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Coat fabric that repels dog hair?

KharminJ | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

A dear friend of mine is having serious trouble finding a warm coat that doesn’t “glow in the dark” with her Huskie’s copious long black-and-white dog hairs!Most wools make her itch, and she’s tried several other fabrics with little-to-no luck, so far. Here’s her blog post about the problem – http://bestwellnessconsultant.com/2008/12/19/i-dont-have-a-thing-to-wear-karen-hanrahan-best-of-mother-earth.aspx – It’s freakin’ cold in Chicago this week, but at least the stores’ buyers seem to understand that.Any suggestions for fabrics to look for that would be better at not picking up every bit of Marbles that’s floating around would be greatly appreciated! Bright Blessings! Kharmin


  1. MaryinColorado | | #1

    A snow shoe rabbit fur would blend in nicely with Marble's fur!  he he

    I think the down coats work well because they often have a smooth tightly woven nylon or poly shell.  My leather coats are the most dog hair free.

    I have a huge yellow labrador that sheds alot.  We started giving him those fish oil gel caps, it has decreased the shedding immensely.  Please have her check with the vet first to be sure it is safe for Marble!  Mary

    Edited 12/8/2008 6:47 pm by MaryinColorado

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    ThreadKoe | | #2

    I finally resorted to faux fur coats.  Or a leather look with the furry stuff inside.  The sheared faux fur does pick up lint a bit, but it brushes off in a snap.  And nothing sticks to the leather look.  With a long haired dog and two cats, and the cattle hair, you would think I have stock in lint brush companies, tee hee.  For something more casual, denim or a heavy twill fabric works, again with a furry lining.  Barn jackets are made of it for a reason!  Cathy

  3. Josefly | | #3

    Mary's and Threadkoe's suggestion of leather is probably the best for shedding fur. Otherwise, how about an acrylic wool-look black-grey-white tweed or herringbone weave?

    Edited 12/8/2008 9:49 pm ET by Josefly

    1. damascusannie | | #4

      In my experience any synthetic is going to be a problem because it will have static electricity, which attracts the hairs. My least problematic coats are leather or my canvas work jackets.

      1. Hoodlum | | #5

        I was going to suggest leather - it may not be exactly what she had in mind but it wont collect hair. One of our celebrity hairdressers here in the UK always wears leather trousers for that very reason. At the moment he look s great in them but I'm not sure how enduring a look it is!

        Good luck ( and give the husky a hug from me - it will make a change from horse and cat hair)

        1. damascusannie | | #6

          I don't have the husky--but I totally understand dog, cat and horse hair--I've had to deal with all of them over the years!

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        ThreadKoe | | #7

        I love my canvas work jacket!  I have been trying to figure out how to make one that is fashionable looking for everyday wear.  The only thing I have come up with so far is a trench coat.  Even that seems a bit too casual.  Maybe if I could find it in Pink tee hee Cathy

        1. damascusannie | | #8

          They do make a car-coat style called a "stable coat" , if I can just remember where I've seen it--Land's End? Eddie Bauer? Not really dressy, but a bit more formal than my hooded one.
          I'm in desperate need of a dressy winter coat myself, but don't want to give up the classic ankle-length one I have. I probaby should just bite the bullet and put a new lining in it, since that's all that's really wrong with it.

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            ThreadKoe | | #9

            Tee hee, I know what you mean.  Mine get worn past the point of no return also.  My daughter accidentally threw my faux fur coat in the dryer, and the long hair part frizzled around the collar and cuffs, tee hee, but I wear it anyways.  I do need to replace it as it is really really worn, but I love it sooooo much!  DH is threatening to throw it out.  I have been hunting for suitable fabric to replace it, but nothing has bit me yet.  I have another old one that was my mom's, a Jacob's coat of many colours that I wear when the weather is really nasty, a replica of one that I did wear out.  My children refuse to be seen in public with me when I wear it, but the colours are bright in the dead of winter!  As far as I am concerned, warmth over fashion when it comes to winter coats!  Cathy

          2. KharminJ | | #12

            FYI: The "faux fur" and "furry felt" selections at my local JoAnn are constantly changing - (remember, I work there ~ so I see it every week. Otherwise, I'd avoid the place like the plague - just as dangerous as a bookstore! Giggle) Also FYI (speaking of unconventional fabric choices): ALL the Home Dec fabric is 50% off until Dec.24! That's unheard of, in my experience. And remember that Remnants (less than 3 yards for Home Dec) are also half-off the current selling price - so that means a 2.75 yds rem of $35 fabric that's normally $96.25 (GaaaK!) would only cost $24.05 + tax! ($34.99 x remnant price reduction [.50] = $17.49; x sale [.50] = $8.74; x 2.75 = $24.05)(Obviously, you have to find what you want in the remnant bin, but it's sure worth looking!) Gods! Sometimes, I wish I got commissions, instead of barely minimum wage. Happy Hunting! K

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            ThreadKoe | | #13

            I only get to Joanne's when I visit the relatives in Vermont.  The niece and nephew have gotten trained already when I am babysitting them.  The first day there, they ask "are we going shopping at Joanne's today or tomorrow???"  They do not mind as it usually involves a craft project for them as well!   Yes, it is too bad that you are paid for the time on your feet, not the info contained in your head.  That is why I am reluctant to go back to work in a fabric store, as much as I would love it!   Cathy

          4. SammyDog | | #14

            Hard to find anything leather that's warm enough for the dead of winter up north. I go for the "down comforter with sleeves" stlye.

            The usual nylon down jackets can have static problems, but not always. I've seen some microfiber that attracts surprisingly little dog/cat fur, it shakes or brushes off easily instead of just rolling around to a new spot when you try to brush it off. Medium colors like taupe or slate blue help, definitely no white or black.

            I saw a great picture once, a puppy sitting by a chewed up rug/chair/whatever, and saying "What? Surely you don't expect to have a dog AND nice things?"

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            ThreadKoe | | #15

            Perhaps the trick is to have a coat that is just for walking the dog, and one that has a lint roller permanently in the pocket?????   Cathy

        2. KharminJ | | #10

          You may be onto something with the "Pink" thought - how about a making similar style in a more "dressy" fabric? Wool coating or one of the luscious "fake furs"? Add a wee bit of shaping at the waist (not much, just enough to give a hint) (side seams or waist darts) and maybe in the arms. These are the areas that seem to make the biggest difference in "fashion look" or "sack of potatoes look" of a coat. Obviously, the hem can be put anywhere you desire! Happy coat making! K

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            ThreadKoe | | #11

            Good thought Kharmin.  Amazing how just a tuck here and there refines the basic shape of something.  Thanks.  Cathy

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