Hacked Faux Fur Jacket for Sophie

 
Jacket WIP trying on.  Sleeves are longer to fit Sophie.

Jacket WIP trying on.  Sleeves are longer to fit Sophie.

I found a beautiful free download faux fur jacket pattern by Design by Lindsay and decided It would be perfect as a starting point for the jacket I had in mind.  I showed it to Sophie.  She loved it and asked if she could have it in the same fabric.  I was surprised to find the fabric was still available through fabric.com.  I found some soft, lovely dusty pink Bemberg rayon at Mood and some covered  Dritz hooks and eyes at Jo-Ann.  I set the printer to print at 100% for the size and printed out the pattern.  I lengthened the jacket a few inches,  flared the sides seams to be slightly A-line shaped, and raised the neckline to be a regular round neck.   I added side pockets and made them out of the lining fabric.  I also added covered hooks and eyes so the jacket could be worn closed.

Rayon lining pockets added to jacket side seams.

Rayon lining pockets added to jacket side seams.

I cut out the fabric using an x-acto knife cutting from the back and carefully going only through the backing fabric so I didn't cut any of the fur pile.  I sewed the body and lining separately and then sewed them together using a jacket bagging technique Threads has a clear tutorial for bagging a jacket lining here

My teddy bear sewing experience came in handy when constructing the jacket, as it is working with fur fabric pile.  I used an embroidery needle and my bunka brush to pull the fur out of the seams on both the inside and outside of the jacket. I trimmed all the fur out of the seam allowances and used a catch stitch to flatten and hold all the faux fur seam allowances and sleeve and garment hems against the  outer fabric. You can see a detailed catch stitch tutorial on the Craftsy blog.

Catch stitched shoulder, arm, and neck seams.

Catch stitched shoulder, arm, and neck seams.

Catch stitch close-up.

Catch stitch close-up.

 

I closed the opening in the hem created when I bagged the lining.  Lastly I hand sewed the five covered hooks and eyes to the front opening of the jacket.  Done! 

Covered hooks and eyes in process of hand sewing to jacket front.  (some pins still visible.

Covered hooks and eyes in process of hand sewing to jacket front.  (some pins still visible.

Sophie loves her faux fur jacket.

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