Faux Fur Vest

ONE FUR-OCIOUS VEST, a timeless fashion staple for many occasions.

Faux Fur Vest

Materials to Sew a Faux Fur Vest

Faux Fur Vest Tutorial-materials to sew a faux fur vest

 

Select your favorite faux fur and vest pattern. Cut out the tissue pattern pieces and cut the lining as directed on the pattern.

Check the Nap of the Fur

All furs have a direction that the fur “grows” in, called the nap. When you brush fabric with a nap in one direction, it will appear one way and when you brush it in the opposite direction, it will appear different, either darker or lighter.

Faux Fur Vest Tutorial-faux fur

This plays a huge role when cutting out the fur and assembling the vest. The last thing one wants is one side of the vest to look like the fur is growing down and the other side look like it is growing up.

Faux Fur Vest Tutorial-nap of the fur

To determine the direction of the nap, run hand up and down the fur. The fur should run down the vest similar to petting a cat.

Faux Fur Vest Tutorial-Check the nap of the fur

At all times, you need to keep the direction of this nap in mind.

To ensure the nap is going in the correct direction, when pinning the tissue pattern pieces in place, mark the backing of the fur with a note indicating the top or mark several arrows the direction of the nap.

Faux Fur Vest Tutorial-mark your pattern

Place pattern pieces on the backing accordingly and pin in place.

Faux Fur Vest Tutorial-pin pattern in place

Place pins close together to help eliminate movement of the fur when sewing.

Only Cut the Backing

Cut the vest pieces out one at a time.

Faux Fur Vest Tutorial-cutting the backing

When cutting the fur vest, use scissors rather than a rotary cutter to only cut the backing of the fur. The scissors will cut the backing with minimal snipping of the fur.

Faux Fur Vest Tutorial-cutting out the pattern pieces with scissors

If the fur is cut with the backing it will leave a “chopped” look of the fur on the edge.

Faux Fur Vest Tutorial-chopped look at the edge

After the backing is cut, pull apart the fur pieces.

Faux Fur Vest Tutorial-pulling apart the fur pieces

Faux Fur Vest Tutorial-pulling apart the fur pieces closeup

Pin, Pin, Pin

Assemble the vest according to the pattern instructions for the chosen vest.

Place right sides of faux fur together. Push the faux fur into the seam while pinning.

Faux Fur Vest Tutorial-place right sides of fur togehter

Place pins close together to aid in eliminating movement of the fur when sewing.

Attach Reverse Pattern Foot with Clear Sole #34D

The BERNINA Reverse Pattern Foot with Clear Sole #34D works well for sewing the fur as the clear sole makes the entire stitching area visible.

Faux Fur Vest Tutorial- attach the BERNINA Reverse Pattern Foot with Clear Sole #34D

Dual Feed Makes it Easy

The BERNINA Reverse Pattern Foot with Clear Sole #34D is designed to be used with the BERNINA Dual Feed engaged.

Faux Fur Vest Tutorial-Faux Fur Vest Tutorial- attach the BERNINA Reverse Pattern Foot with Clear Sole #34D

The BERNINA Dual Feed aids in feeding all layers at the same rate and is especially helpful for sewing difficult-to-feed fabrics like fur.

When sewing the fur, lengthen the stitch length for best results.

Faux Fur Vest Tutorial-sewing with dual feed engaged

If your sewing machine is not equipped with the BERNINA Dual Feed feature use the BERNINA Walking Foot #50.

BERNINA Walking Foot #50 with Guide

Once the vest is complete, take a needle or seam ripper and slowly pull the tips of the fur, that are stuck in the seam, out. This will make the seam disappear.

Sew the lining to the fur vest, turn it right side out and the faux fur vest is ready to wear.

Sew Fabulous!

Faux Fur Vest Tutorial-finished faux fur vest

 

Difficulty level: Beginner
Projects: fashion
Techniques: sewing

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