As a guy, I've made fun of dogs wearing clothes for years. Now, as a guy with a cool dog (boxer) I have found myself with the need for dog clothes. When the weather gets freezing cold and your dog has very little hair, you have to take action or you start getting puddles in the apartment! I had an old pair of jeans with a knee torn out. I had an old fleece scarf that I never wear anymore. A little measuring and sketching and I was ready to get started. I had fun making Dottie's jacket and hope that you have fun as well. The jacket I wound up with is customized just for Dottie's size. I even thought it was clever to add one of the back pockets to the side of her jacket. (for treats?) I'll give you the steps that I followed and urge you to be creative and give it a try yourself!!
Step 1: Materials
Grab some old clothes... a pair of jeans and a fleece scarf is what I used. If you want to use a flannel shirt or sweatshirt, no problem. I suggest something for the outer shell that's durable such as denim or another heavy cotton. For the lining, anything you would use to stay warm can be used for your puppy. I also used a sewing machine but you can pretty easily sew by hand if you don't have a machine or just prefer to do so. I picked up some "industrial strength" Velcro at a local department store. A piece of chalk will also come in handy... I'll cover that in another step. A pair of scissors and a measuring tape and you'll be ready to go!