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.
There is still plenty to do.
And there are bits of fluffy poodle fur everywhere :-)