I just love how this came out!! My little diva will be so excited when she sees it :) It came out just as I envisioned, with fully enclosed seams so that fur doesn't get all over the place and the backing doesn't itch my little one's legs.
PINspired! Here's the look my daughter wanted for her Valentine's day outfit. Isn't it cute?! She wanted some cute, cozy and stylish.
I'm working on the top today but will have pictures of the full outfit tomorrow!
**UPDATED** With pictures at the end of post!
Before we begin, here are some tips to working with faux fur
- Be prepared to be covered in fur! Keep a lint roller near by and don’t leave the house before you check yourself! Fleece attracts fur so use a scrap piece of fleece to wipe up the fur from your work space when you’re done. Make sure to thoroughly clean your machine when you finish sewing.
- Cut your fur with scissors. Cut on the backside to avoid snipping the fur. If you cut on the fur side, you could end up with fur that looks like it got a bad haircut.
- You don’t need a specialty needle or thread for sewing with fur. However, it is best to lengthen your stitch. Adjust your stitch length and tension and sew a quick test piece for best results.
- Tame the beast! Push the fur toward the inside and use plenty of pins to keep it in place so the fur doesn’t stick out of the seam. Once you turn your fabrics right side out, use a pin, comb or other to pull the strands of fur out from the stitching to fluff it back up and make your seam disappear.
- Most Faux furs are spot clean only. Be sure to add a care label or remember how to properly care for your fur garment so it maintains it's soft and beautiful look.
Step 1: Cut your fabric
- Waistband: Use a decorative waistband since it will show in your garment. Cut a length the same width as your model's waist measurement. My daughter has a 3t waist so I cut 20.5".
- Fur: Should be 3" wider than your model's hip measurement. Decide on a length and add seam allowance. I recommend keeping it on the shorter side since there's not a lot of extra width for movement and depending on your fur, it may not have a lot of stretch in the fabric. Ours is 9" long by 26".
- Knit Lining: Should be the same width as your model's hip measurement and 1/2" shorter than your fur length. Ours is 8.5" long by 23".
Step 2: Sew the sides
Right sides together, fold the fur and knit lining in half lengthwise.
- Fur: Sew the entire length with a 3/8" seam allowance.
- Knit lining: Sew the top and bottom of the side with a 3/8" seam allowance, leaving a 3" opening in the seam.
- Waistband: Finish the raw edges.
Step 3: Sew the waistband
- Right sides together, fold the waistband in half lengthwise. Sew along the finished edge with a 1/2" seam allowance.
- Press the seam allowance open. Sew the seams open by sewing along the top and bottom.
- Optional- add a brand, care and size label by top stitching in place.
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Step 4: Assemble the skirt
- Mark the center back and quarters of all pieces.
- Right sides together slide the waistband over the fur, aligning the top edges, center back and marked quarters. Use wonder clips to keep the layers in place.
- Slide the lining over the fur with right sides together. Align the same top edges, center back and marked quarters, removing the wonder clips and replacing them in the same location as you add the lining to the layers.
- Sew along the entire circumference, gently stretching the the lining and elastic to fit the fur...and remember to use a stretch stitch! I recommend sewing the the backside of the fur side down as your feed the layers through your machine.
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Flip the lining to the inside of your skirt and flip the waistband up. Here's what it should look like...
Step 5: Enclose the bottom of the skirt
Here's where it gets tricky...
First mark your center back and quarters again. You'll want to reach in through the gap left in the lining to sew the fur and lining right sides together. Because this is a little tricky to do, I recommend sewing in quarters between your marked locations so your skirt doesn't get twisted up. Remember to stretch the lining to fit the fur as you sew and sew with the backside of the fur side down as your feed the layers through your machine.
It's best to sew with the back side of the fur down, as you feed the layers through your machine.
Here's what the inside of your skirt should like like once the bottom is completely sewn!
Step 6: Sew the opening closed
You can pinch your seam and top stitch it closed...this method is quick and easy but will leave you with an unsightly folded edge so I like to close my seams using a LADDER STITCH for an invisible finish.
Press the seam to create a creased guide for the SA. Start with the knot on the inside of the lining crease (#1) then go across/in to #2 and make a small stitch (about 1/8” - 3mm) along the crease, coming up from the inside of the crease to #3. Begin the next small stitch by going directly across the opening to #4. Continue as illustrated in the diagram with the goal being to keep your stitches small and running perfectly along the folded edge. If done correctly, the stitches will disappear into the crease.
The skirt and entire outfit came out exactly as I hoped!
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