Snow leopard coat

snow leopard coat

Sporting the snow leopard coat

‘Hoorah!’ she exclaimed as she snipped the thread from the last remaining press stud.

‘Booooo!’ she growled when she discovered that half of it was in the wrong place.

Can I just say, that my sherry was so deserved after sewing on 7 press studs and 7 furry fake buttons last night. Threading a needle by Christmas tree light 21 times is no mean feat in itself you know!

Don't you just love sewing on 'poppers'?!

Don't you just love sewing on 'poppers'?!

Thank heavens for one of these . . .

My beloved needle threader

My beloved needle threader

. . . or it would never have happened!

I really and truly thought that this would be a quick little project to put together before Christmas but I can’t even tell you how long it took in total.

Firstly I had to grade up the pattern. And with many thanks to Mrs C and her wonderfully helpful comment, I managed pretty well. Though I may have made the back section a little too large. But on the plus side theres plenty of room for a Christmas jumper or two underneath!

snow leopard coat, side view

snow leopard coat, side view

The pattern is from Burda Style magazine, 11/2010. And I just knew I had to make it, even if Little Miss Ooobop! didn’t want one! Transpires she did and she loves it! It is in all essence a simple one and putting the main pieces together would be very quick given a correct sized pattern but I really did underestimate the time to hand finish the lining and sew on those’ darling little snappers’!

Fur fabric is so much easier than I thought to work with. My scissors glided through like skates on ice and of course the real beauty of it is that it doesn’t fray, so no neatening of seams necessary.

snuggly furry collar

loving the snuggly furry collar

The fabric was a great find from Ditto Fabrics in Brighton. The ladies in there are so lovely and helped me to pick out the fabulous lining which is shot blue/pink/purple.

cheeky purple shot lining

Cheeky purple shot lining

I love how a lining heavys-up a garment and makes it hang all properly!

Ooo, what’s next, I wonder?

ooobop! how to: furry covered buttons

I was hoping to post the finished furry coat this evening but as per usual all sorts of other things got in the way. So this is just a little tease, as evidence if you like, to show I’m on track!

These little faux furry fellas will be the finishing touch, once I’ve got my butt into gear and tackled all the hand stitching!

Furry covered buttons

Furry covered buttons

The buttons I chose had a concave and convex side – the concave side being the right side. I wanted them roundier on the front so I covered them back to front.

Left: wrong side of button, Right: topside of button

Left: wrong side of button, Right: topside of button

  • Cut a piece of the furry fabric just a bit larger than the button . . .
Cut fabric larger than button

Cut fabric slightly larger than button

  • Sew closely round the edge with small running stitches and pull up to gather tight around the button.
Pull up gathers

Pull up gathers

  • Stitch over and over the edges in a star shape to completely enclose the button.
Close up the opening by stitching in a star shape to secure

Close up the opening by stitching in a star shape to secure

  • Trace around a smaller button to get a small circle of felt and stitch that over the opening. This helps to secure the previous stitching and gives you a base to sew to the garment.

Sew felt circle to back

And there you have it. In no time at all. In fact just the duration of Charlie Brookers 2nd part of the Black Mirror Trilogy and a short while into The Long Kiss Goodnight!