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A faux fur, suedecloth winter coat.
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Date: 9/19/13 9:45 AM

Hi everyone. I am finally back to sewing season (out of gardening and canning season) and want vary baddly to make a winter coat from this fantastic fabric I bought for my 4 year old at the end of last year from Fabric Mart. The description from their site when I bought ----MPA5860 Floral Print Suedecloth/Faux Fur Pink, Lime, Gray 57" Wide----- I did not think it would be so hard to find a nice coat pattern utilizing the double sided nature of this fabric

I finally found an OOP pattern for a sherpa coat 2778 from Simplicity. Unfortunately I have never sewn with this type of material before, while I have enough to make this pattern, I don't have a ton extra to "experiment" with. Am I way off base? Can I make this type of inverted seam (for lack of the proper term) with this fabric and have it look right? Would any of you attempt this or would you keep looking for another pattern? Does anyone have any advice? The fabric is gorgeous, my daughter picked it out herself and I would hate to mess it up, she is really looking forward to her pink flower, furry inside coat

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Date: 9/19/13 3:33 PM

If you want it, just make it. That pattern looks like a good one for it. There is nothing special about the seams in that particular pattern at all, except sewn wrong sides of fabric together, so seam allowances just end up on the outside of garment instead of the right sides together, ith seam allowances inside the garment instead.

If you got fake suede cloth on one side of fabric and fake fur on the other, I'm pretty sure that it would always even be more easy to just make a seam with the fuzzy stuff on the inside and the smoother stuff on the outside, and do that with the smoother stuff, next to your stitch plate and touching the bottom of the machines pressure foot. than the other way around. Just since things would be feeding more easy through there, and no fuzzy stuff to get caught up in the pressure foot toes, or in your needle quite the same as the other way around.

Maybe just look at a cut edge of your fabric though, and fold it backwards against the rest of the yardage and see how you like that look first, as however that looks, is how it would look on the outside of your garment.

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Date: 9/19/13 5:00 PM

The fabric you describe sounds like faux shearling to me, also called faux sherpa. I made a faux shearling coat a couple of years ago and it turned out very well. It is super fast to make too, as there are no facings or hems and almost no finishing. That said, there were a few things that were different to ordinary fabrics. I wrote up the details in my review t the time.

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Date: 9/20/13 10:22 AM

beauturbo, I think I needed a kick toward doing it. I was sort of the mind set "if I want to, do it", but hesitant as I have never done a coat or used this type of fabric before, so assumed I should not deviate from directions at all until I had more experience in at least one of the two areas.

Rivergum, your review helps a lot with dealing with the fabric. That is almost the same type of fabric, except my fur is more straight haired, but same more or less the same. I assume I will have the same issues sewing as you did.

Whatever the results, I will post my review. I am going to try a muslin in a fleece first to get my fit right.

Thanks for the help ladies.

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Date: 9/22/13 10:11 PM

I think there's an OOP Burda for a similar coat for kids.

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Date: 9/23/13 11:15 AM

There are a few Ottobres with shearling coat patterns as well. I've made a couple for my girls and one for myself, and they are very gratifying to sew (I love the no-lining thing, lol!). Good luck!

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