't very straight :eek:

    The first stage Ginge actually needed a long neck rectangle and a square body piece although n reflection it could have been slightly elongated
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    The second stage where I have sewn the long neck rectangle into a tube/snood. Ginge wanted to get in on this one :)
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    Almost done just needs the strap attaching.
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    I will have another go and make it better, some day :rolleyes:, for now it will do to keep her a bit warmer when needed.
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    Not quite sure she likes it :p but she is happy with the leftovers as a blanket, not for long :devil:
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    Looks like a dressing gown :eek:
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  4. astara

    astara PetForums Senior

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    aww thats awsome wish i could do that but dont think i be any good :D
     
  5. Lil Doglets

    Lil Doglets PetForums VIP

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    Thought i'd get some pics of the ones i made too :)

    This one's a bit strange lol, i just improvised it and made adjustments after :p

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    It has a hidden belly strap to hold it in place, not really sure why i made it like that :eek:

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    This is the blue fleece, was the only pics i could get before my camera died :rolleyes:

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    This one needs some adjustments, like some bigger pieces of velcro to hold it on better, and when i get sewing machine i'll put a nice edging on it :)
     
  6. GingerRogers

    GingerRogers PetForums VIP

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    The second pic looks like a superhero cape :)
     
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    Haha i actually refer to it as her 'snuggly cape thing' :D
     
  8. Dogless

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    Bless Ginge; she'll come round to the idea when she realises she's cosier I'm sure - I think it's very good :D. There are some very creative folk on here!
     
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    I don't think she really minded it she was quite happy with me trying it on her as I made it. She just looks very unhappy in the middle photo of her wearing it, lol :p am I mean laughing at her.
     
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