Making dog clothing is fun and rewarding and it’s really not as much trouble as you might think. If you’re pretty good with a sewing machine, you can do this craft with no problem. No matter what size your dog is, you can make cute clothes for it with little fabric and a few homemade patterns. Get an idea in mind of what you want to make.
If you want to make a shirt, for example, choose the proper fabric and begin making your pattern. Any fabric which you think will look good and be comfortable for your dog should work. Measure your dog, while he’s standing, from the top of his front leg, across his back, to the top of the other front leg. Draw this onto a piece of paper to use for the pattern.
The next measurement should be around the neck. Make sure to leave enough room for the dog to be comfortable. Now take the front chest measurement from inside the top of the front leg, across the chest to the inside top of the other front leg.
To make the patterns, draw half of the back measurements onto the paper, and mark the pattern so that the middle of the back should be on the fold of the fabric. Draw the neckline onto the back pattern piece by measuring around the neck, then drawing a fourth of this figure onto the paper. Draw, at an angle, the approximate measurement for the shoulder of the dog, to connect between the front leg holes and the neckline.
Measure how far down the garment will need to be, and how big it will have to be around the tummy. The back length measurement should be drawn onto the pattern, but only a fourth of the tummy measurement, since the back piece is on the fold. For the front piece, draw the measurement of a fourth of the neckline, the slanted shoulder measurement, then down the sides and across where the hem will be.
Before cutting the fabric, lay the pattern pieces, right side together, on a tabletop. Make sure your seams will line up and make adjustments now. If the back shoulder measurement is a little longer than the front, shave a little off of the back neckline, only where the leg opening is. After making sure the front and the back pieces align, make adjustments like rounding corners, or putting in v-necks now.
If you’ll be putting sleeves in, measure from the ankle to the top shoulder, then from the ankle to underneath the front leg. Draw half of these measurements and cut two arm pieces, each on the fold. Hem first, then stitch each front leg piece closed, on the inner seam.
After cutting the fabric from the pattern pieces, sew together, first starting at the shoulder seams. Sew both shoulder seams straight across, then sew both side seams, straight down. Hem around the neckline, or add lace, ruffles or coordinating seam tape to the neck. Turn the shirt right side out, align the sleeves where the inner seam of the sleeve matches the side seam. Sew around the leg hole, then attach other leg piece.
You can put on a button, snaps, or leave the shirt open. This shirt pattern can be varied to be made larger, like a coat, with faux fur collar, or sleeveless for wearing under a coat. It can also be made a pullover by cutting the front piece on the fold, too. The pattern can be used with sweater fabric for making a cozy pullover for a puppy in the winter.
If the thought of all that measuring and sewing have you changing your mind, you can always purchase baby clothes, then adapt them to your pet. Baby sweaters, coats, and shirts fit small dogs well, and if your dog is a large dog, the toddler department has many selections. Dress the purchased outfit up by using fabric paint to write your dog’s name on the clothes, adding sequin or beads for a female dog’s outfit, or by adding a cute hat to match.If the thought