Each Harris Tweed coat has a fitted and shaped back panel, lined with polar fleece.
'Belt' - The stomach strap forms a 'belt' around the dog. To prevent the belt slipping down the back, belt loops are fixed onto the back panel and buttons and button holes on the belt itself to be placed on the (top) back of the dog for ease of fastening.
Chest strap and belt are separate. These can either be in the same material as the back, or in a contrasting colour. They are also lined with polar fleece.The chest strap is joined to the back panel by 2 buttons.
Each dog coat is made to measure, which means a couple of fittings is needed to ensure measurements can be taken and final placement of the buttons/fixtures are right.
A pattern is made for each coat and then the chosen Harris Tweed, coordinating polar fleece, buttons and bias binding assembled into the final coat.
For mail order coats, as fittings are not possible, you will receive a calico pattern from the measurements to test that the fit is correct before cutting out the Harris tweed.
The Harris Tweed is treated with Scotchgard to protect against stains and makes it easier to clean and keep clean.