Poodle coat construction

I am having a lot of fun with this project.


Stand collar ‘interfacing’: not a fusible, but lovely Italian shirting cotton

There’s something appealingly subversive about using “couture” techniques when sewing faux fur that looks like a poodle.

Mais oui, pourquoi pas? Of course a poodle needs couture treatment. It is French, no?


Dart trimmed then catch stitched down

A light weight knit underlining hand basted to the fur

Shoulder seam reinforced with cotton tape

The pattern has a two piece sleeve and suggests loden on the underside. I like this detail.

I used a grey marl ponte from my stash (have I told you how much I love having a stash?).

The finished product

After stitching the upper and lower sleeves together, I shaved the fur in the seam to reduce bulk,

turned the seam towards the ponte, and catch stitched it down

The last of the python lining in my stash slithered into the sleeves


The main body of the coat won’t be lined so I sewed the lining and the sleeves together at the bottom, right sides together.

and because the lining was cut shorter than the sleeve,

(that’s my shadow on the carpet, not a dirty patch)

flipping to the right side gave a nice turn up, which I secured in place with some, Ahem, not very couture machine stitching.



This is BurdaStyle’s Long Shawl Coat 10/2012 #131 with the stand collar from the Fur Blouson Jacket 10/2012 #129 rather than the attached shawl/scarf


There is still plenty to do.

And there are bits of fluffy poodle fur everywhere 🙂

16 thoughts on “Poodle coat construction

    • Now I understand the allure of couture sewing. But perhaps a bit silly, really, to use them on what is actually just a long knit cardigan. But its my hobby so I’ll be silly if I want to.

  1. I think you said that the coat is for your daughter. If so, lucky girl!! And if not, well, I have a feeling she’ll be wearing it anyway 😉 Looks like it’s going to be one incredible garment.

    • Thank you. Yes, it is for Felicity. She has started to borrow my egg coat, even though it a bit big, but her main trick is to steal my fabric before they turn into my clothes.

  2. Your daughter is lucky to have such a talented and clever mum! Can’t wait to see her model the finished product. 🙂

    • Lush. Good word for this coat. Its all done now apart from closures.I hope to get some this weekend. Toggles? Big hooks and eyes? Might need to do some auditioning.

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