I used the pattern Simplicity 2121 for this vest. This was a pattern from the simplicity “It’s so Easy ” line that is available at Wal Mart for two dollars a pattern. The designs are simple, fashionable, and perfect for beginners. I didn’t buy enough fur so I hemmed the bottom and armholes instead of self binding them with fur like I did at the neckline.
I really loved the quality of this fake fur. Sadly I only bought 3/4 of a yard, thinking it would be plenty for a vest. I often buy my fabric first, and then find a pattern, which often backfires on me. After cutting the vest pattern and fur I realized I didn’t have enough. When I returned to the store to buy more, the fur was sold out and no other stores had any. I was short only about 6 inches for the band needed at the bottom!
Here is some advice for working with fake fur:
Fake fur sheds like crazy when you are cutting out your pattern pieces so if you can cut out your pieces outside somewhere by all means do it! I had to thoroughly sweep and dust everything in my dining room for about two days after cutting out my pattern pieces. It was really disgusting.
If you can move your sewing machine outside with an extension cord, that would be advisable. When I sewed up the pieces there was a second batch of extreme shedding and another bout of cleaning followed. Since the fibers are man made they are full of static and stick to things.
Because of the shedding involved at the seams , fake fur must be lined. It also looks ugly and very synthetic on the inside if you don’t line it.
The pattern didn’t mention adding a lining which is really necessary.
The lining must be attached by hand. Maybe the pattern designers at Simplicity didn’t want to get involved with explaining how to attach a lining by hand so they just left it out. I used a fell stitch and attached the lining as recommended by Claire Schaeffer, couture sewing expert.
I hoped I haven’t scared you away from working with fake fur, because once you are done it can look great! Plus it’s hard to find good quality fake fur in the shops unless you pay a lot of money.