What you need:
Stripes - outer material (Flannel)
Black - lining (fleecy material, like for sweat pants)
Binding tape - 1 inch wide - ironed in half (see pic No.4)
Piece of extra material (either outer or lining to make belly strap) - about 7.5 inches long http://members.optusnet.com.au/~kimwest66/coats1.jpg
1. Cut Material http://members.optusnet.com.au/~kimwest66/coats2.jpg
2. Put both pieces together right sides out.http://members.optusnet.com.au/~kimwest66/coats3.jpg
3. Pin or if you're lazy like me, just zig zag pieces together.http://members.optusnet.com.au/~kimwest66/coats_binding_iron.jpg
4. Get binding tape that you have already ironed in HALF, this is to make attaching it to the coat easier.http://members.optusnet.com.au/~kimwest66/coats_binding_sew1.jpg
5. Start sewing it along one of the front tags, this gets the corner sewing out of the way early and it's also a place that is inconspicuous.http://members.optusnet.com.au/~kimwest66/coats_binding_sew2.jpg
6. When you get to the front tags, just turn the binding like a corner and sew, once it's sewn down, it sits nicely. I use zig zag on the binding, as it makes it sit flatter, and once you've gone around the entire coat, go around again in the same colour or a contrasting colour just for strength. (I usually just go again in black if that's what I'm using)
7. You can do this step before OR after sewing the coat together (Step 1) Find the centre and sew a line, helps to keep coat in place for washing etc. You can also do a quasi-quilting on the coat if you prefer IE sew diagonally across the coat once you have sewn both pieces together.
8. Get the spare piece of material for the belly strap, if using the fleecy piece, just fold in half and zig zag right around all 4 edges, if using material like flannel (the stripey material) press the sides in first, then sew all 4 sides.http://members.optusnet.com.au/~kimwest66/coats_bellystrap.jpg
9. Add velcro to the belly strap, I use about 2.5 inches, and the same to sew on the other side of the coat where the strap will go under the dogs belly.(See pattern measurements pic down further - red circles)http://members.optusnet.com.au/~kimwest66/sewfrontvelcro.jpg
10. Then sew 2 more velcro pieces on the front straps, about 2.5 inches will do it.http://members.optusnet.com.au/~kimwest66/coat_finished.jpg
11. Try on dog!
Here is one of where the belly strap is placed - it should sit just behind the end of the dogs ribcage!http://members.optusnet.com.au/~kimwest66/bellystrap_pic.jpg
How I made these was I borrowed a dog coat from the dog pound I volunteer at for when I first got Possum, and I took a pattern from that!
Here is a pic with the measurements, these will fit any small dog, probably up to a larger Maltese and that kind of breed.
To make them a little larger, just extend the sides and the length by a half inch, or whatever you require...http://members.optusnet.com.au/~kimwest66/pattern_measure_sm.jpg
I think to make it easier to make a pattern, print out this pichttp://members.optusnet.com.au/~kimwest66/coats_pattern1.jpg
and draw a grid on it, then transfer it to a larger grid, and voila, you have a pattern. ( I hope LOL)
I hope this all makes sense.
Please note, all these measurements are for my dog Possum, he is a Chihuahua cross (with what I couldn't tell you LOL) so he is only little.
Any confusion? Just ask