In order to make this applicable for all shapes and sizes of doggies, we’ve got a variable template. Don’t freak out about these directions, or cut anything yet, we’ll show you how to cut everything out as we go along. This is just a run down of sizes.
So, for the hood, the length should be the measurement around your dogs neck, plus 1/2 inch for seam allowance. The height should make it roughly a square when it’s folded.
The top of your dog’s hoodie is the largest piece. The arm holes are gentle curves inwards, and the bottom piece’s arm holes should be slightly deeper than the top, because their arms are lower and need more room to move. Our initial arm holes are going to be a bit smaller than needed because they’ll get bigger when they’re hemmed.
The length of the largest piece, the top, should be the measurement from the back of your dog’s neck to the base of his tail, plus 1/2 inch seam. The combined width of the two main pieces should be the width around your dog, plus 1 inch total for seam allowance. Really, it just has to have enough width to wrap around your dog, both at his neck and around his chest. However, and this is important, because most dog’s shoulders are low, the top piece is going to be one inch longer than the bottom piece. So take the total width of your dog, divide it in half, and add an inch to the top piece, and remove and inch from the bottom piece. For Norton, this means x = 7 inches, and y = 6, because he’s 13 inches around his chest, and then we add 1 inch total for seam allowance. Same principle for x and y. Right...
Still with me? Don’t panic, we’ll go through it step by step and it will make more sense as we go along...