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12-01-2014
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Vintage fur : Remodel / Remake / Update
has anyone done this or seen it done well...?

* i confess, i started to cut up an old 1950's tibetan lamb coat that had been given to me and it literally started to fall apart in my hands...
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oh well- better now than while i'm out wearing it...



anyone have any good reference photos they've found?
working with fur is actually more complicated than i had realized...
and having a coat remodeled can cost around $500-$600...
would be great to be able to do some simple things oneself...

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20-01-2014
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ok- fine...just me then?

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right- so i am going to try something...
wish me luck...
will post pics of the results...
maybe they'll inspire someone...


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Well, I'm curious to see the results.

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01-05-2014
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Falling apart in the hands...sounds familiar...
I inherited a lovely full-length blue-grey vintage sheared fur coat and the leather started to rip apart in the sleeves, not even in the seams... I'm wondering if it's salvageable...any ideas?

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15-05-2014
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if it's tearing like that M-
that probably means the skins are dried out and no matter how many times you try to repair it, it will tear again and again in more and more places......
it's basically like trying to wear paper...
there is no real way to save it as a whole, unfortunately...

what i was going to try to do is cut fur pieces and attach them to an already existing garment as large patch pockets or some other kind of accents...
but the fur i was working with (some kind of brown fox or racoon and persian lamb) was very dry and was just shedding like crazy...
not very elegant or chic...
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if your fur isn't shedding too much, you could try something like that M...
mink usually doesn't shed as much as longer furs, so you might be in luck and grey fur on a black wool or leather coat/jacket could be stunning...

i eventually gave that up, but i did wind up attaching a brown mink shawl collar to a greyish wool coat i have from marni and am very pleased with the results...

i have started to take apart my mom's crystal fox jacket from the 70's/80's?
it had a white collar on it that i just couldn't bear...
i'd like to add some black leather to it to make it a bit cooler...
i'd like to get that worked out and finished so it's ready to wear by next season...

i think black leather would look pretty awesome with your grey mink M

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Softie I just saw this, so sorry! And thanks for the amazing reply and ideas!
I hadn't even thought of taking it apart to use in other pieces, so I will definitely look into that.

You are right, luckily the fur doesn't shed at all.

Hmm, I may even make a throw or pillows out of it, in winter I love taking naps on it anyway...

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