Here's my faux feathered fur coat (not real feathers, no LEDs):
It turned out enormous, super warm, and owl-esque.
I used this pattern, because of its promise of being "quick" and beginner-level: http://www.thesewingplace.com/coats-kwi ... im8fan1e93
In reality, it took me about 2 months, working on it some weekends (disclaimer: I am a pretty novice sewer). I don't know if I could recommend this for faux fur. For polar fleece, it would be very awesome, but for faux fur, it was a huge pain, and I had to deviate from the instructions to make it work. I also lined the coat; the pattern is for an unlined coat, so this was pretty much an exercise in masochism.
Things that helped:
- - Shaving/clipping the fur away near the seam allowances (essential)
- Sewing with the grain of the fur
- Making a quick-n-dirty version of the pattern on cheap/scrap cloth to make sure I knew wtf I was doing before diving in on pricey faux fur
- Using an enormous stitch length
- Fabric glue (there were some places where the seams were just too thick to sew through)
- Hand-sewing thick seams (wish I'd figured this out sooner)
- Fur hooks to close it (e.g., http://www.macculloch-wallis.co.uk/Cont ... s/11_m.jpg) (forget doing button holes through 2-3 layers of faux fur... those buttons you see are sewn on for decoration only)
- A good vacuum cleaner (the mess is unbelievable)
- A couple glasses (bottles?) of wine (essential)
Now... show me you fur!