Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Doggie Coat

Why do I think I can make clothes that fit me if I can't even make a coat to fit a dog?  Granted, they're dachshunds, but still.

I started out making this coat for Oscar, the larger wiener.  It is from the book One Yard Wonders, which is a really neat book, and I recommend it (just make sure it has the envelope of patterns glued into the front if you get it from the store - the copies at my local store were missing some).  It's a nice, simple design, really cute, and I tried to redraft it to fit O.  Well, the neck was perfect, the chest was about 3 inches too short (WTF??) and the length was also about 3 inches short.  So, I gave it to my smaller not-so-hot dog to wear.  On her, the neck is way too big, but the chest is OK and the length is acceptable.  And, looking at these pix, I think I really need to tighten up that neck more.  sigh.
I feel pretty bad about it, though, because I had promised Oscar the coat.  And I made it in such manly dog colors.  And I toughed it up by trimming it with some uber studly Alexander Henry "Tattoo" fabric.  Oh well, Rosie will be most menacing dachsie on the block.
Here is the coat in action:
Do I really want to escape?
That snow looks pretty deep.
Notice my defiant sneer, human.
Maybe I'll just go back inside and cuddle with my chewie.
But I'll pee here, so everyone knows who's boss.

I'm going to have to add a snap to keep the collar down, I think.  And maybe a strap to keep it snug when it's flipped up...or maybe I'll just let sleeping dogs lie.


  1. That is so cute. We have 2 sausages who hate the cold and refuse to go out in the snow unless they have their fleeces on! Your coat is far more elegant and smart than our fleeces (which are bought, because I am lazy).

  2. Where on earth did you find a coat to fit a wiener dog?? I have never found anything, and I was getting so desperate, I was going to buy the Doggie Snuggie from the television...thank goodness for this book and pattern.