How to Make a Chic Faux Fur Vest + 4 Ways to Style It
It’s time to wrap yourself up in a faux fur vest. That you made. This easy-to-DIY garment will give your outfits a fresh and sassy look while helping you keep up with the latest fashion trends. As Hansel would say, “those fur vests are so hot right now.” And they are. Follow our tutorial below to make your very own vest and then check out all the ways you can style it. We went girl boss, date night, casual and a night on the town.
– fake fur
– sewing machine
– fabric shears
– measuring tape
To start, head to your local fabric store and find some faux fur. We got some that has a real feathery feel to it, yet it’s got the weight necessary to keep you warm. Fold your fabric in half with the fur on the inside. Then measure the width of your shoulders (or if you’re making this for someone else, make sure to get their measurements). We found that cutting into the fur created sharp edges, much like a buzz cut. And as much as we loved the 80s, we don’t want our vest to look that clean cut. Instead, snip into the fabric and then use your muscles to rip it into a rectangle.
- Fold your fur fabric in half with the fur on the inside.
- Measure the width of your shoulders and then use that measurement to measure and mark your fur.
- Determine the length of your vest and mark your fabric.
- Snip the fabric at your marks and then rip the fabric, creating a rectangle with the folded fabric at the top.
- For the arm hole, measure approximately nine inches, and then cut into the fabric and rip up towards the folded top.
- Snip and rip along the center line, creating an opening in your vest.
- Cut a “U” shape at the collar.
- Sew along the sides and then pull out the fur that’s caught in the stitches.
- Flip your vest inside out.
Next you’ll need to cut some arm holes. Cut half of a “U” shape on either side of the vest, up near the folded edge. Remember to rip the fabric rather than cutting it.
Cut and rip the center line. It’s really starting to look like a vest now! Cut a “U” or “V” shape for the neck.
Now you need to sew the sides. Though it’s a little hard to see, you should be able to work your way through the fur to sew the sides together. Just don’t sew the arm holes shut! After you sew, you’ll need to pull some of the fur out of the thread. It gets caught in there, but with a little tug, you can mask any inconsistencies as well as the seam.
Turn your vest inside out and then get ready for a fashion show.
As we mentioned, we’ve styled four looks with our new piece.
First we’ve got casual. Throw your vest over a white tee and wear it with your boyfriend jeans.
Next up: date night. Wear a form-fitting turtleneck with a high-waisted skirt and then top it off with your fur vest. You’ll be looking nice and sassy for your date.
Oh what? You don’t think you can pull off the girl boss look with this vest? Think again. Style it underneath a blazer and over a classy dress. You’ll add a little punch to your I-mean-business look.
Finally, we’ve got a night out on the town… because right?! This is the perfect accessory to take your jumpsuit from cool to verrrry cool.
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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