Today I will show you how I made boxer shorts for Cosmo. She will be using them at home when she is in heat. Every dog is different, therefore every dogs pattern will be different. I will show you my method.
The hardest part was to make the actual pattern. I had been googling for so long without really being able to find anything. Now I know why. I did come across a site that said to use an old t-shirt as a guide. I thought this never would work, but I did not see the harm in trying. I got one of my old t-shirts and put it on my dog. The neckline was around her waist and her legs where in the short sleeves.
I was lost. It was way too big. I tried pinning, but I did not want to hurt her. I also tried sewing when it was on her and that failed as well.
I then decided I would take it off her and sew a seam down the front of the shirt. This seam was running on the underside of her belly. This was a great idea because the fabric became much easier to work with. I sewed off what I am estimating could be 10 cm. Of course this is individual to each dog, so you just have to try. I ended up actually sewing it in two more times untill it fit better. I then cut off about 20 cm of the bottom of the shirt. i pinned this together while it was on her and sewed it shut. And then I sewed it in a couple of more times untill I was satisfied. When I was happy with the fit I cut the shirt lengthwise in half and opened the seams. I then traced the fabric onto paper.
1. Fold fabric in two, apply pattern. Mine included seam allowance.
2. Cut out.
3. Sew leg seam.
4. Sew under-belly seam.
5. Sew back seam.
6. You are now done with the first one, sew a couple more.
Cosmo is not used to wearing these boxer shorts yet and therefore was not cooperating with me during the photo-shoot. Here are the best photos from every angle.
If you make panties or boxers for your dog or know someone who has done a post on how to, please leave a comment. I would love to see the work of others!