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Dog coat patterns?
specifically for a whippet or greyhound
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Date: 9/29/08 7:21 PM

Behold Raleigh, the newest member of our family.




Whippets have very light fur, and need to wear a coat or jacket when outside in cold weather. Winter's a comin', and Raleigh loves his long walks.

I've seen a lot of ready-made whippet coats (for rather dear prices) and I'd love to try to make one myself. Has anyone spotted a pattern?


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Date: 9/29/08 7:35 PM

Congrats......If you check my pattern review

dog coat review

(hope you can click through to see the photos) you will see a coat I made for a great dane (similar body habitus). I just winged it , taking neck to tail measurements and largest chest circumference and added the velcro tab piece. I made it with fleece and by the second coat (the one you see in the photos with the tiger stripes) it fit pretty well. I used two layers of fleece for the body.

DS said it was a definite "chick magnet," so he approved. If you have questions, just ask... The online ones were so pricey, I knew I could do ok myself.

Good luck, ML

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Date: 9/29/08 9:31 PM

I make something similar out of fleece. I copied a coat I already had. I have a pattern that I made and would be happy to copy it just onto wax paper for you. I don't have any real tracing paper. It's 5 pieces and requires some poly webbing and a buckle clip. It is very easy, in fact, this is what got me started sewing in December. Here are some pictures...

He was only modeling this. I had made it for another dog and it is too big on him. I have a couple different sizes but you could tweak it to fit. Feel free to send me a PM if you'd like me to mail a copy.

ETA: The black and red one was made for my dog's brother. They both love their snuggy fleecy jackets.



This was the first one I ever made.


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Date: 9/29/08 9:56 PM

Oh my - Raleigh is just darling! I don't think I've ever met a whippet in real life, but my parents used to have a greyhound, so I am a bit partial to "skinny dog" types.

I don't have any personal experience, but I picked up this dog coat pattern for our English pointer: Simplicity 9520 - it says for "Large" dogs, but their idea of large is a little bit strange I think (perhaps large means you couldn't carry the dog in a purse?). The pattern has been used for "medium" sized dogs too. It might require some tweaking for a good fit, of course. Here are a few reviews of the pattern: Reviews

Here's another option: McCall 4686

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Date: 9/29/08 10:28 PM

I have greyhounds so I've made alot of coats. Kwiksew has alot of good coat patterns in different styles. I've used a couple of them and they are fairly easy to make. However greyhounds (and I assume whippets) have VERY deep chests and the patterns never fit correctly. What I have done is make a quick muslin out of an old sheet. You can then cut it apart to see how much you need to add to the chest pattern and maybe shorten the length.

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Date: 9/29/08 10:45 PM

I have a standard poodle who wears a coat in the winter outside, and a Fido Fleece "sweater" inside. Her outdoor coats are similar to to the one in the photo in your post - designed like a horse blanket. They have a dart at the lower back to fit over her hips nicely, web straps that criss cross and a darted belly band to keep her tummy warm. I think you could adapt a commercial pattern if your dog will stand still for you to fuss with her. In my experience, most patterns are designed to fit lab or golden or beagle shaped dogs, which a whippet is not.
Here is a pattern for a greyhound coat pattern that you can probably size down for your whippet: http://greyhoundsinneed.net/howyoucanhelp/DogCoatsnugglerbig.gif
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Date: 9/29/08 10:58 PM

I have no assistance with the dog coat pattern (sorry), but just had to note what a handsome fellow Raleigh is. On the blue and white whippet coat photo you referenced, that's quite a tall turtleneck, and clearly needed for your long and lean, but muscular, Raleigh. --Lily

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Date: 9/30/08 7:12 AM

Just to add, my coats come from a pattern specifically for whippets. Two of my dogs who need coats are built somewhat the same, deep chest, sloping back. My dogs that are straighter need some pattern adjustments.

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Date: 9/30/08 11:31 AM

I made Kwik Sew 3544 in fleece for my mom's German short-haired pointer, and it turned out really cute. I don't have any pictures though. He has NO hair, but he's built a lot burlier than a greyhound, but you could definitely fit the pattern to your dog.

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Date: 9/30/08 11:50 AM

I made a coat for my mom's greyhound, just creating my own pattern, as described in the review. It was totally easy and looks adorable on her.

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