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February 21, 2010

Faux Ribs for Faux Fur

Filed under: Fur sewing,Georgene,sewing — georgene @ 6:40 pm

Thanks to Els invaluable tutorial on making your own rib! Another costume character, another design problem, for the upcoming Seussical production. The director chose this purple faux fur with lurex. Horrors! I looked everywhere for a chunky rib that would match to make this bolero style work. I finally found a very thin crinkled raggy piece of jersey that was the right color, but not even close to the texture I wanted.

It’s sort of the opposite of Mary Beth’s bolero that has faux ribs in the fake fur for the cuffs.

Calculating how many ribs in Els’ precise equation was not really possible, so I decided to keep tucking until I had a block big enough to cut my pattern pieces out.

2 days later I was still making double needle pintucks. There was a lot of uneveness and twisting, the thread kept breaking, it was sort of a nightmare all by itself, before I even got up to my elbows in the flying faux fur.

Since this was for a costume, I didn’t worry about the crazy, wonky  nature of the pintucks. I kinda like the texture that it imparts to the rib.

My only concern was that this was taking far too long to do, and I had  to move things along a bit more quickly.

The solution was to piece together lengths to make up the needed parts  – easy enough to do if you just lay one tuck on top and topstitch over it.  It blended in with the tucks on the piece underneath. Thankfully I was  able to cobble together enough lengths to make the trim for both the  bolero collar and cuffs, as well as the top waistband of the skirt.

The folded over bands of faux rib look great.

I followed some instructions I found for fake fur sewing to cut and join the  seams, then stretched my rib bands to the body. All of the seams are sewn  with zigzag at the edge.

Dress rehearsals start soon – can’t wait to see how all of this turns out!



  1. The funky fluff bolero looks fab, I know it takes a lot of time and thread to make the ribbing but it works.

    Comment by Els — February 21, 2010 @ 6:55 pm

  2. Oh, Georgene, the bolero is adorable! I sure don’t envy you having to sew all that faux ribbing though.

    Comment by Gigi — February 21, 2010 @ 6:58 pm

  3. That’s so much fun! Could be good Halloween costume idea too. I thank Els too for the faux ribbing tutorial — I made ribbing for the Hot Patterns shrug and it turned out wonderfully, despite all the hours of life it took to make it.

    Comment by Deb — February 21, 2010 @ 8:15 pm

  4. Whew! Who knew costuming could be this fun! The play I am costuming for right now calls for silly Brazilian shirts for the men- red, yellow and blue frills all down the sleeves. Gather, gather, gather. I quite love your purple though- looks like it will fit the bill nicely/

    Comment by ConnieB — February 22, 2010 @ 4:44 pm

  5. Definitely says, “Dr. Seuss!” The time spent making the ribbing really paid off in such a great costume.

    Comment by Summerset — February 25, 2010 @ 8:32 am

  6. I wanted to say I have left you a Sunshine Award on my blog ( for you to pick up for having a great inspired blog.

    Thank you and keep up the brilliant work!

    Comment by Abi Jay — February 28, 2010 @ 12:50 pm

  7. I suggest you buykente cloth
    at The patterns are beautiful and colorful and will really liven up your design. I have had nothing but good experiences with them!

    Comment by Sally Sands — March 26, 2010 @ 9:44 am

  8. Okay, now I have to go back to sewing white linen which suddenly looks horribly boring! Maybe I should inject a little “Dr. Seuss” into my sewing plans.

    Comment by Lisette — March 27, 2010 @ 8:18 pm

  9. I don’t know the Suessical production timing, but if you happen (or happened) to take photos of the actors wearing your costumes, would you consider posting those photos? It would be fun to see your finished pieces in action.

    Comment by CalZone — March 28, 2010 @ 10:25 am

  10. That is just too adorable! How clever.

    Comment by Kathleen — April 6, 2010 @ 3:18 pm

  11. That sounds exciting. The dress is wonderfully made. Congratulations!

    Comment by Household Relocation services — May 5, 2010 @ 3:01 am

  12. wonderful, I have been googling for tips on sewing this fabric, glad I found your site.

    Comment by Sharon Davies — May 6, 2010 @ 12:04 pm

  13. Hi ladies – I haven’t seen a post for a while and hope all is well. I love this blog.

    Comment by Echo — July 2, 2010 @ 9:52 pm

  14. This is so pretty! My daughter would love this, as purple is her favorite color. 🙂

    Comment by Jennifer — July 5, 2010 @ 9:40 pm

  15. look pretty cute in purple fur .The patterns are beautiful and colorful and i just say i wanna wear if it probably

    Comment by Gclub — August 9, 2010 @ 4:13 am

  16. i wish i can clothe it but i am a man,,,

    Comment by jin — November 16, 2010 @ 9:40 am

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