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!