-Faux fur fabric
-Jacket with a collar and cuffs
-Sewing machine or needle & thread
-Sweater approx. same size as one desired
-"Pattern fabric" (any fabric you have laying around to use as a pattern)
I found this fur-ocious fabric at JoAnn Fabrics.
Fold your fur in half, right sides together. Lay your sweater on top. Use a marker to trace around your sweater without tracing the arms. We will add sleeves later....
Cut along your marker lines and you'll end up with two pieces that look like the image below. Sew (right sides together) using a zig-zag stitch along the top and sides, leaving the neck, bottom, and arm holes open. Follow the yellow lines on the image.
Sleeves can be tricky. I like to use a "pattern fabric" to help me make the perfect sleeve. For this project I used an old bed sheet.
Fold your "pattern fabric" in half. Lay your sweater sleeve on the fold edge of your "pattern fabric." Trace with a marker and cut out. You'll end up with a sleeve that looks like the one below....
Sleeve opened up....
Lay your pattern on top of the fur you have left. Pin. Cut around your pattern.
Below, all the pieces are ready to get sewn together.
Well, they were ready to get sewn together. Lu and Hulk think soft things on the floor are for them to lay on; towels, pillows, blankets, clothes....
I shoo'd Lu, turned around, and there was Hulk.
Fold your sleeve in half, right sides together. Sew along the yellow line. Turn right side out.
Ok, so now it's time to attach the sleeves to the top. Take your sleeve, that is right side out (pattern side out), place it inside the arm hole of your top (your top should still be inside out).
Line up the top of the sleeve with the top of the arm hole. Pin the sleeve to the arm hole.
Sew around the arm hole with a zig-zag stitch.
Do you remember this jacket? I used a remnant piece for the oatmeal container handbag.
I used the seam ripper to remove the collar from the jacket. Cut the cuffs at the length you desire.
The cuff won't be the perfect size. Lay your cuff next to your sleeve. This will help determine where to sew.
Above, I have mine lined up. I turned it inside out before sewing along the yellow line. Below: This cuff is a mess inside out, huh?
You'll add your cuffs much like you added the sleeves. Your sweatshirt should be inside out. Your cuff should be right side out. Insert your cuff into the sweatshirt wrist hole. I played around with the cuff to make sure the button clasp will be the same on both arms- just something to be aware of.
Pin all the way around and sew with approx. 1/2" seam allowance.
Now onto the collar. Place and pin your collar where you like. I wanted mine crooked. So, I placed my collar off-center.
Sew the collar in place.
Using left over leather from your jacket, cut a long rectangular piece, fold the long ends into the middle of the rectangle. Zig-zag sew in place. Cut another, thinner rectangle that will go around the center of the bow to hide the stitches.
Take a needle and thread and cinch the rectangle down the middle where you zig-zag stitched. Stitch though all the layers of the bow to keep the bow cinched in place. Add the thinner rectangular strip around the cinched portion of the bow. Glue or sew the center strip to the back of the bow.
Still using your needle and thread, sew the bow to the sweatshirt, in-between the collar ends. Sew through the back of the bow so the threads don't show.
Hem the bottom for a finished and no-fray look. Fold 1/2" towards wrong side of fabric. You can fold once more to really close off all raw edges. Pin and sew.
Check out how fierce my model looks in her full outfit at the STRUT Fashion Show! She's wearing the faux fur leopard sweatshirt with black satin bloomers and a black leather oatmeal container handbag! Me-ow!
I hope you enjoyed this fierce tutorial! I love how cute this top turned out! I am obsessed with bows and leopard! See this outfit in action below at the STRUT Fashion Show!
Leave me a comment. Did you dig this furry top? Would you wear it? Where to?
Thank you for stopping!
Until next time....
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