When hubby left for work this morning the fur was flying. The metallic faux-leather with faux-fur backing spattered like confetti once cut and even stuck to the walls, my clothes and my hair. Having just finished vacuuming the Christmas tree needles, I was not amused to watch the expensive fabric behave so poorly, but I was on a mission ….. and I had a vision to realize.
I selected the fabric from many faux-leather, faux-fur backed fabrics in the Garment District in October (2013). More reasonably priced than most, I bought one yard to try out. I a pictured fur-trimmed vest, so here it is.
The pattern is Butterick 5683 and I began with View C.
The front, back and front yoke seams are sewn by lapping one piece over the other, matching the 5/8” seam allowances and stitching on the top. Afterwards the seam is trimmed to ¼”. The pattern instructions state to leave the edges unfinished.
After sewing the front and back vertical seams as instructed, I knew I wanted the fur accent to be more substantial so I did my own thing.
Being so distracted by the flying fur I forgot to take construction photos, but here’s the scoop.
For the yoke I pressed the seam allowance upwards and topstitched the fur in place. The stitches disappeared into the fur.
For the neck, front edge, arms and hem I simply turned the fur to the outside and stitched with a narrow zig-zag.
Turning the fur on the lower edge resulted in a garment that was too short for the separating zipper so I inserted large hooks and eyes to the inside, which in this instance, I prefer to the big separating zipper.
Hubby returned home to a clean house and me wearing my first 2014 garment. He said I look like someone from Star Trek.
“…… and bring on the Polar Vortex too.”