Anyone jacket their sheep?

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  1. Maura

    Maura Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I'd like to jacket the sheep this year. Tired of fleece full of seeds, sticks, trees, etc. I'd also like the black fleece to stay black.

    Should I start with a muslin jacket and change to heavier fabric when they outgrow the first one?
     
  2. livestockmom

    livestockmom Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I cover the sheep from birth to keep their fleece black and clean for show.
    The covers I use are made from an umbrella/canopy material so the wool can breathe and not get wool rot. I go through 6-8 sizes for each one the first year... be sure to order plenty and of each size as they grow fast.
     

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    lisarichards Well-Known Member

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    Where do you buy your jackets? I want to cover my critters during the winter when they are eating hay.
     
  4. luvrulz

    luvrulz Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Could I stitch them up on my serger too? Wouldn't it be an easy pattern? And would muslin be good? What would we need to use for the winter?

    Many thanks!!
     
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    MaKettle Well-Known Member

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    My little woolies are getting full of weedy stuff and their wool is turning brown on the ends. Am also very interested in sheep clothing. They were so uncomfortable when the heat went to 90 and up--would the PJ's make them even more uncomfortable? Anyone know where to get patterns or have a good source for the sheep blankets? Mine are Welsh Mountain, so aren't very big.
     
  6. Maura

    Maura Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I have Black Welsh Mountain too! :dance: :dance:

    This year's lambs are crossed with my Rambouilet X Corriedale. The fleece is sooo much nicer. I'm washing some right now.

    Back to topic, I'd really like a pattern. I believe I've seen patterns, but where?
     
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    luvrulz Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Does anyone have one? Maybe we need to buy one and copy it....hmmmmm....eBay? I will go look around and see what I find! :goodjob:
     
  8. Maura

    Maura Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I think we can make our own patterns.

    Measure sheep around middle, from one side to the other, omitting the belly. Measure sheep from base of neck to base of tail.

    This is your beginning unit, presumably a rectangle. You will then need two pieces that will be attached to the front. These pieces will cover the chest, in front. You could probably cut it in one piece once you figure out the measurements. I think you would need a band to go around each rear leg.

    I have to go catch a sheep now.