Added Feb 23, 2012
by Peter Lappin
New York, United...
I made this faux fur coat — I think it’s beaver and cheetah but I honestly had no idea when I bought the fur — using McCall’s 2979, a vintage coat pattern from 1971 that I purchased on Etsy. I followed a tutorial from a Kenneth King faux fur class on Pattern Review a few years back — very helpful! I skipped the belt (made the coat look too much like a bathrobe!) and opted for a hidden snap at the base of the lapel. Faux fur isn’t difficult to work with but you MUST have a vacuum handy as the fur will get everywhere.It’s modeled here by my cousin Cathy, who is probably going to steal it for herself.
You can read more about the coat (and pantsuit ensemble) on my blog, Male Pattern Boldness, here: http://malepatternboldness.blogspot.com/2012/02/cathy-models-70s-pantsuit-and-coat.html
I purchased my faux at a fabric store 39th Street in the Garment District (Nahir) and my oversized snap at Pacific Trim on 38th St. The beaver is backed in a microfiber fabric similar to suede. I didn’t line the coat.
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