Saturday, February 16, 2013

Two Faux Fur Vests: S2285

   I have been seeing fur vests everywhere for quite sometime.  I decided I needed one so I began to look for some fabric.  I spotted this beautiful leopard print fur on and ordered it to make my vest.  I like the fact that this fur is low pile.


Having never worked with faux fur worried me a little, but I found lots of tips online.  Here is an excellent tutorial. One of the tips was to use a razor blade for cutting out the pieces.  I tried doing that, but it just did not work for me.  I don't know if I just didn't know how or if it was my impatience--probably the latter. I just got out the scissors and cut it like I do normal fabric.  I figured it really didn't matter since those edges would be sewn in a seam anyway.  Once I got it all cut out I took the pieces out on my front porch and shook them out really well.  There was fur flying everywhere.

To construct the vest I used a heavy needle and just treated the fabric like I would any other fabric.  It was not the most physically easy sewing experience I have ever had, but I persevered.   The lining I used was from my stash--my ever growing stash.  I followed the instructions for the pattern exactly and it was really easy to understand.  The lining is brown polyester.


     In the process of my research on faux fur vests, I saw this fabulous fur vest that Kathryn, one of my favorite bloggers, had made.  You have to arrow down to December 10, 2012 on her blog to see it.  I can't seem to link directly to it.  She used a stunning faux fur fabric from Hancock Fabrics.  I usually don't care for long pile fur, but this one is so pretty that I had to have it.  It reminds me of a peacock and I love fabric that is peacock-themed .

  I used the same vest pattern and made it out of this lovely fur except that  I omitted the collar.  I used the same process as on the previous vest.  I found that with this longer pile fur, I had to be very careful to keep in to the side as much as possible of my needle when sewing so that I did not end up with a mess in my seam.  The lining is a blue polyester.

   Unfortunately, I have not been able to wear these vests as much as I would like because we have had an  extremely warm winter.  There have been a few cold days here and there, but it has mostly been in the middle 60's.  I thought last year's winter was warm, but this one is taking the cake.  I really don't like it but there is nothing I can do about it.  Maybe we will have a little more cold weather before Easter.

The jeans I have on in this pic are peacock print skinny jeans from Target that I got off the sale rack.  I thought they went well with my peacock-y vest.

Happy Sewing!!



Lynneb said...

Both are very cute. I like that you have belted them...styles it up a notch.

SEWN said...

Love the vests! I am planning to make one of my own. said...

You have been busy lately! Lots of really nice things but I especially love the green leather biker jacket!

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Peggy said...

love them both! Look, there's your peacock jeans! perfect match!

Lisa - respect the shoes said...

Great fur vests! I had been looking for one that worked for me for the past two winters. It's fantastic you can make one that works perfectly for you!

Karin said...

I particularly like the feathery one!

Adelaide B said...

That "peacock" vest is AMAZING.