DIY faux fur

When it comes to faux fur, they are certainly not all equal.  I will admit I’m a fan of real fur, the softness and luxe of real fur is undeniable but I think this season’s faux fur has made me a believer.   When I ordered this faux fur, I was skeptical simply because I’ve tried faux fur in the past from other retailers and have been overwhelmingly disappointed.  So I wanted to give it another try and crossed my fingers I wouldn’t have to add another faux fur disaster to the toss pile.

When it arrived, I opened the box and instantly fell in love.  Not only is it beautiful to look at, but it feels amazing and very authentic.  It has a very nice weight and it’s extremely warm.  This fur is easy to sew and line.

Faux fur sewing tips:

-Make sure the pile is combed down in the same direction for all pattern pieces.

-When cutting the fur, try to push the long hairs out of the way and cut the base of the fur.  This will help with stray hair covering your sewing space.

-Lining will automatically roll the edges forward for a finished look

-Make sure you pick up fur hook and eye closures.

-Double stitch seams

-When placing the pattern, place on the wrong side of the fur

 

I lined the coat with a bemberg I had in my stash which is perfect for a high static faux fur.

The pattern I used was vintage Simplicity 6632 with the following pattern alterations:

-Added 5″ to the length

 

Chandler’s coat was made using New Look 6927 with the following alterations:

-Removed 6″ from the length

-Removed 2″ from the side of the pattern which removes the A-line

-Removed the buttons

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16 Comments

  1. Vicki (Sewnaptural)
    December 24, 2016 / 4:59 pm

    Nikki, you are amazing with your style. I don’t have children and your little girl is dressed so well and cute. Are you going to start a children’s line?

    • Nikki
      December 24, 2016 / 5:07 pm

      Hi Vicki thank you so much, I really appreciate it. I initially set out to make children’s clothes for sale, but it’s really time consuming and the majority of people who follow me can sew their own. So I’m currently in the process of creating kids sewing patterns for download. I plan to have the first one ready within the next week and a half.

  2. December 24, 2016 / 5:25 pm

    Seriously. ..I am having “mother – daughter” envy (just kidding)! I have two boys and could never do anything like this!!!!! I love this whole situation so much! You two look awesome. Love the fur…great job!

    Ruqayyah (ReDpants Designs )

    • Nikki
      December 27, 2016 / 4:28 am

      Thank you so much lol

      I know boys are awesome but this little girl thing is a sewers dream. So I’m going to enjoy it until she becomes a teen and it’s a whole different story.

  3. December 24, 2016 / 7:24 pm

    Oh that jacket is so amazing. I love sewing with faux fur, actually. I was out dancing last night and this woman was wearing the most amazing multi colored faux fur cropped jacket. I can’t wait to get started on my version. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Nikki
      December 27, 2016 / 4:23 am

      Your’e welcome Carmen

      I saw a beautiful multi colored fur on pinterest that I fell in love with, but I’m not sure if I can handle all that color lol. Fabric.com also has a couple of multi colored faux fur’s that look great online.

  4. Rosanne
    December 26, 2016 / 2:58 am

    Hi Nikki! Love both jackets – yours is very chic and Chandler is just darling in hers! Question about the jackets – did you interface the edges or was it stable enough on its own, particularly at CF?

    • Nikki
      December 27, 2016 / 4:16 am

      Hi Rosanne
      Thank you so much!
      I used a medium weight interfacing on my coat but not Chandler’s. It really didn’t need it though.

  5. JENNIFER
    December 27, 2016 / 8:07 pm

    Nikki, absolutely stunning , you and Chandler!!!!!! In fact I made my very first faux fur garments this past weekend for me and my grand-daughter (I purchased the fur from Mood. I must say, they have the BEST quality faux fur . I’m so pleased with the outcome of both, look very lux. I’ll be purchasing more, but I see the fur you used is now sold out :0(.

    • Nikki
      December 31, 2016 / 4:28 am

      Hi Jennifer

      Thank you beautiful!
      Did you post your coat on IG? I would love to see it.

  6. JUANITA
    December 29, 2016 / 5:37 pm

    Hello Nikki! I’ve been following you on the gram for sometime now and everything you create is wonderful , sexy, and classic. I cant wait to see more of the creations for your little princess. I was hoping to get some advice from you if I could. I have a very small Juki machine, not sure how old it is or what its capable of. My mom gave it to me without any instructions. I have a wonderful space in my basement to set up a sewing table etc. I was hoping to get your opinion on purchasing a new machine for garments, such as lace, denim,leather, and cotton to name a few. My vision is to help high school girls formal evening dreams come true. I would need to make alterations to all the wonderful evening gowns friends and family have donated for the cause. Your advice would be greatly appreciated! God Bless and have a wonderful New Year!

    • Nikki
      December 31, 2016 / 4:36 am

      Hi Juanita

      Thank you so much!
      Not sure what your budget is but I used a Janome DC30 that was great and reasonably priced, It was purchased off Amazon and It really served it’s purpose. I’ve never used a Juki but I hear they are great machines, so before you buy a new one I would look online for a manual and try it out. You may have exactly what you need. In terms of sewing leather, the Janome will sew light weight leather with some maneuvering, but I purchased a Sailrite for sewing leather which sews leather with complete ease.

      What a great cause……..making prom dreams come true. Happy New Year!

  7. Alicia
    January 1, 2017 / 3:55 pm

    Thank you for this post and tips! I just tackled my first faux fur garment and I am quite pleased. I’ve just begun to follow you and you have helped me get back into sewing! Thanks again!

    • Nikki
      January 2, 2017 / 2:46 am

      Hi Alicia

      Thank you so much!
      Hopefully your not still cleaning your sewing space, fur is a beast to clean up.

  8. Laticia
    January 16, 2017 / 7:10 pm

    Omg I am in love with this! I am going to attempt to do it, do you have youtube? you should do a sew along video or something.

    • Nikki
      January 16, 2017 / 11:46 pm

      Thank you,
      I plan to do sew a long’s this year to add to my channel.

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