Saturday, 16 October 2010

Fur Better Or Worse - Jumble Sale Finds


How lucky was I this morning? We went to not one, but two,  jumble sales earlier.


Neither jumble was particularly fantastic but as a fake fur fanatic I couldn't resist the lure of a these two shoddy mid-1990's acrylic cardigans for a mere 10p each. 


I spent this afternoon with my sewing box reworking them into something far more interesting.


I unpicked the grey fur collar from the neck of the cardigan then hemmed and hand-sewed some vintage ribbon from my stash of second-hand haberdashery buys.

Worn with 1960's tricel mini dress, grey patterned opaques, high-heeled brogues (all charity shop finds) and accessorised with massive hair and a 1969 VW Bay bus handpainted in Cadbury's Dairy Milk purple.



To create this scarf I unpicked it from the tatty old cardi, added a press-stud, a rosette of antique hand-made Cypriot lace and a vintage pewter button.

Hasn't it gone cold? I don't like wearing knitwear so hats, scarves and snuggly coats are essential, just as well I've got so many.

Welsh Tweed pea coat, tweed skirt, leather belt, brogues and tights (All charity shop finds).

Thanks to Kate at Make Do Style who featured some lovely faux fur collars on her fabulously fashion-friendly blog recently, she inspired me.

57 comments:

  1. Belt with coat. Looks very Bond-style. And another fab fabric - Tricel.

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  2. What a good idea, and it's not much to spend to make something new and fabulous. I found a few things at todays jumble, but nothing as nice you always seem to find!

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  3. Particularly loving the first collar! Your creativity is inspiring. Both look really fabulous on and will work with so much! Vive le jumble!
    x Comtesse x

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  4. I love the collar and scarf, they look fantastic! xxx

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  5. I loooove that dress. One day i'm going to come to a jumble sale with you and watch you at work! x

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  6. I love faux fur and that collar looks so cute! Can't believe the cardis were only 10p each - you've transformed them amazingly! x

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  7. That is such a good idea and something I've never thought of, using just the collars of vintage sweaters. I have a (slight) addiction to fur, and often I'll come across old sweaters with nice collars but dont' buy them because the sweater is old and pilly.

    Thanks for sharing this!

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  8. You talented thing! You obviously have an eye for things that can be transformed. The collar looks very glam and the scarf is super pretty. I'm also LOVING those tights. x

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  9. Oh those collars are gorgeous! Well done with the sewing skills, genius idea. x

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  10. You clever thing I love them. I do that you know; see something that would be great as something else - but you go one step further and make it - I never seem to manage. It is really cold up here too, but I love getting gloved and scarved up so I am loving this time of year.
    Kandi x

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  11. You are super woman, had time to go to the jumble, pick goodies. Turn them into something else. Wear the items, shoot the photos and post them. Wowwwwwwwwwww.
    I am not one for furs, but they do look fantastic. I love your pretty little pink dress.
    XXXXXXXXXXXX

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  12. Fake furs are great :) I've become a fan since I moved to cold southern Germany.
    It's pretty cold already and I can't wait to start wearing my last flea market find.
    I also liked what you did with the fur, I hope to have sewing skills someday, :D
    Have a lovely weekend!

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  13. You are very clever Vix! I love that pic of you looking all snuggly in that purple coat. It is overcast here and a little on the chilly side. Kitty has cozied up next to the computer as I type and Sadie is guarding the house barking at all who pass by. Except for a brief excursion to the market and a book sale earlier, we are staying home today.

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  14. Dear Vix, I love faux fur too. I'm loving the styling! Is that your VW camper van? What a brilliant colour, I've never seen one that colour before. Have a fabulous evening xx

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  15. What a clever idea! I always admire people who can see beyond the obvious and transform tat into something as fab as this. The collar is just lovely. As for the tweedy coat - be still my beating heart!

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  16. Hi there-you did wonders my dear, just love that first collar its so gorgeous, well done! xx

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  17. i love the fur collar and topknot!

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  18. GORGEOUS pieces.....you find the best treasures...EVER:)

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  19. Brilliant - you have inspired me and can I say I love love love your Welsh tweed pea coat if you ever think about passing it on, I'm your gal!! xx

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  20. That outfit is SO fabulous! I especially love the dress and coat. I wanna go to a jumble sale! Lucky, lucky. :P

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  21. Damn innovative!!
    I especially adore the first fur collar. Goes so well with that lovely little dress.
    Much love!

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  22. Love the reworking. Fur collar looks fab with mini dress.
    GREAT hair! Love it.

    xx

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  23. Great idea I am a faux fur obsessive too! I cant tell you the amount of scarves I have, feathers are good too! Love the first one it looks very Miu Miu x

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  24. Love the scarf and purple coat together! They both look great :)

    x x x

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  25. Vix, you are truly amazing! You have such a great eye and are so talented! Do you work in fashion (just curious about your "day job"). XX!

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  26. I really LOVE the first look.
    It has such sweet patterns and colors, and the fur gives it such attitude!

    I personally love fur, but my country is too hot.

    Making soup,
    Berlin

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  27. Whilst everything is lovely I must confess that the dress is particularly pretty. I adore the colours, cut, form and length. Fits you so beautifully indeed. Hope your Mama's birthday was not too sad for you. Charming finds in the posts below and you look so chic on your sofa;-)

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  28. Edgy scarves. I love the last look a lot :)

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  29. Super finds and great remodelling of them into something more wearable.
    Cannot wait to see the unveilling of your new van - looks like an early bay going by the vents or is he/she a crossover? Cannot wait to see what you have called him/her xx

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  30. Very clever: they look just great. Loving the van too! xxx

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  31. You always find such great things. Lovely xx

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  32. Wow, what an amazing job. The first one is so elegant, and the second looks great with your coat. Very impressed with your creativity x

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  33. Vix - you are the new Louise Bourgeois! I think you should start selling your curtains, they're fantastic - perhaps you could get a work experience in to help you make them?!

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  34. PS please take part in my 'Home is where the art is' project. All I need are some photos of your lovely house and a quick chat
    x

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  35. Ooh, very creative. I like the result. Hubby bought me a book a few months back which tells you how to make things like that, but I've just not got around to it yet. Good result though! Your looking super stylish as always, and I love your dairy milk coloured bus. :-) xx

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  36. That first collar is so cute. Well done on such a great DIY project. xx

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  37. You always have such a creative eye for transforming pieces. I love the grey colour of the stole.
    I adore the Cadbury’s purple VW very much so xx

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  38. Sweetie, that tweed coat is GORGEOUS on you!! And so my style ;-)

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  39. the grey fur collar looks so great with this cute sixties dress. good buy & diy-project...

    it's not just your wardrobe looking fab, your home seems to be the most beautiful vintage and creative place i've ever seen. I'd love to see more....

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  40. Sewing and I don't get along. I wish we did, though, because I think that if I could make my own clothes - or even tweak my clothes myself, like you've done here! - I'd be delighted. And sewing and I could be best friends. One day, perhaps. :-)

    xxx

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  41. Bloody hell! two jumbles and you are still standing! Tough Cookie! Love the faux fur but oh the cruelty to teddy bears! lol! xx

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  42. Wonderful addition to your great collection - it goes so well with the dress. And I love the hairdo!

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  43. O,darling,I LOVE that collar!!So freaking cute,and looks amazing with that frock.The scarf is adorably cuddly looking!!Clever girl! It's amazing what a girl can do with a bit of imagination and some sewing skill!!!
    I'll be around tonight if you are.......
    LOVE Helga xxxXXXxxx !!!

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  44. Oooohhhh, Yummy, Yummy, Yummy........
    I was just looking at faux fur collars/rolled scarfs online yesterday :)
    Great finds!

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  45. Dear Vix,
    10p jumble sale admission fee...
    Oh, what a bloody liberty!
    Great job with the DIYed fur collars.
    I got a big piece of faux fur from the market the other day, so I might have to try this myself.
    I love the outfits in this post too, styled to perfection!
    That tapestry jacket is awesome; I really want one...I'll have to send out a cosmic order ;)
    Lot's of love,
    Jem
    ...xXx

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  46. Cool! They both look so cute Vix. You've done a excellent job. xxx

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  47. Loved your plans for evening last...how did that go for you ???

    I join everyone else in admiration for your talent in converting those cardigans to such unique neckware! I like the way you belted the pea coat, too!

    Your imagination amazes me!

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  48. that grey fur collar is jus amazing
    come follow oxo

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  49. Lovely fur remakes, and thanks for the Make Do inspiration link. You, Pull Your Socks Up, and this other pretty fur collar revamp blog have really got me itching to modernize my childhood garage sale fur stole. Raisin colored silk ribbon festening, I think.

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  50. Pure genius. I love all of these!

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  51. Love the DIY on those collars, what a fantastic idea! I like that Welsh tweed coat too. Is that the same VW that was orange at a festival in another photo?

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  52. Gorgeous outfits, especially love the dress in the first look, and the fur of course! :)

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  53. I love the way u reworked both the furs..the grey one is just fabulous!!

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  54. i love that fur collar and that jacket!! such amazing finds...

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  55. You are a genius!!

    I am constantly astounded at the prices you pay for the treasures you find. 20p for both cardigans???? 20p is about AUS.35c and no way in hell can you buy anything for that low a price!! Maybe AUS$2-5.

    I love your hair like this... totally Modesty Blaise... on one of her capers!

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