Our one-year old white boxer, Rocky, needed a dog coat for the chilly Carolina winter weather. I spent some time one Sunday at Jo-Ann Fabrics searching for the perfect fleece and decided Rocky would look best in Duke blue. Simplicity (9520), Vogue (v8312) and Burma (7752) offered coat patterns but I wasn’t willing to pay $10-20 for one. Paper bags make great pattern pieces. And I found this handy dandy pattern from Diana Durkes of Fine Diving Chicago, which I used to guide me along the way.
I decided to cut two of everything and stitched the two cut out pattern pieces together to make the fabric thicker and more durable.
- create a vent on each side that overlaps so that when Rocky wiggles in excitement the coat follows his c-curve.
- quilt and properly seam the pattern pieces together so the edges are finished.
- double the fabric of both the neck and body closures, and increase the width of the body closure.
- switch from strips of velcro about 3″ in length to 1″ squares.
- extend the side flaps for better coverage and warmth.
- add reflective material to the front and back on both sides.