Refashion Runway - Season Five: Faux Fur Reveal

Are you ready for Round 3 of the Refashion Runway? This time we’re working with Faux Fur! 

Head over to The Renegade Seamstress and VOTE for your favorite Faux Fur project HERE.

I have to say this round was equally as fun as it was challenging. Fur is not my favorite material to work with, but I absolutely adore the finished look, so I was excited to push myself.

I went to the thrift store and couldn’t believe my eyes: they had two wedding dresses! I knew this would be the perfect project for a fur challenge. It’s Winter here, so I thought a fur wedding gown for a Winter wedding would be amazing! This is the one I chose to work with: 

To make this refashion, I first cut the lace trim off the bottom of the skirt, then I took the bodice off. I cut a few feet off the train, then I trimmed more off the top of the dress and adjusted the height in the front, so it would have a more prominent high-low look.

Unfortunately, the local thrift store didn’t have anything faux fur, so I then made a new bodice from a fur lap blanket we have (it’s actually our movie night blanket, so don’t tell my daughter! Lol). 

I also used the fur to create a fur trim for the bottom of the skirt and wide straps for the bodice. I wanted wide straps so they could either be worn scrunched up on the shoulders or draped down over the top of the arms. 

I took a portion from the skirt that I had cut off and made a belt, then I took a bow off of one sleeve and attached it to the to front center of the belt.

I removed the buttons and button placket from that same sleeve and used it as the closure for skirt on the back bottom of the skirt opening. 

All in all, I think it looks pretty close to my original sketch:

The only thing missing is my beautiful model. Sadly we have had lots of bad weather this week, so I was unable to meet up with her for this one. Thankfully I have mannequins lol

This round ended up being so much fun! When I first started learning to sew a couple of years ago, formal wear was one of my main goals! I wanted to be able to make prom dresses and wedding gowns, so I can someday make these things for my daughter (and maybe even granddaughters in the much later future). So, I guess I sorta made my first wedding gown. My son even asked to keep it for his children someday… isn’t that sweet?! 

I hope you love this project as much as I do! Don’t forget to head over to The Renegade Seamstress website to VOTE for your favorite Faux Fur project! 

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