Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Faux Fur Coat: BurdaStyle 12/2011 #113



Faux fur is so much easier to sew up then I ever imagined.  Seriously, people.  I assumed I needed some secret skills I didn't have or consult and expert furrier's textbook or something.  Not at all.  I picked out a simple raglan 3/4 sleeve jacket pattern, BurdaStyle 12/2011 #113 along with this rabbit-like faux fur.  I wrote up a complete blog post over at Fabric Mart's blog today, so you can hop over to read it if you want.
I've had these vague notions in the past about how I wanted my own fur but am totally freaked out by real fur... to the point I can't even touch one.  I really like the classy lady/rock star/movie star look of them.  Except I am sure I give off less of a ladies-who-lunch or rock out vibe and more of a fun Lucy-and-Ethel-wearing-cowboy-hats-with-their-furs-and-pearls-while-vacuuming the house vibe.  But I don't even own pearls.

  

The pattern was a breeze to sew up and seemed to be sized a bit larger then I expected.  I made my usual Burda size of 42 but with no grading up towards the hip as I normally need to.  I actually had to take in the sleeve and bodice with about an inch (2.5 cm) since it was so large.


I've been seeing a few other really nice hand sewn faux furs popping up in the past few days after I finished my coat here last week.  It was interesting to hear other folks didn't have a difficult time sewing it either.  The secret's out, making a faux fur is easy.


A weird thing here in Baltimore. there seems to be a bit of a (real) fur culture... I've seen a number of men and women wearing full on, full length ones... I wonder if I can blend in and now become a real local?  This faux stuff is really hefty and super warm.  But my hands were icicles when I took these photos, can you tell?  Someone forgot gloves.  I have lots more details on my Fabric Mart Fabricista post here.

15 comments:

  1. We actually have the furrier come to our office to pick up and drop off furs for the season. Everyone of a certain age seems to have one.

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    1. Wow! That's so strange that this town loves their furs considering it's not THAT cold for furs. I have always figured it's a status symbol thing from times gone by.

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  2. Baltimore is definitely a fur wearing town. I am a faux fur gal myself and echo your comment about how warm and cozy it is. I saw this fabric at Fabric Mart and it truly was wonderful. Your jacket does it justice and looks wonderful.

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    1. Thank you so much Jane!! I have a healthy size scrap left from this project and will be using it for some TBD project... maybe embelishing a hat or gloves.

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  3. Many years ago when I worked in a office in Dallas Texas. My boss had me go pick up the fur coat he bought for his wife.. It seemed the well to do wore furs, long nearly full length furs. I being vegetarian thought well that isn't my cup of tea and my second thought was really? Umm we are zone 8? LOL I am pretty sure those furs weren't worn much here, certainly not due to weather anyway LOL... I do have several faux fur decor pillows in my home in several rooms..I really like them!

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    1. That's nuts! We are definitely in a cold zone here in Baltimore... but having lived in the snow belt for most of my life on the Great Lakes I feel like real furs here are a little much. And what's funny, I don't recall seeing anyone wearing a (real) fur there in all my years!

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  4. Sewing with faux fur IS easy - the clean-up is where things get hairy!! (See what I did there?!)

    Anyway - this is super cute. I liked this pattern when it came out, so it's cool to see it made up!

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    1. Yes... quite hairy. Aww geez :) Yeah, it wasn't as awful in the hairy cleanup as I expected, but I made sure to wear old, crummy pajamas when I was cutting... then showered afterwards. It was like getting a haircut with hair scattered about.

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  5. This is so good! I think it would go well with a cocktail dress. True glamor! My mother lent me her (real) fur coat for my first date, when I was 15 years old, along with one of her cocktail dresses, and I felt super glamorous when I wore it. I've never reached those heights of fanciness again. :)

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  6. Love this- very chic- great with jeans- but it would also be amazing if you had a special night out too!

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  7. Your coat is so cute. Yep Faux is easy to Sew, a little messy though. I live in Richmond VA, which has even warmer winters than Baltimore. When we moved here 30 years ago, I was amazed at the number of full length fur coats I saw worn to cultural events like plays and museum openings.

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  8. This looks great - I have been of two minds as to whether I would like to have a faux fur coat, but this one could sway me.

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