Leopard print faux fur jacket

Happy New Year! I’m starting off with a project I meant to get done before the holidays, but it’s finished now and that’s all that matters!

Earlier in winter, I had this idea that it would be fun to have a comfy jacket for lounging around the house on really cold days. Kind of a cardigan meets jacket. Something to wear inside, not outside.

My thoughts turned to faux fur, if I could find a soft and drapey one. And Mood has the literal snuggliest faux fur ever, so that part was easy. But what to line it with? I don’t know about you, but slick linings always feel kind of formal to me. I wanted the opposite of formal, plus warm. The answer? Microfleece!

So what you have here is Simplicity 1319, a reproduction of a 1950s pattern, in a very non-traditional combination.

You can see from the envelope art it’s a swingy jacket, great for dressing up. But I wanted completely the opposite—unstructured, maybe even suitable to throw in the washing machine (so I pre-washed both fabrics). I didn’t interface this at all, unlike the instructions. Which were pretty easy to follow I might add, in spite of giving myself quite a beast of a fabric to work with.

I admit: I honestly thought I had about a 50% chance of this project working. The faux fur was pretty hefty feeling, so I worried it would be such a heavy jacket I wouldn’t want to wear it. Or that the fur would be too bulky for the little turned back shawl-collar-into-pockets deal going on at the center front. Or, or, or. There were a lot of reasons this could have gone wrong.

But hey, you know what?

It totally did NOT go wrong! In face, I love the result! Of course, it is bulky… doesn’t much look like something you’d lounge around the house in, but when you’re wearing it? Ooooh yes. No complaints there.

I’m so glad I went with microfleece as a lining because it just adds to the snuggle factor. This literally feels like wearing a blanket because… well there are a lot of faux fur blankets with fleece backings so I don’t think I need to tell you why this is like wearing a blanket. 😉 But at least my blanket is chic!

But because it is really a jacket after all, I had to add my touch of personalization, since I do it with all jackets. But how to embroider a faux fur back neck facing? Nope, not going there. I just added a little “T” for Tasha in the lining instead.

Though the end result is bulkier than I envisioned in my head due of course to the fabric choices, it actually works out great. Because this is soft and unstructured I have no qualms scooting around the house in it. But it’s also quite warm, so I realized I could throw a pin on it to close it, and wear it out into the real world as an actual jacket too (once it warms way up)!

It was a risk to make this project, but I’m glad I took it. Sometimes risks end up failures and the only takeaway is a “lesson learned”, but sometimes you end up with a really awesome leopard print jacket!



  • carolyn roemer
    January 5, 2018

    I’ve done fleece linings in rain jackets for boys, which they love. But never for myself. Yours looks doable, warm but not too bulky.
    Kudos, lounge on!

  • Faye Lewis
    January 5, 2018

    I love it! It’s gorgeous!

  • Peter
    January 6, 2018

    This is stunning — I love it and it totally suits your style (and having recently finished a faux fur coat myself, I know it can be a messy undertaking). Fabulous job!

  • Karen
    January 6, 2018

    This is so snuggly but also chic!

  • ooobop
    January 6, 2018

    Oh I love this so much! It looks amazing on you. Just when I had enough on my list, too!

  • Ramona Moreland
    January 7, 2018

    So, so cute! Love the look!

  • Mary Beth Klatt
    January 12, 2018

    You know there’s a knitted version (vintage) I believe on Ravelry.
    That silhouette was all the rage in the 1950s.

  • Jacqueline Collins
    January 13, 2018

    Hi Tasha, I have been following your blog for awhile and really enjoy seeing your great vintage style and sewing skill. This jacket with your choice of material is exactly what I was looking for. I just returned from a trip to my mothers who is always cold and wanted to sew a 50’s style swing coat tor her to wear inside with really warm fabric. Your choice is perfect, functional and elegant. Thanks for all the information you provide. Jackie

  • Leslie Bonner
    January 14, 2018

    Love the fabric and the style. I would definitely wear this out and about, very chic.