Free Fur Collar Vest pattern and tutorial


 

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!

Jessica B Top Stitchers5I originally made this vest three years ago when my garment drafting skills were still pretty primitive.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.

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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.

Lil Luxe Collection fur vest tutorial
1. With your fabric still folded in half, fold it in half again along the fold line within the oval to cut out the arm holes. Repeat for main & lining.
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2. Using the guideline on the pattern, mark your stitch line on your fabric. Right sides together, sew from the top to the bottom of your stitch line, back stitching at the end to secure. Press your pleat open (stitch in place). Repeat for main and lining.
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3. Sew your collar main to your vest main and sew your faux fur collar to your lining.

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.

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4. With your fabrics right side up, sew your snap on buttons to the left side. Use the button locations on the pattern as a guide.
Now that your buttons are sewn on, with right sides together, sew your main and lining together.
5. Now that your buttons are sewn on, with right sides together, sew your main and lining together, leaving a gap for turning. Clip your corners.

Tame the beast again and use plenty of pins!

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6. Turn your vest right side out, close the open gap by top stitching around. YOU WILL NOT TOP STITCH THE FUR! Press your collar’s seam allowance downward and pin in place to include in your top stitch.
Fold your bias in half and sew the ends together. Fold your ends under to conceal them and stitch in place to secure.
7. Fold your bias in half and sew the ends together. Fold your ends under to conceal them and stitch in place to secure.

If you’re using bias piping, switch to a piping foot or use a zipper foot to sew closely to the piping.

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8. With right sides together, pin your bias onto your arm hole. The seam of your bias should be pinned to the bottom of the opening in your armhole. After sewing in place, turn your vest inside out and trim your seam allowance but DO NOT TRIM YOUR BIAS!
Flip your bias to the inside (by cutting off the seam allowance your bias will conceal the unfinished edge). Top stitch to secure your bias.
9. Flip your bias to the inside (by cutting off the seam allowance your bias will conceal the unfinished edge). Top stitch to secure your bias.

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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!!

-Jess

 

 

 

 


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