Monday, February 8, 2010

Baby Shirt to Dog Shirt

Growing up, my sister had a beloved little doggie named Watson. As he got older and older, Watson became less spry, less cheerful, and more blind -- but never lost any devotion to my sister. One year, when he must have been about fourteen years old (he lived to be SIXTEEN!), I gave him a little Valentine's t-shirt as a gag gift. It was bright pink and said "HOT STUFF" in sparkly letters. It turned out that Watson LOVED to wear shirts! It seemed to give him extra energy! He was very proud of himself and would trot around and be perky as he hadn't in years! Needless to say, he ended up with many more shirts to wear -- just because he liked it so much!

Today I will show you how to take a basic baby t-shirt (or child's t-shirt if you have a larger dog) and turn it into a custom-fitted dog shirt.

Start with a shirt that is a close match to the size of your dog.


STEP ONE:  Turn the shirt inside out and put it on your dog (or a closely-sized stuffed animal, if your dog is not likely to cooperate!).  Remember that the "front," or interesting side, of a dog shirt goes on the dog's back -- so put it on accordingly!


STEP TWO:  Pinch the excess fabric under the dog's belly and pin in place.  If you are doing this on a pet, use safety pins -- or, you could mark with chalk or a disappearing ink marker to with lines on either side to show where to sew.


You will want a close fit.


STEP THREE:  You will want to adjust the length of the shirt to accomodate for "potty time" as necessary.


STEP FOUR:  Carefully remove the shirt.  You will sew exactly along your pins or chalk line, using a long and narrow zig-zag stitch.  (A zig-zag stitch will accomodate a little bit of stretch.)  You will then trim away the excess fabric.  If you are shortening the shirt you can simply cut off the excess or do a quick hem.


Ta-Da!  Doggie's got a new outfit to wear on Valentine's Day!

21 comments:

Heidi Lindsay said...

Awesome. I wonder if my dog would put up with this... Going to go try it now!!!

Gabby said...

I didn't realize in the first photo that your model was a stuffed animal! LOL.

casserole said...

Brilliant!!! If only my cats would let me put a shirt on them... I have a feeling that all it would get me is a bloody arm.

I featured your tutorial out on Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://obsessivelystitching.blogspot.com/2010/02/baby-shirt-to-dog-shirt.html

--Anne

casserole said...

DOH! Wrong link:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-make-a-shirt-for-your-dog-out-of-a-babys-shirt/2010/02/11/

--Anne

Becky said...

I love putting shirts on my 12 year old Petey the Boston Terrier! The $1 bins at Target are a great resource for baby shirts to convert for dogs!

Thanks for showing us how!

Heather - Dollarstorecrafts.com said...

Thanks for such a great tutorial! I am with Gabby - I also didn't notice the model was a stuffed animal at first!

Nat in the Box said...

So simple and yet so darling! I'd been thinking about this very project, but it's wonderful to have solid steps to follow (rather than me just hacking away at a shirt). Thanks!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Argh! I am so excited about this, you have no idea! Yay! I'll be linking.

cali said...

Genial!!! manana mismo lo hago
thanks

babyblooze liz said...

If only my dog wouldn't give me the stink eye when I try to dress him up... cute idea though!

urbancraft said...

oh, it never ends with the cool stuff from you. What about cats? Although, I don't have one, I have always wondered about clothing for cats. We'll just stick with the ugly dolls for now.

Lilliana said...

está muy bonita la ropa para los perros,y me gustaría q me enseñaran como hacerle a mi perra un abrigo navideño...gracias!! Lilliana

Lily said...

That's great

suzienderson said...

This dog look so lovely in baby T-shirt, this is amazing idea of making T-shirts for dog. I am really impressed with this stuff. Burberry Baby

JMeLunes said...

Thank You! I was looking for steps on how to do this as I was looking for a way to keep my dog from licking and scratching at his stitches without subjecting him to an E-collar. He literally moped around the house depressed for almost 2 days until I had enough & looked around for other ideas. Thanks again for the instructions.

designer baby clothes said...

That is so clever! I am surely gonna try this one :)
-
Hatley

Jess Holmes said...

What a great tutorial. I will absolutely be trying this trick- kids grow out of clothes so quickly, and I always need small dog clothes for my aging chihuahua who tends to get cold very easily these days. Thanks for sharing!

Nancy Jorden said...

I love this. Thanks for sharing. dog apparel

simsillibim said...

I'll try this! With my cat is the same as with the dog from JMeLunes. The cat shouldn't lick at the stitches so he wears a Baby shirt at the moment!

Thank you
Silke

Jason Houck said...

Thanks for sharing these beautiful dog wearings. I just love to buy new tools and wearings of my tony every month. On this month I bought new dog crates on line which is certainly very good in quality.

Dietmar said...

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