Step 4: STAGE 2: Draping the Jacket, Continued

From here I make sure that Honey has the correct neckline so that she can move in any direction that she wants. It's important to leave extra room in this coat so that the dog can move and run normally without restriction. I bring the extra fabric from the sides around to the center front of her chest under her neck and pin down the center front to create a seam. I then use the pins to mark out how low the neckline should dip in the front. For the back neckline cut off as much zipper as you need to.

Remove the jacket, fold along the zipper and cut 1/2” beyond the pin lines for the neckline and the center front seam.

Pin the center front seam together as it will be sewn to make sure it fits correctly. Cut the elastic waistband in half and pin it around the neckline. This is done so that when you try it on your dog you can make sure that the collar sits in the correct position and doesn't choke or restrict your dog's movement. Adjust fit and cut as necessary.

Now that most of your coat is built, it's time to connect the neck to the body of your coat with a chest piece. Use any of the extra fabric that you have lying around to pin horizontally to the bottom of the neck, and the connect to the chest. Make any pin markings necessary to accommodate for the front of the armhole, again allowing enough wiggle room for a dog who wants to run, jump, play, lay down and generally have an awesome time in an epic coat.

Remove the jacket, fold along the zipper and cut 1/2” beyond the pin lines around the armholes.

Pin elastic arm bands in place to check for correct fit.
Way too cold for my girl in Michigan. Thank you for this!!!
<p>love it.</p>
<p>Amazing! You are a very talented seamstress. Our dog is male, and I'm a beginner seamstress, so our coat is a little different, but I wanted you to know how your project inspired me!!</p>
This is the BEST PROJECT EVER!! I have a 5 year old femme pittie who is the love of my life. We live in NH and she loves to play in the snow but has zero fat or fur for insulation. At first I thought a lot of the &quot;doggie coats&quot; were ridiculous and frou-frou but once I started searching they aren't even very functional in terms of actually keeping your dog warm &amp; dry! This is fantastic. I think I'm gonna mimic your instructions using a fleece jacket to start (carhartt is some rugged sewing!). And maybe keep a little leg length...I will def post pics! Ty so much and love to you (3). Woof, Jenny &amp; Lily
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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