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fur coat dilemma

belinda1 | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Hi Everyone,

I am new to this forum and I hope someone can help me with an old seal coat that I bought.

The coat fits perfectly except the sleeve opening is very narrow so that when I reach out the sleeve tears away at the back. I thought of putting a small insert there to take the strain off the seam. Any suggestions?

Where have all the flowers gone?- zone 6a, southern Ontario


  1. solosmocker | | #1

    Two thoughts-You could reset the sleeve adding a leather strip around the top of the sleeve. I might want to add a leather belt as well just to have some continuity.
    You also could add a lycra knit in the same fashion. You wouldn't need as much width and this may possibly sink into the fur and just be visible when you do that stretch thing. Either way, I think removal of the entire sleeve will be in order, not to accomadate the fit issue, but to have the restyling look appropriate.

    1. belinda1 | | #2

      Thanks solosmocker,

      I really like the knit idea. It would be a heck of lot easier to do at the top of the sleeve because I would not have to adjust or even remove the lining. I'm not an experienced seamstress so if I have to do the whole sleeve I'll get someone else to do it.

  2. mem | | #3

    It sounds to me as if the coat is too narrow across the back Is there a center seam you could let out or could you put a pleated vent in the center back of the coat?

    1. belinda1 | | #4

      Hi mem,

      Thanks for your reply. There is no seams except on the sleeves and collar. The coat is in the style of a frock so it seems to be loose all around and the shoulders fit me nicely. I saw some knitting yarn the other day that is the same color as the coat and feather like so I may try knitting an insert at the back of the sleeve. It looks like the person who owned the coat before me gave it away for the same reason as the sleeves had been sewn a few times already. The problem seems to be that the sleeve opening is to narrow. When I reach out with both arms the sleeves get stuck about three inches up my arm. But, you may be right and the coat is just too small for me.   

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