To say I had trepidation about working with faux fur is an understatement. I've heard how difficult it is and have ready countless articles which included box cutters and electric shavers....
I've had this thin faux rabbit fur from EmmaOneSock.com in my fabric stash for a short while. It is super plush and soft...
I carefully cut out the fabric (with small snips from my normal scissors....no box cutters for me...scissors are dangerous enough in my hands!) and it cut beautifully. There was, of course, tons of fur on the floor when I was done but the pattern pieces were fine (and the fur was super easy to vacuum up)!
I practiced sewing on a scrap and the seams were totally fine. In fact, better than fine...you can't even tell where I sewed! I actually really liked sewing with the faux fur!! I cut out all the main pieces (just the bodice front, back and sleeves). I decided to interline this with cotton batting (similar to my cape). I am really happy that the pattern had directions for interlining.
There are two large darts in the bodice front (one on either side) and also in the bodice back. Instead of doing the darts in the interlining, the pattern instructed me to cut them out and then catchstitch the pieces together. Here's a close-up of what it looks like:
And here's the bodice back interlining:
And then the pattern instructed me to put stay tape around the outside. Unfortunately, my local fabric store didn't have any stay tape. BUT they did have a sale on silk organza and I seem to remember that Gertie used this in her underlining or interlining. So, I decided to give it a try as I've never sewn with silk organza before (and they are constantly referencing it as sleeve stiffener in vintage 30's and 40's patterns). Here is what the pattern instructions look like (1940 Simplicity pattern instructions are much more detailed then 1940 McCall pattern instructions):
And here's what I did with the silk organza:
What about you? Ever worked with faux fur? Interlined? Use Silk Organza? I must say the weight (i.e. relatively thin) faux fur has made it a dream to work with. I can't imagine working with something thicker or stiffer.