A few months ago the grandfather of one of my day care children came to visit from Minnesota. While he was picking up his granddaughter from day care, he was thrilled to find out that I sew. He had been looking for a seamstress willing to tackle a “coat project” for his dog. He said he hasn’t been able to find just what he’s looking for in a store. Though I’ve never made a coat for a dog, I said I was willing to give it a shot.
I gave him my contact info and asked him to send me the details. He texted me and asked what info I needed. I requested the dog’s measurements, fabric choice or his own fabric, and a sketch of the design he was looking for. Then I patiently waited for this to arrive in the mail:
This is all I got along with a deposit check for “incidental” expenses and a request for a cost estimate.
Uhm… I’m stumped.
I texted him and asked what he was expecting me to do with this super stretchy mesh stuff. He basically wants me to make a spandex-y body suit for his dog – covering the body, legs and tail but leaving the head and paws out. Why? To combat shedding. He expects that he can keep a yellow lab from shedding so much by containing it’s fur in mesh?! And he said no lining. Questions of how this might actually work in within the confines of physics aside, how am I going to go about constructing this thing?
It obviously needs an opening other than the neck hole and paws, but where, what, and how? And how does he think he’ll pull the tail cover part over the tail going against the grain of the hair? What about an opening for her to potty? Or is he expecting to take this body suit off every time the pup needs to pee?
Please give me your input! Any and all ideas welcome – even if you don’t sew – because all I can say is, WHAT DID I GET MYSELF INTO?!