Sunday, 22 March 2015

No Animals Were Harmed in the Making of this Blog Post

Hello! Today I am going to share with you a collar that I made inspired by the lovely Rhonda Buss, of Rhonda's Creative Life fame. I made this using a tutorial that Rhonda shared on her blog as part of her Free Pattern Friday series. I was really inspired as this collar was just so cute and looked amazing on, yet was a very simple sew (find Rhonda's collar here and here).

My poor, long-suffering dummy. Apologies for all the fluff.

This was a quick make.  I didn't have to buy anything as everything was already in my stash.  I bought this really crazy tie dye fur fabric when it was on sale in Mandors in Glasgow. It is a bit of a wild mixture of white, pink, lilac and black. You get a better idea of the colours from the back.


I have a sort of love/hate relationship with this fabric, it is so awful it is great, but have never been able to part with it even though I didn't have a clue what to use it for.  I must have had it for about 10 years! Talk about being delighted when I read Rhonda's post.


The sewing part was fast. The pattern is just a 4" by the fabric width rectangle and the pom-poms two little 4" squares that you round off into circles that I cut off the end. The squares were trimmed into circles, drawn up into little balls using a running stitch and stuffed to keep there shape using a little kapok. The ribbon was hand stitched into place.
I took the advice and cut the fur using a blade so that I didn't damage the fluffy part and then zig-zagged the edge with all the hair tucked in. I didn't cut the other side off where they had chopped it off the roll in the shop and boy, does it make a difference.  Thanks, Rhonda for the great tip. Photos of the two methods below:

This was the razor cut. You can't really see the join.

Seamed using the cut edge. This took some work with a pin to get it looking furry I can tell you!

So I love the final outcome. This little collar makes me insanely happy and the colours really cheer up the miserable transition into Spring that we have been having. I am now on the look out for more fur in funky colours. This would make a fabulous gift to make someone, except this one. Me, me, me. Mine, mine, mine!

Me after a long day and covered in pen from marking the back of the fur. What a clart!

Apologies for all the big pics but I have borrowed a Mac to write this and I am missing all my photo editing software.

So have you worked with fake fur? What did you make?

Have a great week!

Kxx





10 comments:

  1. That looks really great, what a fab idea, and I love the colours! I've never made anything with faux fur, I'd be a bit scared of it, I think...
    I keep buying fabric and not sewing anything with it, it's time to crack on with something now. Maybe the Easter holidays will be Sewing Time!
    Oh, and don't apologise for the bigger pics, I like them. xxx

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    1. Hi Curtise, thanks! I was a bit scared of sewing with fur too but Rhonda's tips made it really easy. I am so hearing you about buying fabric and not doing anything with it. I do that too, the size of my stash is testament to that, although I have been trying to economise recently so have been buying a few vintage patterns instead. Never really find any good vintage fabrics here any more. Too many people with the same idea. Also hoping to get some sewing in during the Easter holidays. Hope you do too, you make the best things. xxxx

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  2. It looks fantastic. I couldn't decide if I wouls like it or want one till I saw the final pic of you wearing it.nfantastic! Well done on hoarding the fabric for all these years!

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    1. Thanks Ms Nora. I was of the same opinion as you. When I first saw this fur I thought that it was awful but strangely compelling so bought a bit anyway (as you do). I do have a tendency to hoard crafty things. I have some fabrics that I bought when I was at Uni and some that I bought when I was at school over 30 years ago. They just travel round with me. I would rather pack them than furniture. Their time will come (probably). Xxxx

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  3. You're mad... but in the nicest possible way! It suits you though, somehow!!!

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    1. Thanks Edwina. I like mad fabrics and am really growing to love this collar. I have loads of fur left. Might make some matching cuffs but probably sans pom poms. Xxxx

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  4. It looks fabulous! I'm also pleased to know it's not just me who hoards fabric for a decade or so here and there xx

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    1. Thanks Josie. No, not just you and not just fabric. I had loads of wool too but gave it to my Mum. Except for a bit I found that I had knitted up more than 15 years ago. I am going to recycle that soon. Xxxx

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  5. So sorry to be so late in commenting. I want your collar!!!! That fur is just the best and you look so wonderful in it. You just made my day!!

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    1. Rhonda, you have definitely made mine. Thanks for the lovely comment and for sharing this pattern. The collar is great. I absolutely love it and will make more of them. Probably, many more. :) xxxx

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