I have been seeing a lot of vintage fur and faux fur collars / stoles / shrugs / capelets / tippets lately (thank you, Erica!), and wanted to make my own. I had a vintage fur one, but I didn't have the heart to wear it, even if it was vintage. I no longer own it.
There are only so many ways to "design" such a simple thing, but I tried to incorporate some elements that I specifically wanted in a stole. I wanted something that would look lovely paired with a silk dress or even with a t-shirt. Ribbon ties were essential, because they are more versatile than other types of fasteners, and because I do love a pretty bow.
Recently I was lucky enough to acquire some fabric from a local high-end designer, and one of the fabrics I chose was a very soft, low pile faux fur. I am not sure of the fabrication but I suspect it is part viscose; it was manufactured by Menchi Tessuti of Italy, who specialize in blends of cashmere, angora, and silk. The quality of this fabric is incredible; I can only imagine how much it would cost under ordinary circumstances. It is so luxurious. Not as luxurious as real fur, naturally, but still luxurious.
After a little experimentation, this was the result: The Hinterland Stole. April, I was thinking of you when I made it, and of course, of our woodland friends from Hinterland Who's Who. This item will appear in my Etsy shop, for, I think, $40 (maybe less, but no more than that), and will be custom-made, if I am given the opportunity to make more! This one is for me.
I have lined the stole with black satin that I machine-quilted (there is a thin layer of cotton batting on the inside to make it nice and toasty), and the ties are made of grosgrain ribbon. When worn, it has a charming old-fashioned quality; think Mad Men, think early '60s -- everyone is talking about that style these days! I love it!
I will have more pictures later because it looks better when worn, but for now, I hope you have enjoyed this sneak peek!