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Faux Sheepskin Coat


Last week, I drove over to my ‘local’ fabric warehouse half an hour away to collect my dressmaking shears which had been sent away to be sharpened (a student had tried to cut over a pin). In theory, I could have been in and out in two minutes and saved myself a bit of money, but I couldn’t resist having a quick look at the fabrics to see what was new.

As soon as I spotted this faux sheepskin in lilac I immediately thought ‘Coat’, and McCall’s 7480 was the perfect pattern as the envelope even shows it made in a similar fabric.

I cut it out that night using weights instead of pins as the fabric is very thick.

The coat has a simple shape which comes together as soon as the shoulder seams are sewn.

I adapted the pattern to suit the fabric in several areas, the first being to use the same fabric for the pockets rather than the suggested lining fabric.

The pockets are top stitched to the front of the coat to stop them flapping around inside.

This type of fabric doesn’t fray so none of the raw edges needed finishing. All the seams were top stitched to ensure that they lay flat. I actually quite like the way the seams look on the inside.

So this is the coat finished according to the instructions and they suggest that a purchased belt will act as a closure.

However, in my mind I pictured a single button of the traditional leather kind and found exactly what I was looking for after a quick rummage in my button tin.

Obviously, an ordinary buttonhole wouldn’t be any good, so I decided on a bound buttonhole using a scrap of the same faux sheepskin. I trimmed the pile right back to make it possible.

Pretty good from the outside….

….but I could have chosen a slightly larger scrap to make the inside a bit better. It’s surprising how much fabric a tiny bound buttonhole takes up!

That’s what I picture when I think of sheepskin coats, so I’m happy with that – much better than a belt.

A couple of extra details added were a tab to hang the coat up with – how annoying is it when coats don’t have one?

I also decided to turn the cuffs up. so that the furry side would show a little bit.

The unlined collar would have to look neat on both sides as the inside would be exposed at the back neck.

I was careful to match up the seams everywhere as there is quite a lot of top stitching which would stick out like a sore thumb if it was out of line.

The pockets are nice and cosy thanks to the decision to make them from the same fabric..

Number 3 Son was chief photographer on this occasion, and did OK despite the windy gusts.

I wore it to the carnival at the weekend and was almost too warm, so I’m confident that it will be a good Winter coat.

Mind you, it might have been all the prosecco that was making me feel warm:)

Author: sewchet

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27 thoughts on “Faux Sheepskin Coat

  1. It looks lovely Sheila. I think you will enjoy wearing that very much in the coming months! And the colour is unusual and eye catching – Nice!!

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  2. Wow!! Simply Wow!! 😍😍😍

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  3. I love it, the fabric is gorgeous and you have made it up beautifully 🙂

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  4. You amaze me with your wonderful makes – such a professional finish

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  5. very nice 🙂 Especially the button and buttonhole

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    • The button is infinitely better than the mis-matched belt suggested by the pattern, I agree, and doing just one bound buttonhole was fine – any more may have been a challenge to get exactly the same!


  6. I knew it was glamorous and IT IS. Such neat stitching too, love it.


  7. Beautiful coat love the colour 🐶🦋😀


  8. Sooo cosy! Much prefer the button to a belt. I like the bit of inside showing on the cuffs – it looks much better than the raw edge. Your top stitching is brilliant.
    I do hope No. 3 son has recovered from the windy gusts – never pleasant. 😉

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    • I quite often add or change design details on a pattern which is something that comes with confidence over the years, I suppose. Sometimes I just think “Really?” when I read the instructions and do it my way! Plenty more windy gusts since then, I’m afraid:)


  9. Lovely. Makes you feel warm just looking at it 😉

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  10. It looks super lovely! This colour is amazing 😍

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  12. That fabulous coat looks so super snuggly and cuddly, especially the pockets. You really did a very nice job on it. Your top stitching is spot on. Great job!


  13. I love the little extra details, like the button, the pockets being warm and cosy, the upturned sleeve edges, the all make it extra gorgeous. And it looks soft and comfy. I think it is going to be a popular winter item all round.

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  15. I love it! I might have to search for something like this…simple and sensational. And the lilac is a lovely color; and it wouldn’t have “match” anything, since you’re nearly completely covered.

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