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Boheme Faux Fur Vest

Added May 10, 2015

by sewing fanatic

Nth Is, New Zealand






Silk Waistcoat – Burda Handicrafts Special: Silk Painting – 4/1992

Deep down in my vintage fabric remnants haul, which orignated from my friends’ mum’s sewing business in the early 70s, I came across some medium sized faux fur pieces and hairy trimming. I had exactly enough of each of these to make a bohemian style furry vest, with enough trim to wrap around the neckline and keep me warm. I can tell its synthetic fur because of the stiff interlaced backing, and the trim appears to be dyed wool attached to a suede strip. The furry trim attracts lots of little things that get caught in it though, and it was a little tricky to stitch due to the long fur or nap. The main faux fur didn’t take long to stitch up at all, it is short haired so largely flat. I removed the front darts on the original paper pattern, and smoothed out the resulting outer edges and hem. I didn’t follow the stitching instructions lol, and I simply folded all edges over the lining and stitched it down. The lining comes from a worn out gored skirt of mine which had a kind of bohemian pattern on it. I made sure to sew pockets in both inside fronts of the lining pieces before lining the waistcoat, as I love pockets, especially secret ones. I didn’t add any buttons or closures, and I made the waistcoat in the largest size in anticipation that I can wear it over warm winter woolens. Location: Auckland University

Material Notes

’70s short haired faux fur in brown, and woolly long haired trim on suede strip in brown; re-purposed gored skirt with ethno pattern.




Spring, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Bohemian, Casual, Ethnic, Rock

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    May 16, 2015, 03.32 PMby MojoHollz

    I love the re-purposed skirt, this was a perfect combo with your fur!

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      May 16, 2015, 06.55 PMby sewing fanatic

      thanks so much for that; yea it does bring it to life i must say, it was made for it

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    May 14, 2015, 06.15 PMby dibue

    love it!

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      May 14, 2015, 06.23 PMby sewing fanatic

      thank you dibue, i’m glad u like it my friend! =D

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    May 12, 2015, 08.40 PMby izbott

    Very funky! It looks designer.

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      May 12, 2015, 10.29 PMby sewing fanatic

      thanking you izbott that is great to know sweets! =D

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    May 10, 2015, 06.29 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    This is just great Nadia! Love it! :-)

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    May 10, 2015, 11.28 AMby liliv-1

    Amazing outfit dear nadia r!

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      May 10, 2015, 11.54 AMby sewing fanatic

      thank you very much my dear liliv! x

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    May 10, 2015, 11.00 AMby Mary Athey

    This is lovely on you, I love the whole vintage stlying you have going on. Very cool and 70’s looking x

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      May 10, 2015, 11.53 AMby sewing fanatic

      thanks so much Mary! yes that is exactly the look i was going for x ! =D

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    May 10, 2015, 10.28 AMby IDia

    LOVE it!

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    May 10, 2015, 07.25 AMby Elpida Kyriakou

    Wow!!! What a nice thing ! I love it …. I also love the lining, the dress and the belt….

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      May 10, 2015, 07.32 AMby sewing fanatic

      thank you lovely! i forgot to mention i bought the dress years ago, but it goes with it, & so does the awesome macrame belt i got lol x

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