Here I am again, sewing with fur. I had my eye on McCalls 7057 for quite a while and collected it sometime ago. I couldn’t ever find a fabric i wanted to make it in when I went to the fabric store, until fur went on sale again. I was spending time with my family and my mom needed cotton thread to finish her quilted Christmas place mats, so we took a field trip to the fabric store. I wandered into the fur aisle, while she decided what colors she wanted. As I focused in on a beige faux llama, my mom walked over and redirected me to this faux alpaca in black, white, and gray, saying, “You know you like soft…” Yes, yes I do like soft fabrics, and it was 50% off, so it came home with me. After it had been purchased, I mentioned the label said it was faux alpaca and she said, “Like on American Gangster.” Thanks, Mommy.
As a pattern review, I made View B in an XS, which was listed on the pattern as having a bust of 37″. In the pattern drawings and photos it appears longer with the pockets higher up on the pattern than it turned out. The instructions were easy to follow; I thought about interlining it with fleece but decided not to. Since I used fur I eliminated all topstitching. I lengthened the sleeves by 3″ at the lengthen/shorten line prior to cutting out the pieces. I made a couple thread loops for the belt and I left my edges raw, except for the faced front pieces.
I would sew the pattern again. I would also recommend it to others, with the caution to measure appropriate lengths and check pocket placement for their individual needs. I like this jacket, there are varying ways to wear it and the hood is actually deep enough for all my hair. I got several compliments at work and people randomly rubbing my arm or asking to touch it. One co-worker told me that I was super soft and cuddly. I can live with being cuddly. 🙂