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Self Drafted Pattern: 154297-1002 (Penny's Christmas Coat) - Type:Pets
Review submitted in 2013 Holiday Sewing (November 15 - December 31) Contest    printable version
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Reviewed by:Annette Wright
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Posted on:12/5/13 4:37 PM
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I've written up a mini-tutorial on my blog for how to construct a coat, or at least the steps I did. I'm not going to include the steps in this review since it really isn't a pattern.

Penny's Christmas Coat ~ Needles and Nails

Description: This is my own take on a dog coat. I did a lot of looking at photos online to see what I like and dislike in a coat. I read a few tutorials too.

Size:Penny is a 3.5 year old Vizsla and weighs about 60 lbs. She's big for the breed as she takes after her mom and dad (we all like eating in our house.) I would consider this a large coat size for a dog, but the same technique could be used for any sized dog I would assume

Fabric Used:I used polar fleece (double layered) for the body and straps, bought at Hancocks. The binding is a sports performance fabric I once bought from real cheap.

Basic construction:I measured from her tail, around her chest and back to her tail for 54" and divided that in 2 for 27". Around her chest was also 27", so I cut a 27"x27" double layer of polar fleece square.

I rounded off the bottom edges, curved up a bit where her belly straps would be, and curved in a bit at the tail.

To do the neck I made a cut at the center back (guessed) and draped it and then shaped it with my round plate.

The entire piece was then bound, could have been sewn right-sides together and turned.

The straps were made with some Velcro and sewn on.

That was it in a nutshell.

What I would do differently:I do think it can be better fitted to her. It's hard to get a dog to stand still though and a lot of the design was just guessing and cutting. But now that I have this much fitting done, I can see where angling the straps would fit her better, and the neckline could be shorter at base of her neck. Little things like that. Do I care and does she care, no.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I've decided Penny could have a wonderful wardrobe of winter coats, and of different thicknesses.

I could make a raincoat by using different layers of fabric including a waterproof layer, a windbreaker with some ripstop nylon. Heck, she could even have a beach coverup if I chose to be so silly.

Conclusion: This was a fun little project and I enjoyed making it. You can try to make one too. There are also patterns out there, but not as many for big dogs. By the way, there are some pretty inexpensive coats to be ordered online also. Perhaps I'll knit her a sweater. I've also considered just sewing a sweater from a real big man's sweater. Maybe that's next to try.
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canei said...
I love it! Very nice.
12/5/13 5:15 PM
NEMDF said...
Very nice. Sending your blog link to my niece, who has a Vizla named Penny, as well.
12/5/13 5:30 PM
Dee2 said...
Penny looks so cozy in her coat! I think I know someone who would like one too--thanks for the tutorial.
12/5/13 7:51 PM
Texahoma said...
Oh my goodness, your dog looks so cute in her cozy fleece coat, this is so sweet, thanks for sharing.
12/5/13 9:03 PM
treefrog said...
Very nice! Like the photo with the tennis ball in her mouth. Sounds like my kind of dog!
12/5/13 9:55 PM
Re Becca said...
Love it, she looks so cozy! Lucky dog. i love the pattern and the piping.
12/5/13 11:20 PM
Sharonspils said...
She looks gorgeous in her coat and love the tennis ball photo as that is my kind of dog. I need to make a raincoat for my border collie so your review is very timely.
12/6/13 0:47 AM
JDpenelope said...
Great coat and you show that it's not that hard, plus most patterns don't fit anyway.. I've made several, including a raincoat for my dog and even a coat for the cat. (amazingly, during a cold spell, the cat tolerated wearing a fleece coat after she'd been mostly denuded by a lion cut.). A fun project.
12/6/13 8:14 AM
2 Airedales n Me said...
Oh….my Airedales might just tolerate a coat for the first time in their lives. I've been thinking of making them one and I like yours very much. Thanks.
12/6/13 11:42 AM
SusiM said...
Great job on the coat. That's a warm, happy dog!
12/6/13 11:50 AM
Michele Lommasson said...
What a very helpful review, along with blog on your process. Penny is clearly a lovely girl and very deserving of the time you put into her coat. My basenjis are wearing their fleece coats today, not homemade though. You have certainly inspired me.
12/6/13 12:16 PM
Pj3g said...
Great job on the coat! Penny is beautiful!
12/6/13 12:53 PM
khurtdvm said...
Great job!
12/6/13 9:53 PM
dhsewsalittle said...
Nice job! Your dog looks warm and happy. :)
12/6/13 10:18 PM
Aroura said...
Super cute!
1/3/14 1:52 PM
mcbrow said...
Congratulations! Penny is a lucky dog to have you for her "mommy." :)
1/17/14 8:04 AM
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