Mousewear

It’s almost finished.

This is cosy. Can we go out again?

Close enough for him to model for you, but I still need to work some sort of buttonhole between his shoulder blades for where the loop on his harness sits. It’s where the lead is clipped on, so I need access to that. Although he wears a martingale collar, I prefer not to clip his lead to that; greyhound necks are delicate and I don’t want to hurt him or cause damage if he pulls hard for some reason.

How do I look?

It’s a simple enough design, and I didn’t have to do a lot of tweaking to the pattern once I had it cut out. I sandwiched the three layers together and quilted it in a diamond pattern – easy enough, given that I could just follow the spot pattern. Once that was done, I overlocked/ serged the darts over his tail to make it fit the slope of his back and keep the draughts out.

Then I had to bind it. I didn’t have much of the red fabric with white snowflakes I wanted to use for the binding, so I used this calculator to work out whether I had enough. Isn’t it a brilliant tool? I knew it would have to be a bias strip because of all the curves, and I ended up using this method to make it. There are a couple of spots where you get two seams in close proximity, which is the only downside of this process, but they don’t make much difference to the ease of attaching and stitching it down.

I debated Velcro® versus snaps for closing the coat and belly band, but in the end I went with snaps. He stands still well to be dressed and harnessed, and snaps don’t catch on things or get full of fluff, dust and dog hair. I was worried about getting them through all those layers of fabric, particularly on the belly band, but I needn’t have worried.

It’s a good thing we’re having cool nights and mornings just now, or he wouldn’t get any use out of this till next winter. I’d better crack on with that buttonhole.

After all, a fashionable Mouse must have a decent wardrobe…

UPDATE

I discovered my buttonhole foot couldn’t cope with the size I needed, so I’ve had to improvise – and it’s done. The harness goes on first, then the coat. I flip the ring through the buttonhole, do up the coat, clip on the lead, and away we go. The Mouse and I have done a test run, and he seems pretty content. I’m fairly sure he’ll be rather more enthusiastic tomorrow morning when it’s cool!

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60 thoughts on “Mousewear

  1. Barbie says:

    Crazy for polka dots…Mouse really is a fortunate kiddo 👍😍

  2. magpiesue says:

    It’s wonderful! He’ll be the most handsome Mouse on the block. 😀

  3. Steph says:

    Beautiful coat – I’m debating snaps and Velcro for the pyjamas I’m making for Shinee, so it was great to see how you decided this question.
    Mouse looks gorgeous, what a good handsome boy!

    • katechiconi says:

      I’d say snaps, especially for pyjamas. Velcro seems to have sharp corners and edges, and sighthound skin is so fragile it might be a bit uncomfortable. Mouse says he’d love to see a photo of Shinee in pjs, when the time comes…

      • Steph says:

        I don’t have a blog but I’ll email you a pic of her current PJs – they are not as nicely made as Mouse’s coat but they do include a treat pocket!
        Or if you’re on Instagram her account is resting_whippet- look for photos of a red jacket.

      • katechiconi says:

        I’m not on IG, so Mouse and I would love an email, when you get a minute. I’ll put it up in his bedroom corner, which already has a couple of pictures. One of these days I’ll have to show what it looks like…

  4. jmcheney says:

    He’ll be very dapper & dashing, even if the weather is foul.

  5. Is he used to wearing clothes? He had an uncertain look on his face like does this make me look silly? I think he’s quite handsome and will be wonderfully warm in the cold weather.

    • katechiconi says:

      Greyhounds wear colours when they race, which are sort of fitted vests, and are quite used to wearing jackets and coats against the cold, having so little body fat, thin skin and fine fur. He was wearing one when we first met him, so I don’t think he’s got a problem with it.

      • He has the most expressive face and you just wonder what he’s thinking. My little one was reluctant at first to wear her raincoat but finally decided it was better than getting wet. The looks I got though were hilarious. Mouse is just so adorable you could almost write a book with photos of him and captions of imagined thoughts.

      • katechiconi says:

        Thing is, 90% of the thoughts we attribute to dogs because of their so-called expressions are completely bogus. He has a terrific line in ‘starving greyhound’ which couldn’t be further from the truth. But he does have very expressive eyebrows!

  6. All the canines who are following this story are keen to see the next outfit you have in store for Mouse….

    • katechiconi says:

      I note you didn’t say ‘reading’, as that would have reduced my canine target audience considerably! I think that given we’re heading into summer it’ll mainly be a tasteful wardrobe of bandannas, in addition to 5 he already has… On the other hand, my treat bags could be in an infinite variety of colours… when I get round to it!

  7. tialys says:

    That is a very good tool – I’m always surprised how little fabric you actually need to make binding. I’ve not used the square method yet but will have a go one of these days although I only cut binding on the bias for clothes as it isn’t usually necessary for quilts as you know.
    Anyway, back to the important bit. Mouse looks very dapper indeed and you’ve done a great job with his coat. I would probably have had to use velcro due to Flo going into a near frenzy whenever her harness is produced and wouldn’t sit still long enough for me to do them up but, as you have a ‘good boy’, i can see why you would go for those.
    As for looking sheepish – in my experience all dogs put on that ‘why me’ expression when you put something on them at first. We used to ask our german shepherd ‘why the long face?’ because she did have a fairly long one but, with Mouse, it’s even funnier.🤣

    • katechiconi says:

      I used a 19 inch square for 126 linear inches of binding, and I was left with nearly 12 inches to spare. I could have done it with 18 inches. I think Mouse will look more enthusiastic in his endearing beady-eyed way when the weather is colder and he appreciates the extra warmth. He has this great trick of jumping up with just his forelegs, bopping up and down with his ears cocked when the lead and walkies bag come out. Mouse is aka ‘Needlenose’ because it can insert itself into unexpectedly narrow spaces, especially when I’m cooking!

  8. nanacathy2 says:

    That’s one very snazzy Mouse.

    • katechiconi says:

      He is extremely dapper, but despite that, I do prefer his natural black satin body suit! Still, it’s a bit chilly in the early mornings, so a bit of elegant comfort doesn’t go amiss.

  9. rutigt says:

    Ah, I knew it. He looks great!!!! Our Bobbo also had a coat, on which I sew a rain safe fabric, so he wouldn´t get wet!

    • katechiconi says:

      A raincoat is my next project. We’re heading for summer and the Wet, and he’ll still need to go for walks. I’m thinking waxed cotton or oilcloth, and maybe a sort of ‘tube’ collar to keep as much of his head warm as possible.

  10. claire93 says:

    brilliant!

  11. craftycreeky says:

    One very smart mouse 🙂

  12. Steph says:

    Also – if you take him out anywhere he needs to lie down for a while outside (cafes, sports fields, friends’ places), I highly recommend making him a little Mouse size padded mat.
    You would quilt a beautiful one, I’m sure!
    Shinee just has an old towel covered in curtain fabric, but it makes all the difference in her being comfy and happy to lie at my feet for a bit.
    These hounds are too skinny and bony to just flop down and relax!

    • katechiconi says:

      We have a soft pad in the back of the car, but it doesn’t have a cover. I think a washable cover sounds like a good plan, and perhaps a strap so I can roll it up to carry. Thanks for the great suggestions!

  13. Gorgeous and Mouse looks so smart x

  14. Nice! What a handsome Mouse.

  15. Dayphoto says:

    You are multi-multi-talented! That Mouse is just stunning in his new coat!

  16. He’s the best dressed, and dare I say, most pampered greyhound in town. Thanks for loving him and adopting him, Kate. He looks a bit worried in this pic. I hope he relaxes once he’s outdoors on his journey. The coat is amazing and the workaround is perfect. We too have a Mouse who’s not a mouse. He’s a burly cat craving lots of lap time. Life is not complete with out a four legged family member under foot. Xo

    • katechiconi says:

      This is his patented “I am a poor starved and neglected hound who never gets a treat, cuddles or walkies”, specially designed to make me relent and give him something to eat. The minute I fetched the lead, it was all ears up and bouncing around. He is very spoiled but not undisciplined.

  17. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    How handsome he looks !!!!

  18. Lynda says:

    At first glance yours is just like the ones I make for the little dog. But then, closer study shows attention to fitting of form, which of course mine lack. Next little dog coat will take hints from you! Winter is just around the corner for us here…

    • katechiconi says:

      Greyhounds are a complicated shape, having such a deep chest and narrow waist. I had to make the pattern by draping a sheet of batting over him and cutting into it, and then wrapping it. Next on the agenda is a bandanna for a special event, and then I’ll have to make a lightweight raincoat. Another couple of months and the Wet will be upon us.

  19. KerryCan says:

    What the well-dressed hound dog is wearing! The coat is so handsome and I see a full wardrobe of coats for every occasion in his future!

    • katechiconi says:

      He’s been modelling a new bandanna today, with the colours of our motorcycle touring club. We’re catching up with some friends in 10 days, and I wanted to be sure he didn’t feel left out when we wear our club shirts.

  20. Ready to strut his stuff 🙂 Styling!

  21. Joanne S says:

    I would have thought to use Velcro for ease. But you have a good point about the sharp corners. And I have to agree, he has mastered that poor pup look. 😀

    • katechiconi says:

      I wouldn’t have worried if he had a thick fluffy coat, but his fur is fine and thin, as is the skin underneath. Plus I had the snaps, and didn’t have Velcro, so it was an easy decision!

  22. He looks a little shy, not used to his new modeling career. It’s hard to be so darn fashionable. Hope Mouse gets used to his fame.

    • katechiconi says:

      He is shy, part of why he’s called Mouse, but he’s getting more confident and even – shock, horror! – barked at another dog the other day. It’s getting warmer in the lead up to spring so he probably won’t be wearing anything other than bandannas for a while.

  23. Dogs are funny creatures. Mouse looks impressed with his coat. As he should be. Deez loves his coats, shirts, vests…

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