People tend to shy away from sewing with faux fur because they assume that it is just too difficult to manage. But faux fur garments usually have simple lines, with no darts and little fitting. So before you avoid sewing with faux fur, read these tips by Katrina Loving from Stitch Fall 2010 and make this charming bolero for yourself:
|Faux fur bolero by Katrina Loving
from Stitch Fall 2010.
When transferring the pattern to the wrong side of faux fur, use a brightly colored fine-point permanent marker; the markings won't be visible on the fabric right side. It is also important to mark notches clearly with ink that won't disappear before you have completed the project. Marking the notches, rather than cutting them into the fabric, is preferable, because the pile makes small notches difficult to see.
To cut faux fur, slip the scissors blade below the pile, close to the base fabric,and cut only the base fabric. When a pattern piece is cut, pull it gently away from the remaining fabric, separating the pile.
- Always cut faux fur in a single layer,not folded. To cut pairs of pieces (e.g., a right front and a left front), cut the pieces singly, flipping the pattern over for the second piece.
- When working with faux fur, it is much easier to keep the seam allowances even if the pile is trimmed from the edges before sewing. Trim the pile along the entire seam allowance before sewing if desired; to facilitate trimming, draw a guideline just shy of "1/2 (1.3 cm) from the cut edge on the fabric wrong side and staystitch along the line. Flip the fur to the right side and use sharp fabric shears to trim the pile outside the staystitching, leaving the base fabric intact. Work over a trash can to catch the trimmings. Keep the trimming a bit shy of the full "1/2 (1.3 cm) seam allowances to allow for inevitable slight variations in accuracy during sewing. Because the sample fur is not super-thick, trimming the pile along the edge even with the base fabric edge is sufficient (this makes the base fabric edge more visible). After pressing the seam allowances open, trim the remaining pile in the seam allowances to reduce bulk. Practice sewing on a doubled scrap of faux fur to suit the chosen fabric.
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