It can be easy to forget that animals need clothes too. While it is true that fur does provide a layer of protection it may not always be enough in the winter months, especially if it is an animal that is used to a warmer climate. However you may not necessarily want to purchase new garments from the high street. A possible alternative is dog clothes patterns.
These allow you to craft your own garments for your pet. You can find these in a number of different places. Some may be included in specialist magazines with instructions on how to make your own garments. Alternatively you can find them on various websites and online how to guides.
There are both free and paid for versions of these. What you choose is largely down to personal preference. You may see a free pattern that you prefer instead of a paid one. Equally if you see a paid one that is most suitable for the kind of thing you want to make then you should choose that.
Like human garments they need to be suitable for the occasion. Therefore look for ones that are designed for both lightweight materials for summer and materials such as fleece for winter clothing. This will help to make sure that you have a pet that has the appropriate garments for the season.
Size is also something that you need to be wary of. The key measurements when fitting your pet is around the chest and neck areas. These will help to make sure that they are comfortable when wearing garments and should not suffer any discomfort. It is also advisable to be careful when adding buttons, zips or anything that a dog may particularly enjoy chewing on.
As well as practical items you can also find designs for things that are fun as well. For example you can find ones for costumes to suit special occasions such as Christmas or Halloween. This often helps to brighten up a party and a lot of guests will enjoy the cuteness of seeing a family pet in costume.
You can find various places that offer dog clothes patterns. It is also worth looking at forums and searching for demonstration videos and tutorials if you are making pet garments for the first time. Even if you are experienced at this it is often a good idea as you can get more inspiration to keep your pet looking good.