Teddy Lovin’: Simplicity 8797
Posted in Projects on Friday the 16th October 2020 by Vicki Ormerod
Hi Minerva Crafters. It's Q, and I'm back on the blog to share my newest make. I've wanted a teddy fur coat for the longest time. When I received the Teddy Fabric, I didn't delay making the coat. After finding inspiration on Pinterest, I picked my pattern and started cutting. My husband thought I was crazy to cut and sew a fur coat in the summertime, but why not? I'll be ready for when the weather changes.
I used Simplicity 8797 view A to create this loose-fitting lined coat. The pattern offers several length variations with a classic lapel and one-button closure. The pattern was quick and easy to sew together after cutting all the fabric. However, working with fur requires patience. Here are a few tips that I used to complete the project stress-free:
- 1) Before cutting, I identified the direction of the fur and laid my pattern pieces on the back of the fabric.
- 2) I traced the pattern pieces and transferred all of my markings before cutting the fabric. This step was time-consuming, and I was ready to walk away, but it was worth it. I didn't have to think about holding the pattern in place while cutting.
- 3) I started cutting the fur, one layer at a time. I ended up using the tip of my scissors to cut the fabric lining. I also gently pulled the fabric apart to separate the seams.
Note: During this step remember that you are cutting the fabric one at a time. If you have to cut two pieces of fabric, you will need to turn your pattern piece before cutting the second one. I made this mistake and ended up with the two front pieces for the right side only.
- 4) I tucked the fur between the seams before sewing. I used clips and pins to hold the fabric together.
- 5) For thick fur, I would recommend trimming the seams with tape. I skipped this step, the fabric and seams were not bulky.
The oversized pattern would have been too big for me as is, so I made the following modifications to the fit.
• Took in the side seams 2 inches
• Took up shoulder seams 2 inches
• Took in arm sleeves 1 ½ inch
I chose four yards of the brown Teddy fur fabric from Minerva. This heavyweight fabric is available in multiple colors. The fabric is soft, lightweight, and easy to sew. I was prepared to experience shedding while cutting and sewing. However, I did not experience any shedding, which was surprising. For the lining, I used brown fabric I found in my stash. I’m always so surprised when I can find enough fabric in my stash, lol.
I styled my Teddy fur coat with a rib knit dress and black platform pumps. I love the final look of this coat and cannot wait to wear this during the colder season. Thanks, Minerva for the fabric and thank you for reading. Until next time, Happy Sewing!
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