The Fake Bunny Love Outfit | Debi Fry
Fabric: Faux rabbit fur from EmmaOneSock.com ~£13, cotton batting interlining from Edinburgh Fabrics ~£5, black sating lining from charity shop ~ £1
Pattern: Simplicity 3529 from Ebay – ~£3
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:
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 EmmaOneSock.com. 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?