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 Post subject: blending the back with the skirt
PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2015 7:23 pm 
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Cici is transitioning from an all over puppy cut to growing a skirt. I am slowly getting better at grooming.

I use the 7F on her back. Her skirt (or poof, rather) right now is about two inches long, like her legs. I try lifting my clippers to avoid the harsh line, but I still want it to look more blended.

On that line where the back meets the skirt, how do you position your thinning shears. Do you point downward and move along the line or do you hold the scissors parallel to the table and move along that way? I don't have a stripping knife. I just want to have a better transition and before I take the scissors to her, I want to be sure of how to position them!

Any tips! Thanks, as always :)

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 Post subject: Re: blending the back with the skirt
PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2015 7:12 am 
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You can use a Mars Coat King to help blend. When using thinning shears, you cut across the line between the back and skirt.


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 Post subject: Re: blending the back with the skirt
PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2015 4:24 pm 
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Thank you, Gale

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 Post subject: Re: blending the back with the skirt
PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 4:41 am 
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The best way is to cut along the bottom of the skirt. Repeat the process until you get the size you want.


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 Post subject: Re: blending the back with the skirt
PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 6:56 am 
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Thanks, Sam. I've read other threads on this forum that say when the back is short, the mars coat king does not work.

Is it appropriate to use the coat king on the sides and legs? i see that it cuts hair and I don't want to cut the hair - only remove the undercoat.

Same question for thinning shears - can you use them on the side skirt and legs or will that make them choppy after you've worked hard trying to even them out.

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 Post subject: Re: blending the back with the skirt
PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2016 12:56 pm 
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see my response on your other question.

If you use thinning sheers, you point them down toward the ground from the top of the coat. However, with a really short back, it is going to be hard to get a smooth transition.

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 Post subject: Re: blending the back with the skirt
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I have another question - Cici's skirt is about 3.5 inches long now and I am raising the skirt line and it's lying flatter and looks nice and flowing.

Problem is - it's getting warmer and her legs are fluffy too. I hate to cut the skirt off....I imagine shorter 1 inch legs would look pretty goofy with the long skirt. I guess it all goes off for the warmer weather. Is there an in between cut that I am unaware of?

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 Post subject: Re: blending the back with the skirt
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Depends on the dog, IMO. My Cricket has a short skirt, and her legs vary from half in. to 3-4 inches, depending on my tolerance for grooming. She has a very fluffy coat. She looks pretty cute at any length. So, in short, I think it depends on your dog's coat, some look cute short, some don't.

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 Post subject: Re: blending the back with the skirt
PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 7:43 am 
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I would be careful going too short on the legs if you are growing her skirt long.

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