She has been wearing it since, but the bottom velcro always pops off and it is too tight on her chest and stomach. I wanted to make her a new coat.
she already got a spot of dirt on it, lol. And I haven't washed my markings out yet
This last week I also picked up a monogram unit for my Kenmore machine off eBay. I was too excited to get it out and give it a try. I put Nala's name on the back of her coat at the neck. I should have used a darker thread color but I was rushing to get it done before my husband came home.
I was having issues with it too. I couldn't get why it didn't want to go on my original fleece fabric. It did not want to push the fleece around - I realized my tension was off much later in time. Then it kept getting hung up on the last letter and not moving - my foot was hitting the oval bar in the back because I have an adapter on my foot. So I ordered a new darning foot to see if that is small enough, it should come soon. My machine is low shank and the monogram foot that came with it is for high shank. So I just made the last letter with no foot on at all and the material jumped around a lot. shrug. Nala doesn't mind but the last "A" is a bit choppy.
I put snaps in the coat this time instead of velcro but they keep popping open despite the coat fitting fine. I may go back and put in a little velcro tab across the tummy.
I love how it looks; Nala, however does not enjoy wearing this thick coat. It is quite funny the way she looks at me when I put it on her. The shoulders are too low and she doesn't want to walk right with it on. I think the legs are too thick for her liking. I might just do them in fleece without the cotton top next time. They are about 2 inches too long for her legs too (that's why the cuffs are turned up- but that adds bulk too). Lengthwise and width wise the fit is good. And it does keep her much warmer outside so she suffers through it.
**I have since altered Nala's little coat now that she has worn it a few days. I cut off 2" on the cuffs and flipped the fleece lining over the cotton layer and stitched. I also added a velcro strap to the tummy section (as the pattern calls for anyway). It fits her much, much better and stays on her. She is very happy with it now and can run around freely.
shorter cuffs, velcro tab
"Much better mom!"
This is a simple little coat pattern and an "it's so easy" pattern. With a few modifications specific to your fur baby, it is an excellent coat and now Nala is much warmer.
~ Happy Sewing! ~ Kristin ~