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bloodybella
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« on: October 14, 2008 02:55:43 PM »

Okay, So I have a 2 year old APBT who happens to have some pretty bad joint problems. She gets full doses of glucosamine daily, but when it gets cold her shoulders start to get sore and she limps.

Now, she goes to work with me on a daily basis and the weather is starting to get colder.
I was looking for a coat or hoodie to buy for her but ran into 4 problems:
1. Expense. Anything worth buying costs way to much
2. Cut. I mostly find things that have open shoulders. They call them "jackets" but function more like vests to me.
3. Functionality. It has to have easy access for a leash and collar. (she doesn't need either but...its the law. and it keeps me from having to worry about other dogs in the lobby at work)
4. Fit. Most patterns I've found are for small dogs, and they are just built different. Because she is a bull she has massive shoulders and a large box shaped head. Even patterns for large dogs are usually for tall skinny dogs (haha, kinda like the difference from regular to plus size clothing. Just because I'm +size doesn't mean I'm 4ft tall!!)<huge head!!

Anywhoo, I would like to make her a hoodie that has a hood (duh...because I think it would be cute), sleeves that cove the shoulders, and leash access. Kindof like this: But obviously for a much larger dog.

I don't really sew this kind of clothing...I mostly make skirts, bags and baby clothes, and although I've been sewing for a very long time...my skills technical are some what lacking.
I would even consider reconing a regular hoodie, but wouldn't know where to start.
If anyone has any suggestions we would love you forever!
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« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2008 03:32:11 PM »

I also have a boxer/pit mix and had problems finding a shirt for her. I went to a thrift store and found a big kids shirt that was a bit big for her then I modified it. I mostly had to take fabric from the front (take it in.) It may have not been an  expert job, but it worked for cheep. I don't see why you couldn't find a hoodie and try the same. If you mess it up at least you don't put alot of investment into it. Give it a try.  Wink
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« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2008 03:42:48 PM »

here is an option i found when i was trying to do make a sweater myself:

http://www.barlowscientific.com/technotes/home/sweater.htm


the pattern looks pretty easy and the shape looks as if if could be modified (to make the arms longer, make the neck bigger etc) and a hood could easily be attatched, i would put a button hole large enough to fit the leash through where the collar meets the hood.

another thing you could do is cut the shape out of paper, then you could modify it as you want and have a pattern the correct size for future coats.
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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2008 03:57:13 PM »

I made a jacket for my pit mix last year using McCall's 4686, view C, minus the hood (she'd try to eat it).  The pattern doesn't have sleeves, but I drafted some after the body was sewn.  It was pretty easy, and I've never drafted anything before.  Just make sure the sleeves end above her dew claw.  The chest fit her just fine, but I had to lengthen the butt-flap.  Also, the chest was really open and I think it would be even with the hood, so I added some elastic cord.
I did like soonersunshine suggested and made a large button hole on the back for the leash to clip onto her harness.


 
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« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2008 06:15:43 PM »

Thanks for the suggestions ladies. I think I'll go through my old hoodies and see if I have anything small enough to try and recon.
I can't decide wether to try a zip up or pull over. The zip up seems like it may go on easier, but I wouldn't want the zipper to irritate her already sensitive skin. Mabe I'll try both and see what works best.
Thanks again!
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« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2008 06:20:58 PM »

You seem to have some good suggestions, so I don't have anything to offer, but I wanted to tell you that your girl is beautiful.  Those eyes are so soulful. 
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« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2008 07:13:42 AM »

I can't decide wether to try a zip up or pull over. The zip up seems like it may go on easier, but I wouldn't want the zipper to irritate her already sensitive skin. Mabe I'll try both and see what works best.
Thanks again!

My girl has sensitive skin too, so I put a little flap behind the zipper to keep it from rubbing on her.  I could never wrangle her into a pull-over!
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