What the well-dressed Mouse is wearing…

… on those cooler days

Poor lad, he’s very slender, ripped in fact, and not an ounce of body fat or thick fur to keep him warm. I had a struggle to find suitable polar fleece for the lining; we’re coming to the end of winter, and in any case, most of them are printed with either Frozen or My Little Pony motifs, or soccer balls or camouflage. Plain red took some work. I already had in my stash this lovely canvas spot fabric, intended for either a bag or an apron for myself, but I’m very happy to turn it over to Mouse’s wardrobe. The canvas is actually dark blue rather than black, as it appears in the photo, but that’s OK – I like dark blue!

And that left the batting. I’ll spare you the antics of getting a piece large enough assembled and taped together from my scrap batting stash, or the interesting hoops we had to jump through to get him to a) stand UP and b) stand STILL long enough for me to drape, cut and pin it to size and shape. Suffice it to say that there was extensive praising and rewarding.

So, the batting is effectively the pattern for this greyhound coat. You’ll see that the ‘arms’ at the front are uneven lengths. This is to allow them to wrap round under his neck and overlap on his chest, closing with snap fasteners. There are darts at the back, over the tail, to shape it so it curves down over his bottom instead of gaping. He’ll have a belly strap to hold it on, and I’ll have to work a sort of buttonhole on his back to allow us to clip the lead onto his harness underneath. I need to create a paper pattern from the batting to allow me to make another and adapt the pattern as required once usage has shown us any issues.

It’ll be sandwiched, quilted, bound and ‘snapped’, the belly strap stitched on and the buttonhole/slit worked. And then, it’ll be time to make a matching belt bag for treats, poo bags, garage door zapper and my phone. I’ll be basing it on Jill’s lovely belt bag, as shown in her ScrapHappy post the other day. I need more pockets than hers, but she’s kindly sent me the pattern and assembly instructions.

A stylish outfit, wouldn’t you say?

47 thoughts on “What the well-dressed Mouse is wearing…

  1. nanacathy2 says:

    He will look very smart, and be nice and cosy. He’s one lucky hound.

    • katechiconi says:

      Spoilt rotten already, but not allowed certain behaviours: no feeding him from the table, no begging, no nipping when he plays, and no playing silly buggers when I want him to come indoors. In return, he gets LOTS of attention, and now, nice warm coats.

  2. tialys says:

    That’s going to be a very smart mouse indeed. Love the spots and you will coordinate with him very well wearing your belt bag. I look forward to the dog walking photos.

    • katechiconi says:

      Give me 5 minutes to make the coat and then get over the latest very unpleasant cold I seem to have acquired, and then there will be walkies photos. For now, the Husband is seeing to that bit and Mouse is taking full advantage!

  3. Very stylish indeed. Have you considered matching outfits for his parentals? 😈

    • katechiconi says:

      Well, the treats bag will be made to fit us both, but quite honestly, I think matching coats for all three of us would be just Too Much. If I have enough canvas left over, I might make a matching lead, though.

  4. This boy is seriously spoilt 🐾 Good going Mama Mouse … everything u make is beautiful & he’s going to be very posh 🥰

  5. claire93 says:

    Mouse will be one warm & stylish greyhound

  6. KerryCan says:

    Luckiest. Dog. In. The. World.

  7. Joanne S says:

    He’ll need booties, too. 😀

  8. kathyreeves says:

    Mouse must have got on your computer last night….he emailed Max to say he wants a bigger treat pocket!!!

  9. Wow ~ I am so impressed. Mouse is one lucky dog. Excited to see him wearing the finished project 🙂

  10. Hmmm someone landed with his bum in the butter! I sincerely hope your belt bag is going to match Mouse’s outfit. You’ll be quite the sight trotting off down the road….

    • katechiconi says:

      Well, naturally it’ll match! The only issue at this point is whether he’ll be prepared to wear it, or will I see him squirming on the ground trying to remove it the first time I put it on. Judging by how well he stood for draping the pattern, it should be OK, though.

  11. Dayphoto says:

    Lucky, lucky Mouse!

  12. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    He’ll look stunning !! But skinny he’ll always be, he’s a greyhound !! I look forward to see him with his cape on !

  13. anne54 says:

    Well, won’t he be the envy of all his doggy chums? Especially when the see that he has a matching treats bag ~ although I suspect they will be more interested in the treats!

    • katechiconi says:

      I couldn’t resist the matching bag, particularly as I’d intended to make myself a bag from this fabric anyway… I’m not a fan of ‘fancy dress’ for dogs, but he does need a coat now that the weather’s a bit sharp, and it might as well be snazzy, I feel!

  14. It’s so fun to have a sweetheart to sew for. 😉 I made my Schatzie raincoats. She hated to be wet but loved the snow and ran like the wind in it. They are so worth the spoiling. I’m sure Mouse will be dashing in his new togs.

  15. A warm Mouse is very important.

  16. Steph says:

    It’s going to be beautiful, and he will want to wear it when he’s cold. I only have to show Shinee her coat on cold days and she RUNS to get into it!

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s cool in the early mornings and late evenings here; his coat is quite cold when he comes in from the back yard, so I’m thinking he might like it, at least for a few more weeks till it starts to warm up again. Plus we’re heading south for a holiday in October and it’ll definitely be colder down there.

  17. Wendy from NY says:

    I know I NEVER comment on here, been lurking for YEARS! BUT!!! The snaps on the greyhound coat stopped me cold. Wouldn’t velcro be much easier and quicker to get the coat on and off? Aligning and then snapping snaps on a doggo that has his legs crossed to go, just seems a bit tedious… 🙂 Can’t wait to see the boy in his new duds!

    • katechiconi says:

      You know, I debated it for a good while, but he has a habit of dragging his stuff around in his mouth. I felt that Velcro would be highly likely to snag on rugs and upholstery, pick up endless lint and dust and generally get a bit yuck. On the other hand, he’s good at standing like a rock while we put on his harness, so a few seconds more probably wouldn’t cause too much stress. Plus he isn’t busting to go when we go for a walk, as he gets to use the back yard for that whenever he likes. And new post coming up!

      • Wendy from NY says:

        Well it sounds like you gave it some good thought! Whatever works for you folks! Can’t wait to see it!

  18. kymlucas says:

    Sounds like a hole in the market – bespoke dog wraps.

    • katechiconi says:

      Oh my word, there’s a huge range of dogwear available online, both commercial and on Etsy, etc. Some of it’s a bit tacky, some is gorgeous, but being able to sew myself, I didn’t want to pay someone else to make stuff for Mouse.

  19. rutigt says:

    He will look great in his clothing!

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