Hi gang! I hope everyone is having a fantastic holiday season so far! For me, this time of year always means a lot of travel to spend time with my family. So I have a fairly simple make to share with you today, but the fun fabric from Mood definitely takes it up a notch.
Earlier this year I ordered a few yards of this Estate Blue and Black Faux Fur from Mood Fabrics online with absolutely no idea what to do with it. I’ve never worked with faux fur before, and if I’m being perfectly honest I’ve always had a bit of a fear of fabrics with any sort of nap, or textured surface, like corduroy, velvet, and (of course) fur. This faux fur is 100% rayon, has a shorter ‘hair’ and a slightly crushed texture, reminding me of velvet more than fur, and it’s deliciously soft and silky. Like, I-can’t-stop-touching-it soft. Crazy soft. (Did I mention it’s soft?)
I definitely don’t have much use for fabulous party frocks this time of year (much to my chagrin) as my party circuit tends to be more along the lines of “catching up with my Mom over a cup of tea” but that doesn’t mean that a girl can’t inject some holiday fancy into her everyday wardrobe! I decided that a faux fur sweatshirt would deliver just the right amount of frippery while still keeping the look wearable for my rather low key holiday gatherings.
Despite my nervousness to work with this fabric, I actually ended up handling this fur much like I would any other fabric. Because it had such a short hair I didn’t worry about shaving the seam allowances, but simply serged them together after sewing them. Since the fur was rayon I threw caution to the wind and pressed it with a dry iron using a press cloth on the right side when needed. Of course, the fabric did shed a bit once cut. I’m sure I’ll be finding tiny black hairs all over my cutting table for months to come!
I just love the subtle blue and black animal print!
For the pattern I used Grainline Patterns Linden Sweatshirt, View B – a short(er) sleeved, cropped raglan top. This pattern is meant for knits, and my faux fur is definitely not, so the pattern needed a little tweaking to make it work. Because my faux fur has a pretty crisp drape the fit was a little off, especially through the neckline, which gaped noticeably. To fix this I added two little darts at the top of the raglan sleeve to take in the excess.
I used bias strips of black silk charmeuse to bind the neckline and as a facing for the hem and sleeves, hand stitching them in place along the backside so no stitches show through on the front. It’s a really small touch, but it really ‘ups’ the luxe factor (as if faux fur isn’t luxe enough!)
All in all, I love the way this top turned out. It’s lovely and warm, and a great layering piece, and I love wearing it with contrasting textures, like my faux leather leggings. And the best part is that I still have a nice, healthy length of this faux fur left! So now that I’ve cut my teeth on faux fur, and quelled my fears of furry fabrics, I’ll have to plan some more projects to showcase this fabulous fabric!
Wishing you all a beautiful holiday and a Happy New Year! See you in 2015!