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When you are not sure what size to choose for your dog wear pattern...

When you are not sure what size to choose, refer to the following.

1) The order of size selection criteria

You will need to measure your dog's neck, torso, back length, and weight and choose a size by these criteria in the following order:

1.chest circumference
2.neck circumference
3.weight
3.back length

Back length is last because it is the easiest to adjust, but because chest circumference is the most difficult to adjust, we want to avoid having to adjust it if possible.

2) Leeway

After you have precisely measured the chest circumference, neck circumference and so on, you will need to add some leeway so the dog will be able to move around easily.

If you are using knit fabric,

  • Small dog (3S-M, DS, DM): Chest circumference 2-3 cm, neck circumference about 2 cm
  • Medium dog (L-3L, FB): Chest circumference 4-5 cm, neck circumference 2-3 cm
  • Large dog (4L-8L): Chest circumference 7-8 cm, neck circumference 3-4 cm

If you are using regular fabric (down jacket, raincoat, shirt, etc.),

  • Small dog: Chest circumference 4-5 cm, neck circumference 2-3 cm
  • Medium dog: Chest circumference 6-7 cm, neck circumference 3-4 cm
  • Large dog: Chest circumference 8-10 cm, neck circumference 5-6 cm

*The reason the neck circumference is small is because dogs have no shoulders, so the dog wear will slip down if the neck is too big. Measuring the neck circumference precisely should be just about right.
*Because regular fabric does not stretch, it needs more leeway than knit fabric.
Example: Making a trainer for a dog with a chest circumference of 43 cm and a neck circumference of 26 cm
Since this is a small dog, choose a chest circumference of 45 cm and a neck circumference of 28 cm, medium size (chest 47 cm, neck 29 cm).

3) If the item is too big or small overall

You can get a better fit by using enlarged or reduced size copies, so please choose the size closest to the chest circumference.
Then use enlarged or reduced size copies based on that chest circumference.

Example: How to choose a down jacket for a dachshund with a chest circumference of 46 cm, when DS is too small and DM is too large.
Since the down jacket will be made of regular fabric, we need to leave 5 cm of leeway in the chest circumference.

That gives us a chest circumference of 51 cm, so DM (53 cm) is the closest size.

51 ÷ 53 = 0.962

You can make a pattern for a 51.4 cm chest circumference by reducing the size of the DM pattern to 97%.

4) If just the chest or neck circumference is much too large or small

If just the chest circumference or neck circumference is much too large or small, you will need to adjust the pattern separately.
In this case, please see "Pattern adjustments, etc.(Japanese)" on the top right of the homepage.