I'd been wanting to add a faux fur leopard print coat to my wardrobe since last year and I finally found the perfect fur! It's the Brown and Beige Leopard Printed Stretch Faux Fur from MoodFabrics.com.
I'd seen this coat and knew that I wanted a similar minimal design (i.e. limited seaming) for working with faux fur. I reached for Vogue Patterns 9123, that I'd previously used in plaid wool. I used the same size as before, the size 14. I probably could've gone with a 12, but I wanted to make sure that I had enough wearing ease to put this on over a thick sweater.
This pattern has back shoulder darts and elbow darts. I eliminated these for the fur, but kept them for the lining.
Cutting and laying out faux fur is pretty simple. You just have to always keep in mind that you're working with a fabric that has a nap. Fur looks best with the nap brushed down. So that's the way all of the pieces should be laid out. Also, it goes without saying that this is a messy process because it gives new meaning to "the fur will fly". And it will... all over the place.
Since my faux fur has stretch, I added a back stay to stabilize that area. The pattern also suggest shoulder pads. I made my own from cotton batting.
My lining is this Ultra Brown Sold Polyester Satin.
I used the facings, but omitted the interfacing. And I bagged my lining.For closures, I picked these beautiful Brown Nylon Snaps. I love the way this coat turned out. And I'm so happy to have found this fabric to create my fabulous statement coat!