Here is a closeup of those tucks. This particular Triangle Collar Slipcover was sized for our 60-pound English Shepherds. Because I was trying to get these tweaks posted tonight, we grabbed the nearest clean dog, and that was Mackie, our newest Westie Rescue...so the collar slipcover is a little large, although proud-fur-mom thinks it still looks dashing on him!
First, here is an excellent tweak to the previous Triangle Collar Slipcover Pattern that I shared with you.
Many thanks to Nedda H. for reminding me that many dog collars have the loop for the leash in the middle of the collar. The dog collars in our Fur Babies' Wardrobe all have the lease loop at the point of closure, so it stays in front, under the chin. If we have a leash attached, the leash loop pulls around to the side.
Nedda and Cynthia H. recommended a button hole where the leash loop would need to emerge from the collar slipcover.
So, here is what I tried. This example is for our leash loops that are positioned next to the collar clasp. I added little two-inch pieces to both ends of the existing pattern, and in the appropriate end, I make a button-hole using embroidery floss and a button-hole stitch. Easy!
If your leash loop is in the middle of the collar, just put in a button-hole in the middle of the pattern, near the fold. You will want to make your button-hole just a tad larger than the actual leash loop.
This tweak means that your Posh Pup will have a stylish collar that will continue to look stylish regardless of how the collar slides around on the neck. (Yes, I cannot stand to have our collars too tight, so they slide around.)
The last two photos are of the collar slipcovers I made back in January before the Leash Loop Tweak. It would be easy to go back and add on a two-inch tab with a button-hole on either end of the slipcover.
Do you have charms on your dog or cat collar? I think they are fun. We have a little bell on Mackie's collar because it is the only way we can know where he is in the house at all times. It also gives birds and other critters a "head start" when his prey drive kicks in.
Hey, did you notice the little "DAR" charm? I'm a DAR (member of the Daughters of the American Revolution), so, of course, I think our fur-kids are worthy of DAR designation. "DAR Dog"...kinda rolls off the tongue like it belongs! *Big Cheeky Grin*
SOMEONE brought in a little vole (looks like a small version of a mole. One has a tail and the other does not. I never can remember which is which). SOMEONE left the vole for us under the table on which we have cannisters of dry food and supplements. We think SOMEONE was Mackie. Rosalie brings her offerings to the step and leaves it outside. Annie has never brought us an offering. Mackie seems to be the best candidate until other evidence is assembled! Ha!
By the way, on the pattern, I wrote, "I pinked the seams...". By that I mean I used pinking shears to trim the seams close. Is that term still used? If not, what are these shears called now? Please let me know! A couple of folks have teased me about it without telling me the current term. (I love to be teased!)
These little slipcovers would make great donations to a Rescue Organization for new adoptions to wear to their Forever Home.
Send me a picture of what you make with this little pattern. Keep sending any suggestions or tweaks! Many, many thanks to Nedda and Cynthia!!!
If you make something from this pattern, please share a photo. Here is the Flickr group of handmade pet clothes (not just stuff from my free patterns.)