Is furry jacket suitable for winter time only? For sure not! For another time I decided to sew warm jacket with the spring looking at my window (remember DIY oversize coat from the last year? I did the same thing!). Looking at the Berlin poor weather makes me pretty sure I will have lots of opportunities to put my DIY faux fur on this year, I can also totally imagine a few spring outfits featuring ecru fox fur.
DIY faux fur jacket – tutorial
In general, sewing DIY faux fur is much easier than I could suppose. I was bit affraid that two layers of fur will be too thick to sew on the sewing machine and I will end up sewing it by hand but my Singer 8280 did her job again! Best thing about sewing fur is that even a bit crooked lines won’t be visible from a long hair fur layer. Bad thing? Whole your appartment will be covered with fluff :) Well, no more talking, time to get our hands dirty!
To make a DIY faux fur jacket you need:
- faux fur – mine comes from polish online shop textilmania.pl, but I found very similar faux fox fur on Amazon.com. For a short oversize jacket you need about 1 x 1,5 m.
- jacket or coat to redraw or fur template
- tailor’s pins, scissors, removable pen, ruler
First, fold the fur in half (right sides together) and redraw folded coat. It’s gonna be your jacket’s back.
Cut the shape out and get rid off the fluff falling down along the cutting line. Try not to open your scissors too wide – small cuts prevent the hair from being cut ruler-straight and make your fur look more natural.
Now prepare front of your fur exactly the same way you did with the back but make it bigger if you want the front sides overlap. Make a bit deeper cleavage.
Pin the shoulder part and fur sides together. Leave it this way and move to the sleeves’ part.
Redraw the shape on the fur (1 layer) and repeat it 3times so you had 4 sleeves’ halves. Usually I would fold the fabrics in half to have whole sleeve at once as I did with the corpus part. But if I did so with the sleeve the hair on one part of it would go upside-down and it doesn’t look naturally. So: a bit more sewing but a better effect.
Pin your sleeves together – your jacket is ready to be sewn!
It doesn’t matter if you start with sewing corpus or the sleeves but remember to push the hair a bit inwards before stitching two layers. This small tip prevents sewing machine from jamming and makes the fur look better.
My first sleeve: fluffy like a little bunny :)
Done with the body and both sleeves? Time to sew the sleeves in the corpus. Put the sleeve on the right side into the arm hole (left side) and pin the edges together.
My machine has a cubby part removable – it’s much easier to sew round element like sleeves and legs if you remove it.
Simply sew the pinned parts around, turn the fur right and voila! Your DIY jacket is done!
I hope you find my tutorial easy and intuitive and my outfit suggestion cool – it would be great if you could share your feedback in the comment. Thanks & kisses – Marta.