DIY Fur Trimmed Blazer & Tartan Top

DIY Fur Trimmed Blazer & Tartan Top
If I could add fur to everything I own, I would be a happy camper despite the side eye I get from my husband who strongly dislikes fur and thinks it’s over the top.  I think fur is luxe and warm and simply beautiful.  I picked up this red fox fur hide along with five other fur hides in a bundle for a steal last summer so needless to say….prepare for more fur.

This blazer was made with the most beautiful camel hair fabric from Mood Fabrics and lined with this poly from Mood.  The fabric sews, irons and cuts like a dream.  I am so in love with this amazing fabric.

The pattern I used was Vogue V8333 Claire Shaeffer’s custom couture.  I consider myself a pretty fast sewer and can generally complete a look in one to two days but due to this pattern being couture, It took several days and a few headaches but I love the fit.   True to form, I made a few alterations:

-Shortened the pattern for a blazer that hits more at the waist
-Created an extended wide sleeve cuff as opposed to the traditional button sleeve cuff.
-Because I added the fur around the neck, I created a mandarin collar instead of the lapel collar

The top was made with a satin tartan I purchased when I first starting sewing.  When I picked it up I had no idea what I was going to do with it but figured a pussy bow top was an appropriate addition to a blazer.  I used Vogue V8772 view B  with no pattern alterations.

Jeans-7 For All Mankind found here
Clutch-JJ Winters
Ring-Trina Turk on sale here



    • December 5, 2013 / 4:04 pm

      Thank you Melissa

  1. November 27, 2013 / 2:55 pm

    Looooove the blazer. Did you sew the fur to it or are you just draping the hide? Would have been nice to see the coat sans fur in that case (intrigued by the mandarin collar…)

    • December 5, 2013 / 4:05 pm

      Hi Heather I did sew the fur to the jacket collar. But I plan to make the jacket again without the fur.

  2. Anonymous
    November 27, 2013 / 3:00 pm

    awwwwww that's a sigh lol I LOVE EVERYTHING you create. You are one talented young lady.

    • December 5, 2013 / 4:04 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  3. November 27, 2013 / 3:01 pm

    Love this every time I see something from you .. you cause me to change my project list lol Where did you get the furs? I looked at some from GStreet but became a bit discouraged not knowing what they were.

    • December 5, 2013 / 4:04 pm

      Thank you 🙂 I get my fur from Glacier wear and have it prepared locally. Mood fabrics has a great selection of faux furs aw well.

    • January 1, 2014 / 4:15 pm

      Thanks Nikki I wind up getting a piece of fur from GStreet they never know what kind it is *sigh* So I did make this jacket in blue camel hair (with their furs) but those pleats on the side gave me some kind of frustrations! Although I received lots and lots of compliments with people wanting to purchase it off my back LOL I still have not figured it out the pleats quite yet. I do plan on making it again in your color here and I will look in Glacier for the fur piece.. You really have the styles I love to make..

  4. November 27, 2013 / 3:42 pm

    Love the look! I think fur is great, too and the tartain plaid I love, too. Paired with those jeans provides a very chic look. Well done!

    • December 5, 2013 / 3:56 pm

      Thank you Alethia

    • December 5, 2013 / 3:56 pm

      Thank you

  5. November 27, 2013 / 6:51 pm

    Do you have a post on that top? I love that jacket!!

    • December 5, 2013 / 3:56 pm

      Thank you I completely forgot about the top until after the fact. I plan to wear it again and post on it.

  6. Kim
    December 2, 2013 / 11:47 pm

    That jacket is very well done. Shirt appears to be pretty nice too.

    • December 5, 2013 / 3:55 pm

      Thank you Kim

  7. December 3, 2013 / 3:51 pm

    Hi Nikki, this is not related to the DIY above… I'm making a peplum top out of a knit fabric and want to know if you think it's a good idea touse some fabric stiffener or use interfacing on the peplum…

    • December 5, 2013 / 3:55 pm

      Hi Roni
      I would use a knit interfacing, the stiffener may distort the weave of the knit.

  8. December 5, 2013 / 6:53 am

    I love your use or tartan with this outfit 🙂

    • December 5, 2013 / 3:52 pm

      Thank you

  9. December 5, 2013 / 4:02 pm

    I love the fur collar vest/jacket. The color pops on your skin

  10. January 7, 2015 / 10:55 pm

    Hi Nikki, I love your rendition o the jacket! How many inches have you removed from the pattern and where exactly on the pattern did you do it? Thank you so much!

    • January 21, 2015 / 8:16 pm

      3 inches was removed from the length. Because of the detail on the edge of the jacket, the length was removed from the middle of the pattern.

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