Fast and Easy T-shirt for Your Dog
|As a general rule I do not dress up my dogs in clothes. Not because I do not believe
in it or don't like it, as a matter of fact I think they can look quite adorable. But
recently after shaving down one of my Tzus, I discovered he was cold and, his
comfort necessitated that he was covered. And since I did not have any t-shirts
handy, I had nothing to put on him. So I set about finding something he could use as
a t-shirt, and I wanted to it to be fast and easy.
Here is what I came up with. I had an old pair of pajama bottoms that were knit and
had a bit of stretch to it . I used the bottom half of the pant leg since it was
narrower. I measured my dog from the back of his neck to the length I wanted, in
this case it was 11 1/2 " and cut one of the pj's leg to that measurement. So,
essentially, I had a tubular piece of material.
I determined what end of the tubular material would be used at his neck ( I chose
the narrower)Then I measured the distance from his neck to his front legs, took
that same measurement and I cut holes on the on each side for his legs. On the
part of the tubular material that would be worn on his underneath side, I cut a
"v"-shape to prevent him from urinating on his t-shirt.
I suppose if I had wanted to I could have finish all the edges, but I was in a hurry and
needed something real fast and easy. Just for reference, Rascal weighs 16 lbs, so
you may have to make minor adjustments if your Shih Tzu is smaller.
|So now I'm on a roll wondering what else I could whip up
fast , easy and economical. I went to the infant section of
my local Walmart, and picked up this "T" for $3.00, size 0-3
months. Here is how I repurposed it for my dog.
|Here is a front veiw
|I wanted to experiment with a dress for my
female Shih Tzu. I went to my local thrift store
and bought this little infants dress in size 12
months, for only $1.75. My female weighs about 7
lbs so I did need to cut off some excess material
|I finished the edges of the sleeves. Then I turned the
dress inside out. And I laid it out lengthwise. After
determining her chest measument I marked the dress and
sewed on the marked line.
|First I cut the elastic off the sleeves
|I cut bottom portion of dress. Cutting off the corner for a
neater fit. I angled the cut back from the seam
|Dress with finished edge.
|Jubee with her new dress
|The following requires a little sewing