My last project restyling an old mink fur coat for a client. The coat was inherited from her mother and she wanted to wear that coat but it should be made in her size and with a more modern look. The coat was too large and the design old fashion.The mink fur and leather side were still in an good condition to make it work.
furrier knife to cut the fur from the leather side:
My old but sturdy Singer 20U for sewing the suede , I used special leather needles size 90 and thread size 80 for sewing and size 50 for top stitching the zipper.
and my fur sewing machine ,
You can see me at work using my Allbook Hashfield fur sewing machine a small video from me while I was sewing white rabbit fur with my fur machine. ( the video was taken with a simple photo camera so the quality is not that good) , but it will give you an idea how such a machine works. I used a sewing awl to push the fur hairs to the inside.
I removed the coat interior from the coat,
Fur collar wrong side with tape to stabilize the edges,
I also added an inside pocket with triangles at the edge to embellish the pocket.
I copied that embellishing idea from an old fur coat I have in my stash which was made by the same furrier house as the clients coat.Threads magazine did an article about this embellishing idea too, see issue 73 ( it is called in that article a “Chinese wedding pocket”)
Neck line corded piping ,
Hem facing to attach the hem lining,
Two way zipper sandwiched between front and facing, and corded piping between facing and lining.
Back view suede collar.
Restyled fur coat,
The book “How to sew with Leather, Suede, Fur “by Margaret B Krohn and Phyllis W Schwebke, it is an old book (my copy is from 1966)