Here is a picture of my latest creation - a faux fur coat made with Burda Pattern 6395 that is designed to be a bit boxy and oversized. I lined it with flannel to ensure that it will keep me warm through the cold Pittsburgh winter - I love it!
For many people, the feeling of wearing fur is a luxurious experience; you probably have some in your wardrobe, even if it’s only for trim or embellishment. Faux fur has steadily increased in popularity over the years, which is no surprise given that it comes in a large variety of colors and textures and is much more affordable than real fur. A strong commitment to animal rights has caused many designers to shun real fur, including Versace, Michael Kors, Gucci, Tommy Hilfiger, Stella McCartney and Giorgio Armani. In California it is now illegal to purchase new furs, and other states are considering similar bans.
For centuries, a fur coat has been both a winter necessity and, in many cultures, a status symbol. Modern fur coats are expensive, and must be properly stored and cared for in order to keep them from growing brittle, matted, stained or crushed. Only professional furriers should be trusted to repair real fur garments.
So if faux fur is becoming the new norm, does that mean it is better for the environment? The answer is rather complex; if you’d like to read an article that delves into it, click here. Care for faux fur is simple, as it can be gently laundered like other synthetic materials. If you decide to sew with faux fur yourself, be prepared for a mess! The hairs get everywhere and can be difficult to clean up, so be ready with a vacuum and lint roller.