I finally started on my faux fur skirt tonight. All this past week, I have been using my favorite procrastination method of “research”. 😉
Tonight, I just bit the bullet and cut it out. Then I thought to myself, “Self, let’s just stay stitch the waist and serge the hems, and then we’ll put it aside for the night.” Well once, I started, I had to see if I was nuts or not. Was this project totally crazy or was it going to be a knock out?
I used the following techniques for faux fur after experimenting for a few sessions:
- Cut the front and back without side seam allowances and cut the darts out.
- Used the hinge method of sewing the seams and darts. That’s when you use a wide zig zag stitch (4.0) with a stitch length of 2.0, letting the needle fall off the edge of the seam. This allows you to completely open up the seam without a bulky seam allowance underneath. I might not have needed to do this since my faux fur is really thin, but I liked the finish.
- Instead of a back vent in this version of S2452 (my TNT skirt pattern), I used side slits. I just added 1/2 SA’s about 5 inches from the bottom
- I serged the slit SA’s and bottom of the skirt
- I used hook and eye tape for the closure of the skirt on the side seam. LOVE THIS! It took a lot of fiddling to figure out how to insert the tapes so that they actually closed and so that the side seam would be “seamless”.
So I sewed up the side seams and tried it on. I love this faux fur, but still wasn’t sure it would look like a joke on. But when I saw it in the mirror, I loved it! The vertical nap lines on this particular faux fur are very slimming and flattering. It fits like a glove (if a little on the tight side — I have been eating white chocolate like the end of the world was nigh).
Here’s what it looks like so far:
All I have left is to cut out, sew and attach the lining and facing. I can do that tomorrow night. Do you think I can get away with wearing this to work??? I think I can. It’s definitely fashion forward, but I swear to you it’s not crazy lady territory. I think it’s hot, but not hoochie mama hot. I think what makes it work is that the skirt is such a simple design. If I style it just right, I definitely think it will work.
Another cool detail is that I actually like the serged edge of the skirt bottom. I was going to fold it up an inch for a hem, but I think I will just leave it. I kind of like the length of the skirt this way with the side slits. And the fur/serged hem combo is kind of cool.
I can’t wait to show you guys what it looks like on. 🙂