Waste not…WANT. Multi-colored, one-of-a-kind patchwork pom poms

I have a lot of scraps of this recycled fur, from other projects over the past few years. It struck me last week that there is something I can do with them. They are time consuming to make, but they’re worth it. It’s recycled recycling! Here are some that I’ve made and there are more to come – visit elle Vintage often — I’ll be listing a new one every day or so over the next few weeks. I am also making them in faux fur. If there is a color combination you want that will match your hat exactly, hit me up — I can probably make it for you!

 

 

 

 

 

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Do you have an old vintage fur coat that you’ll never wear?

Why not have me transform it into something new that you will enjoy now and everyday? Contact me at elle Vintage elle@ellevintage.com

I have just finished turning a muskrat fur coat — that probably hasn’t been worn in decades — into these stunning pieces.

 

 

Say it with sterling silver, freshwater pearls and recycled mink fur

Handmade at elle Vintage.

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Violet Mink Fur Pom Pom Sterling Silver Dangle Earrings with Freshwater Pearl Accents
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Real Mink Fur with real sterling silver and genuine freshwater pearl chain and real sterling silver hooks
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Poms are a petite 1.5″ in diameter
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Fluffy soft violet mink [very light, shiny purple-grey accent tips]
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Earrings hang 4″

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Retro wraparound earmuffs

They’re hard to find, but here they are – full fur headband earmuffs at elle Vintage. Available in faux fur and real recycled mink fur. If you have a request for a certain color, contact me at elle@ellevintage.com.

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Ballet Slipper Pink Beige Faux Fur

 

See more colors here.

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.

 

 

 

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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