Isab-elle, off duty.

Sitting, ever faithful, my mascot. I noticed her across the way here today, and it struck me how beautiful and appreciated she is. She models my earmuffs and hats. She has been responsible for so much of my success.

I chuck her around and implement her without too much thought, usually. She serves me. She serves me well, with her unique, cartoonish, art deco, and yes, in-your-face beauty. She is Isab-elle.

I adopted her in 2012 at the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto. She is definitely the best $60 I ever spent.

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Irma and pillows

–That’s what occupied my time and my heart this weekend.

As I worked, CNN was queued on the TV — “drowned out” a bit by the rat-a-tat-tat of my sewing machine. I marathon-ed 7 gorgeous pillow covers since Friday and all the while, my thoughts and best wishes were with everyone affected by the storm. I am pretty amazed at how cool the people of the state of Florida are (and Texas too, for that matter); their composure, organization, grace and resilience. I have no doubt that they will be back on their feet in record time.

I hope that you will all be home-sweet-home and settled in again soon.

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Taking apart and prepping a vintage fur coat for the making of fur art

It takes me about an hour and a half to take apart a coat and get it ready to make something. I prepped two coats today. One is a medium brown beaver coat and the other is a geometrically-cut mahogany mink fur coat. I’ll be making two pillow covers from each. See some of my other recycled fur and faux fur pillows here. I’ll definitely be making a couple of teddy bears too.

There is sO much going on inside a fur coat, and I have to take my time and a lot of care to not cut what I’m not supposed to cut! And since I don’t have a studio with a giant table, the floor it is. So..ow.

Scroll down to see the process…

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This is the mahogany mink. It’s a pretty big coat, so I will be able to make many things.
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Opening up the coat, you can see a silky brown lining — I’ll recycle this fabric to line the pillows.
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I start at the bottom hem and work my way up. 

 

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The lining is off and underneath is a layer of white batting,that is sewn into the pelt eeeverywhere. 

 

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I use an xacto knife. I used to have an antique brass furrier knife but I lost it (sorry Nick and Alex).

 

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The infrastructure inside a coat is meticulously crafted and detailed. For me, it all has to go. I always feel kind of bad undoing such hard work.
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This is what the pelt looks like inside. It’s all small pieces sewn together.  Things I make with these types of coats take much longer, because I have to examine EVERY single seam to make sure nothing is undone. It’s torturous, but worth it — these styles of fur make dreammmy things!
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Ha! My lucky day? This Canadian Looney slipped out of the pocket as I cut it off!  woohoo! (…are McDonald’s Summer Drink Days still on?)
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Closer inspections reveals that it is a 1988 Looney. That doesn’t date the coat at all, of course..but it probably means this baby is Canadian! Guess I’ll charge $1 less for this pillow…
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The collar is one flat piece — perfect for earmuffs, shoe poms and baby hat poms!
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And there it is. Stripped of the extras and laying flat, ready for me to cut the pillow pieces.
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These clean, shiny beautiful fur pieces are ready to be made into 12″ x 18″ bolster throw pillows.
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The same goes for these beaver pieces I cut from the beaver coat earlier.
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The coat linings are headed for the washer and dryer then to be transformed into the pillow linings.
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…Can’t stress THIS enough…haha!

 

Update: Mink Set completed 🙂 See my Etsy listing here.

 

Update: Beaver set completed 🙂 See my Etsy listing here.

 

 

 

elle Purse Poms

Been thinking about getting one? Birthday coming up for her? Scoop a handmade pom pom purse charm at elle Vintage on Etsy for a micro-fraction of the Yorkville specimans.

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Choose from six different 5+ Inch super soft and silky, blow-in-the-wind designer faux furs, with hand-cut Italian leather straps and sturdy hardware. Also available in recycled real fur, made from vintage fur coats.

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2017 Fall and Winter color trends

Color Palette for New York

“Bookended by a dynamic Grenadine red and a tawny Autumn Maple, the color palette for Fall 2017 leans more to warmth, “ says Eiseman. “While comforting, enveloping colors and ease are crucial to the seasonal feeling, standout shades include a pale pink Ballet Slipper, a refreshing Golden Lime, and a bright Marina blue. These hues add a striking touch when paired with the classic autumnal shades of Navy Peony, Neutral Gray, Butterrum and Tawny Port.” …more

Lovely! Come bask in the warmth of the Fall and Winter color trends at elle Vintage. Click on any product image below, for more photos and details.

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elle Cat Pillows featured on Hauspanther.com

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I wrote about all the details of my handmade original design Cat Pillows in July — see my blog article here.

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But Hauspanther isn’t just about cool looking stuff. Our greater mission is to spread the word about how good design can enhance the way we live with cats, improving our lives and the lives of our beloved feline companions. By paying attention to the design of objects and environments, we can create living spaces that accommodate the natural instincts of cats – keeping them happy, healthy and well behaved – without compromising our own sense of style and comfort. Read more….