Featured Product: Country Blue Plaid Dress

Today I wanted to feature one of my favorite little dress: our country style blue plaid dress!

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Perfect Penny modeling our country style sun dress.

This beautiful dress is actually made out of a human dress that was damaged.  What better way to recycle it than make it into a dog dress?

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Country Style Sun Dress upcycled from a woman’s dress

This dress is a light weight cotton/polyester blend and is lined with the same material that it is made out of.  It features a pleated skirt, three buttons down the back, and a belt separating the bodice from the skirt that comes complete with a bow in the middle.  It uses Velcro closures to secure and is adjustable by about an inch in either direction.

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Penny, hamming it up in the country style sun dress

Penny modeled this dress so perfectly that I could swear she is just begging to be in a magazine.  It took her a while to train for modeling, but she finally caught on!  As long as there is cheese involved!

-Hannah

The Start of Pinstripe Paw Prints

Hi everyone!  Today, I wanted to take a break from sharing dog fashion with you to instead share with you a little more personal information.  Mainly, my story of how Pinstripe Paw Prints came to be.  My name is Hannah.  And my life pretty much revolves entirely around dogs.

I am a veterinary technician.  I am a proud dog mom of four dogs.  I (clearly) make dog clothes.  I teach dog training classes at a local kennel club.  I volunteer with Pierre and Freya and do therapy dog work.  I clearly may have a problem.

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Pierre and I, shortly after we adopted him

 

You can probably blame a lot of this obsession on this handsome devil right here.  Pierre.  My first dog.  The one who started it all.

I adopted Pierre three years ago from a small dog rescue in New York.  I was a young vet tech who lived at home with my parents and had no dogs of her own.  My cat, whom I was very much in love with, had recently passed away and I found myself craving the warm affection of my very own dog.  A papillon, to be exact.  I’m not quite sure why I became so obsessed with them, but I have.  I just accept it.  I asked my parents if I could adopt my own dog, which I was met with a resounding no.  My boyfriend at the time (who now is thankfully my husband!) had a different plan.

“If you move in with me, I’ll let you get a dog.”

He didn’t have to tell me twice.

It didn’t take me long to find Pierre on Petfinder.  We applied, went through the application process, and finally were approved to pick up Pierre.  We had never met him before, but I already knew I loved him.

Shortly after we adopted Pierre, we acquired Claire from a family in Harrisburg.  Our first winter with our dogs was cold.  We lived on Mt. Washington were the wind would whip down the road and freeze your face and the steps to our crummy apartment were always covered in ice.  My poor little papillons were cold! Being the devoted dog mom that I am, I rushed to the store and picked them up an assortment of sweaters, shirts and coats.

They sucked.

Clothes didn’t seem to fit them exactly right, or they rubbed them the wrong way.  The material felt cheap.  The coats fell apart or got holes in them way too quickly.  And to be honest, I just couldn’t afford it.  I was young, very much so in debt, and just starting my adult life.

I decided to stop buying dog clothes and instead decided to start experimenting with making my own.  I had learned to sew a couple years ago, and with Pierre and Claire in my home, I had my own personal dress forms.  My first jackets were very basic, but served their purpose.  I kept making jackets for them and swapping them out so they would always look fashionable.  My coworkers noticed how classy my dogs always looked, and were amazed when I told them that I actually made their clothes myself.  People started asking if I would make their dogs clothes, custom from the measurements they gave me.  It turns out, I was not the only one struggling to find cute dog clothes that fit well and didn’t break the bank.

Somewhere along the line, I decided I was going to sell some of my extra jackets at a craft show.  The response I got at the show wasn’t anything to write home about, but it was enough that I decided I wanted to go ‘pro’.  Pro as in, I wanted to make an Etsy store and sell to more people than just my friends.

I chose the name Pinstripe Paw Prints because I wanted my clothes to look classy and almost human like, not hoaky like some of the dog clothes you find in pet stores.  And I wanted a name that emulated that idea.  And what’s more classy than a pinstripe suit?

As time went on and I acquired more dogs and more skills, I started to narrow in on the items that I really wanted to perfect.  I played around with the idea of making toys, accessories,  boots, and collars, but eventually decided they weren’t for me and stuck with actual dog clothing.  I taught my dogs how to model so they could help me promote my clothes.  I tell them all the time their only job in life is to entertain me and help me model my Pinstripe Paw Prints stuff.

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Me and the girls in our matching dresses

I’m not making millions selling handmade dog clothes.  I don’t drive a BMW or a Lexus because I have an Etsy store.  I still work a full time job and balance my budget carefully.  Sometimes it gets really slow and I go a long time without selling anything.  But, selling Pinstripe Paw Prints clothes has helped me pay for Pierre’s knee repair.  It helped me pay for Claire’s dental.  And it helps me pay off my massive amount of student loans that cripple me financially a little faster than I was before.  Its a creative outlet.  Its something fun that I can do, that a lot of my peers can’t do.  And I’m always so proud of the things I create.

As I write this, Pierre is napping on the back of my couch.  He really wants me to wrap this up and take him upstairs so he can go to bed.  But he won’t go without me.  Its amazing to think of how one little dog, a little dog who was not wanted by his first family, was the catalyst that started so much.  How one little dog who didn’t like to shiver in the snow inspired so many different outfits and ideas.

So I guess that’s how it all started.  With Pierre. Maybe I should have named it Pierre’s Paw Prints!

-Hannah

Featured Product | Puppy Polos!

Hi everyone!  Thanks for stopping by!  Since last time we talked about our upcycled line, today, I wanted to take some time to feature one of our most common upcycled products; the puppy polo!

Preppy yet casual, our puppy polo shirts are casual and durable enough for everyday wear, yet dressy and sporty so your little guy will look put together no matter what the occasion.  Not to mention everyone loves to see a pup in a polo!

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Pierre spent all night studying Spanish by the fire in his blue and white striped polo shirt.  He was sure he would pass his Spanish final at Harvard.  

These polo’s are a part of our upcycled line.  We are always on the look out for used baby and children’s polo shirts, as they make terrific dog polos.  The kids grow out of them, but the dogs, not so much!

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Orange polo shirt for a small pet, featuring a white belly band

Our polos come in a variety of colors and patterns that completely depends on what other people in our area are discarding.  Because of this, if you see a polo that you like and fits your dog, you should buy it as soon as possible, as we cannot remake polos to match!

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Claire modeling the navy polo and the yellow striped polo, and Freya modeling the pink striped polo and the orange polo.  

We alter the polos from children’s clothing to pet clothing by changing the fit to a dog shaped body instead of a human shaped body and we add in a stretchy matching belly band that helps hold the material close to the dogs body and prevent unwanted bathroom accidents for our boys.  No undressing and redressing to go outside!

Because our polos are a part of the upcycled line, we are able to offer them at the affordable price of $10 a piece.   They wash easy, are durable and hold up even against dogs that like to run and play, and are flexible, breathable, and comfortable for the dogs.

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Pierre has mastered Spanish!

Thanks for checking out our puppy polos! If you like dressing your dogs, consider adding a Pinstripe Paw Prints upcycled polo to your dog’s wardrobe! They also make terrific dog gifts!

-Hannah

Our Upcycled Line

Hello everyone!  Today, I would like to introduce you to one of the coolest lines that Pinstripe Paw Prints offers – the Upcycled Line!

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Claire modeling the blue ruffle top

The Upcycled line features pet clothing items that have been recycled from previous items.  One of our favorite things to upcycle is children and baby clothing!  Kids grow so fast, and all of those super cute outfits that parents buy for them end up donated within a few months.  However, dogs tend to stay the same size.  And lucky for us small dog owners, our tiny companions are the perfect size to utilize a lot of the adorable baby clothing for their entire lives versus the couple months a human baby may use it.

Of course, the human clothes do need to be altered to correctly fit a pet.  We alter the fit in the back, abdomen, and neck so it correctly fits a dog and add in a belly band to prevent the shirts from hanging down to low and potentially getting soiled when the pet goes potty.  We also alter the length of long sleeves to better represent a pets legs.

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One of our lovely upcycled shirts, perfect for a little dude!

We also take adult clothing and use it to make a completely new dog garment.  We can make several small dog dresses out of a long woman’s dress, and can still maintain some of the appealing design characteristics of the piece – just changed into a dog outfit.  Both of the dresses that Penny is modeling below were made from women’s dresses that were out of style and damaged.  We preserved the usable fabric and made new (and adorable!) dog dresses.

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Penny is modeling two dresses, the country style dress and the vintage style brown dress, both upcycled from women’s dresses, Claire is modeling the plaid button up upcycled from a childs shirt and Freya is modeling the yellow lady bug shirt, upcycled from a onesie!

Where do we get all the items we upcycle from?  Some are donated to us from friends or relatives cleaning out their closet, some are my own items that are outdated or damaged, but most come from local thrift stores, where we can prowl about and find discounted items that will make stellar dog clothes.  Because we can purchase items to upcycle at a low cost and because often times, the items only require alterations instead of complete construction, we can offer these items at a lower rate than many of our standard ‘built from the ground up’ items.  This makes this line an excellent option for owners who love to dress their dogs but cannot or do not want to spend the standard amount that pet clothes cost.

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Freya, modeling another upcycled onesie shirt, this time in a brown flower print

One of the other neat things about the upcycled line is that it kind of works off the same premise as the Lularoe craze – if you see it and love it, buy it now because there might not be a second chance.  I can only purchase what is available in the thrift store, which means that often times these upcycled items are a one of a kind thing.  This also means that if you buy an upcycled item, you know your dog will never go to a party and be wearing the same outfit as someone else!

-Hannah

Welcome to Our Blog!

Hello world!  My name is Hannah and I am the owner/creator/mastermind/designer of Pinstripe Paw Prints, the coolest and cutest dog clothing and accessory line.  Our pet clothes are designed to be cute, functional, and easy to use.  We are constantly adding in new pieces, patterns, and designs, and our clothes are always fresh and fun.  Our dog clothing is available on Etsy and locally in person at craft shows and pet fairs.

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Penny, Claire, Pierre, and Freya, decked out in their Pinstripe Paw Prints gear

We decided we needed a blog so we could better connect.  And by we, I mean me and my four small dogs who have inspired this whole project.  (I also have a pretty awesome husband that does things like cut fabric and mail things for me, but I think the dogs were more adamant about a blog than he was. )  We needed a place that we could tell our story, a place where we could write about our process, a place were we could update people about what we were planning, whats new, whats working and whats not.  A place where we could get to know more pet owners and their pets.  That place is here!

I am going to try to write twice a week.  I’m hoping to utilize that time to highlight some of my favorite products and new releases, as well as shed some light on my creative process, the lives of the stars of Pinstripe Paw Prints (ie, the dogs!) and all the behind the scenes work.  Its like your own backstage pass to my dog clothing business!  Over time, I’m hoping to get to know other dog owners and Etsy artisans, maybe host some giveaways, and have some fun!

There are two kinds of pet owners in the world; the type that like having a pet around but, eh its still just a pet, and the type that love their pet like family and would do just about anything for it.  And, hint hint, if you are sitting here reading my blog about dog clothes, you clearly fall into the second category, and we should probably be friends.  Please subscribe to my page!  We also have a Facebook and an Instagram, so  if you can’t wait until the next post, please follow us there as well!  I look forward to getting to know you and your pets!

-Hannah