A Furry Happy New Year!

I have been wanting to make myself a faux fur coat for a long time. This winter I finally took the plunge!

At Mood Fabrics in New York City, I purchased 1 3/4 yards of a lustrous high-pile black faux fur.  It didn’t really look like an imitation of an animal — mink, maybe?   I thought it looked elegant and — most importantly — wearable.  While I love to look at some of the more “out-there” fake furs, I didn’t see myself wearing any of them. (You can see Mood’s online selection of fake fur here.)

I wanted my coat to be casual and sporty, so I chose a style with a hood and center two-way zipper.  I used vintage McCall’s, 2272 (View B), which I had in my stash. I made a few alterations, taking out four (4!) inches of ease around the chest, raising the armhole one inch and narrowing the sleeve a bit. I also lowered the height of the hood.

I lined the jacket with a red poly-rayon Chinese brocade I had in my stash. In addition, I added a layer of a tightly woven nylon taffeta from Mood’s technical fabric department to help keep out the wind.  The facings are black wool felt.

I added two single-welt inside pockets, one for my phone and one for my wallet.

The brocade lining adds quite a bit of color to the coat, though it’s something most people aren’t going to be able to see. Still, it’s nice to know it’s there.

I added black poly piping (which I made myself) between the front zipper and my fur to help keep the fur out of the zipper.  I also added decorative piping around the edge of the hood and added a black nylon drawstring.

I love my faux fur coat. It’s relatively lightweight but warm, especially with the extra wind-proof layer. It’s bold but not too bold. I don’t feel like it’s wearing me, which was definitely a concern I had when I set out to make a faux fur coat.

If you’re thinking about working with faux fur, I say, go for it. There are some excellent resources out there, including an instructional DVD by Kenneth King published by Taunton. Working with faux fur can be messy (you’ll definitely want to keep a vacuum cleaner nearby) but in many ways is a lot like working with any other knit.

Thanks for reading and a furry happy new year to you all!



  • Dee
    December 27, 2017

    Love it. Masculine yet on trend.

  • Richard
    December 27, 2017

    Nicely done Peter. One suggestion though. The hood should have 1 to 2 inches of fur turned to the inside. Parkas made with real fur are made this way. (I used to work in the fur business.)

    • Peter
      December 28, 2017

      It actually has 1″ — may not be apparent in the photos.

  • Lori
    December 27, 2017

    What a great coat, Peter! I love the piping to keep the fur from the zipper, I am going to incorporate that in the future.

  • Mainelydad
    December 28, 2017

    Peter, this looks like a million bucks. Looking at the extended forecast for the northeast, you’re going to be wearing this A LOT!!!!

  • Beth
    December 28, 2017

    what a great job. the jacket is so well done – inside and out. I love following your sewing projects

  • Serenity
    December 28, 2017

    That’s REALLY nice. Good job

  • Karen Lyles
    December 28, 2017

    Nice to see you’re keeping yourself out of trouble. Great coat. Makes you look like you have a natural fur coat ala Sasquatch!

  • Amanda Earlam
    December 29, 2017

    Peter, I just made my son a bathrobe (dressing gown, rreally) out of polyester brocade lined with cotton. So I am aware of how slippy and, surprisingly, saggy this fabric was. Was your silk brocade also saggy and did you interface it all over or just where the inside pockets went?
    I love the fur jacket, and the tip for an extra windproof lining. I am tempted by the black and white forest fox myself!

    • Peter
      December 29, 2017

      Amanda, the brocade does have a heavy drape. I interfaced the top half of each side, from the mid-chest up to the shoulder, which covered the area I had to cut through to insert my welt pockets. The interfacing helped to stabilize the area; it wouldn’t have been a bad idea to interface the whole thing but it wasn’t necessary. Different brocades are going to drape differently — I prefer the term “drape” to “sag” — LOL. You just want to make sure the garment has enough structure to control the drape if you find it’s too hard to control.

  • And this is where procrastination works in my favor: I get to ogle your perfect specimen before embarking on my fur coat!! Utterly gorgeous.

  • Faye Lewis
    December 30, 2017

    Love your coat and pattern choice!

  • Marg
    December 30, 2017

    I miss your regular blogging, but understand it takes time to do it for all of us who enjoy your talent! I guess I need to Instagram!!
    Love the coat!!!!!!

  • Annushka
    December 31, 2017

    I once made a silver fox faux fur “Russian” hat. A small enough project that hand sewing eliminated the seamline hassles. Your coat looks elegant and very comfy.

  • LivingBeauty
    December 31, 2017

    Hi Peter!
    I’ve been lurking your online presence for quite a while…you are my favorite!!! Love your “fur” coat! You’re a natural! I am also glad I’m a procrastinator, because, as Marcy stated, I will use all of your great construction tips in the faux of my own!
    Love you, Peter! You’re such an inspiration! Keep up the fantastic work!