DIY Fashion: Slouchy Faux Fur Vest (no sew!)

 Seeing as how I am without a sewing machine (those babies are WAY too heavy to bring on an international move) and I love making my own clothes, I have a quick and easy (fail free?) DIY project that doesn't require any knowledge of sewing! It's perfect for all of you who say you could never design or make an item of clothing, because you totally can! Just be careful if you have allergies as faux fur will be floating around everywhere, including up your nose. This DIY allows for lots of freedom and lets you put your own spin on how it turns out! Now don't laugh, my sewing scissors are still packed away in the states and all I had in the flat were some cheapo scissors, it will take some time to rebuild my sewing room here in England!
PS: I am writing this as I make the vest, so I really hope this turns out, it's safe to say if this post makes publication than I have succeeded! 
Takes less than 10 minutes! including the sweeping of faux fur ;)
1. Take a rectangle piece of fur, wrap it around yourself like a shawl and mark the length you want. (very scientific, I know)
2. For width, I used the same step previous, pulling the sides in toward the stomach, mark the inside so you know where to cut.
3. After laying the fabric fur down, find the center vertical spot, measure down as many inches as you like for a sloughy collar. I guessed 11 inches. The more inches, the more slouchy/ full the collar of your vest will be.
4. From this mark, you will measure to the left and to the right the width of inches needed for your shoulders. (See photo below).
5. Time for the arm holes! We're gonna make an almond shape. Starting at the dot from your shoulder measurements, go down 6-9 inches depending on the arm hole size you want. I measured at 7 inches for my arm. Once I cut the first arm hole, I then carried the pieces to the other and traced what I could, hoping for a similar size hole (and praying that shape actually works!)
6. Sweep up the flying faux fur and try your vest on, making sure you're not wearing any dark colors ;)
Voila! Let me know if you end up doing this project and send in pics or upload them to Instagram tagging @JadeRoseBlog / #JadeRoseBlog or our Facebook page! Happy DIY'ing!


  1. That's incredible! I've never used a sewing machine before, so this tutorial is right up my alley! Can't wait to give this a go. I wonder if I can use my fur ikea rug for this :)

    1. That's a brill idea! I actually almost tried my ikea rug as well ;) I can't wait to see the pics!

  2. Ah I love this! I can't sew to save my life (or more accurately a button) so this is perfect for me! It looks so cute!

  3. Love this Jade!! I really want to try this!

    ~ Erika Shaw :)

  4. This is so pretty and almost seems too easy! :) Definitely going to try. Thanks for the tutorial!

  5. Took me awhile to figure out your fabric is lying on a table. I thought it was lying on the floor, and I couldn't figure out why one side had so much more fabric than the other.

    1. Sorry about the confusion! I can see that now, I am glad you figured it out and I hope the DIY'ing went well!

  6. Is there any way to incorporate a hood into the vest? I've kinda been looking for a pattern for a faux fur hooded vest, but have been unsuccessful :/

  7. So lovely! One question though, does it shed a lot once its all done?


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