this faux fur, I was skeptical simply because I've tried faux fur in the past from other retailers and have been overwhelmingly disappointed. So I wanted to give it another try and crossed my fingers I wouldn't have to add another faux fur disaster to the toss pile. When it arrived, I opened the box and instantly fell in love. Not only is it beautiful to look at, but it feels amazing and very authentic. It has a very nice weight and it's extremely warm. This fur is easy to sew and line. Faux fur sewing tips: -Make sure the pile is combed down in the same direction for all pattern pieces. -When cutting the fur, try to push the long hairs out of the way and cut the base of the fur. This will help with stray hair covering your sewing space. -Lining will automatically roll the edges forward for a finished look -Make sure you pick up fur hook and eye closures. -Double stitch seams -When placing the pattern, place on the wrong side of the fur I lined the coat with a bemberg I had in my stash which is perfect for a high static faux fur. The pattern I used was vintage Simplicity 6632 with the following pattern alterations: -Added 5" to the length Chandler's coat was made using New Look 6927 with the following alterations: -Removed 6" from the length -Removed 2" from the side of the pattern which removes the A-line -Removed the buttons
The fur jacket trend doesn't seem to be fading as autumn slowly turns to winter, and honestly I can't complain. With all of Mood's new faux furs hitting the site, I've been dying to work with more of them.
My first venture into faux fur sewing was just a couple months ago, with a long vest you can find right here (I also explain the best way to cut and sew with fur!). For this project, I made the body of the jacket almost the exact same way, however I chose to crop it to just 18". Then, of course, came the sleeves and hood.
To save you some work, I drew up a template of the hood I made. It's big and cozy, and should fit most adults! Below, I'll be explaining an easy way to draft a bell sleeve pattern.
If you've never drafted a sleeve before, it's easiest to alter a sleeve pattern that you already know fits. For this one, I took a pattern piece from a button up shirt. Since, it's from something more form fitting than a jacket, I thought I might need to change up the top as well, but after measuring the curve and the arm hole of my jacket, I discovered they were both the same length - perfect!
Next, I needed to create the bell shape. I began by cutting 5 evenly spaced, straight lines from the bottom of the sleeve until about 1/4" from the top.
Each was then spaced out until I had the desired length at the bottom of the bell. Between the center two strips, I left two inches, then 3" and 5" respectively going outward.
The sleeve should be symmetrical, so I did the same measurements on both sides.
Lastly, I just needed to trace and connect the dots. The top and sides are very similar to the original sleeve, but the bottom now creates a slight curve!
Once all the pattern pieces are drafted, they go together pretty easily. The actual sewing of the jacket probably only took an hour. The side hood panels go on either side of the rectangular strip and the whole thing attaches at the neckline of the jacket.
The lining pieces are the same, so they get sewn together similarly. To attach the lining to the fur, I sewed it right-sides together, leaving a small opening along the bottom back to put it right-side out. A quick slip-stitch closed it up!
I always like dressing comfortably. So when something on trend is also great to wear all day, I am in love. Cue fur vests!
Vests and shawls are my go to garments for fall; layering is always a good idea when the weather is constantly changing. So when giant fur coats and sleeves and wraps began walking down the runway again, I knew I'd be making something -- with faux fur, of course!
When cutting fur, be sure to cut it through the backing with a razor or straight-edge. Cutting it with scissors will cut through the fur fibers themselves, creating a ton of fuzz and uneven lines.
Cut your pattern out from both your faux fur and your lining. Sew each of them up their respective sides. When sewing with fur, be sure to use a lot of pins, and double check that no fur is stuck in your seam allowance. Above you can see a cleanly pinned seam with all the fur brush inward. Below, you'll notice that I haven't finished pinning - the fur falling out of the opening would get caught in the seam if it's left, creating uneven hems and making the fur appear matted. No matted fur allowed!
Lastly, the lining should be pinned to the fur. In the bottom hem, leave a 6" opening for you to turn your vest right-side-out - much like when you make a pillow. This will need to be slip-stitched closed, but first make sure you sew your armholes closed!
In just under an hour you should have a brand new faux fur vest, perfect for all your rock star needs! What fur will you be using for yours?
Since both of these styles cut off around the ankle, attention is drawn to your feet in the overall look, giving you the perfect chance to make your footwear your statement piece. And yes, wearing heels with jogger pants is acceptable right now. The style contrast is a huge trend! So don't be shy--clash your styles! If you're interested in making a pair of ankle-length pants for yourself, consider these fabrics: And for jogger pants: What do you think about this Fall's fashion trend line-up? Are you more into dressing with show-stopping statements as the priority, or does this wave of practical fashion suit your tastes more? Save Save Save Save
here! Here are some of the materials we suggest if you're looking to make one of your own! You don't have to go with just leather, though! And for the drawstrings, you can use drawcords or metal chain! Tasseled and Long-Fringed Bags Fan of the Western look? Tassels and long fringes often bring a sense of down-to-earthness, and adding fringe to a piece is also a great way to play with the illusion of body and flow. Usually made of some kind of leather or leather look-alike, tassels and fringe can draw the eye with their fluid movements, which is what makes them a popular item. Even small additions of fringe can pay off! Check out our DIY using fringe to spruce up a pair of heels by Brandhyze here! If you’re interested in a fringed purse of your own, consider these fabrics for your design! Revamped Fanny Packs Revamped fanny packs were huge in the 90s, and they’re back again! Designed for ease of comfort and functionality, these hands-free designs are now trendy and versatile! While the photos provided here show off a very chic styles, revamped fanny packs are flexible in what designs look good for and with them. If you need some inspiration, take a look as some of these ideas! Along with these fabrics, you can do a little embellishment with a chain strap, sequin or beaded trims, and clasps! Halfmoon Bags Halfmoon bags are super cute and in-season now! The curved shape of their silhouette is simply graceful and like no other style. Any color fits well with them, and so long as you have a sturdy fabric to help keep its shape, you can go with almost anything! If you’d like to see some fabric ideas for halfmoon bags, consider some of these! And some notions--like grommets, trims for straps, and a zipper for closure--to help finish the look! Small Backpacks And lastly, small backpacks! This fashion has flitted around through the years, but they got a particular amount of attention by designers for this season. As with the halfmoon bags, their shape is one of the features that stands out most, and like the revamped fanny packs, their functional purpose makes them a great choice for on the go! And finish it off with a zipper! Which of these handbag designs is your favorite? Have you seen others aside from these that you loved, too? Can you think of any fabrics that we didn't listen that you would like to use for one of these styles? Let us know! Save Save Save Save
The Chic Shearling
Always looking for the latest trends and thoroughly studying every and any fashionable event, we found that what is currently heavily trending on the runways from the Fall/Winter 2016 collections are shearlings whether it'd be cropped, midi, long, or even oddly shaped, unfamiliar silhouettes. Brands like Acne Studios, Carven, Joseph, and even heavy hitter Burberry embodied the shearling craze for their Fall/Winter 16 collections. But really quick before we get lost on the glitz and glam of the runway, what is shearling?
The very basic answer to that question is the skin of a sheep or lamb with the wool left on the hide. The skin is most of the time just recently sheared, tanned, and dressed. It has a suede surface on one side and clipped fur surface on the other. Usually, the suede side is worn outward. Shearlings are also the proper term for what is commonly referred to as “sheepskin".
Shearlings have been worn since the bronze age (which is about 3000 b.c.). Worn all over the world, especially Europe, shearlings are a global commodity, but it is also a by product of the meat industry. That being said, at times supply can be limited and the price of hides go up.
Shearlings became a popular mainstream jacketing material around the end of WWII, when the aviators would return home and still wear their fighter jackets. This movement lead up to the shearling jacket reaching the heights of Hollywood, with stars like James Dean making the shearling a bad boy's staple.
Being used as punk outfits for the wave of misfits roaming the downtown streets of cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago looking for an identity to latch on to.
Real animal fibers started to be slowly replaced with synthetics leaving a bad taste in the mouth of the stylish, but would become a savior for the more conservative money saving fashionistas. While waiting for its time to recycle and once again reign supreme on the top of the trending-sphere, shearlings became a phenomenon in the production of various miscellaneous products like gloves, rugs, vest, bookbags, book covers, cup cozies, and lace-less boots which became popular from a brand named “UGGs”.
During these times of the consumer thirst for product, shearlings were being used for everything expect the glorious jacket that we once loved and obsessed over like its biker cousin (but we like the shearling a little more because it's lined with a bit of fluffy heaven).Well, like everything that’s great, it always comes back in style and with vengeance!
The chic shearling has been attacking the Fall/Winter runways for the past few seasons. With a new innovative take on this classic garment, we don’t see it going anywhere for a long while.
This Coach biker sheepskin coat from the F/W 2015 collection is a perfect example of what “the shearling” has morphed into. Pushing the classic style forward, Burberry’s evolution with an over-sized collar complimented by exposed seams has changed the game.
Now with the influx of boho and punk chic styles taking over the runway, we see taste-makers layering, and layering, with distressed denim jackets, leather jackets, or chunky knits, all tucked under a high-end over-sized shearling.
I don’t think shearlings ever went out of style; garment designs that have lasted hundred’s of years just don't disappear in a sea of unwanted trends. There is a reason why they have longevity and inspire a lot of personal style choices across space and time. Shearlings are dimensional!
They might get lost in a void for a moment, but will always make a cosmic come back like no other, and every time I will put my style dollars on the chic shearling.
The other day while cruising the aisles at Mood Fabrics, I came across this Fox Fur Tail that just oozed with possibilities. With the subzero temperatures we've been having here in New York...I just knew I had found a quick and fashionable solution that could dress up any coat. Got a denim jacket for the spring....or cable knit sweater that needs new life? These removable fur cuffs could be your solution. SUPPLIES: fox tail, 2 buttons, needle and thread, and a pair of scissors. HOW-TO: 1. Take scissors and cut the fox tail in half. 2. Once you cut the tail in half (it will leave the innards of the tail exposed), stitch the opening closed on both halves. 3. In your desired location near the edge, hand sew on a button on the band that comes on the tail. 4. On the opposite side from where you placed your button, use your scissors to make a 2cm incision to begin your button hole. 5. With your needle and thread, stitch around the perimeter of the button hole you just created. Now, you're all set!Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of the award winning blog, Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on Dr. Oz, The View, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for over a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow; and has been a contributor for the Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance, Super Money, Good Housekeeping, and Newsday Westchester, to name a few. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.
I recently got this great coat and sweater while thrifting and wanted an equally fun way to keep my hands warm (they are always the first to go), during the upcoming chilly days. So, I picked up some cool fur at Mood Fabrics to help me do just the trick. SUPPLIES: fur and 1-3 jumbo safety pins (Note: I show one here, but 2 would be even better). HOW-TO: 1. Take your fur and lay it out flat. Next fold it inward to create the desired width you'd like (I recommend the smaller, the better). 2. After that.....tightly roll it up. 3. Lastly, carefully drive your jumbo safety pin(s) through all the layers and fasten.
Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of the award winning blog, Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on Dr. Oz, The View, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for over a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow; and has been a contributor for the Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance, Super Money, Good Housekeeping, and Newsday Westchester, to name a few. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.