To read the full story on the 100 Days of Fur experiment, click here.
First of all, thanks to Rebecca Tay to filling in for me while I was fur-less in Maui. To read her posts, click here and here.
I am coming up to the last few days of my experiment (my wool coats will be very pleased to know this) and I will be spending nine of those last days attending London Fashion Week (and wearing fur, of course.)
Last week I had one of my most exciting fur moments so far… I picked up a custom-made fox stole from Pappas Furs, which I had made from a pelt I’ve had for 13 years. I’ve documented the process with a few photos. This will be one of my main pieces for London Fashion Week (I won’t be able to bring more than one or two coats in my suitcase, it will have to be all about the fur accessories!)
First, I brought in this snow-tip fox pelt (it is dyed red and the tips are bleached, hence called “snow tip”) and showed it to Walter, the Master Furrier at Pappas Furs.
The fur on this pelt is very thick and lustrous, it is a fox from a Scandinavian farm.
First, he tested the elasticity of the pelt to see if it was still in good quality, and then he suggested a few options of what I could do with it. We decided on a scarf. Walter made a muslin for me (using a fake fur) and I came in a few weeks later to try it on.
I returned a few weeks later to pick up the finished product. The scarf itself was way longer than the pelt, and there were no visible seams. By investigating the remnants, I was able to figure out that Walter had used the letting out technique to construct the scarf. The is a technique where a pelt is slit into many long, thin strips, which are then re-sewn together to make a larger, longer piece. Here is an image of one of the leftover scraps, and a photo of a fur swatch of the letting out technique.
Center image shows some of the seaming used in the scarf, and right image shows how the seams are totally invisible from the right side of the fur.
A sample of the letting out technique.
And here is the finished product! I tested it out yesterday and I LOVE it. It is super soft and extremely versatile. Can’t wait to show it off properly!