The last few weeks I've had a zillion projects and what seems like not enough time for everything. My prize for winning the RTW contest on PR was an online class which happened to coincide with Kenneth King offering a faux fur jacket course. Perfect! I like faux fur but it's not something I would ever buy in RTW. I think I might feel a bit ridiculous shelling over the cash. However.... making it myself it's easy to justify the costs and since I'm learning.. My brain works in funny ways sometimes when it comes to things like this.
You have to have the right attitude to wear fur, faux or otherwise.... I don't know I'd do well running to Walmart in it here in the deep South.
Sewing faux fur is easy! There are a few techniques that you have to practice but once you have them down it's a cake walk. Sure, the fur I sewed was a simple zippered jacket with slit pockets. I'm quite sure you could get much more involved if you choose an elaborate jacket design.
Kenneth is all about couture and even though he simplified the techniques for the class I felt it appropriate to take it a step further. Did you know that hot glue will bond fabric quite permanently? In my opinion there is no reason not to use a permanent bonding agent to baste, hold pocket bags in place, or hold hem allowances. Sure, hand stitch if you like but no one will know how much extra work you put into your faux fur. Sewing a $1500 real fur jacket? Maybe I would do the hand stitching too. To me it's all about knowing when to do what.
I learned a lot with this project and I'll be on the lookout for the fur to do my next jacket. The zipper installation is a little iffy as I got the base of the fur a bit too close to the teeth which the zipper pull wants to fight with. All in all though it was a fantastic project and learning experience. I highly recommend it.
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