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grandmarain | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

I am adding a 4″ fur trim to the bottom of capri jeans.  Anyone have suggestions on the best method to make sure the seams are “invisible”?

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  1. mygaley | | #1

    When I sew mardi gras costumes with fur, feathers, and fake fur, I do not trim the fur from the seam allowances.  I cut out my pieces carefully, cutting only the skin.  If I am machine sewing, "comb" the fur back from the seam allowance and hold it back from the stitching line with purple painter's masking tape (comes off very easily--be sure and get the purple kind and don't leave it on over a few hours).  Then after the seam(s) is sewn you have as much hair as possible to pull up and fluff to hide the seam.  Often there is even some to be pulled from within the stitches (Use a long stitch).    If there is too much hair in the seam, you can always trim it out after the top is fluffed the way you want it.  Remember fur has nap.

      On your jeans cuff project, suggest you open jeans inside seam, put top cuff seam line on top cuff stitching line rst with cuff pointing up, then sew fur to denim.  With your hand only, press cuff down.  Turn cuff down over denim inside s/a match s/a fur right side to denim wrong side together and sew this seam.  This will involve some tight sewing, but you can do it.   I think fur will cover jeans fabric enough that the underside won't show.  Then sew side seams in a "circle" very like you handle the underarm of a lined vest.   This sounds like a garment that will get a lot of wear.  suggest put seams great on fur skin side to protect fur. 

    By the way, I do use pins, and sometimes those quilter's pins on fur and fake fur.  Just be as stingy as you can with them on the real thing.   Also I use buttonhole twist for any hand stitches on fur.   God bless you while you're working on this project.  Is it for youself or a gift? Galey

    1. grandmarain | | #2

      The jeans are for my neice.  I actually finished the project last night and gave them to her tonight.  She loves them!  I am pretty conventional (frumpy) when it comes to my clothing, but she is tall enough to be able to carry this kind of garment off!  The jeans were capri style and wide enough to get on my machine without having to split the seams.  I had 4 inch trim, measured up 3 inches on the pants legs and drew a line with disappearing pen.  I sewed the trim on, flipped it down, and whip stitched the side closed and the bottom under.  I was scared they were going to look too bulky (not being able to "press" the seam), but it worked out great and they were exactly what she wanted.  Like I said, I am not too "up" on fashion, but she said we took a $30 pair of jeans and turned them into designer jeans that people pay a couple hundred or more for.  I wish I could do a pair a day at that price.  I don't think I even own several hundred dollars worth in all my clothes, let alone one pair of jeans!

      Thank you so much for your advice and instructions.  I have never sewn with any kind of fur before except hairy gimp (which is a trick also).  I am not sure that I would want to make clothes out of the stuff but sewing on the trim was not near as difficult as I thought it was going to be.  I was under the gun timewise on these and followed my own judgement which luckily turned out to be the right thing!  Thank you again for your help!

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