Poor old Jarvis (our new puppy) is a teeny, tiny little chap weighing in at just 1.5kg and not nearly as fluffy as his fellow Yorkshire Terrier brothers and sisters – although he is becoming fluffier by the day. He feels the cold and can pretty quickly start to shiver himself senseless, which can make potty training outside in the frozen North a tad difficult. We’ve been trying to find clothes for him but they’re all too big by a long shot so I bit the bullet and decided to make him something with what we already had. After a rifle through my linen cupboard I came across the box of socks who had sadly become estranged from their partners. I always keep these solo socks because they come in useful as quick dusters but this time they’d take on a more stylish purpose.
I took this decidedly bad ass pirate sock and snipped off the both the ankle band (which I felt may be too restrictive) and the toe portion with fabric scissors. I wasn’t sure what length I’d need because I was unsure as to whereabouts he’d find it most comfortable to wear and as it turns out, he wasn’t keen on it touching his legs on the underside but once I fiddled around and moved it away from there he was happy with it. Basically I folded the leg portion inside the foot portion (I didn’t chop the leg portion off simply because he is growing by the day and wanted to be able to unfold it a little every day or as required) and then pulled it on him over his head, gently moving his legs through and smoothing it out over his belly. I ruched it up a little so he wouldn’t pee on it and that was it, he was away. There were no loose ends or threads but had there been I probably would have sewed a quick hem around the edges to keep him from mischief. But there you go, it is pretty much a soft, cotton boob tube for a puppy. Please don’t tell Jarvis that because it might offend his masculine side. I’m sure there is more you can do with this but Jarvis is growing quickly so I decided it wasn’t worth the effort to go into more detail with fastenings and leg holes because he’ll grow out of it within a fortnight.