Friday, February 26, 2016

Fur Sure; The Red Sweater With the Faux Fur Collar

Hello Readers. My project today is more mending than refashion. I loved this red sweater when I first saw it but it was damaged. I was determined to save it because I love red and I love the faux fur collar too. It was a little too big in the arms and body too.

It was attached to the neckline of the sweater with little buttons. A few of the buttons must have come loose and fallen off because the collar just hangs half off the sweater. It looks very sad and sloppy. It could be adorable if it was all in working order.

I took the sweater in on the sides and shortened the arms. I cut off the extra from the sides and the arms. It wasn't fraying exactly but it looked very ragged. I turned the raw edge under and stitched it up. It made the sleeves look more finished. I used a zigzag stitch so it would have some stretch to it.

Here is a good shot of all the parts I cut away. I made the sweater a little smaller but I didn't want it too tight. I wanted it to be a little roomy.

I dug around in my button drawer and found some buttons to hold the collar in place. The sweater can be worn without the collar. I could probably use buttons and wear the fur with another piece of clothing.

Here is a picture of the new side seam. I wanted to show how smooth it stitched together. It looks just like it did before I started working on it. It doesn't look sloppy or rough. 

Here it is modeled by my dress form/mannequin. I call her Rhonda. I also wore it out to a coffee shop to meet some friends. It has a nice comfortable fit.

As always, I really appreciate you reading this post. Now go make something fun for yourself.


  1. Another great job. It always amazes me what people will get rid of because of simple issues like buttons missing.

    Also, I have to say I love how you show the finished garment with the pieces you've had to remove. It's helpful to see the overview of before/after, all in one shot. So, thank you for that.

    1. Thanks Jenny_o. It helps me plan what I am going to do if I lay the item out like that. I'm glad you find it useful too.