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« on: May 24, 2007 05:00:25 PM »

I want to make a faux fur stole like one I saw on girlshop.com, but I can't find any tutorials, and I don't really want to start cuttingup my fur with not even a vague idea. Can you guys direct me to any tutorials/patterns?

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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2007 12:11:10 AM »

Sewing with Nancy just had a program within the last week (maybe 2 weeks) about sewing with faux fur.  You might try checking out her site for some tips.  The main thing I remember them mentioning was to cut from the backing not the fur side.  They used smaller scissors to cut just the backing and then would pull the cut piece away from the other pieces.  This insured you didnt cut the pile on the fur and really saved on the mess of stray hairs floating around.
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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2007 06:07:36 AM »

When I am working with anything like fur, I use a new sharp razor blade to cut from the back.  You want to avoid cutting any of the fur with your scissors or blade.  Otherwise you end up with a bad looking edge on the fur.
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« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2007 03:16:38 PM »

You could try drawing your own pattern. For something like a stole, I only draw one half of it, then use it for both sides to make sure it comes out symmetrical.

I'm not sure what the one you were looking at is like. I'm going to guess that it's faux fur on one side and satin on the back, since most of them are. I've seen a couple of tutorials for stoles and faux fur collars (one in a magazine, one was online, but I can't find the link anymore). What they both failed to mention is that you can put a layer of quilt batting inside to give it a little more "substance" and make it drape better. I made a collar before I discovered that and couldn't figure out why it didn't look or feel right - it was too floppy and would just sort of hang there.

If you're using a really low-pile faux fur like most leopard prints you can just cut them like you would any other fabric 'cause you don't have to worry about cutting off the strands of fur.

I found all of this really hard to describe for some reason, so I hope it makes sense.  Grin
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