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GwenH
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Date: 11/5/12 1:14 PM

Not the right place to ask a question about sewing with fur-like fabric I guess. I'll try some more research on the internet and see if I can find answers. I'll also experiment on the patch pockets I removed from the garment.
-- Edited on 11/7/12 1:04 AM --

After sitting for hours and hours and hours processing voters yesterday, I'm ready to get up and walk around. I thought of the idea of walking around the mall and seeing if I can find ready-to-wear examples to study up close. The online pictures are good, but this could give me a chance to compare the fabric as well. Nothing looks worse than the wrong fabric or closures for a particular pattern.
-- Edited on 11/7/12 10:13 AM --

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Date: 11/8/12 1:33 PM

What sort of questions do you have?

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Date: 11/8/12 2:22 PM

I saw your other question on it someplace else here I think. I did not answer you, as thought someone else might.

Truth is, I think that first picture of the white garment, you posted was just a soft and very flexable, unstructured bathrobe made of double sided polyester fleece, and the coat patterns you were looking at, and fabric you are thinking about for them, most times would be way different, and probably fake fur made more for street worn garments instead, not a bathrobe and with a stiffer knit backing on it instead. So not all that interchangeable, back and forth, as to drape and how it might handle at all. And I think you are attempting to be comparing wrap around bathrobes to outerwear coats or jackets and not even fabrics the same at all, and just not a whole lot the same in some ways.

I think the bathrobe was fine unlined because it has shorter pile on the inside of it, where the back of some fake fur, probably would not and be a lot stiffer, so if you bothered to pay a lot of money for the fake fur for a coat or jacket, I think you would want to line it, or you would be looking at the back of the fake fur, which would not look like the front of it. Also lining it, would make it slip onto you better over sweaters and such. I do think it would be a bad idea to try to put a zipper direct into fake fur, as the long furry part will always be trying to get caught up into the zipper, but I have seen that in the stores sometimes. I don't buy those, made that way, just because of that! I think better to put a zipper into something else, non furry, just set into it instead, and try to get the zipper set away from the fake fur a little bit more so that does not tend to happen.

Internet and just looking at pictures on it, is really no complete substitute for actually being in front of things and being able to touch them, try them on and hold them in your hands. And just see how they might be made and out of what each time. I think you should go look shopping in some large mall, and try on both of those kinds of garments, and then I think it would be much easier for you to tell the difference later.

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Date: 11/8/12 10:31 PM

Thanks for your perspective - it actually sounds very much like the mental process I went through (without the judgements). And no, I "wouldn't bother to pay a lot of money" for fake fur as I'm not really a fan of fur or fake fur for garments. This was going to be an experiment in fluffy fabric.

Intersting you actually referred to the bathrobe as fleece, as I just posted in the contest page that my plan, if I did it at all, would be to treat it like fleece.

EDIT: Ah, I think I understand your comment now. No, I wasn't using the robe fabric becuase I wanted a fur jacket and was to cheap to buy faux fur. It was that I had the refashion contest in mind when I was perusing a thrift store and I saw the robe and immediately thought it would make a fun jacket.

The patterns I wanted to use are for fleece so that would work, but without being able to use a zipper, the project loses a lot of its appeal. I envisioned an unlined casual jacket and perhaps this fabric isn't as good a choice as it initially seemed.

-- Edited on 11/8/12 11:44 PM --

EDIT: After wandering the local mall which included both department stores and boutiques - I could find no examples of fur or faux fur jackets. This is probably more a reflection of the climate I live in (temperate year round) than fur jackets being out of favor.

I've toying with the idea that the fluffy fleece material might make good extra throw pillows for on my bed to coordinate with the Ikea Flokati rug next to my bed.
-- Edited on 11/9/12 1:40 PM --

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