Facebook Email Pinterest Twitter Instagram Tiktok Icon YouTube Icon Headphones Icon Favorite Navigation Search Icon Forum Search Icon Main Search Icon Close Icon Video Play Icon Indicator Arrow Icon Close Icon Hamburger/Search Icon Plus Icon Arrow Down Icon Video Guide Icon Article Guide Icon Modal Close Icon Guide Search Icon

Conversational Threads

faux fur

visualize | Posted in General Discussion on

I would like comments or suggestions about sewing a faux fur vest. Mine is a long curly version but the backing is neither woven or knit…it looks like ultra suede. At first I thought I don’t have to line it, but that is not true. So if I want this to last do I use polyester/rayon lining, or something more durable like a nylon that you would use on outdoor gear?  My pattern has sqaure armholes, a collar, and no zipper in front.

Any thoughts?

thanks, viualize (this)



  1. rodezzy | | #1

    From Threads #129, pp. 34-39

    Go Faux!

    1. visualize | | #2

      Thanks, I have read that article and it does not address lining. I have # 104 pp42-47 "making a shearling coat'. At first I wondered if I had shearling...but there is no way because I have a consistent 28 inch width  so it is not a pelt? Check it out.


      1. user-60627 | | #3

        I have seen this material, it's meant to be used like a real shearling (because it has two finished sides to it, the suede side and the fur side). It is not real shearling, it is a manmade product similar to Ultrasuede.Without seeing your pattern, its hard to say exactly how to handle the seams (do you want a sort of 'shearling coat' look to your finished vest?), but this stuff is not meant to be lined. The suede side is supposed to the 'outside' and the fur to the 'inside.'Why do you think it needs to be lined? I can't see any pictures.

        Edited 1/11/2008 1:28 pm ET by Bel Argent

        1. visualize | | #4

          Thank you! Bless you for having seen a similiar fabric. I thought it would be slim to none for finding someone. I am using Vogue 2914 a Sandra Betzina pattern. So you are saying I could finish my vest like the the shearling article in Threads 104? ...possibly sew the seams on the right side so the the suede shows and top stitch? shave the fur off and make suede bands to finish the sqaure armholes instead of facings/ that kind of thing?

          Have YOU or anyone you know sewn with this kind of 'faux fur'?


          1. rodezzy | | #5

            Yes, I've sewn this kind of fabric.

            019 is faux shearling and the 013 pink is faux fur.  They both have a suede like embroidered backing.  You don't line these materials.  I've also seen the ones with out the embroidered backs and you don't line those either.  Good luck. 

          2. user-60627 | | #6

            I would use the shearling techniques on this material. It is in all respects (except the fact that it's probably washable) exactly like a shearling. The techniques for fur/faux fur are a little different, and aren't applicable here, because your material is not meant to be lined.This sounds like an interesting project, what color is your 'shearling'?

          3. visualize | | #7

            My shearling is long...about 2 inches, wavy, curly, and a medium brown at base and lighter almost blonde at the ends. I thought I would use the long wavy side as the right side and the suede side would only show at the two side seams. The outside edges and around the square armholes would also be bound or finished with pieces so the suede side shows. The collar will also be fur side showing.

          4. user-60627 | | #8

            Oh, this is pretty. Since the sueded side will be inner side, make sure you have enough ease in your vest, so it doesn't stick. Cheap felt is a good material to make a muslin out of, if you need to check the fit of your pattern.

          5. visualize | | #9

             I will try using the felt for my muslin. Thanks for all your suggestions...they are greatly appreciated. The two shirts I have been working on may get back burnered so I can really get into this vest. 

          6. LindaG | | #10

            Lands End sold a coat this past fall made out of a similar fabric with a sueded side and faux shearling on the other. The suede was outside, shearling inside. For what it's worth, here are some construction details: The seams are sewn then topstitched to one side. Sleeve ends are turned over a half inch so that the shearling peeks out; hem is turned under. Buttonholes are bound through the single layer.Good luck!

          7. visualize | | #11

            Was this in their catalogue? is there a picture? Maybe I should go to their website?

          8. LindaG | | #12

            I don't know if this link will work -- At Lands End website, go to Women's Outerwear "Faux Shearling Car Coat."http://www.landsend.com/pp/FauxShearlingCarCoat~148856_59.html?bcc=y&action=order_more&sku_0=::RKF&CM_MERCH=IDX_00010__0000000141&origin=index

          9. visualize | | #13

            Thank you! It worked.

          10. rodezzy | | #14

            That is really beautiful faux shearling fabric.  It must have been expensive and it looks so real.  I hope every thing turns out great for you, looking forward to seeing pics of the finished product.

This post is archived.

Threads Insider

Get instant access to hundreds of videos, tutorials, projects, and more.

Start Your Free Trial

Already an Insider? Log in

Conversational Threads

Recent Posts and Replies

  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |
  • |

Threads Insider Exclusives

View All
View All


Shop the Store

View All
View More