A little Yorkie inspired me to turn my passion into a business...
Sofi was a tiny 1 ½ pound bundle of Yorkie energy when she came into my life in August of 2009. I had wanted a little companion for several years and the timing was finally right. The remainder of that summer was spent learning to potty train Sofi – I was as new to the process as she was! Book after book repeated the difficulty of potty training toy breeds but I hoped to accomplish it before winter set in. Winter came and I found myself outside in the freezing cold with Sofi shivering at my side. I set out to find a tiny coat to keep Sofi warm during our frequent outdoor potty sessions and after a disappointing search decided to make one myself. A simple fleece jacket was designed and made in three different sizes that winter. She was growing so fast! Then jackets were made for my son’s little dogs and dresses soon followed. My kids urged me to make and sell the dog clothes but it just wasn’t the right fit. I loved making dog clothes but the fun part was creating the patterns! I had worked 20+ years in the design industry specializing in kitchen design – design was my passion. So I transferred my dog clothes designs from paper to computer and Sofi & Friends was born.
I love the challenge of working with a concept for a new outfit, drawing it in the computer, printing it, selecting the fabric and cutting it out before finally sewing it together. Several prototypes are made before the final pattern is perfected. As the final outfit is sewn, photos are taken during each sewing step in preparation for creating the pattern instructions. Cutting layouts, necessary fabric yardage and alteration instructions are added as well as photos of Sofi in her new clothes. I get such a wonderful feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction when a new pattern is finished and I feel like celebrating!
I hope you enjoy browsing my pattern selections as much as I enjoy making them and I look forward to seeing photos of your little creations!
P.S. Sofi was potty trained before summer arrived :)
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Owner, Designer, Curator, Photographer, Expediter, Dreamer
I have loved creating and sewing my entire life. This shop has given me the opportunity to express that part of myself.
Cooper, Maddy & Sofi
Cooper, Maddy and Sofi are the super models for the clothes and patterns made.
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Frequently asked questions
☑️ PDF Pattern Copyrights
You may sell your garments (made from my patterns) at local craft bazaars or online with Etsy, Ebay, etc. No mass commercial production is allowed and patterns may not be reproduced or re-sold in any form.
🐶 How to measure your dog
Selecting the proper pattern size is important so please read the following carefully. When selecting a pattern choose a size that gives your dog the best overall fit. Girth is most important then Neck and then Length.
When measuring your dog use a soft tape measure keeping it a bit loose - you should be able to slide a finger between the dog and tape.
NECK: Measure around the widest part of the neck where collar sits.
GIRTH: Measure behind front legs where chest starts.
LENGTH: Measure from base of neck (between the shoulder blades) to where tail starts.
📏 Size details: XXSm to XXLg fits little dogs weighing 3 to approximately 25 lbs. Please refer to measurements before purchase
XXSMALL SEWING PATTERN
Neck……….5 1/2" - 7”
Girth……….9 1/4" - 10 3/4”
Length……..7 3/8” +
XSMALL SEWING PATTERN
Neck………. 6 1/2" - 8"
Girth……….10 1/2" - 12"
Length……..8 1/8" +
SMALL SEWING PATTERN
Neck………. 7" - 8 1/2"
Girth……….12" - 13 1/2"
Length……..8 7/8" +
MEDIUM SEWING PATTERN
Neck……….7 3/4" - 9 1/4"
Girth……….13 1/4" - 14 3/4"
LARGE SEWING PATTERN
Neck……….9" - 10 1/2"
Girth……….15" - 16 3/4"
Length……..10 5/8" +
XLARGE SEWING PATTERN
Neck……….10" - 11 1/2"
Girth……….16 1/2" - 18 1/2"
XXLARGE SEWING PATTERN
Neck……….12" - 13 1/2"
Girth……….19" - 21"
Length……..13 3/4" +
📏 Size details: several patterns are available in 3X 4X & 5X which are meant to fit medium dogs weighing 25 to approximately 45 lbs
3X SEWING PATTERN
Neck..........13” to 14 1/2”
Girth ..........21” to 22 3/4”
Length..........15 1/2” +-
4X SEWING PATTERN
Neck..........14” to 15 1/2”
Girth..........23” to 25”
Length..........16 1/4” +-
5X SEWING PATTERN
Neck..........15 1/2” to 17”
Girth ..........25 1/4” to 27 3/4”
❤️ Sofi & Friends patterns are easy to use
The PDF patterns and instructions are computer drawn and written to print full size on standard 8 1/2" x 11" paper.
To open these files, you will need Adobe Reader software. If you do not have Adobe Reader already installed on your computer, you can download the installer and instructions free from the Adobe website.
* Easy to read written instructions
* Visual photo instructions
* Cutting layouts
* Notions list
* Yardage requirements
* Alteration instructions for a perfect fit
* Instructions for optional D-Ring (on most patterns)
* Incorporation of fusible interfacing and top stitching to give structure, stability and a quality feel to the garment
📮 Yes - patterns can be printed & mailed
Print & Mail 1 to 2 patterns:
Print & Mail 3 to 5 patterns:
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😊 My customers are awesome!
I just want to say I have been making dog clothes for several years. I have simplicity, McCalls and many other patterns. And trust me I have them all. Then I found you.
I love that when someone contacts me and says I want this and gives me measurements I can use your patterns and get a perfect fit every time. I love the wide ranges of sizing you have because you don’t get that with other patterns. So the other day me and my granddaughter boxed up all the patterns in the file cabinet and all I use now are your patterns. I love them more than you will ever know.
Thank you so much. -Debbie
😊 More awesome customers!
I have had so many compliments on the clothes I have made for my Yorkie. I had never made clothes until I bought one of your patterns. Your directions are truly step by step with a picture for each step. So easy anyone with just a few basic sewing skills , like threading your machine, could create beautiful clothes for their dog. Keep those patterns coming. Juliet and I just love them. -Denise
I recently purchased a pattern and was completely amazed at the amount of detail you provided -- it's incredible! Your designs are equally as fabulous! Thanks for providing such a quality product. I can't wait to make a finished fashion. -Maria