Step 2: STAGE 1: Dismantling Coat

The first step in the process is to dismantle your XL Carhartt coat. You can buy any size coat that you want (heck, it doesn't even have to be a Carhartt!), but remember that you want to have as much fabric to work with as possible. Honey is a medium sized dog, so an extra-large coat is perfect to give us some extra fabric.

Start by taking apart the coat with your stitch-ripper. Remove the following parts of the coat:

1. hood
2. sleeves
3. elastic sleeve cuffs
4. elastic waistband

You can set aside the hood and the sleeves, as you won't need them. The elastic sleeve cuffs will be used as sleeves for the jacket, and the elastic waistband will be used as the waistband and collar for the jacket.

Leave the zipper in place, as this will be an integral part of the coat. No need to take apart a zipper when it's already sewn in place!
I was looking for a pattern with legs and sleeves but I am going to try this and maybe add them. My lab weighs about 80 lbs but his chest is 36&quot; so most coats won't close. I<br>It would be nice if the dogs could play outside without getting all wet or cold.
<p>love it. we run the gamut here from 90lb german shepherd down to 8 lb jack russell mix and a 15 lb dachshund. between converting human clothes and used wild gingers pet cloths program . everyone is warm</p>
<p>Thank you for the great idea. My son has (soon to be had) this very jacket. No worries. He knows his place in the pecking order around here. Let him shiver!</p>
<p>I love this comment, lol its the same in my house but instead of son, its boyfriend. He even is starting to eye up the dog bed so he can stretch out because my two shepherds sleep on either side of me. lol</p>
<p>haha excellent</p>
<p>Love this idea, I can never find clothes big enough for my mastiffs. The only thing I'm going to do different when I make this is how the pockets open/close. I will close off the original opening and re-locate it to up by the zipper, that way items put in will not fall out when I open the zip if dog is wearing it. Excellent tutorial BTW, and lovely pittie.</p>
Thanks I used this idea to make a coat for my weim out of my dads old cover halls from work. My dog is now nice and warm this winter.
Thank you. I love the idea. I have a weimaraner who is very hard to find clothing for because there are very few coats out there for big dog and even less for skinny big dogs in cold climates. I will be heading to a second hand store tonight to get some coats to convert for him. Thanks again . <br>P.S. Honey is beautiful.
You did a great job on this custom-made coat! The zipper up the back is a fantastic idea. Honey is a lucky dog :)
Oh what a sweet little buddy. :D <br /> <br />He's looking very swanky and warm now!
The is the &quot;cadillac&quot; of dog coats! Wow!!! I've sewed most of my life and I think your instructable is awesome. Great directions, step by step photos, and Honey as the perfect dog model for showing off the well made dog jacket. I voted for you in the Sew Warm contest.
How much does Honey weigh? I have a medium pit bull as well, but I just want to make sure the pattern isn't going to be too snug! <br>Thanks! <br>Taia
the dog is sooooooo cute!!!!
I love this! I want a dog just for this.
That looks great on him! And it looks like he's comfortable wearing it!
That is an awesome jacket.
I was excited to see you had a new post. And your friend's choice in coat was perfect for a pit bull, somehow... I'm glad he has an innovative person like graceduval to help his Honey.
I just came here to say <br>&quot;ERMAGHERD ADER-RBLE&quot; <br>Then I saw your profile pic &amp; thought ah yes that makes sense :) <br>Your dog is cute &amp; when wearing a carhart he looks like he should be on a 'roof'.

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