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Date: 11/22/11 11:35 AM

I'm working on a lined faux fur vest. The fur is a really nice one I got from EOS last spring - a rabbit-y kind of fur with a short pile. I also got some Bemberg rayon for lining it. I've sewed both the fur and the lining and my next step is to sew them together, but I'm having doubts about my lining fabric. I wasn't entirely sure about it before starting, but I didn't have anything else in my stash that would work so I went ahead with it anyway. And since I've already sewn it up and don't really want to buy more fabric, I'm still thinking of just using it. But, it's kind of thin and probably too sheer to be right for the fur. (You can see the seam allowances through it.) I should probably be using something like a crepe-back satin, but... I dunno. I guess I just need someone to tell me either that it's fine, it doesn't matter, just go ahead with it, or that no, your hesitation is totally on target, scrap the Bemberg lining and get something more suitable. Help!

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Date: 11/22/11 9:08 PM

If you can see seams through it, then it is too thin. It will not wear well and, most importantly, it will bug you. Don't put average lining on good faux fir! :)

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Date: 11/23/11 3:37 PM

I used a Bemberg rayon lining on a faux fur jacketI made recently, and it was fine. My lining was black and you can't see any seam allowances through it. But even if you could, I don't think it would be a major problem since the lining is not visible when the garment is worn.

If you want to replace the lining, Joann's carries a flannel backed satin lining called Zeus lining. It's about $10 or $12 a yard, so use a 40% off coupon. But honestly, I don't think it's necessary.

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Date: 11/23/11 4:44 PM

Thanks to both of you for weighing in! (And Nancy, your jacket is fantastic!)

I decided to get a different fabric for the lining. I want to love this vest, because I love the fur, and I'm not sure I would have been happy with it with the Bemberg lining. I think the Bemberg would have held up just fine, but because it was a light color, with the seam allowances showing through I don't think it would have looked right. I bought a darker poly charmeuse and I think it will look much better. I bet if I had used Bemberg in that darker color it would have worked. I'll keep the lining I already sewed just in case I ever decide to sew this vest (or the jacket version of it) again and can make use of it.

Can't wait to (hopefully) finish my vest this weekend! Maybe I'll even get around to reviewing it...

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Date: 11/23/11 4:52 PM

chica what pattern are you using? I'm really getting into vests these days, and want to make even more!

nancy I love your jacket! And I keep forgetting to vote!

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Date: 11/23/11 4:54 PM

Quote: nancy2001
I used a Bemberg rayon lining on a faux fur jacketI made recently

WOW, WOW, WOW. That is *stunning.*

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Date: 11/23/11 6:19 PM

I'm using NL 6853, View E. I like that it has princess seams so it's got more shape to it than most patterns suitable for fur - they're usually so boxy and just not a good shape on me - but it's still simple enough to work. I really hope it turns out well. I made a muslin but it's hard to know how it will really look made up in faux fur.

I like the pattern for a faux fur vest in the December BurdaStyle. If I find myself in need of a second one, I may turn to that pattern!

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Date: 11/23/11 7:13 PM

Oooo nice choice! I have some shearling that I want to make a vest out of (I made this jacket from Lois Ericson last year, & wanted to make a vest, but now I'm looking hard at the NL....I agree, the princess seams look great!

I'm mid project in several other items right now, but I'll keep an eye out for your review!

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