Review: McCall's 7257 | Faux Fur Gilet!

7:30 AM

I've been wanting to work with faux fur and I'm so glad that McCall's 7257 was released.  It's such an easy pattern, with limited seams to work with.
I cut the size medium and used the length from view D and the hood from view C.  My fabric is this very luxurious Black and White Faux Fur Knit from Mood Fabrics.com.
I had never worked with any kind of fur before, so I had to quickly do research on how to start.  I read that you (obviously) treat fur like you would any fabric with a nap, clearly the fur needs to be point down.  I cut on a single layer, from the backside.  I cut into the backing to completely miss the fur.  You never cut across the fur!  You don't want blunt ends.  It should look natural.  And I trimmed the fur down in the seam allowances so it would be easier to sew.  I used a regular universal size 12 needle.  And yes, it's messy as hell to work with. You'll need almost need a shop vac when you're done!
And what's outerwear without pockets!  
Even though I'll never wear the hood, it's a great detail that adds interest.
My lining is a Silver Poly Satin.  The poly looks good, but doesn't feel as luxe as a charmeuse would've.  I wish I'd bought the charmeuse.  Having a little bit of buyer's remorse.  But if I make another one, I'll use it next time.
Overall, I love this new piece.  It's chic, easy to throw on and it'll be worn a lot for this season.

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39 comments

  1. That’s cute as all get out. I don’t really care for fur, I’m trying to think of something else I could make it out of.

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  2. I have this same (ish) type of faux fur, I am so on your style bandwagon I need this in my closet right now cause it's feeling a little nippy in ATL..

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    1. It has definitely been the perfect weather for it! Thanks Melissa!

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  3. LOVE IT!!! I love the color and the hood.
    Since I got the sleeves removed from my fur jacket I have worn it more as a vest in the last two years than I've worn it as a jacket in the last 10 years. I've had it 30 years now, and loving it as a vest.

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    1. Thanks Pam. I have a female ranch mink from my grandmother. I've been considering having it made into a more modern look.

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  4. I saw this on Instagram and was waiting for your pics. This is gorgeous mostly because you picked an awesome faux fur to work with. Absolutely stunning!

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  5. I own a Mimi shop vac. Great for fur, corduroy and any kind of "fuzzy" clean up. And it's small so I keep it in my sewing room. The vest is gorgeous!

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    1. Typo! A Mini Shop Vac! Great purchase!

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    2. You'll need it for this! Thanks Carol!

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  6. You are amazing. Just beautiful. How do you manage to work out all the time and still sew at such a fast pace? Little helper mice in the night?:)

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    1. Just get it in! Thanks Justine!

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  7. It looks great! I saw that pattern and wasn't immediately drawn to it, but yours doesn't look so overwhelming.

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    1. It's very quick and easy! Thanks Eryn!

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  8. I love this! I bought this pattern a few weeks ago, but I'm searching for the right faux fur.

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  9. Fabulous! I've gotta make me one pronto. Thanks again for your inspiration.

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  10. Erica...did you draft your own lining pieces???

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    1. No, it's supposed to be lined. Thanks!

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  11. Love it, Erica! Yes fur is messy to work with but it's totally worth the trouble.
    Today I woke up to 40ºF outside, so it feels like "fur weather" to me already!

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    1. Our temps are the same! Thanks Tany!

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  12. You are really sewing pieces and building an very nice fall/winter wardrobe together. Love it.

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  13. This is beautiful. So luxe. Gorgeous!

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  14. Love it! Looks great on you!

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  15. Love this Erica! It's just so chic and warm!!!

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    1. It's so fun to wear! Thanks Margo!

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  16. Very Nice. I only wish I saw your post before I totally messed up a beautiful piece of FF. Looks very good on you as always...

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    1. Thanks Denise! I can't wait to see your edited version!

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  17. I love your "look " . I made a fur vest last season .....so I think I will make another with a hood for my sister-in-law!

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    1. This is a favorite piece for me! Thanks Mindy!

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  18. A good quality "faux fur" makes all the difference in a garment looking lush. I love yours and the entire outfit.

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    1. That is the truth! It took me a while to find one that I love. Thanks Natisha!

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