To make the dog jacket, I referred to an online pattern for a small dog and revised it for my medium-sized canine who’s about 55 pounds—-okay, 57 pounds. She measures approximately 19″ from neck to tail and 31″ around the middle. My pattern is resizable and includes instructions and illustrations (thanks to Kate Durkes, visual artist extraordinaire). Download the pattern and instructions by clicking here. Also, here’s a version of the pattern that will print in actual size on multiple pages. This can help you get started when you piece them together, then size it up to your dog.
To fit the pattern for your dog, measure the dog’s back length and middle girth. Then print the file, resize it and drape it over the dog to check the size before cutting your fabric. Think of using a recycled garment or piece of fabric to make a coat for you canine.