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Topic: Upcycled human hi-vis vest, to doggy hi-vis vest **PICS**  (Read 8732 times)
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« on: April 09, 2012 02:17:22 AM »

Our pup has a very dark coloured coat, so I worry that walking in the dark (as it is now coming into winter here in New Zealand), he may not be seen if for some reason he were to accidentally get off his leash.  So, I upcycled my hubby's old work hi-vis vest, to two vests for the dogs.

This one is the puppy's one, it has a big hem with another reflective stripe, so it can be let out as he grows:

Here they are modelling them:

and the backs:

Not sure how to stop them slipping around and flapping up at the back tho.  I initially had the smaller one (Snoopy's) with the belly strap further forward, but moved it back to stop this.  Rocky's one can't be moved back, coz he'd piddle on it!
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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2012 02:22:37 AM »

That is a good idea!

Maybe you can search the internet for dogs vests, and you'll get a good idea how to stop the slipping and flapping?!
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2012 07:06:11 AM »

maybe a loop that goes underneath the tail, like on horse blankets. Smiley
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2012 09:27:53 AM »

Awesome idea. I love it.


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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2012 02:29:18 PM »

maybe a loop that goes underneath the tail, like on horse blankets. Smiley
that'd be a good idea, til they went to poop  Wink
I thought about putting leg straps on (in New Zealand, our horse rugs have leg straps), but I think they may annoy the dogs, and Snoopy's jacket isn't long enough to put them on
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2012 05:15:11 AM »

Your dogs look like natural models Smiley

« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2012 09:13:43 PM »

I have made a lot of dog coats for a lot of different breeds of dogs. In my experience, you need to shape the coat to the dog's back end with darts in order to keep it in place. Where the darts are placed and how many you need depends on the dog's shape. Sometimes one in the center back in the last third of the seam before the tail end is enough, although I usually use 2 on the sides as well about 2/3 of the way down. Maybe play around with a vest cut out of some throw away fabric to get it right before you try it on your vests.

Another way to keep it in place is with 2 straps crossed underneath the belly like you see on the Foggy Mountain dog coats.

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