Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Plush Warm Faux Fur and Burda Style Magazine Coat

It is no surprise that it is too cold to breathe outside.  This year is no different from any other year.  We can count on single digits with sub-zero windchill temperatures in January.

I am so happy that I finally made my Chocolate/Black Faux Fur coat.  It's super warm and cozy, perfect for the breathtaking arctic winds that have found their way back our fair town.  This soft faux fur has been sitting waiting for me for over a year.  I must admit, I was a little apprehensive about making my coat.  Because I wanted it to be just right.

The wait was worth it.  My coat is just right for me: the fit, color and style.  Faux fur coats and denim are on trend.  So that how I'm wearing my new coat today.  See more trend styles on my blog, here.

The pattern that I selected is from Burda Style Magazine, October 2008, View 101.  Burda's descriptions are just as sparse as the construction details.  The high collar is perfect for my long neck. The overall silhouette is a-line with the hem hitting just above my knee.  The no fuss raglan, bell 3/4 length sleeves makes sewing them super easy.

The sizes are 36(4/6) to 44(14).  I used 14 with modifications.  My coat looks similar to the photo in the magazine with the exception of the thickness of the faux fur.

Let's not talk about the instructions.  I decided not to follow them.  So I just used some basic construction techniques that I've learned over the years.

Some tips to consider if you plan to sew this coat:
  •  Adjust stitch length to 3mm when sewing the faux fur
  • Used a jersey machine needle, size 14
  • Because of the backing of the faux fur, I decided to interface the entire coat with Pellon apparel interfacing - SF101 black shape flex fusible.  Be careful not to crush the pile.
  • I did not heat press any of the faux fur seams.  I just finger pressed them.
  • Used a crepe back satin for the lining.
  • The same pattern pieces are used for the lining.  Be sure to trim the lining accordingly to properly fit/join front facing and the neck facing.  
  • For me, the pockets are a little high and too small.  You may want to test the replacement before sewing them.
  • Make sure you pick the fur out of the seams so there is no interruption in the fur.
Fit Adjustments:
  •  FBA.  I know you are probably thinking why.  I think I needed one.  My first placement of the dart was too low.  So I moved it up about an inch and curved it a bit.  

  • Broad shoulder adjustment on the back coat and back sleeve.

  • Added two inches to the length of the coat
  • Added a few inches to the length of the sleeves, but used the added length to create a deep hem.

I may or may not make this coat again.  With Burda I would probably lean towards making it again for all the work involved with tracing the pattern.  The style of the coat is exactly what I wanted.  That is my "like".  My dislikes are: tracing the darn Burda pattern and the lack of construction guidance given in the magazine.

Overall, my coat turned out very well if I may say so myself.  I did notice some incorrect placement of a few of the snaps.  That's an easy fix, which I will correct immediately.

That is all for now.

Happy Sewing!


  1. Your coat looks absolutely fabulous! Stay warm!

  2. So pretty and luxurious! Stay warm!

  3. Cennetta I love your coat! You did a great job on it and it looks so warm and comfy! I sure could use it right now here in Florida with the brisk 38°, LOL!! I know that's nothing compared to your Chicago weather, LOL!

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  5. Oh I love your coat - gimme! It's stylish, on trend, warm and you look beautiful in it. Great job!!!!

  6. Beautiful, glam, warm, (most likely) lightweight: = quite an achievement!

  7. FABULOUS coat!! You look like a million bucks! You should submit this to Anne for Jungle January -- go here to learn more about it:

  8. Fabulous! Elegant and perfect for your arctic freeze. You are complaining about tracing the pattern, at least in 2008 there were more pattern sheets and fewer patterns per sheet! Worth the time and effort.

  9. Lovely and elegant looking coat! Stay warm!

  10. LADYYYYYY!!!!! This is awesome! I love everything about it. I know you are warm, and you look like you need a regular valet.

  11. This is SO glamorous! I love everything about it!!!!!

  12. I loved checking your blog out throughout last year. I'm eagerly awaiting to see your new sewing patterns and what you have in store for 2016.

  13. Thanks everyone for continuing to stop by my little place in cyberspace.



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