I have mastered the tiny corner hems quite nicely. I suppose I don’t really have to add a tiny hem as the vinyl backing make the fabric non fraying – but they are dogs and I think it will make it wear better – and it looks neater.
And I have discovered that if you peg round the front straps with seam pegs and let it rest for a bit – it helps the fabric curl a bit. I have really taken to these little pegs. They have one shaped side and one flat side.
AND – before you ask – yes – I did try to use ordinary pegs – but they were too big and cumbersome – and the flat side on the special ones means you can get them right up close to the machine foot to sew.
Not sure if it’s off – when you are putting it on – oooh my little head!
Adding several sizes to the shop now.
I only have red and green in this waterproof – but there will be loads of different sizes and inners.
You will find them in both the Fleece Coats and Sewn Clothes categories.
First – HUGE thank yous to all my furry pals who took part in testing the first design samples for this new coat.
You all loved the idea – and you have come back with several ideas about what to keep and what to change.
So – the final design looks like this
You liked the idea of the wider tummy band – so that stayed – but you wanted it deeper in the chest – so now it is more roomy with 2 bands of 2″ velcro giving you a bit more adjustment.
You were happy with the overall shape – and found it wrapped the front end really well.
You also loved the cosy fleece liner – you said it made the coat really cosy and warm as well as waterproof.
Huge thanks to Stephanie over at The Cheap Shop – Tiptree (my fave fabric shop ever) for finding this fabric for me – that I can work on my normal sewing machine – I thought I was going to have to buy a spare one.
I am adding the first one to the shop now – so keep an eye out for more sizes. If you have a longer – fatter – shorter – thinner dog – I can make a custom size for you. I have the fabric in green and red – the tummy bands are made in the black as it’s a bit softer and so it’s easy to see.
There is only 1 sample of these left in the shop – thank you all so much for your feedback.
Overwhelming positive response – and it seems you like the long underbelly strap – but wider for more fitting flexibility and with wide velcro both sides.
So – the final design will be on these lines
I have the outer fabric in red and green – and all my usual fleece colours for the linings. The coats will be available in 6 ‘standard’ sizes – but as always I can make to order – longer – wider – etc – or with the conventional narrow belt if you prefer that.
I will try to get a couple of sizes done each week – but if I haven’t got to your size yet just shout me and I will make it happen.
You can tell I am feeling better can’t you!!!!
Henry models the new waterproof coat line
Very happy with the way these are turning out. There are still a couple of samples available in the shop if you would like to be a tester.
There will be more of a selection in the New Year when I get a chance to get back to it.
I have some samples ready to test.
I am trailing 2 different fastenings.
1 – similar to the body wrap on the fleece coats – which is very adjustable – but has to be fairly thin.
2 – longer strap under the body covers the tummy – but less flexible as to the sizes.
They will all have a lovely soft fleece lining – so the doggie will stay snug and comfy.
These are available at a special price of just £5 to recover a bit of my fabric costs – all I would like is for you to tell me how the coats stand up to daily wear.
At the moment I have samples available for
length 10″ / chest 15″-18″
length 13″ / chest 16″-18″
If you are interested please drop into the shop and pick one up. I will let you know when I have other sizes.
I have been making progress with my waterproof coats. After a bit of experimenting I am quite pleased with the neatness of my first working sample.
My first attempts were a bit faffy and not very neat – and I needed to work out a better, simpler method.
So now I am creating a small rolled hem round the edge first – still need to practice going round the outside curves – that’s REALLY hard! Then I am cutting the fleece lining to fit the hemmed shape and adding a double hem to secure it in place.
I have never worked with this type of fabric before – it seems soft and pliable for the dogies – and the fleece will make it nice and cosy.
I am going to add a plain black belly band of some sort – not finalises it yet! – and 2″ velcro for the fastenings.
Samples should be ready next week