A Dog in a Sweatshirt

Pattern: Milla Milla's Dog Hoodie and Sweatshirt
Fabric: fleece sweatshirt knit
Cost: $5

Well, if you haven't heard me complain already, this Spring's been a cold one. Not cold like Midwest winters cold, but just foggy and windy and generally unpleasant. Luckily, that means I get to make more cute doggy clothes! Beatrix requested a sweatshirt for June, and I was only too happy to oblige.

Her bowling-ball-with-legs shape means traditional dog pattern don't fit her, and trying to think about drafting dog sleeves hurts my head. Luckily, Ginger Makes tipped me off to Milla Milla, a dog pattern company that offers a "FB" size. Their patterns are a bit different than traditional sewing patterns in that the instructions and pattern are sold separately, but the fit was much better than any other thing I had tried so far (except my self-drafted one - that's been my best so far). If you're interested in sewing for your canine friend, you can get $1 off when you create an account on the website, and I got an additional $3 off with the code millamilla.

This pattern features a raglan sleeve, hood and waistband. I also added a pocket, which is a free download from the site. While my first version in ponte fit great, unfortunately this one seems to have grown a bit with wear and is a bit too large. Getting sizing right on your pet is a bit challenging - it needs to be tight enough to stay on and in place without being too constricting. Perhaps this one will shrink back up in the wash?

The fabric is so soft and snuggly I was thinking of using the other half a yard to make baby gifts, but since those babies all live in warmer climates I'm thinking I may just tweak the pattern some more. Beatrix insists!


  1. Too too adorable. Baby blue is definitely her color.

  2. Oh my gosh, that is adorable.

  3. Oh my gah, she looks ADORABLE!

  4. Aaaaahh so cute! My lord. I really should get around to making my dog something to wear, it has been COLD here this winter, lots of frosts and she's outside during the day

  5. so cute! my boston terrier totally needs one!!


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