I’ve been yearning to create a teddy bear fur coat for the longest time. I mean I bought the fabric last year and everything. But like many other life things, I never got around to starting the project. I haven’t made a coat since I made this faux fur one a while ago, so I vowed that I would check it off my sewing list during this cold weather season. I was able to squeeze it in right before the spring season started. Yes to accomplished my goal.
The coat was created using Simplicity 8797 pattern with no major modifications. I usually wear a medium in Simplicity patterns but I scaled down to a small because this coat was huge. Like really huge. I even felt like I could have even scaled down the size of sleeves. The fabric was a teddy bear fur in a super bold magenta pink. I found the piece at my favorite discount fabric store for $8.99 a yard! Thank goodness they had just enough yards for the coat. I didn’t want to line the coat with satin fabric; instead, I chose to use a soft brushed cotton. I felt softer and added another level of warmth to it.
Tips to working with faux fur
- Cut one layer at a time. It will save you a lot of stress and pain from trying to cut thru thick and fussy layers.
- Use a rotary cutter instead of scissors. It also makes cutting a breeze especially around curves easier.
- Always pin layers before sewing. It just helps keep all the bulky fabric stable.
This coat was so much fun to make and to wear. I paired it with this J Crew turtleneck and a vintage leather skirt. The skirt is so old that I can’t recall where I bought it from. The shoes are old from Aldo. The teddy bear fur coat was all the rage this season and I totally understand why. They’re super warm and cozy and easy to throw on with basically any outfit.