Whether it is resizing a piece to make it fit better or to make a sleeve longer, alteration is one of the best ways to give clothing a new life. If you found a fur coat that is a bit too long or if you want to turn it into a jacket, you can easily do that by shortening it. A lot of people have done it themselves, and there are a lot of tips online on how you can properly do it by yourself without causing permanent damage to the product, there is of course also the option of going to a furrier to have it professionally done. Plus going to a pro makes sure that you get the desired outcome ! If you’re planning to give your fur coat new life by cutting it short, here are some answers to some of the most common questions when it comes to this topic:
How much does it cost to shorten a fur coat?
A fur coat’s construction is not as simple as a regular coat made from other materials such as leather, cotton, or synthetic fabrics. It’s a very particular task and there are certain techniques that need to be employed to do it in a way that won’t damage its hem and of course the fur material. It should also be done in a way that would ensure that it looks good and also maintains its silhouette and form.
As it is complicated to do it by yourself, we of course suggest going to a reputable furrier or tailor who has enough experience with altering fur coats. These prices are not cheap, though, and some of them can go from $300. Paying for a professional job is of course always worth it than doing it yourself, especially if your coat is a vintage piece.
Can you shorten the sleeves of your fur coat?
If you have fur coats and you want to shorten the sleeves for any reason, you can definitely do it if you have advanced sewing skills. There are a lot of resources online such as articles on how to shorten a fur coat for a video featuring a step-by-step guide on how to properly do it. Or, better yet, you can have a professional do it for you.
If you want to do it yourself: First, you need to alter the hem with a seams reaper, choose the length, and then mark it. Once you’ve decided on the proper length, add an inch for the hem. Hold it with pins to keep it in place. Cut the hem and fabric holding the fur and never the fur. Stitch it together or use a sewing machine to create a more secure zigzag stitching.
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Can you resize a fur coat?
Resizing is definitely a much more complicated task than just shortening the sleeves or the length of a sable fur coat for exemple. And for such endeavors, we strongly suggest calling the help of a professional who can help you resize the fur coat.
Can you lengthen a fur coat?
Some people may be wondering if you are able to lengthen a fur coat. Of course, shortening it is easier, but making it longer is definitely not impossible. You can always go to a professional furrier or tailor with experience in fur if you need it done. Some of them would have fur that would fit your coat and they would be able to add the length to the edge of your coat or to the sleeves. Before going to a fur professional check that it is a real fur. Find all the information on how to tell if a fur coat has real fur ?
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