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Fitting / wearing ease for dog jackets

Cascade, VA(Zone 7a)

Just wondering if some of you could give me some guidelines on getting the perfect fitting / wearing ease on various types of dog jackets depending on the materials used? Here are some photos of some that i have made for my friends that do fit well, and i usually do get them just right, but lately i seem to be having some misfortune with getting the fit not quite right. Either i have been making them too small, or way too loose and floppy, lol!

So i was wondering if you guys could give me some advice on how many inches of extra space to allow for each type of jacket depending on the fabric and / or thickness? (also keeping in mind that they will all possibly be worn in times of higher activity such as play time, or just plain running around.)

I mainly make fleece jackets, thin rain jackets, and quilted puffer vests and parkas that are about a half inch in thickness. Thanks in advance for any tips and advice for proper sizing!

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Marietta, OH(Zone 6a)

Maybe these links will help some. Since dogs are all different lengths and sizes, you may have to adjust patterns or possibly allow a little extra due to types of fabrics. I googled dog coat patterns and found links to blogs and other articles discussing how others are making them. I personally don't have a dog, so I can't do a trial run.....

(Pat) Kennewick, WA(Zone 5b)

Fleece is soooooo forgiving, it's hard to go wrong. Some of the other fabrics.... not so much! With the bulkier fabric I would think building in some adjustment like pull elastic and/or velcrose closure would be helpful to adjust up the fit to perfect.

Cascade, VA(Zone 7a)

thanks for the advice, always appreciated :)

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