Yes, I made a faux fur vest/ gilet!
My tips to pick faux fur: Look for Touch! Pick your fabric with your fingers. How soft does it feels? The softer the fabric the better quality it is.
Check how bouncy and resilient the fabric is because the quicker the fabric returns to shape the better quality.
Read the label. Faux fur are made of acrylic fibbers, if you pick the finer ones like kanecaron or tissavel your make will last longer. Looks better too as fibbers are dyed to mimic the texture. PS: some manufactures use the name faux fur on real animal furs so checking for acrylic fibbers will certify that you are buying fake. I’m not an activist but I feel animals should NOT die for fashion.
Lastly, check the backing. They can be: woven or knitted. Cotton being most commonly found. You don’t want stretch backing as it will accelerate the shedding.
In case you are wondering, I sewn a faux rabbit fur from Plush Addict. Highly recommend it! The lining is a gold camouflage brown suede from my stash.
The pattern deeds: my love for named patterns are well know and I decided to use the Tala. I made size 38.
Maybe the size 36 would fit better. This is a very loose fit. It doesn’t bother me to be oversized as it means I can wear more clothes underneath. Thats a winner in my books. Feels delicious to be immerse in faux fur.
This was my first time sewing faux fur so I’m not the best person to teach anyone. I will describe the steps I followed for my project in case that helps. I had a brilliant time and think with a little bit of patience any one can do it.
Get your hoover (vacumn cleaner) ready and don’t wear black! I took the opportunity to cut my faux fur during the sewing club for two main reasons. Less mess in my house and the long large tables.
I layered the fabric and traced my pattern to the back of the faux fur instead of pining. I cut each individual pattern piece single. When cutting I was being careful to not trim the fur, focusing on cutting the backing. If my fur was longer I would probably use masking tape to protect the hair.
If you are sensitive to allergies be mindful that a lot of fibres will come out at this stage.
When I was pinning my right sides together I tried tucking as much as the fur hair inside the seam.
At first I was planning to shave my seam allowance before sewing but in the end I went against it. Before a new project I always test different ways of sewing, stitches lengths, etc and after a few sample tests my best results were:
- New needle size 90
- Stitch length 3
- Straight presser foot.
I graded the S.A. After sewing, you got to comb the seam to try to free the caught fur. The idea is that the seam needs to be invisible. I tried my best but some parts you can still see a line for the seam. It will look better with time as I wear it.
There are diversions on how to “wash”. Some places recommend lukewarm water, hand washing. Others, dry-cleaning. I’m not sure yet what method will suit best for both the fur and the suede. Let’s hope I don’t get it dirty too quickly!
Are you temped to sew faux fur?