The fur is about to fly!
Are your seat belts on? Are your vacuums at the ready? I’m about to embark on my first faux fur sewing odyssey. Last night I searched the interwebs for information on sewing with fur. I found some great info:
Claudine made a fur skirt which got me on this kick in the first place and had this to say about working with fur.
Oddly enough, Quilting Daily had a tute.
About.com had one.
Craftster.org had another.
Sandra Betzina’s book, More Fabric Savvy had some great info on working with faux fur.
I know some of you think I’m crazy to be making a faux fur skirt. But as I said before, Claudine’s version (see link above) was just so cool, I couldn’t get it out of my mind. I know I’ve talked about my personal style before. Does a faux fur skirt fit my current personal style? I think most people would say no, and that I have a more conservative bent to my work wardrobe. However, remember how I am attracted to patterns that have tricked out seamwork or look more designery (for lack of a better term)? Remember the Knip Mode skirt I attempted? It was very architectural in feel and look. I think faux fur is unconventional, but not crazy lady territory. And it fits my mood right now for something a little different and unexpected. If we can’t experiment with sewing, why bother? This could be a complete fail, but I won’t know unless I try it. Or it could be completely fabulous and I could start a trend in Tribeca. Who knows? But I want to find out. And it will only cost me $24 to experiment. I think that’s pretty cheap entertainment and it doesn’t require a babysitter, so I’m in!
My faux fur has a low pile so it will be easier to work with than one with long or high pile. I have already decided to line it. I most likely will leave it unhemmed, but could do a hand sewn hem if I so chose. But of course I do have a couple of questions that weren’t addressed or were inadequately addressed in the above resources:
- Do I pre-treat the faux fur? Sandra Betzina says to machine wash it on cold and then let it air dry. But everyone else didn’t even mention pre-treating.
- Can I use a zipper as my closure? I have to get this skirt on and off somehow. I don’t see myself using an elasticized waist as that will definitely add unattractive bulk at my already unattractive waistline.
- If I can use a zipper, are there any special directions for inserting it on faux fur? Not one source mentioned zippers.
I would greatly appreciate your thoughts on these questions. Thanks!