Fleece Dog Sweater
I made this pull-on sweater for my dog to wear while laying around camp after a wet day of hiking. The design features a band collar (mock turtleneck type), large leg holes for free movement, and a shirt tail to cover the rump.
Although the pattern can be scaled to fit your dog and fleece is stretchy, the tube-type construction of this sweater makes it hard to put on and take off of large dogs. This pattern is more suited to medium-sized and smaller dogs. For larger dogs, I suggest using a coat-style pattern that lays like a blanket across the back and closes with straps under the tummy and across the chest. Look in Other Resources for such a pattern. Many of the sweaters for greyhounds have this type of construction.
This pattern fits a 40 lb short-haired female mixed breed with
- Neck circumference: 17"
- Girth at chest: 27"
- Waist circumference: 21"
- Body length (collar to tail): 24"
- Chest width (shoulder to shoulder): 5"
- 1 yard of polyester fleece material, 200 weight
- thread to match
- Optional: matching or contrasting lycra material for binding
Cut: One of each pattern piece
Instructions: (seam allowance is 1/4" for a plain seam or 1/2" for a top-stitched seam)
- With right sides together, stitch BACK shoulders AB to CHEST shoulders AB.
- Match BACK side CD to CHEST side CD and sew right sides together.
- Repeat 1st and 2nd steps for the other side of the sweater.
- With right sides together, fold COLLAR crosswise and sew ends EF together.
- Turn COLLAR to right side.
- With the right side out, fold COLLAR to match raw edges.
- Match COLLAR out side to sweater body right side and sew together.
- Finish the sweater with either a 1/4" or 1/2" hem or a lycra binding.
- If you are making this sweater for a male dog, you may want to make the curve deeper on the tail end of the pattern to expose more of the tummy area.
- Seam allowances are NOT included.
- Grid Scale: 1 square = 1 inch
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Last modified: 09/08/2006