January 3, 2012

That Touch of Mink

I had an absolutely fabulous Christmas Vacation. Rest and relaxation as far as the eye can see! Granted I did try to get in some much needed work on the shop - Dressmaker's Hams & Rolls are finally back in stock. Yay! I also did a ton of sewing. The weird thing being that it doesn't look like I have very much to show for it.

My mom and sis were in town over my holiday vacation and we went out for a rather marvelous lunch and some thrifting at a most favorite local thrift shop. I found this sweet little vintage fur collar there and promptly took it home to amend. By the way, I'm quite sure this is not mink as I've had a mink stole before (the title of this post is just for fun) and the coloring and feel is much different. I'm not sure what sort of fur this is, but it is the real deal. The original lining was in rather sad shape so I unpicked the whole thing and started from scratch. I used Casey's clever tutorial and came out with a rather stellar looking collar which I have been pairing with a jewel necked cardi I bought some time ago. Mr. S thinks this is utterly strange and finds fur collars to be a really "dated" look. Whenever I wear it about, he inquires why I would wear such a thing and proceeds to meow at me and pet the collar...

I thought I would bring up the topic here for discussion too. What do you think about real fur? Do you wear it? Would you wear it? I had told Mr. S that "at least it's a vintage authentic fur and not one that was tanned today." And he asked, "What's the difference?" To which I'm positively stumped for a reply. I've never really been averse to authentic fur, at least when found in a thrift store. I had never actually sewn with any either and found myself curious about how it would measure up against other fabrics. What do you say? Yea or Nay?

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