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So excited!

2011 February 13
by elizabeth_admin

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.  🙂

9 Responses leave one →
  1. February 13, 2011

    Sounds interesting! Can’t wait to see how it looks and how you choose to style it. 🙂 I’m sure it will look fantastic.

  2. Marie-Christine permalink
    February 13, 2011

    WHITE chocolate?!? Faux fur is better than real, but faux chocolate? Sigh.
    This is very nice fur indeed, and you’ll be able to do your hoochy mama act just fine if you want to. But probably still wear it to work, because most of us have to go to work first -). Also, keep in mind most people don’t notice a thing

  3. February 13, 2011

    Looking good! I once had a fake-fur skirt and they are totally wearable. Never come across the hinge method before, I’ll have to remember that one.

  4. February 13, 2011

    I can’t wait to see you wearing this and will feel a swell of pride to know that I was with you when you bought the fabric for this inspired make. So glad to hear that this experiment is going well.

  5. Treadle27 permalink
    February 13, 2011

    White chocolate is real! I love it myself!

    This hinge method is fascinating, I’ve never heard of it before. Right sides together I assume?

  6. February 13, 2011

    I’m so excited for you! I have a couple of requests;

    1. Is there any way you can take detailed photos of the hinge method of sewing the seams and darts?

    2. I’d also love a photo of your serged bottom edge.

    Thank you for making this fur skirt, I love it and you give me the courage to make one for myself!

    Thank you!

  7. February 13, 2011

    That is interesting. Can’t wait to see you wearing it.

  8. February 13, 2011

    This is going to be gorgeous. A faux fur skirt sounds both fun and fabulous – what a great idea!

  9. February 13, 2011

    Oh yes, i can see it- I can. I was in G Street Fabrics today and saw this very same fur. It is lovely.
    I think a skirt would be great.

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