Sewing shearling. Exposed lap seam tutorial

lapseamI love the look when a faux or real shearling coat has the fuzzy wool inside parts exposed on the outside. Those fuzzy seams make a nice design element on this little coat I made. Today I’m sharing how I made these seams. They’re quite simple, yet make a nice impact. I’ve sewn the seams down by machine, but I think you would get a more gorgeous look if you took the time to catch stitch them down by hand.lapseam1First, adjust the seam allowances. I added 1/2 inch allowances to my style lines. If you want smaller seams add less or wider add more. I drew with chalk my placement line on the top fabric piece. It’s double my seam, so here, it’s one inch. That is the amount I will overlap the bottom piece. On the bottom piece I’ve drawn the stitch line, which is the 1/2 inch seam allowance.lapseam2Here, I’ve overlapped the bottom piece and placed it onto the one inch placement line on the top piece. I’ve pinned it in place.lapseam3Here I have stitched on my 1/2 inch seam allowance. The seam allowance pops up due to the bulk.exposedlapseamThe I folded the seam allowance down and stitched over it. Because the shearling is so puffy the stitch isn’t really that visible. But if I wanted the stitch to be absolutely invisible, I would sew it down by hand. But since this was for my 6 year old, and she’s super rough on her clothes, I didn’t bother.

Happy sewing!

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-McKenzie

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  1. Sylvia Whitesides says

    Really cute coat, and the exposed seam detail really adds to the look. can you tell me where you found the faux shearling fabric?

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