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Show me your fur (projects)

Postby Machina » Sun Dec 16, 2012 6:13 pm

I've seen a couple awesome LED fur coats on this forum, but I'd like to see more fur projects (LED or otherwise), and hopefully people would like to share. I've gotten a lot of good ideas and inspiration. I've also learned that it can be tricky (to put it lightly) to work with faux fur, and want to share a few things I learned (and leech a few tips, if anyone has some :wink:)

Here's my faux feathered fur coat (not real feathers, no LEDs):

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It turned out enormous, super warm, and owl-esque.

I used this pattern, because of its promise of being "quick" and beginner-level: http://www.thesewingplace.com/coats-kwi ... im8fan1e93

In reality, it took me about 2 months, working on it some weekends (disclaimer: I am a pretty novice sewer). I don't know if I could recommend this for faux fur. For polar fleece, it would be very awesome, but for faux fur, it was a huge pain, and I had to deviate from the instructions to make it work. I also lined the coat; the pattern is for an unlined coat, so this was pretty much an exercise in masochism.

Things that helped:

    - Shaving/clipping the fur away near the seam allowances (essential)
    - Sewing with the grain of the fur
    - Making a quick-n-dirty version of the pattern on cheap/scrap cloth to make sure I knew wtf I was doing before diving in on pricey faux fur
    - Using an enormous stitch length
    - Fabric glue (there were some places where the seams were just too thick to sew through)
    - Hand-sewing thick seams (wish I'd figured this out sooner)
    - Fur hooks to close it (e.g., http://www.macculloch-wallis.co.uk/Content/Products/11_m.jpg) (forget doing button holes through 2-3 layers of faux fur... those buttons you see are sewn on for decoration only)
    - A good vacuum cleaner (the mess is unbelievable)
    - A couple glasses (bottles?) of wine (essential)

Next on my agenda are some faux fur vests. I've already sewn the shells (SIMPLE after doing the whole damn coat project). After trawling the forums for ideas, I've ordered LED pixels and components from http://www.adafruit.com and Arduinos from http://www.femtoduino.com and am looking forward to trying to light them up!

Now... show me you fur! :D
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Re: Show me your fur (projects)

Postby junglesmacks » Sun Dec 16, 2012 6:15 pm

My suggestion: Stay away from Adafruit unless you have money to burn. They have nice, pretty website that just re-sells the same thing than you can buy for a third of the price elsewhere.

Nice job on the coat!
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Re: Show me your fur (projects)

Postby Machina » Sun Dec 16, 2012 6:24 pm

They did sort of sucker me in with their lovely website... however, I found out that all the components at our local electronics store (Active Electronics) were about 3x the price, so just went ahead and ordered. I think I found the same/similar pixels somewhere else (Hong Kong?) for about $10 cheaper, but everything else was already balls cheap (e.g., $1.95 battery pack, $1 for a bunch of diodes) so hopefully I didn't get ripped off too badly.

Their tutorials seem nice and friendly for a noob such as myself.
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Re: Show me your fur (projects)

Postby Savannah » Sun Dec 16, 2012 6:37 pm

Beautiful work, Machina!

What brand of fabric glue did you use for those tricky spots, and for what distance? (An inch or two? Or . . . )

I've heard of people using fabric glue before, for faux fur, but it's hard to get a read on how strong it is. (My wearable glue experience has been cold jewel glue, on bustiers).
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Re: Show me your fur (projects)

Postby junglesmacks » Sun Dec 16, 2012 6:59 pm

Oooo.. hot fabric glue!! Illy introduced me to it this year and it literally saved my project. I haven't used the cold kind, but the hot kind that comes as standard sized glue sticks is the bees knees. Super tacky, tough as nails and flexible enough that it won't release under pressure. Highly, highly recommended.

Yeah, for smaller things such as battery cases, etc.. Adafruit isn't all that bad. Check into sparkfun.com as well. For higher priced things such as LED components, check Ebay and don't be scared to order from China. That's where I get all my LEDs and I pay around $0.02/ea and they're great. Another good resource is aliexpress.com. Do a search for "LED pixels" or "LED panels" and just get creative.
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Re: Show me your fur (projects)

Postby Machina » Sun Dec 16, 2012 7:34 pm

This is the fabric glue I used, and let me tell you, it is PURE GENIUS:

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Tailorform brand Sew No More "mending adhesive for fabrics." I got it at a local discount fabric store for about $2.

I used it mostly in places where the seams were just too thick to finish (for example, where I had to fold over a seam on top of another adjacent seam). I'd sew as much as I could, and then glue the rest (probably 3 inch gaps). Used it on the crown of the hood, the arm holes, and the bottom.

It takes 24 hours to dry, and once it does, it's like cement. Dries clear. I just applied the glue and used pins to hold everything in place while drying.

I've used it on other projects, and the only thing it didn't work well on was holding velcro to taffeta. Too much repeated velcro stress, I guess.
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Re: Show me your fur (projects)

Postby Savannah » Sun Dec 16, 2012 7:49 pm

Sounds impressively strong. :shock: Awesome, thanks!
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Re: Show me your fur (projects)

Postby moonrise » Sun Dec 16, 2012 11:21 pm

Beautiful coat!

So far I've only worn real fur out there. It breathes so nice. :)

I am thinking I want something done in Minxy, ultra soft and sexy stuff. :wink:
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Re: Show me your fur (projects)

Postby aserendipity » Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:10 am

Lovely coat, congratulations.
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Re: Show me your fur (projects)

Postby some seeing eye » Mon Dec 17, 2012 11:21 am

Great project and tips!

I don't sew, but I have friends who do. Faux fur especially on the backside is scratchy. For pants, lining. For my vest, I've lined it with 3way stretch snakeskin print material so it's reversible. It's all about the tactile! Add pockets. You can cover your knapsack with fur, pinned on with safety pins just for the burn.

From my sewing expert, you can take existing garments and cut them apart to patterns.
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Re: Show me your fur (projects)

Postby VultureChow » Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:26 pm

Love the coat. My skills are with the yarn, not the needle and thread, but I just thought of some fun gifts. Fur merkins. Self adhesive fur/faux fur patches.
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Re: Show me your fur (projects)

Postby VultureChow » Mon Dec 17, 2012 2:05 pm

Furkin!!!

Okay, how much does a trademark application cost?
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Re: Show me your fur (projects)

Postby Minxy » Mon Dec 17, 2012 2:10 pm

moonrise wrote:Beautiful coat!

So far I've only worn real fur out there. It breathes so nice. :)

I am thinking I want something done in Minxy, ultra soft and sexy stuff. :wink:



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Re: Show me your fur (projects)

Postby Savannah » Mon Dec 17, 2012 2:11 pm

Minxy wrote:
moonrise wrote:Beautiful coat!

So far I've only worn real fur out there. It breathes so nice. :)

I am thinking I want something done in Minxy, ultra soft and sexy stuff. :wink:



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Re: Show me your fur (projects)

Postby lucky420 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 4:58 pm

I've made 2 big fur coats (full length0 and they are a bitch to make. I am not an expert or very experienced seamstress at all. it also took me quite a while working on them part time. I will post pics soon...
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Re: Show me your fur (projects)

Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Dec 17, 2012 5:09 pm

VultureChow wrote:Furkin!!!

Okay, how much does a trademark application cost?

I dunno, but expect merkin jokes.
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Re: Show me your fur (projects)

Postby Ratty » Mon Dec 17, 2012 5:29 pm

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Re: Show me your fur (projects)

Postby Machina » Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:07 pm

A quick Google image search of "yarn fur coat" revealed the following very promising (i.e., warm and comfy looking, playa-esque) images of yarn fur coats:

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Has anyone made something like this? (and if so, mad respect)
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Re: Show me your fur (projects)

Postby maladroit » Mon Dec 17, 2012 11:57 pm

junglesmacks wrote:Oooo.. hot fabric glue!! Illy introduced me to it this year and it literally saved my project. I haven't used the cold kind, but the hot kind that comes as standard sized glue sticks is the bees knees. Super tacky, tough as nails and flexible enough that it won't release under pressure. Highly, highly recommended.

Yeah, for smaller things such as battery cases, etc.. Adafruit isn't all that bad. Check into sparkfun.com as well. For higher priced things such as LED components, check Ebay and don't be scared to order from China. That's where I get all my LEDs and I pay around $0.02/ea and they're great. Another good resource is aliexpress.com. Do a search for "LED pixels" or "LED panels" and just get creative.


The fabric glue sounds like good stuff to have on playa. I know it would have saved my LED pants after they got ripped from crotch to knee on a failed bike jump.

junglesmacks: I'm working with some very interesting LED stuff from aliexpress right now, if you want to brainstorm sometime. I know I'll be encrusting pretty much everything I own with light.
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Re: Show me your fur (projects)

Postby Machina » Sun Dec 23, 2012 11:42 am

junglesmacks wrote:Oooo.. hot fabric glue!! Illy introduced me to it this year and it literally saved my project. I haven't used the cold kind, but the hot kind that comes as standard sized glue sticks is the bees knees. Super tacky, tough as nails and flexible enough that it won't release under pressure. Highly, highly recommended.


Ok, when you're talking about "hot fabric glue," do you just mean hot (high-temp) glue gun, or something different?

My LEDs arrived (!!!) so I'm working on the LED faux fur vests now. Because the LEDs are taller than I thought (they stick out a lot), I've decided I want to poke them through the fabric to avoid a super lumpy vest (it still gives a nice diffuse glow on the white fur); however, the fabric I'm using will keep splitting if I don't seal the little holes somehow, and I'm looking for something to seal the LEDs in place (in the holes--I plan to hand-stitch the wiring in place to keep it from bending in weird ways; it's pretty thick). The fabric glue I've been using doesn't dry fast enough, I think...

The vest (outer shell):

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Testing LEDs poked through the fabric:

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Short LED video because I'm excited:

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Re: Show me your fur (projects)

Postby Ratty » Sun Dec 23, 2012 2:00 pm

Very pretty. You have glow about you.
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Re: Show me your fur (projects)

Postby junglesmacks » Sun Dec 23, 2012 2:49 pm

VERY NICE! Yay for more LEDs on the playa.. :twisted:

Hot fabric glue sticks that work in the standard hot glue gun. Trust me. You want this..

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Re: Show me your fur (projects)

Postby delle » Sun Dec 23, 2012 3:54 pm

Hmmmmmmmmmm. Looks like JS might be cross border shopping! I thought most people did that the other way around....
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Re: Show me your fur (projects)

Postby maladroit » Sun Dec 23, 2012 5:58 pm

delle wrote:Hmmmmmmmmmm. Looks like JS might be cross border shopping! I thought most people did that the other way around....


What border would that be? I believe he's in Florida :)
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Re: Show me your fur (projects)

Postby theCryptofishist » Sun Dec 23, 2012 6:09 pm

I thought it was a sly reference to cross-dressing.
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Re: Show me your fur (projects)

Postby junglesmacks » Sun Dec 23, 2012 6:35 pm

delle wrote:Hmmmmmmmmmm. Looks like JS might be cross border shopping! I thought most people did that the other way around....


Lol.. that was a random photo from the net I pulled as a visual example..
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Re: Show me your fur (projects)

Postby maladroit » Sun Dec 23, 2012 8:39 pm

In Quebec they appear to be sold as breadsticks, anyway.
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Re: Show me your fur (projects)

Postby Machina » Sun Dec 23, 2012 9:03 pm

junglesmacks wrote:Hot fabric glue sticks that work in the standard hot glue gun. Trust me. You want this..


THANK YOU! That... looks...AWESOME! And perfect!

Only problem is I don't think I've seen hot glue made specifically for fabrics anywhere around here (I'm in Canada). Where did you get them? Fabric stores, craft stores?

I suppose if I can't find them locally, I can use the power of the interweb to obtain some. :D
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Re: Show me your fur (projects)

Postby junglesmacks » Mon Dec 24, 2012 6:45 am

Here's an Amazon link to some.. and if you're anywhere by a Joann Fabrics, they should carry it as well.

Can't say enough about this stuff. The tack level is amazing and it's tough as nails yet flexible when cool. Perfect for attaching those lights, hemming, seams, everything.


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junglesmacks wrote:Hot fabric glue sticks that work in the standard hot glue gun. Trust me. You want this..


THANK YOU! That... looks...AWESOME! And perfect!

Only problem is I don't think I've seen hot glue made specifically for fabrics anywhere around here (I'm in Canada). Where did you get them? Fabric stores, craft stores?

I suppose if I can't find them locally, I can use the power of the interweb to obtain some. :D
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Re: Show me your fur (projects)

Postby Machina » Mon Dec 24, 2012 9:37 am

We don't have Joann here, but I noticed on their website that they sell the glue sticks for cheap... AND they will ship to Canada for a couple dollars! :D
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