So this is another trend this winter: clothes made of fur. I just love to work with fake-fur, especially if it has fake-leather on the other fabric-side, because this way you can do reversible garments and don’t need to worry about lining. It is also very soft and just a joy to handle, the only down part at fur is that if you cut it the hair from those new edges is flying around everywhere and also in your nose so you gonna sneeze some more, but thats why they invented the vacuum-cleaner. 😉
And of course this vest/waistcoat is very warm and soft and perfect for winter.
ca. 1m fabric with a fake-leather and a fake-fur side
thread fitting the leather side
underthread fitting the fur side
Sewing machine, paper, paper shears, tailor shears, pen and pins
First you need to measure from your shoulder to your chest and from your chest to the point you want your vest to go, mine was almost to the hip. So you take a paper and go on the edge of the paper up from the point you marked as the length the measurement to the chest and from there chest to shoulder.
from that chest-point on the paper-edge go in a right angle 1/4 chest + 1cm
from there you go in a right angle back down to the line where you started… thats your hem-line
from the shoulder-point go in a right angle 1/4 neck
then go from that new shoulder line in a right angle down and from the chest a quarter circle up and then connect them with a curved line and your pattern is finished. Now you need to get your front and back part and the collar.
draw the pattern on another paper, add seam allowance at neck, shoulder and side and cut it
draw the pattern on again, this time go down at least 4 cm in the middle of the neck and also make the arm-hole a little bigger (about 1 cm)
go down at least 2 more (2 -4) cm from the shoulder point and cut it. For the front-part only add seam allowance at the neck and cut it
now measure your neck-hole (the red line) and put it on another paper as a straight line. At one side go up 14 cm in a right angle at the other side in a bigger angle.
connect those 2 points with a curved line and draw a line in the middle, you cut that line and glue both parts on another paper and split them by 14 cm. Then reconnect the down line a curve. Do not add any seam allowance at the collar-part and cut it.
look which way the hair of the fake-fur lays and put the parts on the fabric, back and collar right at the fold (fold should be parallel to the selvages), so the hair lays down to the hem, cut the parts and try to brush of all the cut hair at the edges, the less hair you have flying around.
at the side-seams put the seam allowance of the back-part over the front-part at both side-seams. Do that with the shoulders too: Seam allowance of the back over the front and pin all.
Remember to secure all your seams at beginning and end.
this time you need two different threads, so it will look great from both sides, only this way it will look good reversible.
now pin the collar in, the seam allowance of the neck-hole over the collar
and sew it with the same method as the other seams
Since this fabric doesn’t fray and looks nice just cut you don’t need any hems.
So I hope you like this easy vest/waistcoat. 😉 I do enjoy wearing it!
If you have any questions left feel free to ask me in the comment or write me an email. I also would love to see how your vest/waistcoat turns out! Send me a picture!
All the best and merry christmas!