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 buttons. A lot of people are interested in the Tailored Dog Jacket, but the price doesn’t fit their budget. So my goal is to create a design that takes less time to make (for more on this, see what goes into making the Tailored Jacket),…

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, stitch, thread, and press. The materials The making process really begins with choosing good sport jacket options at the thrift store. I look for 100% wool or cotton, minimal wear and tear, and patterns that look classic and timeless (not tacky or trendy). The natural…

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 local shelter. On a morning walk we noticed she was shivering, and we do everything we can to take good care of our pets so of course her shivers made us sad and worried. At that time I was reading a lot about homesteading and…

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 factory-made clothing tend to do.

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 hand. I’m inspired by traditional tailoring and the care tailors have historically made things with.