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Canine Couture: 25 Projects: Fashion and Lifestyle Accessories for Designer Dogs Paperback – November 11, 2008

3.7 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

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About the Author

LILLY SHAHRAVESH founded her design-led pet couture and accessory business Love My Dog in 2003, after a fourteen-year career in fashion as a knitwear designer. Based in Hoxton, London, Lilly is the UK's leading pet couturier, still hand-making many of the dog coats, bandanas, blankets, and beds herself.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (November 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312382480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312382483
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #733,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. Guiher on January 10, 2009
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I am new to sewing and found the patterns and directions in this book to be very easy, but you do need basic sewing skills to understand. The patterns are not life size so you do have to do the math to get the right size but if I can do it anyone can. All of the projects are to cute for words and I would highly recommend this book.
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This book is a wonderful book. Patterns include knitting patterns for sweaters, even a cute outfit that includes leg warmers. Of the sewing patterns are sporty designs, a velvet smoking jacket, a safari jacket. Patterns for stuffed bone toy and ball. Patterns for various beds and blankets. Also a pattern for a collar and leash. There are several that I intend to make.
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I was disappointed in this book. You have to enlarge pattern and figure out what and how. I feel this is a complicated book for a person who sews a little. I am able to follow a pattern but, this was not what I expected.
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I ordered both of the books whose titles are "Canine Couture" at the same time (the other one is by Gillum and at the moment costs $2 more than this one), and I'm glad to have them both for different reasons. If you're looking primarily for dog coats though, the other one will suit your needs better. It also is more geared for sewers will less experience; this book, in my opinion, is intended for quite experienced sewers, at least for the dog coats. They have tailored touches--collars, pockets, hats, and fitted designs that are fairly tricky to sew. The easiest of the dog coats is probably the raincoat, which is very nice. I have the impression that many of the other projects were added in order to give beginning sewers something that they can make--dog toys, an easy mat that folds for travel, a leash, and several appliqued items such as a Christmas stocking and a place mat. There is also one lovely sweater for knitters--really nice for either a male or female dog, and not a difficult pattern either.

My reason for giving it only 3 stars is that I think the designs and patterns are too difficult for average sewers, and even if you're more advanced, you need to be willing to spend lots of time on them. Also, the claim that there are 25 projects may be true, but there are relatively few dog coats; most of the projects are other items like toys, a tote bag, etc. I think the other book called "Canine Couture" (by Gillum) is in fact a better buy, if you want only one of them.
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A few good ideas, but no actual patterns. Unless you have time to attempt the math and draw your own patterns I don't recommend this book. A better purchase is "Canine Couture Dog Coats" (Leisure Arts #4308) by Kooler Design Studio and it has actual pattern templates that can be traced onto tissue paper.
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Then you'll get a real kick out of this. I give kudos to the enterprising & creative mind behind these items. But I'm still not sure that dressing dogs up in 'human-like' clothing is appropriate. Good luck!
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I was rather disappointed with this book. I was looking for a book with patterns and directions for making dog coats and dresses. This book has six coats that come from one pattern, a bath robe and a t-shirt. The rest of the book is acessories such as toys, bandanas, etc. The biggest disappointment was that the patterns are at the back of the book and are on five pages. They have to be greatly enlarged to be useful. With a computer printer, this can be done, but will take some time to get them to fit your dog. For the price of the book, I was quite disappointed. It has some cute ideas, but would not be my first choice for "fashion" patterns and instructions.
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This was a very good book on sewing pet clothing. It was illustrated and easy to understand. I am very pleased with it.
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