DIY Faux Fur Vest

I have wanted a fur vest for as long as I can remember, but I refused to pay retail price for one. That's nothing new in my book. I'm about as frugal and tight fist as they come in regards to buying consumer products. I'd rather not buy it than to spend too much for it. So, with this new resolve to create, I decided to take a stab at it.

I had seen a blog post about creating a DIY faux fur vest and it looked simple. As a result, I decided to self draft this one-- waging my bets that I'd be successful, unlike my last attempt. Thankfully, this one was simple enough and I was able to knock it out fairly quickly.

Here's my step-by-step guide to creating your own faux fur vest

Supplies Needed:
Faux fur fabric (1-1.5 yds depending on desired length), an old sweater or vest, a straight edge and/or measuring tape, scissors, water soluble fabric pencil or a contrasting eyeliner

Step 1: Fold fabric, right sides facing. Place the back center line of your sweater or vest on the fabric's fold.

Step 2:
Using your fabric pencil, trace and cut the outline of your sweater or vest, being sure to add additional space for seam allowance. When cutting, be sure to push the fur away from the edge as to not get blunt cut.

Note: If you are using a sweater, you will have to free hand the arm holes. I used my husband's vest to trace my arm holes (not pictured) and the sweater to measure my desired length and neckline.

Step 3: Unfold the previous cut and place it wrong sides facing against the remaining fabric and trace around the edges, like so:

Step 4: Fold the second piece that you cut in half lengthwise, with right sides facing. Place the front center line of your sweater or vest against the fold and trace and cut the neckline. When cutting, be sure to push the fur away from the edge as to not get blunt cut. This will be your front piece. 

Note: You can also use a straight edge to trace your neckline.

Step 5: Unfold the front piece and cut directly down the center. You should now have a front left and a front right piece, like so:

Step 6 (optional): Because this fabric does not fray and the fur covers it, you do not have to finish the edges; however, I wanted to practice on my serger a bit more. If you choose to finish your edges, only do edges that will be shown-- including the arm holes. The other edges will be sewn together and can be finish once stitched. 

This is the serger that I used.

Step 7: After step 5 or 6, place pieces together with right sides facing. Use you arm hole and shoulder line as your guide. Pin these edges together keeping in mind your seam allowance. 

Tip: Once you have pinned the pieces together, turn the fabric right side facing out and try it on. Make sure you adjust the fit before you sew.

Step 8: With right sides facing, stitch the vest together along the shoulder edge and below the arm hole. I chose to serge, which will finish the edges; however, if you use a conventional sewing machine, you can cut the seam allowance off.

Let me know your thoughts and if you try it in the comments below. Don't forget to tag @Mission52DIY on your picture!



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