Monday, February 20, 2012

DIY- Fur Coat into a Vest


I hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend. This is the start of my birthday week. My actual birthday is Thursday the 23rd, but your birthday only comes once a year and I would like to celebrate it more than just one day. To start it off, my giveaway ended last night and the winner is:



Porcelain complexion, congrats and if you can email me your address, I will send it out quickly. Next, I was reading a post from Grace at Stripes and Sequins and she showed this photo of Olivia Palermo in this fur vest.

 I loved this vest. I have told you in past posts that my mom has found many fur coats for me at the thrift store for unbelievable prices. The photo below shows one of her finds.


Great coat, but it looks like it could swallow me because it is so big. I sometimes use the fur on projects, but this coat has great character. So, when I saw the Olivia Palermo vest, it gave me the idea to take this coat and make it into a vest. The outcome is fabulous. Follow these steps to make your fur vest.
First: Using a seam ripper seperate the lining of the arms before you cut.

Second: Cut the arms off the coat. You will resew the lining to the fur later with the sewing machine. You can also hand sew it if you can not use a sewing machine.

Third: Using the seam ripper seperate the edge of the front of the coat. Then try the coat on to decide the amount that needs to be cut off.

Fourth: Sew the lining of the coat to the fur sides.



Can you even believe it?? I love it and will get so much use out of this vest. I also even used the sleeves for projects to be seen at a later date. I would love to hear what you think. Did you do anything fun over the weekend?


22 comments:

  1. Love it! I think it is amazing how you have such an eye for turning ordinary pieces to extraordinary ones!

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    1. Thanks so much for your great compliment. I know I will be getting a lot of use out of this vest.

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    1. Thanks, no this particular coat is not real.

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  3. WOW, I LOVE what you've done with that, it looks amazing as a vest!!

    Yay, I'm so excitied I won :) Thank you!
    I'll email you now xo

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  4. That is so amazing as a vest! Thanks so much for sharing your style on Monday Mingle.

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  5. Hi! Jumped to you from Monday Mingle. This turned out awesome! I love it!

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  6. holly mollly this is amazing ! wish I had a furry coat I can do that too.. oh well and the sewing skills :)
    xo,
    LMQ

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  7. OMG, I LOVE this look! Very chic! DIY success, great work!

    xoxo
    Remy
    www.mydailythreads.blogspot.com

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  8. That's amazing! The vest turned out great. Very chic.

    Jenn
    The Suburb Experiment

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  9. That is superb! Love it so much. You look fantastic!

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    1. Thanks Julie, I hope all is going well. I have been thinking of you.

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  10. I love the resulting vest. Yes the jacket....was huge and this was a perfect solution. Chic and you will get many years of wear and compliments. Enjoy and thank you for the idea and having a vision.

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  11. I love this idea! You did a fantastic job and the result is beautiful. I have a coat very similar, and don't wear it because it's too hot for me where I live now. I think I will try your idea and be able to enjoy it again!

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  12. Okay..I am going to attempt this on my jacket this weekend if I can get the kids in check. Otherwise, I will try it when my five yr old is at school. I can't wait!!! I'm nervous though. Hope I don't mess this up!

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  13. That's one snazzy vest, Carrie! Yeah, why not turn an oversized coat into a vest? That's a slick idea. You look so dapper in that vest, by the way. :)


    -Joel Salmon

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  14. Hi--love this! When you say you separated the edge of the front of the coat, do you mean you took off a vertical strip so the vest would be a narrower cut? I have a mink coat I'd like to do this with--the fit is way to boxy. Thanks!

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  15. Hi--love this! When you say you separated the edge of the front of the coat, do you mean you took off a vertical strip so the vest would be a narrower cut? I have a mink coat I'd like to do this with--the fit is way to boxy. Thanks!

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  17. Your birthday is in a month. Any DIY projects on the line? This fur coat project is impeccable. It’s a waste to cut such pretty thing, but it did look better when the sleeves were cut – more chic and fashionable. Shelley @ Estate Furs

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