It seems to look much longer on the mannequin than it does me. I guess I have a longer torso?
Sorry for the slightly fuzzy photos! My SLR needs recharging but I didn't want to hold off on making the collar until it was finished. I have had fur on my mind ever since I tried on the LOFT Military Wool Jacket with Fur Collar.
So when I found some fur trim at Joann's, I felt compelled to buy it and fashion my own collar. See tutorial right after the jump.
What I Used:
- Fur Trim, 4" wide
- Lining Fabric
- Needle / Thread
- Brooch (optional)
I purchased 2.5 yards to allow for errors but essentially all you'll need is 44" x 4".
- Cut 2 rectangular pieces of 22" x 4". For me, 22" hit me right above the belly button. You can adjust your length depending on where you want your collar to end. When cutting, be sure to "part" the fur and cut along the part. Otherwise, you'll end up with unsightly hacked off hair with blunt edges.
- Sew the 2 pieces together on the wrong side so that the fur orientation of the collar has the nap going down the collar on both sides. I don't think you necessarily have to do this but it seemed weird to me to have the fur direction going up one side and down the other.
- (Optional) Round both edges of your collar. Follow the diagram below for the 1st end and then flip it for the 2nd end. When you have the ends side-by-side, they should make a "U" shape. You can also make it a "V" shape if you prefer. Make sure to part your fur again before cutting.
- Cut a piece of lining fabric to match the exact dimensions of your 44" x 4" collar.
- Place lining fabric on top of the fur and sew both long sides plus 1 short side.
- Now flip it inside out so that the fur is on one side and the lining is on the other. Blind stitch the remaining short side.
- Lightly brush along the edges to coax some of the trapped fur (from sewing the lining to it) out.
And you're done!
You can either sew a snap and wear it like this:
Or you can dress it up with a brooch attachment instead:
Close-up of brooch (I wore this in my hair on my wedding day!):
Easy enough, right? :)