Df fur is the colloquial name of the solid long hair fur carried by Distinctive Fabrics. It is the standard fur for toony suits. It's carried by a slew of online retailers, and pretty much everyone uses it because it comes in a plethora of colors (ok, well maybe not that many, but a lot compared to most styles of fur) and it's relatively inexpensive. The length advertised for it by different retailers varies from 1.5-2in, but they're all the same length. The naming of the colors also varies between retailers, which can get very confusing. Another notable aspect of this fur is the tone/shade of the colors vary between dye lots, so ALWAYS get a sample before ordering, or you could be in for a rude, expensive surprise.
That's all well and good, but for realism it's generally inappropriate, because it doesn't hold airbrushing/paint well due to the thin, smooth fibers, and it has this tendency to clump up or mat with age and wear. I think that's also due to the thin fibers; they kink easier than more realistic furs (MM fox, cubby, teddy, arctic fox, I'm Stuffed's wolf furs, etc) so they get more messy than the others. Keeping a brush with you is a must. It is pretty thick though, so it shaves well, and hides well-made, even seams with ease. The backing is comfortable and strong, but there's very minimal stretch. It can be dyed with acrylic paints with just minimal change to the texture, but like with painting it, my experiments show it's not very washable after the fact.
All that said, it's not a bad fur in the slightest, if you take its limitations into account. There are an abundance of places to get it on the web, and here's a list of as many as I can think of. If you know of any I've left off, feel free to comment and I'll add them to this list!
Don't forget to Google for coupon codes for these websites, and to get samples before your big order! Colors in photos are very rarely accurate when it comes to furs.
www.fabricdepot.com/index.php?… (DF=shag here)
www.mendels.com/fur2.shtml (DFunky Muppet here)
This was pretty helpful to me and it's making me rethink some things for my future suit.
On my current suit I was planning to make a faun great dane and airbrush a bit of the back, muzzle, eye sockets, ears and tail tip do you have a good recommendation for a faux fur that would serve my purpose?
how many yards of fur (approximately) does it take to make the average fursuit?
I think I use about 3 or a little more. It really depends on colours and style and such. If you're a larger person, or using digigrade legs, I'd say 4 yards of base colour to be safe.
Thank you very much for posting this! I felt quite out of the loop because I didn't fully understand DF and what it meant. This is very helpful oh and thank you for the links! Living in Australia, I can find it hard to get access to varieties of fur, so if I can find some sites to order from, everything will be much easier. Thanks again