Dog tank top

· Wednesday March 26, 2014

Being a dog of high sartorial taste it can be hard finding a well-tailored outfit. Throw into the equation the fact that I'm a whippet and things just get more difficult. Trying to find a simple top that can cater to my full chest is somewhat of a nightmare. On a day-to-day basis I am often left in the nude with nothing but a collar.

My humans thought it might be sweet to buy me a bumblebee outfit, but besides being completely impractical it puts me into the category of these uncivilised 'bee dogs'. So what is a whippet to do when all he really wants is an easy summer tank top? Make one – or, in my case, ask my humans to make me one. — Neato


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You will need:
– Some stretchy cotton garments you're not averse to cutting up and sewing. We went with a tasteful pretty pink, baby blue combination. We also thought about using a Slayer t-shirt. You could use shop-bought fabric if you're some sort of millionaire.
– Scissors
– Pins
– A sewing machine (or needle and thread for the truly patient)
– A pattern from which to draw inspiration and adjust to your poochie's size. We used this one.


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To cut out the four parts of the pattern, tenderly rub the t-shirt against your cheek and whisper a soft goodbye. Then pin each piece against a t-shirt folded in half (this way you can cut a symmetrical piece in one elegant pass). Now get cuttin'.


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Now get sewin'.


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For good, strong seams use a straight stitch followed by a zigzag stitch.


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You'll be attaching the two front half pieces to the two back half pieces like so.


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Now sew the completed front and back pieces together with the same stitching to create foreleg holes.


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Maybe even get extra fancy and hem the tank top around the edges and inside the holes. Or don't – this is just some 'I'm with Stupid' t-shirt you're repurposing in a hilarious way, after all.


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Look at this guy. Stylish and seasonally appropriate.