After finding out about custom coats and sweaters from Linda's post on this Forum, I just had to have some for my girls -- nothing too fancy because I do not "dress" my dogs but they do need warmth for walks in cold weather. As we all know the ready made sweaters are not long enough for our dogs.
This is the orginal info from Linda: "I found this gal on etsy, http://www.etsy.com/shop/fifime
She has a much larger selection on her website, www.royalfifi-venus-in-fur.com/."
Chantal was wonderful to work with, the quality is EXCELLENT, and I received the coats in just a few weeks and the sweaters are in transit and will be here next week. I asked for a black underbelly (to hide the dirt) on the raincoat I selected -- no problem, leave off a bow on the sweaters -- no problem. I selected a raincoat with two layers of rain material and fleece next to the skin -- hopefully will block the wind nicely and is not bulky. For wearing purposes, the hood does not really work out for my dogs and I just unsnapped them. The band in the middle adjusts a bit and that is good for me. Dori and Chloe have just slightly different measurements in some areas, but not enough to differentiate and I did not want to have to figure out which coat was which -- so I just snap the stomach band over one on Dori.
I did allow ease in the measurements based on what I read on the Forum. I am sure this varies by style, but the coats could be about 1" less in length -- you provide the length from neck to base of tail, but the coat sits back a bit which is why it goes about an inch over the tail. However, it is no problem and their tails still can curl over.
We will soon be leaving on vacation to Wilmington, North Carolina and will be doing lots of walking and from the cold weather that is occuring in the south too, we may need the coats or sweaters. Last year we went to Savannah and it was really cold a lot, I never thought of bring sweaters for the dogs and they needed them some days. Maybe by bringing the dogs coats and sweaters, we will luck out and not need them at all -- we would sure like some 50-60 degree sunny days.
If more decide to get coats or sweaters, I am sure you will not be disappointed.
Here are some pictures, including the sweaters (Chantal sends advance pictures before shipment):