A Review of the Hoodie Dog Sweater PDF Pattern by Ellie & Mac.
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When Ellie and Mac released their new pattern last week I knew I had to give it a try! This Hoodie Dog Sweater is a really cute design and for a dog the size of mine (Border Terrier) needs a minimal amount of fabric.
This pattern is described on the website as:
... a must-have for your furry family member! This PDF pattern is quick and easy to sew. It features hood, optional back pocket, and can be hemmed or banded. Sewing for your dog is a great way to use up those scraps you aren't sure what to do with, but can't manage to throw away. Try it out for your cat, as well!
This pattern is designed to be made using 4-way knit fabrics with 50% stretch. I used some old pyjamas as it was a fit test. I think the fabric I used had too much stretch though - something less floppy would be better. My dog's measurements put her in a medium - I was expecting her to fall into a small but the medium was a good fit and didn't restrict her movement in any way. The instructions have clear guides for measuring and fitting the garment for your dog.
The pdf patterns that Ellie and Mac produce are the only ones I have used that have A4 and US Letter in one document. I have an A4 printer and the instructions say that I should still select LETTER in the page setup of the print menu. I tried this and the pdf pattern pages didn't line up at all. I selected A4 and the pdf pages did line up although I still had to trim the pages horizontally to be able to glue them together. I would be really concerned about the scaling and sizing if I were making a more complicated garment.
There are really nice clear photographs and step-by-step instructions which make this item a quick and easy sew. You could easily make quite a few in one day. I omitted the pocket but its a cute little feature to make the 'hoodie' look more realistic.
There is a placket opening between the back piece and the hood to feed the lead through. When I tried this on our morning walk I found that the lead tugged on the sweater and hood as my dog wandered around. The sweater doesn't move around as much when the lead isn't fed through it.
Final Thoughts: This is a nice simple design that doesn't impede my dog's movement.