Fur Coat Restyling & Restoration
Fur coats can be bought secondhand or passed down through the generations, and while some fur coats still look mint despite being stored for years, others grow out of style or become damaged. It goes without saying that a fur coat is an investment, which means you must try to make it wearable for as long as you can. After all, they don’t really come cheap, do they?
If you’ve recently acquired a hand-me-down or secondhand fur coat, you might find it necessary to perform fur restoration. Apart from restoring vintage fur coats, you may also opt for fur restyling to make that old coat trendy again. These processes can transform any vintage fur coat into something wearable and increase its longevity at the same time. In time, that fur coat can look as good as new and may even look better than it was originally.
Genuine fur coats can be restyled so they look more modern. This process is done to transform the look of the coat even without any damage. Given fur coats don’t exactly come cheap, the good news is you can change its style so you can still wear it for years.
Restyling of fur coats can be done in several ways. You may have it totally changed or have it torn apart to make something new or make little changes to enhance its look. Note that a fur coat can be transformed into a blanket, scarf, and other fur accessories by a reputable furrier.
You have so many options when it comes to restyling. Whether you want to make something different and new out of an old fur coat or make minor changes by adding embellishments, shortening, or shearing it, it’s a guarantee that old fur coat can definitely be worn again whatever form it appears in the end.
Knowing Your Fur Coat
To come up with a fur coat style, you have to be familiar with your coat’s important details. First off, you must make sure that the coat is still usable before looking into a new design or style. Second, the fur on your coat must still be soft and intact as well. If these two factors are present, it’s time to get to know your coat better.
If your coat is inherited, ask the relative for some details concerning your coat. If this is not possible, use the power of the internet to acquire information. Check out the tag of your coat and look it up online. You should be able to know where the coat was made and what animal was used to make it. The same goes for secondhand fur coats.
Look Up Some Styling Options
As mentioned, fur restyling can be done in several ways. I personally suggest to broaden your options and not to give in to your impulses. Do not settle for one style alone. Check out different websites to look for inspirations. People have come up with so many creative and gorgeous ways to restyle a fur coat so make sure to get enough information as much as you can.
Bookmark the styles that you like, have it printed, and show it to the furrier. A professional can also suggest what style fits your coat best.
You’re lucky if your fur coat is still pretty much wearable, but does it fit you well? Considering it’s not specifically designed for you, consider fur resizing. A furrier can work on the seams so that it fits smaller people or find a way to make it roomier for a larger person. Remember that your fur coat should not be too snug nor too loose. Only a reputable furrier will the right size for your body size.
A common issue in most vintage fur coats is found on the surface of the coat itself. Some fur coats have top layers that have gone crusty and dried out, but if you check the layers underneath, they still appear healthy. If this is your coat’s case, hire a professional who can shear away the top layer of the coat and leave the underneath layer. The result is a fur coat that looks new and weighs light, something that’s cool and comfortable to wear.
Fur Bomber Jacket
A vintage fur coat can be transformed into a completely new piece of clothing item. So much is the change that it won’t look like a fur coat anymore, but a bomber jacket. Typically, the fur is taken off of the coat and embedded into a new fabric to create a chic bomber jacket.
Some people actually put the fur inside the jacket, with the fur serving as the lining. This piece of apparel is perfect for cold weathers since it can make you feel warmer. But you still have the option to feature the fur outside, as they normally go. This reversible design is perfect for those who want versatility in their clothing. You can wear it with the fur inside when it’s cold, or if you want to wear it so that it appears like a furry bomber jacket, you can do so as well. It all depends on your taste.
Though some people are born with that incredible talent of being able to care for clothes so that it still looks wearable through the years, it’s sort of inevitable that some clothes will eventfully break down. When this happens, most people would throw or put away those damaged clothing pieces. But can you take it in your hear to throw away a vintage fur coat?
You don’t have to since fur coats can be restored. Fur restoration is not the easiest of tasks, but when done properly, that old and damaged fur coat will look as good as new.
Condition Your Fur Coat
Over time, real fur coats eventually dry out. Think of fur the same way as human hair. it needs proper care and a whole lot of moisturization to maintain its healthy-looking shine and retain the softness of its texture.
It should be noted that fur is more prone to drying out once the animal it’s derived from no longer lives, and even more so as the fur starts to age. This is a disturbing thought to most people but we’re lucky to be alive at a time where professional furrier exists. These people can alter the fur or make adjustments on its inner seams so the fur looks as good as new.
To make sure that your fur coat retains its shine and soft texture, ask for it to be conditioned every time you send it out to be cleaned. You’ll notice quite a big change in the look and feel of your fur coat as if you just bought it.
Freshen Up Your Fur Coat
Fur coats can sometimes leave an undesirable odor especially when it’s been in storage for a long time. Good thing there are a few things you can do to make sure that it smells new and that the only scent it emits is your favorite perfume.
Below are some tips for a fresh and good-smelling fur coat.
One way to deodorize your fur coat is to seal it in a plastic bag or garment bag. Before putting it inside the bag, however, make sure the bag doesn’t carry a foul scent of its own and is clean. Once the coat is inside, seal the bag completely. Make sure it’s airtight. Don’t let air make its way inside the bag as this will disrupt the process of deodorizing it. Sealing the bag will also ensure that no critters or bugs can make its way inside and possibly gnaw on your expensive fur coat.
Speaking of bugs, mites are pretty much well-known for invading fur coats and make it their home. To prevent this from happening, stick your coat into a freezer. This will force the mites to evacuates and at the same time eliminate the unpleasant smell coming out of the fur.
Let the fur coat sit in a freezing environment for three days, or more if you want to. While your coat is in the freezer, why not read some information about proper storage of fur coats? Absorb knowledge in any way you can so you can “troubleshoot” any fur coat problems later on.
Once your coat has been frozen for at least three days, remove it from the freezer, take it out of the bag and store it in your closet, or wear it immediately if you must. Furs are mostly worn during late fall or winter and while you’re waiting for those seasons, store your coat somewhere clean and dry, and away from things that could cause staining.
Damaged fur coats can still be fixed, but your skills may not be enough to have it restored to its former glory. The techniques used in repairing fur coats can be too complex for a lot of people, and if gets too difficult, you may need a professional to have it restored.
Furriers and other vintage fur professionals have a specific set of skills in order to repair your fur coat and make sure that it doesn’t acquire more damage in the process. These professionals use special tools to work on the thick pelts and other items to fix tiny details that you may have otherwise missed.
You don’t want to commit the mistake of making revisions on your fur coat without investigating what the problem is in the first place. Be realistic in what to expect. Is still in good shape? How was it used before it was handed down to you? What’s the fur coat made from and where was it bought?
Determining the answers to these questions will help you find the best restyling and restoring services. With a qualified professional, it’s a guarantee that your fur coat will turn out exactly the way you want it restyled.
Common Types of Fur Coat Damage
There are several types of damage that fur coats may fall into. Knowing what’s fixable will help you figure out if your fur coat can still be repaired and be worn again.
- Rips – There are unfortunate moments in life wherein you suddenly find yourself clumsier than before. It happens to the best of us, and it has happened to the former owner of the fur coat too. Rips are common and happen all the time. The pelts are one of the most delicate parts of the coat and are prone to damage compared to other types of materials. If your fur coat has rips, a professional furrier can perform repairs either by sewing the pelt back together or replace an area of the pelt.
- Loose Pelts – Most vintage fur coats have pelts on them that are sewn together to make a bigger coat. The seams on the pelts may come loose over time, which needs the knowledge and skill of a professional furrier. If you notice loose pelts, have it checked right away. Don’t wait for the seams to come off completely before having it fixed.
- Hook Replacements – Hooks fall off too. This is another common damage in fur coats. If you somehow managed to have lost a way to close your coat, let a furrier replace the hooks so that your coat feels functional again.
Owning a fur a coat is not as easy as owning other types of clothing items. They require a specific way of storage and maintenance in order for them to look presentable every time you need to wear them. If you haven’t had a fur coat before, now is the time to realize that they are very fragile, especially if they have been around for a long time.
To keep a fur coat in the best condition, you have to arm yourself with basic care knowledge, as well as knowing what steps to take if a mishap happens. Tears and stains are distressing, but you can lessen the stress you are in if you know what to do should these happen to your fur coat.
Whatever issue your fur coat is under, always have it checked by a professional furrier. They can help determine if the issue can still be fixed or if it’s time to let it go.