How to choose and sew clothes for cat


Do you think that your tail pet doesn’t need outfits? This is not so, especially if your ward does not have a long warm coat. Shorthair and naked cats clothing is necessary in order not to freeze in the cold season. In addition, the original outfits will help to emphasize the special status of your ward - the domestic cat.

For tailed pets, there are many types of clothing: winter, demi-season, summer, everyday, festive, and much more. A wardrobe for a cat can perform a protective role - a warm sweater or shoes and a decorative role - an elegant costume or a fancy T-shirt.

Varieties of models for the caudate wards leave their owners with a wide field of imagination. It remains only to learn how to make clothes for cats with their own hands.

Why cat outfits

Fashion for cats is not as common as for dogs. First of all, this is due to the fact that most cats have exceptional homebody. Besides, not every purr will allow you to wear an outfit.

However, purebred cats can not do without a decent wardrobe. Animals that participate in exhibitions need beautiful things that will not only emphasize their beauty, but also will not allow them to get dirty during the move.

In the cold season, a warm jumpsuit will warm your pet and protect it from colds, and a summer T-shirt will protect against sunburn or burnout.

If your cat is a lover of outdoor walks, clothing will help avoid accidental mating. At the same time, every passer-by will know that there is a domestic cat in front of him.

Useful tips and tricks

Owners of tailed fashionistas and striped dandy, do you already have a desire to make clothes for the cat with your own hands? Then it's time to learn a few tricks and adopt advice on how to become a fashion designer for your ward.

A simple outfit made by own hands will bring joy not only to you, but also to a cat. But before you need to learn the basics - learn how to choose a fabric for clothes, design patterns and take measurements of an animal. To make the outfit comfortable for your cat, try to look at the world through her eyes, and not as a fashion expert.

How to choose a fabric for clothing

Successfully selected fabric for a cat attire is half the success. But, before proceeding to the choice of fabric, answer a few questions:

  • what breed is your cat
  • how old is your ward
  • what clothes your cat needs - everyday use, protection from dirt or special occasion,
  • for what time of year you are going to sew an outfit.

When choosing a fabric, you must take into account all the factors of quality and durability:

  • composition,
  • ease of handling the fabric
  • sits down or sheds during washing,
  • Does it wear heavily when wearing
  • fade in the sun
  • How long retains its characteristics when wearing.

On all rolls of fabric specified composition that will help you make the right choice. Each type of fabric has its own advantages and disadvantages:

  1. Cotton and viscose is a natural hypoallergenic fiber, rather soft, pleasant to the touch, well absorbs moisture, is easy to wash and does not electrify, but at the same time it is easily wrinkled, stretched and deformed when worn, and dries for a long time.
  2. Flax has excellent hygroscopicity, hypoallergenic and hygienic, thermal conductivity, reflects UV radiation. However, this natural fiber is quickly wrinkled when worn, sits down strongly after washing, deforms during operation, and crumbles heavily on cuts.
  3. Wool fabric is a 100% natural material that is resistant to crushing and dirt, retains heat well. Among the disadvantages are the formation of pellets on the fabric, rapid deformation during operation.
  4. Synthetic fabrics are durable, easy to wash and keep the shape of the product for a long time. In this case, artificial materials quickly and permanently absorb unpleasant odors, are highly electrostatic, and can cause allergies in animals.
  5. Blended fabrics successfully combine all the positive characteristics of all types of fibers.

When choosing a fabric, give preference to quality materials with a high content of natural fibers. Discard tissues that are not elastic, they will hamper the movement of your cat. Also refuse to purchase material that:

  • has an unpleasant smell
  • hesitates quickly
  • badly washes,
  • quickly deformed
  • rustles
  • showered on slices,
  • dries long
  • has a relief or openwork structure.

Selection of fabrics for the season to walk:

  • winter - warmed stretch fabrics, raincoat with impregnation, fur on knitted basis,
  • Spring - waterproof taffeta, raincoat impregnated,
  • Summer - blended fabrics with a high content of cotton or viscose,
  • Autumn is a raincoat fabric with impregnation, microfiber, denim material.

Types of fabric for sewing home and exhibition clothes for cats:

  • for everyday wear are great - cotton, cotton, coarse, wool, flannel, bike, fleece,
  • show cat breeds "dress up" in silk.

For winter and demi-season clothing, insulation is also needed. The synthetic winterizer perfectly is suitable for these purposes. Batting makes clothes heavy and uncomfortable for the cat. As a lining, choose materials that will not let the wool of fluffy purring and pleasant to the body naked get tangled.

Starting the choice of fabric and tailoring for the cat with your own hands, do not forget about the color palette. After all, the outfit should not only be comfortable, functional and durable, but also be in harmony with the exterior of your ward.

Choose fabrics that are in harmony with the color of the cat. Now in favor of coral, burgundi, indigo, dark turquoise, peach, smoky brown, lavender gray, creme brulee and ultramarine color.

Cats of dark color, such as Bombay, Havana or York chocolate, choose fabrics of deep and saturated shades, they will emphasize the luxurious shine of the fur coat.

Light-colored and red cats perfectly suit bright colors. Gray and ashy-colored tailguns are perfect for muted but expressive shades.

How to take measurements from a cat

When taking measurements with the tail of a fashionista, it is necessary to take into account the peculiarities of the breed: a dense constitution, short legs, lack of wool, etc. This will help to make the pattern more accurate, which means that the finished outfit will sit on your ward perfectly.

How to take measurements with a cat:

  1. Put your ward on the paws. Armed with a centimeter tailor, measure the neck circumference, body length from neck to tail tip, body circumference behind the front and front hind legs, body length between the front and rear legs along the abdomen, and paw grip on the stomach. These are standard measurements for all types of clothing. If you sew a jumpsuit with a hood, then you need to measure the length of the front and rear limbs, head circumference and length from the base of the neck to the cat's eyes.
  2. Taking measurements and designing patterns, use one centimeter.
  3. Do not leave seam allowances. When taking measurements, make sure that the measuring tape is sufficiently free, for this it is to expand it with an edge.

How to make your own pattern

Choose your favorite model of clothing for the cat and transfer all the reduced details of the dress to the checkered paper (graph paper is perfect). Cut each piece and attach it to a separate sheet of paper, enough to make a full-size piece of clothing for cats.

The resulting parts "try on" on your ward. To do this, put the control points on the patterns. When you try on the details of the cat, you can fix the control points with scotch tape and see what the finished model will look like.

How to cut the fabric and live clothes for the cat

Before proceeding directly to the assembly of parts and sewing clothes for the cat, wash and iron the fabric. So you will immediately see whether the fabric sits or not, whether it sheds and how to iron.

Read the laid out parts on the fabric with the largest, gradually moving to small ones. Before this, fold the fabric in half, so that the direction of the fractional thread is parallel to the bend edge.

Attach the templates to the material with the inscriptions up, fasten with pins and transfer the design of the parts to the fabric. Using scissors cut the pattern.

Sweep the finished parts with contrasting threads and try on the cat. If the outfit sat perfectly on your ward, proceed to the final connection of parts. If you see flaws in the model, then with the help of chalk, apply markup for changes.

At the final stage - sew zippers, velcro, zippers, elastic bands and decorate the outfit to your taste.

Cat models

Cat Sweater

Functions of clothes for cats

Dresses for baleen pets can be with different functionality. From the appointment of the dress will depend on the model, and color, and even quality. The most popular feature of cat clothes is aesthetics. This is especially true of small cats and cats. They are dressed up like children, choosing all the brightest, most beautiful and practical.

sometimes cat owners buy pet clothes just for the purpose of making beautiful photos

Owners of freezing cats do not buy cat clothes for beauty. For example, sphinxes are cold, and not only during the baptismal frosts, but simply on wet rainy days. So cats can buy costumes for each season (in summer it is also cold). And there are also such cats, whose fur coat is warm, but in winter the paws are frozen. They jump on their master's lap to warm up. They, of course, do not need a coat and hat, but a blouse and socks are the most important thing. Other cats have fur fur and paws are warm, but their immunity is weak. Such animals can catch a cold in a draft, so it is useful, for example, to use a vest or robe to warm them after bathing. In summer, clothing is needed in order to protect the cat from overheating or exposure to ultraviolet rays.

My, if you don’t wear it, it won’t crawl out from under the blanket all day; If only food lure. And when he is dressed, he walks, he really likes it.

Chanterelle, forum user

outerwear not only warms the cat, but also protects against insects

And if the cat rely periodic walking, the outerwear - one of the ways to protect from cold and rain. In addition, if you live in the private sector or there is a forest near your house, then mites probably live on trees. In this case, the raincoat is simply necessary. Of course, only a raincoat will not save from parasites, but it will make a certain contribution to the protection of your pet's health. In addition to pet walks, they can also be displayed “to the light”, for example, at an exhibition, on a visit, etc. In this case, an evening outfit is needed. Usually, such clothes are not very popular with animals, because they are not warm and not comfortable, but what can't you do for the sake of beauty.

My cat has several homemade outfits. I don't think she loves her clothes. She loves the material from which these clothes are made, so she “tolerates” absolutely calmly. For example, when it snows, she likes to watch the snowflakes fall from the balcony. I dress her, open the balcony window and stand with her.

Types of costumes for cats

Depending on what function these or other cat things should perform, they are divided into several types:

  • winter,
  • demi-season,
  • summer
  • casual,
  • holiday,
  • protective
  • decorative.

If everything is clear with seasonal clothing, then with the exit wardrobe everything is not so simple. For example, to participate in exhibitions need a festive costume. This is not always easy to find in the store. Moreover, sometimes the principle of dressing such a shop attire is not at all clear. But he can impress the judges and influence the assessment.

seeing some costumes in online stores, it is not always clear how to use them at all

How to choose clothes for the cat

There are several criteria that a selected item for a cat must meet:

If you have already chosen a costume that suits you visually, make sure that the size of your pet is suitable. In cases where the owner knows in advance what he wants or the clothes are selected on the website of the online store, the chest girth of the animal and the desired length of the product are measured. If the measurements were not taken, then you can rely on the fact that the size indicated on the tag corresponds to reality. Understand what size your cat can wear can be on the table.

Table: cats sizes

The smallest size usually fits older kittens or miniature cats, the largest size - large cats. It is important to take into account the model of clothing (the thing can be tight-fitting or loose fit). It is also important to consider convenience. When buying clothes for the first time you can not be sure that the cat will wear a tight T-shirt. In addition, the model itself should be comfortable, it should not hinder movement. Most cats do not like all sorts of pants. With the upper part of clothing, they can still accept, but with pants - it is unlikely.

If you are satisfied with the model, color and cost of the costume, make sure that the chosen thing is practical. A cat cannot, as a person, sit still and, if necessary, smooth the folds on the skirt with its hands. The thing must be such that it can be put on and not be afraid that it will quickly get dirty, torn or forgotten. In addition, some types of clothes (for example, winter overalls) are usually chosen not for one year.

even if you bought comfortable clothes for an everyday cat, periodically let the animal rest

Do I need to pay attention to the quality of the costume

The quality of cat clothes is of great importance. First, an animal may be allergic to certain types of synthetics, dyes, or other chemicals. And secondly, a low quality suit will wear out faster. In general, when choosing a dress for your pet, it is better to give preference to natural or semi-natural materials. Clothing fabric should be elastic (stretching). It is better to immediately abandon those things that are made of poor quality material. This quality is usually accompanied by a number of signs:

  • smells bad (chemical smell),
  • there are bruises and creases (it means it is crumpled),
  • reminds you that your thing that badly washes,
  • reminds you that your thing, which after washing has sat down or stretched,
  • much rustling
  • fiber sticking out of the seams;
  • too dense (will dry for a long time),
  • has a relief or openwork structure.

The selected cat outfit can be compared with your thing of the same quality. Remember whether it is comfortable for you in it, whether it is electrified, whether it is well washed, and so on. A cat also needs comfort, it can refuse a thing of poor quality.

the quality of the feline thing should be what you yourself would choose

DIY cat clothes

If you have not found a thing that would suit you in all respects, you can make the desired outfit yourself. Sewing clothes for cats is much easier than sewing for people. Here and the size of the product is much smaller than that of a human costume, and the cat does not express claims about the threads of the wrong color. To make pet clothes you need several tools:

  • scissors (for cutting out),
  • safety pins (for cutting out),
  • sewing needle (for manual sewing),
  • sewing machine (if any),
  • measuring tape,
  • tailor's chalk or pen with a light paste,
  • paper (to create patterns).

I sewed my cat only vests. And always only from their sweaters and knitted sweaters. Therefore, only scissors and one needle for darning knitted things came in handy to me.

a set of necessary tools depends on the complexity of the model you will sew

How to take measurements of an animal

Taking measurements from an animal is not so difficult. The main thing is for the cat to allow these “strange tape manipulations” to be carried along. Easy to take measurements according to the instructions:

  1. Place the cat on its paws, measure the girth of the neck, the length of the body from the withers to the tip of the tail, the circumference of the body behind the fore and in front of the hind legs, the length of the body between the front and hind legs along the abdomen, the girth of the paws at the abdomen.
  2. If you sew a jumpsuit with a hood, then you need to measure the length of the fore and hind limbs, head circumference and the length from the base of the neck to the cat's eyes.
  3. Taking measurements and designing patterns, use one centimeter.
  4. Do not leave seam allowances. When taking measurements, make sure that the measuring tape is sufficiently free, for this, expand it with an edge.
  5. If your pet is very fluffy, then consider this too.

When I used to sew for myself, I had a special notebook with models. At first I drew a thing that I would like to sew (the main thing here is not to overdo it). And next to writing measurements. By the way, it is not necessary to take measurements each time (if there is no tendency to get better or lose weight, you can use the same parameters). I wrote down these numbers in front of special symbols (this is convenient and saves time). ОШ — окружность шеи, ДТ — длина туловища, ОГ — окружность головы и т. д. Примерно такие же обозначения удобно использовать и в случае с кошками. Кроме того, можно приписывать индексы. Например, ДЛз — длина лап задних и ДЛP — длина лап передних.

при снятии мерок необходимо, чтобы кошка спокойно стояла на полу

Необходимые материалы и выкройки

To sew a good, comfortable and beautiful thing for your pet, you need to choose the right fabric. When choosing material for sewing, try to consider the following factors:

  • composition,
  • ease of handling the fabric
  • sits down or sheds during washing,
  • Does it wear hard when wearing
  • fade in the sun
  • How long retains its characteristics when wearing.

When you choose the fabric in the store, pay attention to the label (price tag, tag) - there should be indicated the composition. The composition of the material depends on how it will wear:

  • cotton and viscose is a natural hypoallergenic fiber, soft and pleasant to the touch, well absorbs moisture, is easy to wash, does not electrify, easily wrinkles, stretches and deforms when worn, dries for a long time,
  • flax hygroscopic, hypoallergenic, hygienic, heat conductive, reflects UV radiation (but wrinkles quickly when worn, shrinks heavily after washing, deforms during operation, strongly drops on cuts),
  • Wool fabric is 100% natural material, resistant to creasing and dirt, retains heat well, but forms pellets on the fabric, quickly deformed when worn,
  • synthetic fabrics are durable, easy to wash and keep things in shape for a long time, but quickly and permanently absorb odors, are highly electrostatic, and can cause allergies in animals,
  • blended fabrics successfully combine all the positive characteristics of all types of fibers.

when choosing a fabric, it is important to consider its composition

Warm clothes I choose almost always blended. From pure wool, I feel uncomfortable (she is prickly), in 100% synthetics I'm cold. I like things with a wool / acrylic composition - 50/50. From the same things I sew vests for my cat. They are cozy, they do not “stick”, are easily erased, do not deform and do not shed.

In addition, you need to consider the seasonality of the future attire:

  • winter - warmed stretch fabrics, impregnated raincoat fabric, knitted fur,
  • Spring - waterproof taffeta, impregnated raincoat fabric,
  • Summer - blended fabrics with a high content of cotton or viscose,
  • Autumn - impregnated raincoat fabric, microfiber, denim material.

Many of these fabrics are in your home (you can save it): jeans, raincoat and fur. If you are going to sew top winter clothes (jacket, vest, etc.), then you will need insulation. Usually for this purpose you choose a synthetic winterizer or a holofiber. Now you can find a finished raincoat fabric, quilted with padding polyester, or the same, but lining. The main thing is to keep the insulation from cracking (determine this by touch, putting the fabric on your cheek). Sometimes an important indicator is "elegant fabric":

  • for everyday wear are great - cotton, cotton, coarse, wool, flannel, bike, fleece,
  • show cat breeds "dress up" in silk.

bright, silky, obviously synthetic fabrics are more suitable for sewing "elegant" clothes

It is important to take into account the color of the material, because the sewn clothes must match the exterior of your cat. Now the most fashionable colors are coral, dark turquoise and lavender. However, you need to take into account the color of the animal. For example, dark cats (havanna, Bombay, etc.) are more suited to saturated colors that can accentuate the shine of a pet's fur. Red cats and cats go the same bright shades that emphasize the individuality of the animal, for light cats choose a color that fits, for example, with the color of the eyes with the main coat color. For example, deep blue or green colors will suit the Turkish bath.

After you have chosen the right fabric, you need to print or draw patterns. There should be several basic patterns, you can use them many times. Transfer the pattern to paper (you can use tracing paper or draw it yourself). Do not forget to compare the parameters of the pattern with the measurements already taken.

Photo Gallery: basic patterns for sewing cat clothes

If necessary, patterns can be improved. For example, on the pattern with raglan you can mark the waist - this will be the cut line. The skirt is sewn in this place. The skirt can be simple, straight (in this case, it should be short). Usually a cat skirt is made with a “effect” of a train. The detail should be longer on the back than on the stomach, since cats do not walk vertically, which means the front part of the product will “drag” on the floor and interfere with the legs of the animal.

Cutting fabric, fitting and tailoring

To carve out the fabric need parts, you need to follow simple instructions:

  1. Prepare the table (the surface of the table should be clean and level).
  2. Place a cloth on the table. It needs to be folded in half face down.
  3. Lay out the paper patterns on the fabric (check several times whether they lie correctly, all the patterns fit).
  4. Circle the patterns small (do not forget about seam allowances). To prevent the patterns from slipping, you can pin them to the fabric with English pins.
  5. Remove the patterns and cut the drawn details. To keep the fabric from slipping and sliding, use safety pins.

When all the details are transferred to the fabric, before cutting it is necessary to make sure once again that everything is drawn correctly. Measure the drawn details with a measuring tape and compare these figures with the measurements. If everything is correct, then you can cut.

In the process of cutting out parts, the most important thing is not to hurry

Double parts will remain folded face down. Along the desired lines, connect the parts with a simple seam (bait). The edges of the simple seam need to be fixed, otherwise the parts will detach during fitting.

Try on parts need separately. For example, if you sew a jacket with sleeves, you first need to try on the main part (before + the back), and then the sleeves - each one separately. When the sleeves attach to the "waistcoat", then you need to try on the jacket again. This should be done until all parts have been assembled.

If one of the parts does not fit, it needs to be adjusted (reduce or redo the larger size). When all parts are assembled, make sure that everything is correct and the product does not have to be redone. If everything is correct, then the product can be ground. To do this, the small parts are uncoupled and sewn together with a stronger stitch in the same manner as the first time. Important: do not forget after stitching each seam to remove the thread of a simple seam. For convenience, the first thread can be of a bright or contrasting color (so that it can be clearly seen). After the product is sewn at all the seams, turn it over and try it on the pet again. Lastly, the seams need to be processed. Some seamstresses leave internal seams untreated, but then the cut will crumble, and the thing will quickly become unusable. If you do not have an overlock, and you do not feel like throwing around manually, you can use an elastic oblique backing.

For my cat, I sewed vests in a lazy way. Take an unnecessary jacket, check the sleeves. Need to part of the sleeves after the elbow and cuff were in good condition. Cut off 25 centimeters from the edge of the cuff and try on the cat. She will not be very comfortable, as the front legs will be immobilized. So I usually make sure the sleeve width fits. Remove the sleeve from the cat and measure the holes for the front paws. To do this, fold it so that the seam was in the middle. Conditionally divide the width of the sleeve (immediately above the cuff) into three parts. The two outer parts will be holes. Holes, I usually cut out small (about 4 centimeters in diameter). Next, cut the cut-off point (this is the widest part of the workpiece) so that the estimated length of the back is a couple of centimeters shorter than the length of the abdomen. We process the edges with a dagger needle - the vest is ready.

a simple vest for a cat can be made in 5–10 minutes from an old sweater

How to teach a cat to wear clothes

Nature has not laid in cats the desire to wear dresses or pants, so the pet's schooling of clothes rests entirely with the pet owner. It is necessary to accustom a pet to clothes at children's age. So the kitten remembers that clothes are normal. If the cat has matured, then you need to teach in stages. First, the animal is taught to just some clothes (vest, T-shirt, etc.). And it should be dressing for 5-10 minutes, but several times a day. If the animal immediately starts to protest, then it can be persuaded (to caress, treat something, etc.).

Some cattle breeders dripping valerian on cat clothes. So the cat easier to come to terms with the "inevitability." By the way, this method is useful later. Sometimes even animals that have the experience of a mod have refused to wear a new thing; in this case, they can be made more familiar if they smell something interesting, for example, valerian.

Well, I have one cat accustomed from early childhood. Back in 3 weeks I wore “blouses” out of them. The second kitty first got dressed at about 8–9 months, when it was very cold. At first, I cut out the front holes for the paws from the same socks of the thinnest and lightest ones and put them on. It turned out blouse. She got used to such clothes and slowly began to wear more "complicated" things. The main thing for pussies, in principle, do not need hind legs, that is, they should be open. Dare! Everything will work out! You can wear it, put it on the bed with it, then put it on the floor and let it roll, fall.–3236–1

Video: cat in a vest

You can encourage the cat every time she is allowed to put on her clothes. And it does not have to be food. Remember how you pamper your pet (cartoons, walk, favorite toy). You can use any tricks. However, it is important not to overdo it. If you go to the trick and thus do not justify the cat's wishes, she will remember that the clothes are connected with her humiliation, resentment and disappointment. Sometimes you can go on about the requirements of the animal and every time, as soon as the cat asks, remove from her outfit. But such attempts should be many. Sooner or later, the pet will get tired of resisting and he will accept the clothes.

Video: try on a cat that does not fit in size

If your pet "dies" in clothes, falls to the side or crawls, then this is not necessarily a simulation. Perhaps the outfit does not fit the size, interferes with the paws or is generally incorrectly tailored. And if there are clasps on the clothes (buttons, buttons, zippers), then there is a risk of pinching the skin of the animal or “eating” a bundle of wool. Of course, in such cases, every little movement will hurt the animal. Cats can not express in words what is wrong, so be careful when choosing clothes and listen to the "requests" of your pet.

Even a "bald" cat can not wear. This is the nature of animals, one cat has fluffy wool, the other has short or none at all. However, cat clothing has already justified itself, and its need has long been confirmed. Therefore, dressing or not wearing a cat is your choice. But in any case, you need to remember that the clothes should be useful for the cat, and not vice versa.

How to take measurements

  1. Girth of the neck.
  2. The length of the cat from the beginning (base) of the neck to the base of the tail.
  3. Girth of the trunk at the widest point
  4. The length of the body along the stomach.
  5. Girth of the front paw at the base (neckline).
  6. Girth of the abdomen.

For tailoring it is better to take knitted fabrics, not necessarily new ones (an old knitted sweater will also do). Knitwear is convenient because it stretches well. If the thing is made of knitwear, there must be a buckle on the back. If you knit - the fastener is not needed, dress clothes over your head.

  • With a zipper that is easily sewn into the seam in the center of the back. Convenient for bald cats.
  • On buttons, which is suitable for all cats.
  • Velcro, which is suitable for bald cats and cats with short hair.
  • On the buttons, which is suitable for all cats.

This pattern is specially adjusted specifically for cats and cats. Pattern print on sheet A-4. Since not everyone can use the printer, the pattern is given in centimeters to make it easier to transfer it to paper.

Pay attention: the upper part - 2 parts + an allowance for a clasp of 2-3 cm. The lower part is a double part, with a turn, a belly is obtained.

Getting Started

For work we need:

  1. knitted or woolen cloth.
  2. Scotch
  3. pins
  4. scissors
  5. Velcro, zipper or buttons
  6. bar of soap
  7. paper

We have a drawn or printed pattern of cat clothes. After you have taken the measurements from your cat, try to check whether the pattern is suitable for you. If it doesn't work, it's okay, on paper you can always correct the pattern.

Bend the sheet A-4 in half to the breast turned out in 2 copies. We have a pattern back on paper. Fold and cut. We take Scotch tape, fasten the side and shoulder sides. It turned out preparation, we measure on a cat. If you do not need to redo, remove the scotch tape and straighten the pattern. We put the details of the pattern to the fabric, fix the pins, outlined with a piece of soap. Cut out the details, not forgetting the seam allowances and a place for Velcro or buttons. We remove pins, we postpone the pattern. On the machine or on the hands we sew a velcro to the back. We stitch shoulder and side seams. Next we have to trim the neck, bottom and armhole sleeves. If you have knitwear, it is better to trim with strips of the same knitwear. If you need a finish - a band with a rubber band works well. Sew on the neck, bottom and armholes. The vest is ready.

Types of clothes for cats that you can sew with your own hands

To start sewing clothes for cats, you do not need to draw a pattern each time, it’s enough to do it once and then make necessary corrections as necessary. This pattern is suitable for sewing many types of clothing. With the help of her, you can make a comfortable T-shirt so that a sphinx or a cat of another smooth or bald breed does not overheat in the sun. To do this, the best choice of matter will be knitted fabric.

If you take a more dense matter and make a slightly smaller incision for the neck, as well as openings for the paws, you get the option of a warm sweater, jacket, sweatshirt or blankets for winter walks outside or living in poorly heated rooms.

When choosing elegant jewelry and interesting color composition, you can create a dress or suit in which the pet will not be ashamed to be shown at exhibitions.

Carnival costumes for cats look very cute:

During the creation of the sketch and the pattern, it is extremely important to think over the location of the parts so that the cat can breathe and move freely without becoming entangled in the abundance of ornaments. You should not sew any sharp or piercing jewelry, as well as those elements that the animal can tear off and swallow.

Taking the necessary measurements

The most important parameters for the cat costume pattern are neck girth (measure 1), animal's back length from neck to tail (measure 2) and its body size in girth, which is measured in the area immediately behind the front paws (measure 3).

In addition, depending on the purpose of the clothing, the following data may be required to create the pattern: the distance from the front to the hind legs, the volume of the cat's waist, which means the girth of the body in the area of ​​the hind legs.

After obtaining the necessary numbers, you can build a pattern. Later, the pattern made according to the obtained scheme must be attached to the pet and the necessary adjustments should be made, and the dimensions should be removed before this with a small margin, so that later not to redo the work again.

Pattern clothes for the cat: a few simple ideas

  • The easiest pattern for cat clothes is if you take as a basis a leg or a sock of suitable sizes, on which you can mark the holes for the paws with chalk, and then carefully cut them using nail scissors.

This will save time on drawing up the patterns and will require only a covering of the edges, sewing on the necessary fasteners, jewelry and any useful accessories, for example, a loop for a leash.

  • The second simple pattern of clothes for a cat in this photo:

To build such a pattern, you will need to measure the cat's neck circumference, back length, bottom circumference and the distance between the legs. Be sure to provide allowances for the fastener and correctly mark the holes for the paws.

Clothing is sewn on such a pattern is very easy - you just need to cut out the part with seam allowances, cut holes for the paws, hem or trim the edges of the part, sew any fastener.

  • We proceed to a more complex pattern, for the construction of which you need to spend a little more time than for the previous ones:

The pattern consists of two parts and is universal, on the basis of which many models can be built, complementing them with various parts: a hood, sleeves, pockets, a fastener on the shoulder, on the sides, etc.

  • To build a suit pattern for a cat, one measure is needed - the back length (measure 2, i.e. the AB line in the diagram).

Now the resulting number must be divided into eight (8), the measurement will be the side of the grid square, on which the pattern will be built. Then you need to draw a grid and move the outlines of the pattern over the cells.

Thus you can make any patterns for the cat. The resulting pattern consists of 2 parts: the big part is the right and left sides of the jumpsuit, the smaller part is the wedge that covers the chest and belly of the animal, it is sewn between the front legs (the narrow part is towards the front.) during which customize the length and width of the product. По низу штанин нужно предусмотреть припуски, в которые вставляют резинку. Комбинезон лучше сшить из двух слоев - для верха использовать плащевую ткань, которая практична в уходе, для подкладки лучше взять фланель или мягкий флис. При желании можно дополнить изделие капюшоном.

При построении выкройки одежды для кота обычно за основу берется какая-либо существующая модель, с которой срисовываются очертания будущих деталей. The sketch should be drawn on checkered paper, where the size of a single cage equals a tenth of the length of the cat's back. Given this proportion, the rest of the details are drawn, and then a pattern is created. In this case, the scheme is necessarily adapted to the existing measurements.

Paper sketches should be drawn in full size, so that then the details can be attached to the fabric and make a pattern. It is necessary to try on the details of the cut on the animal, so as not to miscalculate with the size. For convenience, individual items can be a little baiting with scotch tape, giving the pattern the shape of future clothing.

Let's sum up

So, on the basis of one pattern, you can make a large number of costumes and significantly update the cat's wardrobe. For those who know how to sew, this will not become a problem and will not require serious financial expenses. Moreover, sewing pet costumes will be a great opportunity to realize your interesting ideas and turn into a great perennial passion.