Hello, snaps

I like the clean look of metal snaps, and their utilitarian aesthetic. But they're not something I've yet used in my projects. Well, maybe one or two times on personal projects, with poor tools and unsatisfactory results. For a new jacket design I'm working on, I'd like to use a few snaps in place of… Continue reading Hello, snaps

Making the Tailored Dog Jacket

Making the Tailored Dog Jacket is truly a labor of love. Which is fitting, because I'm on a mission to help more pets feel loved. After the designing phase (a previous blog post in case you missed it) of the jacket comes the making phase. This is where I get to obsess over every cut,… Continue reading Making the Tailored Dog Jacket

Designing the Tailored Dog Jacket

The first product I designed for my Ivy League Classics collection is the the Tailored Dog Jacket. It's a handmade jacket for smaller dogs made from reclaimed sport jackets, with a classic, preppy, intellectual character. The seed for the design was planted a few months after we adopted our sweet little mutt, Pipsqueak, from a… Continue reading Designing the Tailored Dog Jacket

Herringbone collar detail

For this small dog jacket, I used a heavy cotton herringbone fabric reclaimed from a men's sport jacket. I love the way the brown, black, and ivory herringbone pattern goes with the simple blue chambray -- it's polished yet casual. And the buttons are handstitched on so they don't fall off like those on cheap… Continue reading Herringbone collar detail

Handstitched, because I care

My favorite part of the Tailored Dog Jacket is the hand-stitched collar band because it's such a clean finish. It's not fast, but it's worth it. After the collar is sewn on one side by machine (this is what attaches it to the jacket body), I fold it over and stitch down the back by… Continue reading Handstitched, because I care