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Tuesday
Jan102012

{Product of the Week} Upcycled Mink Capelet....Oh Wait. Nevermind.

*I wrote this post yesterday just after I listed it for sale. Read all the way to the end for the clincher.

Dudes. DUDES! It turned out SO PRETTY.

OK, remember how it looked back in November when I stumbled across this chunk of fur?

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I think we can all remember that a reader got her panties in a twist over my use of fur. If you’re new, a member of the ASPCA and want to lash out, first go read this as well as the comments and you’ll have a better understanding of my personal stance on fur. If you still want to lash out, go ahead. I can take it.

But back to the pretty shit! OH MY GOD, this turned out way better than expected. Once I got the fur all clean up and ready to upcycle, there were a few reservations as to how I was going to make this all come together. Working with vintage goodies is a ton of fun, but it can also have its…um…challenges.

Recently I was making this really sweet little shrug with this really loosely woven vintage material, thinking it would all come together. Hoping, is a more accurate word.  Long story short, the collar basically came off in my hand after I’d been ever so delicately sewing on it for at least a day. “GAH!” was the word of the day after that.

ANYWAY, after this was all cleaned up, I lined the sucker with some felt batting for softness and warmth. And then I lined it with silk that has a cute little cubed pattern. I love it!

Instead of using a vintage rhinestone closure like I did on my last fur piece, I made this one with some 3” wide double-faced 100% silk ribbon that has been DYING to be something, for like, ever. Seriously, this ribbon is so dreamy.

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I totally love the back. How those little swoops of fur make the pretty design? I’d love to take cred for that, but no. It was part of the original piece and I just played into it. I’m so pleased it’s done now so that it can (hopefully) make some winter bride happy and warm!

It’s for sale on Etsy and on Cargoh. The last fur piece I did sold in a nano-second. Hope this one will too!

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Oh wait. Nevermind. It's totally not for sale anymore. BECAUSE IT SOLD!

Yeah! How excited am I? TOTALLY FUCKING EXCITED! I listed this yesterday and it SOLD within THREE HOURS! I'm a little sad that I won't be able to look at it and drool for a little longer, but THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT! Now, if only everything I made sold that fast!

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Reader Comments (8)

OMG. This is just stunning! The bow really finishes it. (but I am a sucker for a nice ribbon-bow on just about anything). It has such a classic elegance feel. Really beautiful. I would have begged the fancy (=fiance) for it if it wasn't already sold!! Congrats!

January 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

You have magic in your fingers! You are a true artist.

January 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMom

Congrats! It really is gorgeous...I can see exactly why it sold so quickly! You have a wonderful gift with vintage furs; I never would have imagined something like this from the first picture.

January 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCathryn

Wow that's absolutely stunning. I am kind of bummed I missed it. I would love to have a piece like that in my wardrobe! Please make another and sell it to me!

January 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMs. Bunny

The suckage about doing vintage stuff is that EVERYTHING is one of a kind. I mean, that's cool, but not so great for selling more things of what people want! Now I'm on the hunt for vintage fur parts. Do NOT Google that by the way. the images are GHASTLY.

January 11, 2012 | Registered CommenterLouise

This is furrylific! Love the ribbon! -Sarah-

January 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCPP

Hi, this is beautiful! I found your blog while searching for how tos on sewing/upcycling fur. I am dying to try this with my grandmother's fur coat, GULP! I'm thinking one of those long vests that are so in right now, but I'm so scared! Do you have any tips/tricks you could share for sewing fur? Thanks!

December 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAdrienne

Adrienne, Click on the link in the article above that mentions my "last fur piece." I only use pieces that are in decent condition that I can clean myself.
Also, you need special sewing needles for leathers/skins, etc. Regular needles can cut the hide rather than sew it. Definitely research sewing furs online - there are some great how-to's. It's not easy though as most time you have to redo the underlining and well as the lining.

December 15, 2012 | Registered CommenterLouise

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