Antiques & The Arts

DIY DOG SWEATER! | Make Thrift Buy #41

Hi! Welcome to Make Thrift Buy! This is the
show where you guys send in cool clothes and accessories that you’ve found on the internet,
and then I do my best to recreate them. So today’s episode is going to be a little
bit different, because we’re not going be making clothes for humans – we’re going
to be making them for dogs. Thank you to Derek, ArtsyGirl, Debbie, SNIM CC and Asuka for suggesting
that I try this out! So, everybody meet my puppy Ella. (Laughs) She currently lives with my parents and my parents live in a pretty cold part of Australia
– yes, Australia does have cold parts – anyway when it’s cold, Ella really doesn’t like
going outside to go to the toilet, or for early morning walks. We recently had a cold
snap and it’s been below freezing temperature’s some nights – we haven’t had any snow yet,
but *fingers crossed* – so I wanted to be prepared and make her a couple of sweaters
for the cold weather! Although I have to admit, making her cute clothes is also very much
to the benefit of me, because she’s going to look damn adorable in them. So, let’s get started! I used a piece of butcher’s paper to draft
my pattern, but you can use any kind of paper – newspaper, pattern paper – whatever!
First, I folded the piece of paper in half like this. Next, I measured Ella’s length, from about
where her collar would normally sit to where I wanted the sweater to end, which was just
before the hind legs. So, I marked that length on the paper, right on the fold. Next, I broke this body length measurement
up into 3 sections. The first length is from the collar to approximately
where the arms and the ribcage starts. The next length is from that last mark, to
where the ribcage ends. And then the final length is from where the
ribcage ends, to just before the hind legs, which is where I wanted the sweater to end! Next, I measured around Ella’s neck, where
her collar usually sits, making sure it’s snug but not too tight – I made sure that
I could still fit a couple of fingers underneath. I divided that measurement by 4 and I drew
it onto the paper, perpendicular to the fold like this. The next measurement is around the largest
part of her ribcage, which on Ella is JUST behind her front legs. Again, I divided this
by 4 and I drew it onto my paper. The next measurement is around the bottom
part of Ella’s ribcage. I divided this by 4, and I drew it onto the paper. Then, I measured around the smallest part
of Ella’s waist, just in front of her hind legs, divided this measurement by 4, and I
drew it onto the paper. Next I connected up all of these lines like
this. NOW for the most technical part – the leg
holes. First I measured from the point where Ella’s
collar usually sits to the top of her front leg – this will be my HORIZONTAL measurement,
which is basically just how far her front leg is away from the collar. Then I measured
the distance between her two front legs, and I divided this by two, which will be my VERTICAL
measurement, or how far away each leg hole will need to be from the centre of the sweater. The final measurement is the circumference
of Ella’s front legs, right at the very top of her leg there. By dividing this measurement
by pi (3.14), it gives me the diameter of the circular leg hole – which will go HERE. And just in case you didn’t know, or you’ve
forgotten your basic maths from school, the diameter of a circle is basically the WIDTH
of that circle, going right through the centre of the circle. The radius is half that measurement. The last thing to did is to add seam allowance
at the top and the bottom of the pattern. If the material you’re planning on using
is not particularly stretchy, and we’ll get into fabrics in a moment, you’ll also
need to add a seam allowance to the side like this. Then, using a pin, I stuck it right through
the centre of the circle through both layers of the paper, like this, so I’ll know where
to draw the other leg hole once I unfold this. And then with a pair of scissors I cut through
both layers of paper, and then I unfolded it to give my full pattern. To finish off
the pattern, I made a mark on top of the pinhole, showing me where the centre of the armhole
circle is, and then I measured the radius outwards from this point to give myself a
cross, which I turned into a circle. Then I cut the armholes out, and here is my
finished pattern. Lastly, make sure to give your puppy a huge
cuddle for being such a good sport. OKAY! Now we have a pattern it’s time for
the actual sweater-making. Now the material you want to use will vary
on your dog’s breed aaaand where you live. I’m going to be using a pretty light knitted
material for Ella. However, really small or short-haired puppies
like Chihuahuas might be most comfortable in something a bit thicker, like polar fleece. You also really want to be using a fabric
that has a lot of stretch in it, because that way your dog will be the most comfortable.
And lots of stretch also leaves you a little bit of room for error in your measurements. So, to turn this human sweater into a dog
sweater, first I made sure that the front and back of the sweater were aligned, and
then I pinned the front and back of the sweater together. I placed the pattern down on top of the sweater
like this, and because this fabric is very stretchy, I won’t need to use that optional
side-seam allowance, so I folded it out of the way on both sides of the pattern, like
this. I also used a short-cut and I placed the bottom of the pattern onto the bottom
of the sweater, so that I won’t have to hem or finish the bottom edge, which also
means that I won’t need the bottom seam-allowance either, so I folded that out of the way. Now because I am staying at my parent’s
house at the moment, I didn’t have any of my fancy sewing equipment like my rotary cutter,
so to cut out the fabric I had to improvise, and I placed some heavy coasters down onto
the pattern to stop it from moving, and then traced around the outside of the pattern directly
onto the sweater. With the pins all still in place, I cut through
both layers of fabric with a pair of scissors. Which gave me these two identical-shaped pieces.
Then I chose one of these pieces to be the tummy piece.
On this piece, I placed the pattern directly on top of it, and then I traced the arm holes
out onto the fabric, aaaand then I cut them out. Now I have two similar but slightly different
pieces – this one is my back piece, and this one’s my tummy piece. To make little sleeves on this sweater, I
used fabric from the sweater’s sleeves, which I removed and then drew a rectangle
onto, which was 3 and a half inches long, and the circumference of Ella’s front leg,
minus an inch, wide. Important to note is that when I stretch this
rectangle out, it stretches to a little bit longer than Ella’s front leg circumference.
You want the sleeve to be a little bit smaller than the armhole, but not too small that it’s
going to be uncomfortable on your dog. So I cut out two of these, folded them in
half, and then sewed down each edge here. Now I’m going to show you how I added on ONE
of these sleeves. To add this sleeve, I turned this tube inside-out so that the “nasty” seam
is on the inside, and then I folded it in half like this. I also tried the little sleeves on Ella’s
front legs before sewing them on, to make sure they wouldn’t be too tight. Luckily, they fit perfectly. Dog leg warmers,
anyone? Next, to add the sleeves to the tummy piece,
which is lying right-sides up, I placed the sleeve raw-edges down into the hole. Then, I slid my finger underneath, and I grabbed
the sleeve from the underside, and I am going to pin the sleeve on around the hole, like
this: Essentially, I’m pinning the pieces right-sides
together, but I’m doing this on the wrong side of the sweater. The sleeve circumference is a little bit smaller
than the hole, which is what we wanted, so I also had to kinda stretch the sleeve while
pinning it on. I basically just added pins in 4 different
places around the hole, and then I sewed the two together all the way around the hole like
this. While sewing, I made sure that I was only
sewing through 2 layers at a time, and that the other part of the sleeve wasn’t getting
caught underneath. I also used a zig-zag stitch. Some things that would also help here are
a stretch or a ball-point needle and a walking foot, but unfortunately I only had my parent’s
very basic sewing machine – which was actually MY first sewing machine – which has no fancy
stitches, needles or sewing feet available. I kind of wanted to show you guys that this
will still work on a very basic machine – it might not look as professional, but it will
still work just fine. Anyway once both the little sleeves were attached,
I placed the back piece on top, both of the pieces right-sides together, pinned them together,
and then I sewed down both sides like this. My parent’s house also didn’t have any matching
thread for this sweater, so I had to put up with white, which, because the fabric’s stretchy,
you’re going to be able to see slightly on the seams. But, somehow, I doubt Ella will
care. To finish off the top raw edge of the dog
sweater, I’m going to use this braided collar that was off the original sweater! So I chopped
that off, and figured out how long it needed to be by placing it next to the sweater’s
raw edge like this. Because this braided material also stretches, I wanted it to be a bit shorter
than the neck circumference. I sewed the collar together like this, turned
it around so that the raw seam is on the inside, and then I placed it on top of the neckhole
of the sweater like this, matching up the raw edges. While sewing it onto the neckhole,
I made sure to stretch the braided collar piece as I went. I sewed it on first with
a straight basting stitch, and then followed it up with a zigzag stitch.
Flipping the collar up, this is what it looks like. This sweater is now done! So, how did
I go? [music plays] So the dog sweater in one of the suggestions
that I received actually also had a hood on it. Now, I’ve learned from experience that
while Ella will tolerate sweaters she HATES hoods. Not a fan, at all. So, to show you
how to make a hood, I made one for Ella’s friend Zelda! So real quickly, how to make a hood – once
the base jumper is finished, fold it in half like this and line it up with some sweater
leftovers, two layers of fabric sandwiched right-sides together, like this. Trace the
shape of a hood onto the fabric. Put pins in it, and sew it together like this. Flip
it the right way around, and – I couldn’t really get good footage of this because it
was so TINY – attach the hood onto collar of the dog sweater, with the right sides of
both materials together, lining up the centre of the hood with the middle back of the sweater.
Sew it on aaaand you have a hoodie. So, if you’re going to dress your dog up in
sweaters, should you buy them or should you make them for yourself?
What do you think, Ella? That’s right, MAKE! And using thrifted materials
to make it with! It is SO simple to make dog clothes, and it’s
a good way to recycle an old sweater or a t-shirt that you don’t use anymore, while
also keeping your puppy warm in winter! I even did it on a really cheap sewing machine
without any special needles, thread or stitches, to show you just how easy it is. Anyway, thank you all so much for watching
and I’ll see you all next time. Bye! *Byeee!* Thank you so much to all of my Patrons for
helping to make this video possible. To support me on Patreon, go to patreon.com/annikavictoria.

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