Compared to last year, I’m WAAAY behind on my Christmas sewing. I’m not planning as much output as last year (Nine girls dresses!) but I thought I should get a move on anyway. A quick and easy one was this cute dog coat pattern that came free with Love Sewing Magazine.
I’d made one already, to try out the pattern for Corkys dog Freddie, And made a few minor sizing adjustments (he’s quite skinny). If you wanted to be thorough, you could measure your dogs length from neck to tail base, girth around the middle and a loose neck measurement. Then adjust the pattern accordingly.
For Freddie, I made the small, shortened it by 5cm and shortened the tummy straps by 3cm each (… fitting notes for dogs, whatever next?!)
I didn’t notice the instructions were in the magazine until it was too late. It’s pretty clear how it goes together though, here’s how I did it…
I used the leftover wool from my Tweedy Bomber (I can’t wait to wear it with Freddy & I in matching outfits!) and some fleece I had stashed under the bed.
- Cut out all the pieces.
- Zigzag the pocket piece edges and fold in the seams. Sew down the top.
- Sew the pockets to the main body at the big dots.
- Make the pocket flaps by sewing right sides together along three sides. Turn through the top opening and topstitch.
- Sew the flaps above the pockets with a 5mm seam. Press down over the pocket & sew again at 1cm.
- Make the tummy straps, turn, press, topstitch-and pin to the main body.
- Sew the collar along the curve, turn, topstitch and pin to the main body.
- With the main body piece facing up pin the lining face down on top of it.
- Sew all around leaving a gap at the bottom to turn through.
- Turn through, press and topstitch all around (start & stop under the collar) closing the gap at the bottom as you go.
- Add buttons or poppers (maybe do the buttonholes earlier if you’re using them)
- Lastly, sew hook & loop tape to the ends of the neck and tummy straps.
- Give it all a good press and it’s done!
I know I said it was Christmas sewing, but I couldn’t wait! … Freddy doesn’t know what day it is anyway, he just loves his new coat!
Notes to self:
- Don’t panic too much about Christmas sewing, most of the gifts didn’t get given until January last year anyway!
You and your dog look great together in matching coats. I am sure you get a lot of attention when you are on walks together. I need to do something similar for my westie and I. I made maximus (my westie) a plaid/polar fleece lined coat for walks but I don’t have any matching material to make one for myself. Happy sewing.
Thank you! Sadly he’s not my dog, I just get to look after him from time to time.
Maybe maximus will get a new coat for Christmas?! 👍🙏
Oh this is too cute. I love this
Thank you! 😊🐶👍
Matching walkies outfits is super cute … but don’t tell anyone I said that!
I have to admit I’m not of fan of dogs in clothes.. they have a fur coat already! ;’D If I were going to make a dog coat I’d have to make it more of a raincoat, my female takes forever to dry! As for poo bag pockets… would make a change to put on one of my own coats and NOT find poo bags in every single pocket! lol
Haha, I hear you re the poo bags… I don’t even own a dog and I seem to have hundreds of them everywhere! 😂🙏
That is so cute I’m not sure I can stand it. Q: are the pockets useful? They’re actually FUNCTIONAL, you wonderful lunatic.
An admission — I was waiting for you to do welted pockets. I was hoping not, but was fully prepared to see those in the tutorial.
Finally, why are the colors in the progress pictured different than the finished items? I’m sure there’s a good reason relating to contrast or visibility or something…
Haha, yes, poo-bags in the pockets… and a wet-wipe!
It’s probably to do with indoor & outdoor lighting…?