It’s March. It’s safe to say that at this time of year, we’re all getting sick of the dreary winter & starting to crave spring fashion trends. Problem is— there’s still plenty of cold weather for us to deal with before we can wear our spring clothes, so I’m going to do one last fall/winter trend DIY!
When Chictopia sent us to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, we caught a handful of amazing FW2012 collections and also some amazing street fashion. From what we saw, I think it’s safe to say that next year we can still expect fur to be in style. So I’m feeling good about making this DIY at the end of the season cause I’m sure that I’ll get plenty of wear out of it next year too.
What am I showing you how to make this week? The aptly named “gorilla arm” trend!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
- a coat or overcoat
- about 1/2 metre of ‘monster fur’
- some paper for making a pattern
- pencil & scissors
- sewing machine
- needle and thread
[ TRACE ] – Carefully trace the sleeve of your coat onto paper folded in half (with the fold of the sleeve sitting on the fold of the paper). Warning: the cap of the sleeve is a bit tricky to trace, so be patient! This paper will be your pattern, so take your time & make sure it’s perfect.
[ CUT PAPER ] – Cut out the pattern from the paper, adding about a 1/4" seam allowance around the entire shape.
[ LAYOUT ] – Layout your paper pattern onto your fur & pin it on if necessary.
[ CUT FUR ] – Keeping the scissors super close to the “base” of the fur, cut it in short snips to avoid giving your fur a weird haircut along the seams. Cut two sleeves! ;)
[ SEW ]– Fold your sleeves in half (with the fur face to face) and sew a straight stitch along the entire straight edge.
[ FLIP ] – Flip both sleeves so they are right side out!
[ SLIP ] – Slip your fur sleeves onto your jacket. They should fit perfectly!
[ STITCH ] – Then just hand stitch the top of the fur onto the shoulder seam of your jacket. I would have removed the sleeve and reattached it with the fur layer if I wanted it to be completely professionally finished. But just in case I get sick of the fur, I left it handstitched so that it can just as easily be taken off.
HOW TO WEAR IT:
Now that you’ve got extra warmth and volume on the arms, how should you style it? Wear your jacket normal or wear it draped over the shoulders as a transition into spring.
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by Sylvia of lipglossandblack
Images by Syl and Sam