At the time I thought it matched both of the other fabrics, but in daylight it turns out that it only matches the pants. Oh, well... I still really love the fabric and can't wait to have my first fur jacket.
I had never sewn with fake fur, so in typical fashion I dove in on the deep end: this fur has a dense, long-pile. I obviously needed help so I went to the experts: Vogue's Fur and Fur-like Fabrics from their Everything About Sewing library published in 1971. Great advice in there!
I also wimped out and skipped the pockets and I didn't make the casing for the cord since I don't like and never use that sort of feature in a coat or jacket.
First thing: I agonized about how to place the zigzags. Vertically or horizontally?
|Vertical or horizontal zig-zags?|
I also wondered whether the collar should be on the grain or not. I settled on "with grain".
I did some test sewing and settled on sewing the seams first and "shaving" the seam allowances afterwards instead of the other way around. This gave me a homogeneously thick layer for the presser foot to glide over instead of a super thick side vs. a normal side if I first shaved the seam allowances before sewing the seam.
Not so luckily, in places where there were a lot of hairs caught in a seam, once I removed them the seam became a bit loose.
|On right the hairs are caught in the seam. On left they are free.|
Shaving such a thick fur was a royal pain, I ended up with a bruised knuckle in my middle finger, but it was worth the effort to remove all that extra thickness.
|lots of shaved pile!|
|hand felled seams|
The jacket closes with simple fur hooks and hand made thread eyes (the matching eyes for the hooks were too conspicuous as you can see in the left photo below, so I removed them) made with DMC embroidery thread in a matching color.
|zig-zag fur jacket: Burda 12-2007-122|
I love my new jacket! And have you noticed the extravagant collar?!?