Pattern Description: Pet coats are in five sizes. View A is lined and has Velcro® ; closure at chest. Hood and sleeves are from heavy knit or fleece fabric. View B pull-over coat has contrast centre back panel, front panels with straps that wrap and close over back with Velcro® . Neckline is finished with self fabric bias cut binding.
Pattern Sizing: XS - XL based on length from back of neck to base of tail (20/30/50/50/60cm or 8/12/16/20/24"). My dog is a Labrador/Kelpie ( more Labrador in the body with Kelpie legs and head). Based on the measurements he needed an XL. I tried to do a quick tissue fit (not recommended if you don't want the pattern pieces shredded) and cut a L as it seamed a better fit over the back.
Fabric Used: I made tow coats. The first one was made out of a single layer of powerstretch. It is light, very warm and very stretchy although not a very attractive colour.
The second is made from supplex nylon (purple on top, grey underneath) to keep him dry with a layer of thin fleece in the middle for a bit of warmth.
Alterations / design changes: The first coat was a bit tight around the neck so I trimmed the neck to make it a little wider. I had initially made the straps from woven fabric. I had him run around for a while with the coat on and straps pinned in place. The woven straps looked like they were pinching a bit when he was breathing heavily. There was also strain across the front of the chest when he was in a drop position as the shoulders are more forward.
I replaced the straps on the first coat with some black lycra that has a lot of give in it. The straps are held with velro and he gets a bit grumbly when I undo the straps.
For the second coat, I widened the neck/shoulder by 2cm at the top of the shoulder and lengthened the chest piece. The straps are made from woven elastic held on by two sew on straps. He doesn't seam to mind them being undone, unlike the velcro.
Instructions: The instructions are well written and illustrated. Very easy to follow.
Likeness to pattern photo/drawing: The coat looks very much like the drawing.
Likes & Dislikes: I liked the design of this coat as it gave a bit of warmth around the chest and back legs. The strap around the back makes sure it stays in place even when the dog is exercising.
The pattern recommends making this is a woven although I think it would be better to make the lower section in a stretch fabric so there is a bit of give when the dog is exercising or in a drop.
I like how KS include pattern pieces for the bias strip on the neck opening. It gives you the option of making your own or using purchased binding.
Note for UFO contest: These coats were started last winter. The first one just needed the strap changed to something stretchier, do the hems & sew the velcro on. The second was cut out but not sewn. They were put aside to work out what to do with the strap. UFO photo
conclusion: The dog approves of the coats and will put his head through the neck hole when I hold the coat up for him. I think he prefers the powerstretch version but I get growled at when I undo the velcro. It's just one of his quirks - he hates velcro!
The second coat looks better and will keep him dry but probably isn't as comfortable when he's resting. The snaps work as an alternative method for closing the straps - no grumbles taking them off.