Jump On The Faux Fur Trend With Me!

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Who knew that faux fur vests were so big? As I began to research this, which I thought was a new trend, I discovered it was not. In fact, faux fur vests have been around as a staple in winter wardrobes for a number of years now. According to what I am hearing, it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

 

Now, I remember faux fur from years ago. This is most likely why I kept looking the other way whenever there was a mention of it. I mean, I remember how fake they looked and the fur matted easily. Not exactly the best look! However, these new faux furs are softer and don’t seem to mat or feel scratchy. At this point, I guess you could say I’m getting on the bandwagon a little late in the game. Better late than never, I guess!

Calvin Klein Faux Fur Vest from Macy's

Calvin Klein Faux Fur Vest from Macy’s.

As I was looking online, I found faux fur vests for sale by some top designers. Although they are cool, I like the fact that I was able to choose my own color and type of faux fur and make it the way I wanted to for less in most cases!

Calvin Klein Faux Fur Vest from Macy's.

Calvin Klein Faux Fur Vest from Macy’s.

 

 

BCBGenerations Faux Fur Vest from Bloomingdale's.

BCBGenerations Faux Fur Vest from Bloomingdale’s.

 

 

 

There are many types of faux fur that on the market these days and they are great to work with. You see, I haven’t worked with faux fur since my children were little and even then, that was only a couple of times at most.

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Here is my finished faux fur vest that I made as a class sample. I will be teaching a faux fur vest class at JoAnn Fabrics & Crafts in Madison, Wisconsin on the 21st of November. The pattern is McCall’s 8219. It was an easy pattern to use; however, I would still suggest that you know how to sew prior to signing up for this class.

 

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I think you will find this be a fun trendy addition to your fall/winter 2016-2017 wardrobe. If you can’t make this class I mentioned above, contact me via email. I’d be happy to set up a one-on-one class to teach you how to make the vest. If you are looking for a tailor in the Madison, Wisconsin area to make a custom faux fur vest for you, contact me via email.

 

Back to the faux fur vest and the two modifications that I made to the pattern itself to make me comfortable as I wear it. One of the modifications was adding to the length at the bottom of the vest. You see, I have a long torso and like my back to be covered if I should have to bend over! I often make this adjustment when I use a purchased pattern. When I design my own pattern, I take this into consideration while measuring and drafting my patterns.

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The second modification was to make the neckline a V-neck instead of rounded. Here is a photo showing how I folded and pinned the pattern piece for the front of the vest. Once these were done, I was ready to lay out and cut each piece.

 

I’ll let you in on a little secret that helped me work with an unfamiliar fabric: It had been a while since I worked with faux fur, so I checked out a few tutorials on YouTube before cutting out and sewing it. I found it to help immensely! If you have questions about working with the fur, this is a great place to look for extra help and information.

 

When it came to sewing the faux fur, I used the needle size 14. Then I changed the needle to a size 8 for sewing the lining. The lining fabric I choose to use is called Posh, which is a polyester lining fabric from JoAnn Fabrics.

 

I really enjoyed making this faux fur vest overall – other than the mess it made in my studio! (The stray fibers and scraps only became an issue while I had other clients’ projects going at the same time. I began to use my lint roller often, but it was well worth it all.) With all that said, this was a fun way to give a little trendy look into my fall/winter wardrobe! What do you think: will you join me on this trendy bandwagon?

 

 

Happy Sewing!

Patricia

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2 Responses to Jump On The Faux Fur Trend With Me!
  1. forex forum
    February 26, 2017 | 1:09 am

    This site was… how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally
    I have found something that helped me. Thank you!

    • Patricia
      June 6, 2017 | 10:53 am

      Thank you for the great encouraging feedback! Things have been busy in my studio with other projects, but will be back shortly with more great blog posts. Keep checking back and share with others interesting in being creative!

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