I think we all know that Instagram friends are such enablers when it comes to impulse fabric purchases!! My lovely friend Joann posted a picture of some faux fur she had bought in the sale at Joel and Sons and that was all the temptation I needed! Within the hour I had bought 2m of the most delicious faux fur with no idea what I was going to do with it! But it was reduced from £130 per metre to £25. No brainer- right? But what to make? Is a fur jacket really ‘me’? And everyone warned me about the mess!!! What was I thinking??
I trawled pinterest- as you do and fell in love with this fur bomber but for some reason I was swayed from my gut instinct (I never learn!) and ended up playing safe with Simplicity 2150Yes, it was a dead easy make, yes the mess with the fur everywhere was a living nightmare for a tidy freak like me! But I wasn’t happy with it. It just wasn’t me. Time to go out on a limb and tweak it! ✂️
I had some black ribbing left over from another bomber jacket so decided ‘What the hell, go for it’. It worked straight away. I didn’t measure. I literally used what I had left! Cut 2 pieces for the cuffs , enough to turn over double and then the long bit that was left to do the same for the waistband. Stretching it out to fit the fur it was perfect, couldn’t have worked any better!! Already I knew I had done the right thing and I was excited again!
I removed the collar as I thought it looked too bulky , cut another an inch narrower and rounded the front edges instead of them being right angles, then reattached.
A 20” open ended zip was the perfect length for the centre front and it was actually alot easier to insert than I thought it might. As long as you trim the fur along the seam allowances first (as I did with all the seams) its pretty easy.
I decided to use some of the black silk I bought on my trip to Toronto for the lining. Made it up the same as the outer jacket then pinned right sides together from the bottom left front up the zip, right around the neck (encasing the collar inside) and back down to the bottom right. Sewed up all the way round with the zipper foot on, turn it the right way out and “voila!” It really was that easy!
The tedious bits were handsewing the lining to the cuffs and waistband, stretching the ribbing as you go. Could have done with a third hand there…. 🤚🏻✋🏻🤚🏻
A bit of time spent with a pin poking out any fur trapped in the seam was well worth it, it just gives that neater finish.
All along I was never completely convinced that it was going to actually be my style. But today, out in the snow it really is!! I can’t tell you how warm and cosy it feels! I’m so glad I persevered and made it my own. And I got my fur bomber after all! 🐻