Tutorial – Girls fully-lined faux fur vest

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Girl Child wanted to be a particular pink kitty cat for Halloween. She loves the Disney Princess Palace Pets from Whisker Haven. At first she wanted to be Treasure, an orange cat. Then she changed her mind and decided to be Dreamy, a pink cat. I was happy when she went with pink because that is a much easier color to find!

I saw a post online for someone else who made a Dreamy costume the year before. She used pink clothes and a pink fur vest and tail to make the costume. I thought, I can do that! So I made a vest. I decided to make it fully lined with flannel, which means it can also be reversible.

 

What you need:

Faux fur fabric – I needed 1/2 yard for a size 5

Fabric for the lining – the same amount as you need for the faux fur

24 inches twill or grosgrain Ribbon

Thread

Tracing paper/pattern paper

 

Instructions:

Using a t-shirt or t-shirt pattern as a guide, make your pattern pieces. You will need one back piece and one front piece.

For the back, you will need one back piece. Be sure to add in seam allowances if you are tracing a t-shirt. Add 1/2 inch to each side.

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For the front, you will need to trace 1/2 of the front of the shirt since this is a vest that opens in the front. If you are tracing a t-shirt, remember to add in seam allowances. Add an inch to the front center. My pattern has a scoop neck. You could also do a v-neck if you prefer.

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(One thing I found when I was done was that the arm opening could be wider. Although it fits, I think it would fit more like a traditional vest if the arm openings are wider. I will change that the next time I make one of these vests by lowering the curve further down on the side of the pattern.)

Cut out one back piece and two front pieces from your faux fur and from your lining material.

When working with faux fur, I found one piece of advice that made all the difference in working with this material. Hand baste everything first. Sure, it adds time, but it prevents the material from slipping as you sew with your machine, which makes a huge difference in your final product.

With right sides together, sew the front to the back at the shoulders. Do this for both your fur pieces and your lining pieces. Press open the seams.

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Cut the ribbon in half. Attach one ribbon to each front piece at the center front along so that it will be included in the seam allowance.

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With right sides together, pin the fur to the lining along both arm holes and up the center front around the neck. Make sure the free end of the ribbons are curled up inside. Sew.

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Reach up the back and through the shoulders to pull the front through and turn the vest right side out.

With right sides together, pin the side seams together, matching fur to fur and lining to lining. Sew.

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With right sides together, pin lining to fur along the bottom. Leave a four-inch opening in the center. Sew. Turn right side out. Hand sew the opening closed using a blind stitch.

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Enjoy your new, warm, fuzzy vest!

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