As some of you may know, Pugs don't do very well in extreme weather...so of course I had to make my girl Ravenherst a sweater! I bought a girl's barbie sweater from ebay and reconstructed it for a wee sweet babe! When I got another pug, a black male, I made him a Ken sweater, but it was too small for him! buaaaa!! Don't worry, I made him another sweater...no cold pugs in my house! The picture below is of Ravenherst's first day in the snow! At least her first day in the snow with us...She was five months old when we got her from pug rescue, and now she's two and a half.
Well, i measured around her neck, her chest and her waist, and then took the measurement from where her neck meets her head down to the base of her tail, and determined that to be the length of the sweater. I then drew out half of each dimention (except for the length...) and made a pattern. (small at the neck, wider at the chest and narrower at the waist). I cut two out of this pattern but made one shorter (for her underside). I actually used the neck of the original sweater for Herst's neck, it saved some hemming and it looks super cute!
I did alot of this just by sight, no real measurements...When I sewed both sides together and hemmed the ends, I then cut slits on the underside of the sweater, a little under 2 inches long (because the sweater stretches out when you sew the sleeves on, and if you make the slit too big then the sleeves will look enormous). I made sleeves out of the cuffs of the original barbie sweater and made them about two or 2 1/2 inches long. then i sewed them on, and voila, a loverly wee dog sweater!!
for more info on rescue pugs in the state of Ohio, go to: www.ohiopugrescue.com
And here is my other baby poopseh, Cosmic Gorak (Cosmo for short). He's also from Pug Rescue, saved along with about 22 other pugs from a puppy mill. As you can see, the ken sweater is kinda small...i was too lazy to make it bigger, so I just made him a new one! It has an ultrasuede red dot on it, so it's super soft to pet him in that general area. I don't think he liked to long sleeves very much either (the barbie sweater's sleeves are kinda like the ones on the blue sweater, just a little longer...) so on the blue one I made them much shorter. I also bought them boots, because we noticed that they would alternately lift legs up so as to keep them from freezing in the snow!
For the Ken applique, I went online and looked for the Ken logo, copied and pasted it into Photoshop and made it to the size I wanted, and printed it and cut it out. Then I placed the paper cut-out on some felt, outlined it and cut it out of felt. Then with that piece of felt i placed it over another piece of contrasting felt and cut out a halo for it. And voila! Applique fini!