Rigby loves many things: yams, tug-of-war, her squeaky donut. But most of all, she loves warmth. If there is a fuzzy blanket, patch of sun, or little-spoon position available, she’s there.
So when I came across the pattern for these Italian Greyhound pajamas by Halat Sophie, I knew she had to have them.
Rigby has her fair share of sweaters, but this one is by far her favorite. Unlike the others, it covers her back legs, too, and is loose and soft enough to feel like she’s perpetually under her favorite blanket. A canine snuggie!
Check out the pattern here! The author does a great job at explaining each step for a beginning sewer.
- The original pattern is made for an Italian greyhound with a 14-16” back. Rigby is a petite whippet, and I scaled it up by about 1.5x to fit her 20” back (from neck to tail). You can either scale it up on your computer, or if you’re like me and don’t have a printer, Chromecast it to the TV and trace!
- I picked up this fabric at Joanne’s for $6 (for once, a DIY project that actually saves money!). A single yard was just enough, so if your whippet is bigger than Rigby, I’d recommend about a yard and a half for some wiggle room.
- Layers of fleece can be a bit bulky in your machine, but I find it’s a pretty forgiving fabric to work with. It has just the right amount of stretch, and crooked stitches are hidden in the fuzz. Using a new needle and longer stitch length will help you avoid skipped stitches.
As a bonus feature, you can also add a leash slot! Rigby wears a harness, but you can put the same slot higher up on the neck if you use a martingale instead.
On past coats, I’ve sewn a standard buttonhole for the leash, but I was never very happy with how they looked. For this project, I discovered the magic of the bound buttonhole:
I think it looks more polished, and the fabric folds “close” the hole so the cold can’t get in.
I had to look up a couple of tutorials to get this right, but the clearest was this one from Craftsy.
Do you have a favorite dog coat pattern, or have you made your own puppy pajamas? Share in the comments below!