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a variety of projects for dogs, not just coats--for sewers and knitters too
on February 22, 2012
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.