Lesson 21 – How to Make A Tailored Coat for your Pet

Lesson 21 – How to Make A Tailored Coat for your Pet


Hi there! Today we’re going to learn how to make a jacket for your pet. We’ll need to take about ten measurements before we begin the pattern. The first one is the length. How long do you want your jacket to be? So just place the end of the tape measure right in the middle of the dog’s back. So just place the end of the tape measure right in the middle of the dog’s back. and then let it hang down as far as you’d like the jacket to go. Do it right on the fattest part of your dog. It’s a bone here in the middle in the front of the dog There is like a bone sticking out Put one end of the tape measure there and measure to what I call the “rotation point”. That’s the other bone right here in the front on his leg. That bone does a lot of moving around. That’s where most of the movement is going to be when your dog is wearing the jacket so that’s an important point to take into
consideration. So measure from the tip of that bone to the tip of that bone. Write down that measurement. The next measurement is again what I call the “rotation point” to the center of his front leg. The reason that’s important is
because the center of his foreleg is even with his nape which is what we are going to be using for more measurements. even with his nape which is what we are going to be using for more measurements. So take that bone again……. these measurements vary a lot actually because every time the dog moves that distance changes. But get the distance when the dog is just standing casually. So from that bone I just showed you – the “rotation” to the center of the foreleg, which will be which will be exactly perpendicular to the nape. Write that measurement down. Now you’ll measure from the nape which is his shoulder blades really which is his shoulder blades really which is his shoulder blades really. These two little bones here at the top. Put one end of the tape measure there at the nape and measure all the way to the dock of the tail. Just before his tail starts. Write that measurement down. Make sure your dog is wearing a collar. Because I like my clothes for my dog to go up higher. I don’t like it to start at the nape. So you have to take into consideration this angle here. Sometimes he holds his head at 180 degrees but that’s because he’s a little uncomfortable. Usually his head is a teeny bit higher Usually his head is a teeny bit higher Usually his head is a teeny bit higher But usually his head is low so I calculated before with the protractor between 150 and 160 degrees. I put a collar on him – snug but not tight – just comfortably on him – to find where the collar will naturally stay. So it’s about there. That’s about where I want it. Measure the distance from the collar to his nape. Write down that measurement. Now we’re going to take the neck circumference. Around where you want the clothing to be. So just wrap it around his neck – again – not to snug, not too loose. I’m putting it around his collar. Write that measurement down. Now from where his collar is to that bump. I call it the “wishbone”. Two more measurements. You’ll take it from the “rotation” point to You’ll take it from the “rotation” point to the widest part of his chest. Looking at him from the top…. you can see where the widest part of his chest is. A perpendicular measurement. (Softly coddling: “OK Sweety almost done.” “Oh it’s upside down…ok….there.”) So starting from the widest part So starting from the widest part Measure that distance. Write down the measurement. Finally, we are going to measure from his wishbone to the end of his ribcage. If it’s a female dog you can measure it further back. It should be parallel to the ground (the tape measure) I can’t see from up here. Write that measurment down and now we’ll do the pattern. Write that measurment down and now we’ll do the pattern. (To dog): “And you can go. You can go play. You’re such a good boy.” (To dog): “And you can go. You can go play. You’re such a good boy.” So we’ve written down all the measurements and we are going to draw a rectangle I want the length of my jacket plus – my darts are going to be three centimeters wide so we have to do the length plus three centimeters You’ll of course use a very thin, pointed pencil. I’m using magic marker so you can see. The number 2 measurement: wishbone to the rotation….. in my case it was 7. Then the rotation point to the center leg. Add those two measurements together. plus the nape to the tail measurement. Add all three measurements up and draw that line plus my dart is going to be 3 centimeters so I’m adding that in. Right to there. Good. Now finish squaring off the entire rectangle. Once you already have this side…. you just square off the other two sides. Point number 4. I have to determine where his nape is on this rectangle. That’s very simple. You would add measurement number 2 to measurement number three. You would add measurement number 2 to measurement number three. Wishbone to rotation plus rotation to center foreleg. Point number 5. We,ve determined that, in my dog’s case, he holds his head at about a hundred and sixty degrees Here’s my…. trusty protractor We’ll mark that. Point number 5 is the dot where the protractor goes. And we’ll find that angle. That’s a hundred and sixty degrees. Right there. It’s along a line here. Now you’ve got to measure the collar to nape. That’s measurement number 6. So we’ll draw that in there. Measurement number 6 and…. There we go. We can make that point number 6. Meantime…. We should put another line here. I’ll do that in a different collor. The first measurement you took on the top line of the rectangle. That was point 1 to point 5. Take the same measurement at the bottom of the rectangle. So you can have sort of an imaginary line there. You’ll use it as a point of reference. Here we go. This is just an imaginary line. So if that’s point 5…. I guess we should give the point a number so…. since I already put 6 there I’ll make this point 5a. The circumference. (Neck Circumference) That’s where the collar is. now by measurement was twenty six point five
so we need to take half of that measurement. So half of 26.5 is 13.25. So….. So….. from point number 6 make that measurment. Draw a line from 6 Draw a line from 6 Draw a line from 6 to whereever that line hits on this edge. at that measurement. It’s easier if I demonstrate than to explain so…. Thirteen point twenty-five, ok. 13.25 So we put one end of the ruler……. Put the zero end of the ruler at number 6. Then we move this until the measurement we’re looking for which is 13.25 cm hits this line. There we go 13.25 is right here. We’ll put a dot there. That’s point number 7. This is the part that’s going to go up the dog’s neck. The measurement from where the collar ends down to where the wishbone is. I measured 6. So we’ll measure 6 centimeters down and mark that. You really can only learn (to design) from experience. People can tell you how to make something, give you perfect instructions. But then when you actually do it experience will teach you more than anything else. But this is a good basis to start from. That’s point number 8. That’s where one of our darts is going to go. Rotation to the wide of the chest. We need to find the rotation point. We use this line as a reference. Uh…..we recall that the rotation to the center leg was 4…… so now…… this will help us find it. We need it squared. I think I’m just going to go ahead and do a line there. All the way across because that’s helpful. So that point….. point number 8…… square it with the square ruler. You’re not measuring right now you’re just making a square line to help you with your reference points. Draw your reference line. I’m doing it in a different color. Wishbone to rotation. Now that will be easier for me. There’s that point. I’ll do it in black. That’s the rotation point. I guess we’ll call it point number 9….. The final point we need to put in there is the wishbone to the end of the ribcage. We’ve got this nice line that helps us. So there we go. That’s that. End of the ribcage right there. We can call that point 10. I like to put in……. Let’s see that was the ribcage….. The fattest part of the chest……rotation to the widest part of the chest. Did I skip that? I did. That would have been number 9. I shouldn’t have made this 9. I should make this 8a. Now I’m messing you up. I’m sorry. We’ll make that number 9. Rotation to the wide of the chest. Point number 9. This is especially important to know in males. This is especially important to know in males. Because that’s where the strap is going to go. Based around that. You will go a little behind or a little before but there is a thick strap that wraps around the dog and….. you don’t want to cover up important parts. We’ll need those reference lines as well so square that off. We’ll need those reference lines as well so square that off. I’m doing this left-handed so I don’t block you but remember you’ll be much neater than I am. So now we just have to put in the darts. My darts, as I mentioned, are 3 cms wide. This is the center of that dart so I’m going to measure 1.5 to either side. I like the darts nice and big. 1.5 to either side. 1.5 to either side. Then….. we are going to go straight to the rotation point on either side. There’s that one….and that one. In this case, same thing. Except this dart I;m gont to move it over because I don’t want it to interfere with the neck part. So we are just going to make the dart to the side here. You guys are a little more advanced so my mistakes shouldn’t….. concern you. You know how to do it the right way. I was experimenting by making the dart go all the way to this point That’s where his rotation point is. so the one dart is folded up to here. and the top dart gives him a little more “poof” So you can see how This will basically wrap around the dog. I’m just going to go ahead and transfer the dart to the bottom. I’ll round out the end a little bit. Just to give it a more interesting shape. I’ll cut that. You’re going to cut out two pieces. of one fabric and two pieces out of another fabric Because one will be the lining and the other is going to be the actual jacket. This is sort of a trapezoid shape. I like to make this kind of collar for my dog and then put a button or something. So he can close it on really cold days. See here we have sort of a dart because if we were to go straight it would go here but I want a piece that I can feed into the front I’ll straighten these lines with a ruler of course because I want it to be even. Sort of like that. That’s the collar. I cut it on a fold. So it looks like this. The first step is to close the four darts. I’m not such a great dart closer. Anyway I closed the four darts. Now the next step is to sew the two sides together, rught sides together just along the back. Straight down the back. All right, now we have this. Have a look down here. Now we take the collar. We want it right sides together. Because I want my collar to flip up and wrap around his neck like that. You’ll see when I’m finished. Start out by pinning that little pointy part right to the center seam and then the pointy part we fold over. Do the same on the other side. Here is a big fat part that you are going to be sewing over so make sure your machine has a good needle in it. make sure your machine has a good needle in it. Then we are going to sew right from the beginning of the collar down along here and sew the collar on. The next step before we sew the lining in is to just fold it in half, right sides together and sew shut the front. This is going to be a slip on jacket. You have the option if you’d like to just sew on longer straps and put sort of a cross over. But I’m used to just slipping it over my dog’s head. He doesn’t have a problem with that. Some dogs don’t like you to slip things over their heads and so you should make whatever modifications suit your dog. Okay great so now we have two jackets
this is the jacket and this is the lining. There we go. The lining inside out. Now they are facing the same way. The lining will have the yucky side facing outward. and the neat side facing inward. Vice versa for the jacket. So just put one inside of the other. The jacket inside the lining. The important part here. You
can’t sew the entire jacket together in this case because there’s a closed loop. First line up the collar perfectly even. Once you’ve lined up the collar… sew from here…. up the collar up the collar all the way around the top edge all the way around the top edge down to the base of the collar and the other
side. ONLY. I’m just going to clip off the point here just to make it look a little neater when I flip it over. Don’t cut the thread. Turn it inside out You can pull out the points like this. Now you reach inside and there’s a hole there. Pull this one inside this one. Now you have this. Just the collar is sewn still. Here the wrong sides are facing each other. You still need to sew this part so now you pull this like this….. it starts to look really funny….. and now flip the two sides together and pin that very neatly all around. So you see I’ve pinned it all the way around into here and so now we’re going to sew around. I forgot to mention you should have determined before now where you are going to be putting the strap. The strap that’s going to be wrapping around the dog. and you should have marked that point before doing all that i’ve done so I hope that you’ll remember and that’s the
part you’ll leave open. But since I didn’t mark it I’m just going to say it’s right here between these two pins. That part you will leave unsewn. Everything else you sew. This is what it looks like now. It looks like a mess but you’ll see how nice it comes out at the end. I sewed all the way around until it got too difficult. It was getting too bunched up. So I stopped. I ended there, backstitched so it wouldn’t come undone. And I took it off the machine. Now I’m going to start on this side. I’ll leave that space unsewn for the strap The nice thing is now but this
is sewn, I don’t have to worry about the pins. I can pull this part through that hole…… and that liberates this side a little bit more. making it easier to sew. You can pull out as much as you need and end it where you’ve decided to leave it open. Here we have it. Now find that opening. where you’re going to be putting the strap and pull it through. It’s looking pretty good now. We’ve just got to get the strap on now. We’re almost finished. I made this rectangular strap. At the very end I added a button hole. rectangular strap. At the very end I added a button hole. I have a button hole function on my sewing machine. The space where I pulled it through when it was inside out is right here so i just did a sort of
decorative topstitch all along the bottom. is right here so i just did a sort of
decorative topstitch all along the bottom. I took advantage of the opening by sticking the strap in there. so the last step now is just put
it on my dog and wrap the strap around him like this and find out exactly where i need to
sew the button.

12 Replies to “Lesson 21 – How to Make A Tailored Coat for your Pet”

  1. @amazzinggrace This is the tutorial for you then! I got so frustrated with all the store bought coats. Especially how they are too low down on the back of the neck. The darts are important to keep the coat from flopping to one side or the other. My dog is supposedly a Xolo but I am not sure. Maybe he is a cross.

  2. What an excellent person you are to teach us how to make a pattern. This is the way I'ld like to learn how to do it. It is going to be hard to follow you because you weren't explaining from where all the time but I will give it a go and I will let you know if I was successful or not. Thank you kindly.

  3. Thank you for watching! My later vvideos build on concepts I taught in previous videos so in the newer videos I explain less. I may redo a few of the older videos. They are poor quality since I only was learning about digital cameras at that time. LOL

  4. Great vid info.. sorry you lost your dog..I lost one of my special ones almost 21yrs ago and I still miss him

  5. sollte auch möglich sein ohne seinen Hund wie ein Stück Holz zu behandeln 😡mehr Rücksicht und Einfühlungsvermögen wäre sicher angebracht …der Hund kann einem nur leid tun …da verzichte ich auf die elends langatmigen Ausführungen 👎👎👎👎

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