The Chanel Fall 2010 collection has invaded my brain and refused to leave. The second I saw it, I knew that my life would not be complete until I own a fake fur miniskirt. Somehow, the ideal fur mini emerged in my mind in a dark green color.
Dark green fake fur is oddly difficult to find. I checked 2 New York fabric shops unsuccessfully, then I found some at Mood, the third place I looked. So, when you are looking for dark green fake fur (and who isn’t?), make your life easier and head straight to Mood.
I noticed a similar garment in the window of the Max Mara store. It had ribbon up the side seams, which makes a lot of sense from a construction standpoint, so I copied that feature. With the ribbon covering the seam, I could hand stitch an abutted seam, then cover it with the ribbon, thus eliminating the bulk of seam allowances. Instead of ribbon, I used strips of fabric left over from this dress.
The fake fur seemed like it would be a nightmare in my sewing machine, so I hand-sewed the side seams and the darts. I machine sewed the grosgrain to the waistband and the ribbon on the side seams. I did not hem it at all. I was considering hand overcasting the lower edge, but I really do not think it is necessary. If I change my mind about that, I may hand overcast the lower edge in the future.
All of the photos in this post are lightened considerably to show the detail.