One of the most frustrating fashion moments is when you have the perfect outfit, but no outerwear to match. Don’t let your wardrobe limit your holiday look this season! This luxe faux fur shawl is simple to sew and can be made to go with virtually anything in your closet this winter. Plus, its lining features a handy cell phone pocket because we like to be both fashionable and practical.
Fabrics & materials used:
- 1 yard Black and White Long Haired Faux Fur
- 1.5 yards Forest Green Hammered Satin
- 20″ Separating Zipper
- MDF008 – The Cuphea Shawl (Free download below!)
Pattern includes a 1/2″ seam allowance unless otherwise stated.
The pattern features several different lengths if you’d like to make yours longer or shorter. I went with the full 20″ length for this one. If shortening yours, be sure to get a shorter zipper to match.
Before we begin, if you’ve never worked with faux fur before, it’s a good idea to read up on some best practices. To sum it up though, it’s best to always cut it from the back with a razor, and to always brush fur away from the seam allowance.
If you’ll take a look at the image below, you can see all the fur in the seams pointing in the same direction. This ensures that you don’t get any weird fragments sticking out at a weird angle when your garment is done.
Pin and sew the pleats of the neckline of the shawl, like you see above. Again, be sure to keep the fur neat and out of your seam allowance. Repeat with your lining. (Note: Since the satin I chose to use for my lining is slightly less wide than the fur, I ended up cutting mine in two pieces rather than the fold, and added a center back seam.)
Next, cut out your pocket, double fold the top about 1/4″ inch and sew. Pin the pocket onto the lining, folding in the sides and bottom like you see below, and stitch it into place. To finish the lining, sew the collar panel straight across the top, along the pleats.
Separate your zipper and place the face along both center fronts of your fur. The teeth should be facing away from the seam, like below. The bottom of the zipper should be placed about 1/2″ up from the bottom of the fur. Sew both sides of your zipper into place.
Place your lining on top of the fur and zipper so the right sides are together. Sew around the perimeter of the garment, leaving about 4″ open to turn your shawl right side out. I recommend leaving this opening along one of the zippers so you don’t need to hand sew any fur. Lastly, slip-stitch the opening closed and try on your chic new statement piece!
This pattern would work best with a short pile fur, but if (like me) you’re determined to use a long hair, be sure to zip your shawl slowly and carefully to avoid any catching.
Which of Mood’s amazing faux furs will you be using for this pattern? Tell me in the comments!
The Cuphea Shawl is paired here with Mood’s Cosmos Dress, which will be released next week! Be sure to keep an eye out!