This project is one that I did last year, and just never took the time to post up. It is a vintage Victorian Cape I thought would be a great addition to my vintage clothing collection. I purchased it via EBay from a lady in England for $10.00 + s/h. It was a wreck when it arrived. She thought it was velvet, but it turned out to be seal plush. The 75% of the passementerie trim was hanging off, the Mongolian Sheep Fur time was destroyed, and some of the lining was in tatters. I loved it as soon as I saw it. I removed the sheep fur by trimming in down to the nub. I wanted to replace it with like fur, but I could not locate a supplier that could accommodate the size I needed, so I went with what I could find - a HUGE Black Feather Boa. The process involved re-attaching the interior linings as needed - which was the easy part, then onto the passementerie - which took hours, approximately sixteen hours over three days if I recall correctly. It ended up being a combination of sewing and gluing to get everything to lay correctly. Lastly, was hand-sewing the feather boa to the front edges and all around the collar.
|Lots of pining to hold in place for hand sewing and gluing|
Long story short, I finished the restoration, entered it in our local "County Fair" and it earned a "Division Winner" Blue ribbon plus some prize money! How fun is that!