Hot! The Fake Bunny Love Outfit | Debi Fry


The Facts

Fabric: Faux rabbit fur from ~£13, cotton batting interlining from Edinburgh Fabrics ~£5, black sating lining from charity shop ~ £1
Pattern: Simplicity 3529 from Ebay – ~£3
Year: 1940
Notions: Vintage hook and eye — ~£.05
Time to complete: 7 hours
First worn: January 2011
Wear again? OH YES!

Total Cost: ~£22

I’ve been enamored of early 1940’s coats for quite some time.  When I picked up an amazing 1940’s topper hat this summer, I knew I had to eventually make a jacket to match.  This week’s challenge was the perfect opportunity as there are so many 1940’s coats for sale.  I used this coat from DarlingNikkiVintage as my inspiration.  It is selling for $248:

1940's fur coat

I wanted something shorter but with the same lines that I could wear as a topper over any dresses I make from the time period.  I had the perfect pattern in my stash from the year 1940:


I originally bought the pattern because I loved the coat but the little jacket just grew on me–I adore it!

I got the faux rabbit fur from  It is a thin faux fur so I didn’t have to worry about shaving seams or combing it.  I was able to sew it normally and it was very easy and worry-free to work with:


And the biggest surprise?  The entire jacket took less time to sew then my Coco-inspired (‘easy to make’ pattern) blouse!!  That includes time carefully cutting out the faux fur (little scissor snips and cutting each piece individually), interlining the jacket AND lining the jacket.  It’s a brilliant pattern and comes together very easily.  Then to line, you just bag the jacket lining, sewing the lining and the faux fur right sides together around the entire jacket (just leaving enough space to turn it right side out and then slipstitch that bit).


I love that the jacket sleeves are a bit shorter (I like the effect when longer sleeves ‘peek out’ under a jacket or coat).  I paired the jacket with a dress I made from McCall 3638, also from the year 1940.


I think this jacket will be very useful! I plan on wearing it over a dress for Valentine’s Day!!


We took the photos at the Dean Gallery, a really nice art gallery in Edinburgh.  My sweetie took all the photos (how sweet is that)?  What do you think?


Debi from My Happy Sewing Place

Debi Fry LOVES vintage patterns. She started sewing in 2009 and has been going since. In 2011, she participated in the Sew Weekly challenge and looks forward to the new challenges that lie in store!


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  1. So darling! Great job!

  2. Love love love – such a classy coat and that faux-fur looks incredible! I swear you look like an old time movie star in these photos!

  3. I love the 1940’s too and I really have to comment on your stockings! I love stockings that have the seam up the back and they will forever remind me of the scene in Hope and Glory, when Sammi Davis, who plays Dawn, the older sister, draws the seam on her nylons with a marker.

  4. i love your whole look.. it comes together so perfectly with that divine jacket. you look gorgeous!

    I cannot believe how simple it seems to make up! Amazing! I love the photos and the setting is just beautiful!

  6. Gorgeous! I’m loving all the outfits you’re posting on here – so beautiful and inspiring! :-)

  7. So elegant! I tip my hat to you, madam.

  8. A mysterious lady of an old movie! You met the perfect suit with the perfect scenario, the jacket looks great with that hat. You are fully inspiration!

  9. Its gorgeous!! :)
    Ashley x

  10. Wow, I’m really impressed. It looks extra cosy too, which with all the cold weather we’ve been having in the UK this winter is definite bonus :)

  11. It is really nice. You did a great job.

  12. Wow, the outfit looks absolutely wonderful! The photos and setting are fantastic too!

  13. Gorgeous!! The photos are beautiful too!

  14. I would never have had the courage to work with fur, but this jacket is so fab I might just have to give it a try. you look fantastic, so authentic. The pics look like move stills!!

  15. *jaw drops* Debi, it turned out so utterly gorgeous! Love everything about this outfit!! I completely agree that you look like you’ve just stepped out of the silver screen!

  16. Positively stunning! I have never been a great admirer of fur (fake or otherwise) but I make an exception for your coat and hat. And it was simple to make?!?! I’m in awe.

  17. This is divine, you look amazing.