Did you love this Fur Collared vest from my Bacon Ice Cream, Over the Top look?! I know you did, so I’m here today with the free pattern and tutorial so you can wrap you little one in a Lil Luxe too Remember to pin, post your creations on Facebook and tag #lilluxecollection and #luxefurcollarvest ENJOY!
I originally made this vest three years ago when my garment drafting skills were still pretty primitive. It turned out ok and my daughters still wear this vest today. I quilted my own main fabric and used a bright print for the lining.
I’ve been wanting to make a pattern for this vest but I keep getting side tracked with other patterns :/ When I was putting together my project for Top Stitchers, I needed a little something extra to take my garment over the top so I brought out this vest and drafted a new 3t/4t pattern.
Without further ado…
Here is what you’ll need:
- Pattern – You can download the free 3t/4t pattern HERE. SEAM ALLOWANCE IS 3/8″ and is included in the pattern
- 20″ x 35″ main fabric (I suggest a medium to heavy weight woven fabric…wool, quilted cotton, sweater fleece)
- 15″ x 35″ lining fabric (I suggest using a light weight cotton or lining fabric)
- 8″ x 35″ faux fur
- two 15.25″ lengths of bias tape or bias piping (I’ve used bias piping for this tutorial)
- two sew on snap buttons
Before we begin, here are some tips to working with faux fur
1. 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.
2. 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
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
TAME the beast! Tuck your fur under and use plenty of pins. Sew with your lining material on the feed dogs to avoid your fur being pulled in.
Tame the beast again and use plenty of pins!
If you’re using bias piping, switch to a piping foot or use a zipper foot to sew closely to the piping.
Wear it open or closed…dress it up or wear it casual. The options are limitless! I can’t wait to see what you make!!