A Faux-Fur Leopard Print Coat!

Vogue 9123 - Faux Fur Leopard Coat - Erica Bunker DIY Style-1I’d been wanting to add a faux fur leopard print coat to my wardrobe since last year and I finally found the perfect fur! It’s the Brown and Beige Leopard Printed Stretch Faux Fur from MoodFabrics.com.

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I’d seen this coat and knew that I wanted a similar minimal design (i.e. limited seaming) for working with faux fur. I reached for Vogue Patterns 9123, that I’d previously used in plaid wool.collageI used the same size as before, the size 14. I probably could’ve gone with a 12, but I wanted to make sure that I had enough wearing ease to put this on over a thick sweater. Vogue 9123 - Faux Fur Leopard Coat - Erica Bunker DIY Style-6This pattern has back shoulder darts and elbow darts. I eliminated these for the fur, but kept them for the lining.Vogue 9123 - Faux Fur Leopard Coat - Erica Bunker DIY Style-3Cutting and laying out faux fur is pretty simple. You just have to always keep in mind that you’re working with a fabric that has a nap. Fur looks best with the nap brushed down. So that’s the way all of the pieces should be laid out. Also, it goes without saying that this is a messy process because it gives new meaning to “the fur will fly”. And it will… all over the place.

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For sewing, I used a universal size 12 needle and my BERNINA Walking Foot. Vogue 9123 - Faux Fur Leopard Coat - Erica Bunker DIY Style-5

Since my faux fur has stretch, I added a back stay to stabilize that area. The pattern also suggest shoulder pads. I made my own from cotton batting.

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My lining is this Ultra Brown Sold Polyester Satincollage2

I used the facings, but omitted the interfacing. And I bagged my lining.Vogue 9123 - Leopard Coat - Erica Bunker DIY Style-2For closures, I picked these beautiful Brown Nylon Snaps.

Vogue 9123 - Faux Fur Leopard Coat - Erica Bunker DIY Style-8I love the way this coat turned out. And I’m so happy to have found this fabric to create my fabulous statement coat!





  • Jane M
    December 26, 2016

    And the statement is that you look fabulous. Perfect blend of simple pattern and glorious fabric.

  • Peter
    December 27, 2016

    Really great — classic. You make it look so easy, Erica!

  • Laura Casey
    December 27, 2016

    YOU did a great job…well thought out in terms of pattern choice and construction. Loved how you styled it with jeans and the blue silk tie shirt….very chic. I’ve worked with faux fur for childrens vests and all…..but this is just wonderful, you’ve inspired me….but then I forget I have the real thing in the closet!

  • Sharon
    December 27, 2016

    You look so gorgeous and classy, Erica! Beautiful work! PS – did you make your jeans too? Perfection.

  • Karen
    December 27, 2016

    Everything you make is so chic and fashionable! And there’s no Becky-home-ecky look which can ruin a garment. I appreciate you sharing all your neat tricks and finishes.

  • coco
    December 31, 2016

    Love this! my favorite of all your lovely makes. Stunning.

  • Fiona
    January 14, 2017

    This is one of those projects that you’d never guess was home made, it looks like you’ve been wearing it all your life its so good on you. Love the whole outfit with that pussy bow blouse too