Edit: Tips on sewing real fake fur:
Thanks so much for all your comments on my gorilla suit. I wanted to let you know that I was frightened by the fur at first, but after I started working with it...it was so easy! Way easier than short nap fur. The key points were:
-use a sharp (change the blades often - those snap-off blades were a blessing) box cutter to cut only the fabric backing...not the fur.
-Be sure to leave enough room when cutting near the bottom edge of the fabric to maintain the fur length because the fabric store cut the piece with sissors (which means they also cut the fur length off).
-Use your hair brush to gently (but you don't have to be too gentle) the fur away from the seam allowance towards the garment piece's center
-I sewed with a large width, #3 (out of 4) length stitch. This allowed me to use the dull end of a needle to pull out fur trapped in the seam much easier. And with the fur so large, it didn't matter that the stich was so wide.
-Sew in the direction of the fur nap.
-Be prepared to vacumme - the fur gets everywhere!
Now I'm not afraid of fur! Again, way eaiser than the short nap stuff that wiggles around on you when you are trying to sew it! DON'T be afraid! Go get some ugly stuff in on discounted bin and practice on a silly hat.
Please see my review with photos for the project I did here: