Thanks! Yep - I took my 50% off coupon to Joannes and got 3 yards of fleece for about $10. I should be able to make 6 coats out of it. not bad! The most annoying part is sewing on the velcro. I bought this stuff that you're supposed to be able to iron on, but it didn't work on the fleece so i had to sew it by hand.
Actually, I bought them coats from Walmart or somewhere a while ago and just copied it from that. The coat fit Tayda well, but was a bit small for Lenny. So I made him one of the same design but just a little bigger. Its just one piece with arm holes and a velcro closure, really simple. the hardest part was the arm holes, its not all that pretty from the underside, but oh well. Lenny doesn't seem to care. I can post a pic of the coat flat on the ground later so you can see the general shape.
I really like your/Lenny's sweatshirt! I am too lazy to attempt it without a sewing machine
For knitters out there, here is a link to a VERY simple sweater that anyone who can knit a scarf with a simple knit stitch can master. It allows for variation/customization with more advanced stitches/techniques as well. My first one turned out OK, I made a few minor adjustments on my second attempt and from then on they have turned out better and better with each one I make.
I use size 9.5 knitting needles and 2 strands of the cheap red heart brand acrylic yarn.
WARNING: dogs who chew can quickly unravel a hand knitted sweater simply by chomping through a single thread!
Here are a few examples…