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Added Mar 6, 2011

by Evija Švekere

Riga, Latvia






Faux fur coat with pockets in side seams, lined with viscose (rayon).

I was sneaking around this cute faux leopard fur more than a season, I suppose – already since late 2009 when it arrived in my favourite fabric store. I wasn’t sure if it’s reasonable to make this purchase. I was scared to look like a big mad cat wearing it and I newer before worked with faux fur in bigger projects (fur cuffs, collars and hats made by me doesn’t count). But on the day when the store provided discount on winter fabrics the leopard finally won the battle. However he had to wait till this January before I finally started to work on a coat. :)

I used some 12 years old Burda Magazine A-silhouette pattern (No 133, 10/1998) and modified shoulder line, changed collar. Sewing wasn’t easy because the fur is quite dense. My stabbed fingertips are still remembering this. As ironing for such fabrics is prohibited to make seams more flatten I simply shaved the fur in the left side of seams. Perfect. It works.

P.S. Avoid to store the fabric in folded way because the fur gets creased and it’s not easy to correct it as even treatment with steam is not welcome.

Material Notes

Faux fur, lining – rayon blend, interlining, 5 hooks for the closure.




Garment Type
Leather/Fur, Polyester, Rayon

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    Mar 9, 2011, 03.50 AMby elaineren

    So very nice!

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    Mar 7, 2011, 11.23 AMby anajan

    Gorgeous! Impeccable work!

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    Mar 7, 2011, 07.01 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    really great job. the coat looks tailoremade from a professional designer (that is what you are!!!) very very well done! (the lenght suits you so well!)

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    Mar 7, 2011, 06.57 AMby lauriana

    Your coat looks great. And I know about sewing faux fur… I hated cutting the fur from the seam allowances because of all those tiny synthetic hairs which will float around everywhere, but it’s the only way to make those seam allowances behave.

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    Mar 6, 2011, 07.19 PMby BeYou TiFul

    Your coat is truly BEAUTIFUL and no you don’t look like a mad cat but like a FUNKY one ;-)! Very well done!

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    Mar 6, 2011, 06.32 PMby Testosterone

    S P E C T A C U L A R ! ! !

    The cut and length are fetching.

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    Mar 6, 2011, 06.03 PMby peaches2218

    Thanks for the seam allowance tip. I’m about to start on a wool coat with specially-requested furry lining for my partner. I’ve never worked with fur (real or faux) before, but your suggestion sounds like just the thing to add to the toolbox!

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    Mar 6, 2011, 01.16 PMby Debby H

    You have done a wonderful job and it looks grrreat

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