The “Achoo!” Fur Collar
Pattern: Burda #103 08/2012
Fabric: faux fur / flannel-backed satin
Notions: 1.5m ribbon
Total Price?: Around $5?
First Worn: For a few minutes of photos; we’re having one last heat wave and I’m sticking to cottons.
Wear Again?: yes
Don’t ever sew with faux fur. Just……don’t.
You should see the state of my sewing machine. And sewing area. And living room. Hell, you should see my whole house! Tiny little fuzzy hairs creeping into every corner (and up my nose – achoooo!)
I had another project lined up for this challenge, and even wrote up most of the post, but for some reason I just had to make this fur collar from Burda 08/12. I think “some reason” was this image on my design board:
Everyone seems to be in agreement that the August issue is THE issue of the year – there is usually one issue which more than makes up for the cost of the magazine, because you know that you’ll make 4 or 5 of the designs – so I forked out for the mag at my local Fabricville. People are correct: there are a lot of great pieces in this issue, but this collar called out to me, and with only one pattern piece, how hard could it be?
Well, it was mostly my fault for not doing the proper prep work. I don’t have a pair of clippers, so I tried to cut the fur from the seam allowances with a tiny pair of scissors, but it just looked like a rabid dog had attacked the fabric, so I decided to try sewing according to the Burda instructions. (insert wry smile here for anyone who’s tried to follow Burda instructions) They suggested just “pushing the pile to the side while sewing”. Yeah, that’ll work. Not so much. There was a lot of slipping and sliding and fabric oozing out from under my presser foot.
I cut the lining (a nice flannel-backed satin from The Best Estate Sale Ever) slightly smaller than the fur so it would roll under, and it mostly obeyed. The Burda instructions didn’t suggest this, and it may seem obvious to most of us, but when you rate a project as beginner, I think you need to be a bit more explicit with the directions. Otherwise you risk turning off learners when their projects don’t seem as nice as the photos.
In case you’re wondering, the painting in front of which I’m standing was done by my aunt Joanne. It’s always been one of my favourites of hers.
Stop Press! The fur collar is now offered at the Burdastyle site for free here.