If you’re not interested in seeing a million photos of Lucille’s super cute face then you might want to skip this post. …but seriously who doesn’t want to see pictures of cute dog faces?! No one I know, that’s for sure. Today I’m sharing another collaboration with Spoonflower and Sprout Patterns but this time I made something for Miss Lucky Lucille herself instead of sewing for me. Spoiler Alert: It’s a fleece dog coat with hot air balloons on it and it’s really cute (just like her face).
If you saw my custom Lakeside Pajamas back in January then you already know that Sprout Patterns is a really cool cut-and-sew pattern service brought to you by the awesome people at Spoonflower. I loved working with them the first time and mentioned I’d love the opportunity to partner with them in the future, so earlier in the summer when Sprout contacted me about their new Harley Dog Coat Pattern it was obviously a perfect reason to say yes again!
The Harley Dog Jacket comes in two styles: the Playdate Waistcoat and the Explorer Topcoat. The Playdate is a shorter length with a rounded edge and the Explorer is a longer length with more coverage. I chose the Explorer version for Lucille. As far as sizing goes, you have lots of options with the Harley Jacket. First determine whether your dog is a small, medium, or large breed, then choose small, medium, or large within your chosen breed size.
I measured Lucille following the guide on the pattern page and ended up picking the Medium Breed – Size Large for her. Though looking at the finished photos, maybe my little chub-a-lub porkchop could have fit into a bigger size!
After selecting a size I started browsing for fabric designs to customize Lucille’s jacket. I ended up picking one of Andrea Lauren’s prints (her block prints inspire me so much!), paired with one of my own block print designs (*please note the color shown here has since been updated and the swatch currently in my shop is more olive than the mustard color as pictured above) from my Spoonflower shop. You have the option to pick two prints for the body of the coat but I decided I wanted more balloons.
My only complaint is with the print placement, though I had the option to fix it had I noticed it wasn’t seamless down the back. There’s a line where the balloon print repeats itself but you can barely tell. I think this happened because I couldn’t decide between two prints or a single print on the back. Had I stuck with one print initially, and not changed it to see what it would look like with two, I think it would have been truly seamless like in the other examples on the site – Just something to keep in mind if you’re designing your own Harley Jacket.
(here’s Lucille reading me the sewing instructions after I cut everything out lol ^^)
Sewing projects like this are so ideal for a service like Sprout! They print your pattern pieces right onto the fabric substrate of your choice (I picked the fleece option) so all you have to do is cut around your pieces and then sew everything together! No cutting out a pattern first and then pinning it to your fabric only to cut around everything a second time. It’s like cutting out clothes for a paper doll, everything is neatly labeled and arranged on your yardage. All you have to do is cut and sew.
This jacket was so quick to make! You could easily cut and sew everything from start to finish in one afternoon, and that includes washing the fabric first. The part that was the most time consuming was trying to wake Lucille up from her nap and get her lazy bones out of her dog bed for long enough for me to mark where to sew the Velcro. I don’t think she was too upset about the interrupted nap though, she seems to really love her new coat 😉
I hadn’t sewn with the Spoonflower Fleece until this point but I really like it! It has a pretty flat pile, which makes sense when you’re digitally printing custom designs onto it, but the fiber is super dense and soft. I also love that Sprout accounts for potential shrinkage for each fabric and factors that into the layout of each project, so when you pre-wash (following their guidelines) you’re pulling something out of the dryer that’s exactly the size it should be! It’s genius.
In conclusion, Lucille and I are very happy with the Harley Jacket! Now that the weather has cooled down I know she’ll get a lot of wear out of it. A huge thanks to Sprout Patterns for contacting us with the opportunity to review another amazing project (check out my Lakeside Pajamas if you missed them the first time around)! To all my friends at Sprout and Spoonflower, Lucille sends a bunch of snuggles and smooches your way 😉
A disclaimer aka some law jargon: I received the Harley Jacket project courtesy of Sprout Patterns in exchange for a review, no monetary compensation was exchanged, all views are honest and my own, etc etc etc.