Time to Vote: Faux Fur Challenge: Refashion Runway Season Five

You’ll be totally warmed up by the time you see all of the Faux Fur Refashion entries today. Fur never looked so good!

Scroll down to the bottom of the post to vote for your favorite designer. Be sure to click on the button above their name then click the vote button at the bottom of the poll so your vote will be counted. (If you’re reading this in WordPress Reader, you’ll need to go out of WordPress to vote https://therenegadeseamstress.com/2020/02/08/time-to-vote-fau…nway-season-five/ ‎)

If you have more than one favorite, or you’d like to vote for your favorite more than once, you can come back every 24 hours and vote again.

Have fun!


Marisa Glied from The Refash Stash

My thought on faux fur is a little bit goes a long way. This is why I decided
against making a full faux fur dress hahaha! Anyway, scrolling through Pinterest I
saw a jean jacket with faux fur accents(which I fell in love with), which was the
basis of my inspiration for this challenge.
I started with a jean dress that I outgrew and a faux fur stole I scored at the
Salvation Army.
I cut the dress in half and made a skirt out of the bottom and a cropped jacket out
of the top. I cut apart the stole and used the faux fur to make a new collar and
cuffs for my cropped jacket. Then I cut a long thing piece of fur to hem the bottom
of my jacket. I even had enough fur to accent around the heel of my newly thrifted
I obviously needed a shirt to wear since my dress was now 2 pieces. I had an old
black turtleneck that I removed the sleeves and removed one side seam from the
turtleneck so it was less restricting.
I love how just a little bit of this faux fur makes a big difference when added to
my new outfit!

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Sonya Blackstone from She’s So Creative

“This round was equally fun and challenging! Fur is not my favorite material to work
with, but I absolutely adore the finished look, so I was excited to push
myself! I went to the thrift store and couldn’t believe my eyes; they
had 2 wedding dresses! I knew this would be the perfect project for a fur challenge.
It’s winter here, so I thought a fur wedding gown for a winter wedding would be
amazing! I cut the lace trim off the bottom of the skirt, cut a couple of feet
off the train, and completely removed the bodice. I trimmed more off the top of the
dress and adjusted the height in the front, so it would have a more prominent
high-low look. Unfortunately, the local thrift stores didn’t have anything faux
fur, so I then made a new bodice from a fur lapghan (which is usually our movie
blanket, so don’t tell my daughter! lol) and also added fur trim to the skirt
(in place of that lace). I made wide straps from the fur, because I wanted them to
fit scrunched up on the shoulders, but wide enough so they could drape over the top
of the arms as well. I took a portion of the skirt that I had cut off and made a
belt and also took one of the bows from a sleeve and added that to the front center
of the belt. I removed the buttons & placket from one sleeve and added that to
the back bottom of the dress opening. “


Summer Ashley from Refashion Diaries

Hey everyone! When I went to my local thrift shop I didn’t find a lot of options for faux fur in the clothing section, so I used stuffed animals. I also used a men’s button up that I thrifted and my husbands old jacket that he was planning to get rid of. Since it fit me in the shoulders I used the shirt for the outside as a guide for how I wanted my new jacket to look and used my husbands old jacket for the lining. And the faux fur for the cuffs and collar.


Julie Kong from Sugarcane Sweet Designs

Hi Everyone!
Wow, let me tell you, this challenge was hard. It all started as I was perusing the Goodwill. They hardly had any fake fur. I tried a few other thrift stores and all the fur was either real and STINKY or fake and well I just kept thinking of lice and bed bugs . Oh my what to do, time is running out! As I was distracting myself with cleaning I literally stepped on the answer! There it was the small, fury carpet on the floor. I could totally use that. But wait, the best part is if it does have cooties I know they belong to me!!! Then more good luck came my way as I opened my overstuffed linen closet. There, folded and squished in between a million fury throws was the carpets match. A match made in Heaven! Like chocolate and peanut butter. I squealed with joy!! Off I went full speed ahead with my fury carpet and soft cozy couch throw. The end result was a soft and cozy cootie free cape. Now I have to tell you, my son said it looked like something they would wear on the TV series, Game of Thrones . Well, okay, I can live with that. Just bring me my crown to match my cape. Okay girls I know you all have a lot of throws around the house. Be brave, cut them up, and make yourselves a cape, Oh and feel free to buy yourself a crown. I know I’m going to!!! Hope you’ve enjoyed my upcycling adventure with fur. See you next time.


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Refashion Runway Faux Fur Challenge
Refashion Runway Faux Fur Challenge
Refashion Runway Faux Fur Challenge
Refashion Runway Faux Fur Challenge


Beki Biesterfelt from Beki’s Custom Sewing

Upcycled/Recycled Finds,

Faux fur coat

Thrift store wool pants and skirts shrunk by washing in hot water and hot dryer to make felted wool.

Vintage black fur collar.

Faux fur coat to vest using wrong side as right side and fur side towards body.

Couching leftover chenille yarn from a previous project.

Details of felted wool appliqués. The hook & eyes and snaps were harvested from the wool pants and skirts before felting process. Seed & bugle beads and embroidery floss were all from my stash.

The crown of the hat using the vintage fur collar. The boot toppers and rolled brim of the hat used the sleeves from the faux fur coat.


Deana Budgell from djewelss

To begin, I took the coat apart and washed and dried it on high heat which helps make the fur easier to handle.
Then I just let it speak to me and I saw the arms of the coat and immediately thought boots so then everything else just fell into place.
Everything is lined with the lining from the jacket and the clasp on the neck scarf is repurposed from the front of the coat.
I made the leather swimsuit from the black leather dress and used the leftover leather to attach the tassels to each piece.
South Lake Tahoe made for a great back drop for this high fashion look.

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Refashion Runway Faux Fur Challenge
Refashion Runway Faux Fur Challenge
Refashion Runway Faux Fur Challenge
Refashion Runway Faux Fur Challenge


Rose Henegar

Greetings from chilly Paris…Paris Michigan that is. I have a theory about
the whole groundhogs and Winter thing: If you hibernate indoors, and don’t
go into the out, there won’t be any chance of seeing your shadow! So, in an
attempt to stay toasty and warm, I bring you
Faux Fur.
This week’s finds were a bit of a stash-buster. I utilized a few of my
fleece throws that were only gently used as craft show table coverings to
make a cozy pair of lounge pants. The pink jammies were my jumping off
point in patterning the pants. I used scrap from making p.j.’s as Christmas
gifts last year as trim at the waist and cuff.
I wanted the fur to line a hood and slippers. This one yard remnant (@60%
off!) worked like a charm, with some to spare. The blue dress used in the
jacket was a little on the flimsy side, but my stubborn self would not
un-sew the fur once it was contained.
I completed the ensemble by crocheting a pair of slippers, and then lined
them with the same fur.
Ooh la la! Comfy warmth from head to toe!


Diane Sladowski from Thoughts From a Seamstress

I thought I would try denim as faux fur this week. It was harder than I expected,
but I think it worked out! I’ve got more photos about how I put it all together in
my blog, thoughtsfromaseamstress.com


Peggy Latta from Heirloom Textile Art

Winter Wonderland Glistening Fur Coat

As a textile artist and restyle designer, I approach each challenge with the goal of creating artistically refashioned wearable pieces. This week the result is a glistening coat dripping with elegance!

My before items included a girl’s ivory fur jacket, a faux racoon vest, a diy Cruella Deville tote bag, a metallic gold sweater and a basic taupe trench coat. What a crazy collection of findings!

The trench coat was altered to give a fit and flare shape. All fur pieces and the sweater were deconstructed. Then using an unconventional approach, I built the outer coat on top of the shaped trench coat. The undercoat supports the weight of the fur and avoids stretching the sweater.

My coat features seven godets in the skirt, a double collar, fur sleeves and floating back bodice panel and white banding accents.

I hope you enjoy my entry!

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Refashion Runway Faux Fur Challenge
Refashion Runway Faux Fur Challenge
Refashion Runway Faux Fur Challenge
Refashion Runway Faux Fur Challenge


Sandy Yates

I started with a classic wool coat with velvet cuffs, pocket covers and collar. I purchased two kinds of faux fur and made removable collars and cuffs. The coat can still be worn without them. I refitted the coat and removed the double breasted front and the former pockets. The pockets were replaced with pleats and the double breasted buttons for an asymmetric look. I also removed the collar, cuffs, and pocket covers. Each fur piece was prepared be removing fur from the seam allowances and undersides were lifted with satin. I also made an additional velvet button from the cuffs that I removed to make the collars pop. The button is interchangeable between the collars with an elastic attachment. The collars and cuffs are attached with elastic and buttons for easy removal.



I love plaid and was excited to find this coat. I thought the black fur complemented the colors. I took apart the coat and reshaped the bodice and took in the sleeves. I did the same with the lining and replaced it. I cut the fur and sewed it on to the coat ( collar and sleeve). I hand sewed the hem. It was a challenge to work with the faux fur but I like how it turned out. I can wear it with a belt to dress it up or casual without.

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Refashion Runway Faux Fur Challenge
Refashion Runway Faux Fur Challenge


Michelle Paganini from Paganoonoo

I had never worked with faux fur before, so felt a bit intimidated. I selected a faux lambs wool coat to transform. It is very well made and was a steal for $35. Vests are more wearable than coats in our temperate northern California climate, so a vest transformation was my plan.

The before pictures were taken in bright sunlight, which makes the “fur” look a completely different color than the after shots. My photographer (husband George) advised open shade for the remainder of photos, right as always – thanks honey.


The coat is a classic shape, with nice in-seam pockets. Liking the simplicity of the cut I decided to maintain the basic silhouette.

I removed the sleeves, removed the shoulder padding, detached the armhole lining, and sculpted out vest shaped armholes. I also tightened the armhole by taking in the side seam and shoulder seams a bit.


After turning under the raw fur edges and stitching them in place by hand I tackled the lining. In order to curve the lining shy of the armhole opening I clipped it all the way around, turned it under, and hand stitched it in place.

I’m loving the result. It is a very wearable vest, much more so than the jacket. Paired with a thrifted linen blouse, thrifted jeans, and gifted earrings it looks great.

I wore my vest over to to the Happy Dragon to show the ladies the transformation (which they loved) and ran into my doppleganger! Marley is an adorable 5 year old Labradoodle from Scotts Valley, CA. His human graciously agreed he could appear here for your viewing pleasure.


Wow! I hope THAT warmed you up and you’re ready to vote for your favorite FAUX FUR designer. You can vote once every 24 hours for your favorite or you can vote for more than one favorite.

After you click on your favorite designer, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the poll and click the vote button so your vote will be counted.

If you don’t see the poll below click here.

The voting is now closed for the Faux Fur Challenge, but if you’d like to vote for your favorite designer in the next challenge, Small to Large, click here.

Next week’s challenge is Small to Large. If you’d like to sew along with us, you can send your before and after photos to bhunting@eoni.com.

Week One: Statement Sleeves

Week Two: 1970’s

Week Three: Faux Fur

Week Four: Small to Large

Week Five: Southwest

Week Six: Kentucky Derby Hat

About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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87 Responses to Time to Vote: Faux Fur Challenge: Refashion Runway Season Five

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  2. Mihaela says:

    I just love it…and that’s all. I sant something like what.

  3. Hard to choose. They are all awesome. You are the talent magnet Beth!!!

  4. Evonn morris says:


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  6. BJ McElroy says:

    Peggy Latta each week gets better and better with the fashions you create! Love your work!!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    What great ideas. This is a pleasure to read and see. Definite soul candy

  8. Anonymous says:

    Peggy, that fur coat is just SIMPLY amazing!!!!!! There are not enough ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ to give it. I love it SO much! Hands down WINNER this week!!!!!!! Wow. Just. Wow.

  9. Nikki says:

    Peggy ONCE AGAIN … Gorgeous… So creative I love the details!!!!!

  10. Claudia says:

    Peggy, this is a breathtaking coat and I want one ! Congratulations and thanks for the inspiration !

  11. Anonymous says:

    LOVE it. You got this week!

  12. Merlynn says:

    Where can I find out who won the last challenge?

  13. Jeanette Y Tuttle-Hamer says:

    So many beautiful items and only 7 days of voting….hard to choose!

  14. Anonymous says:

    I am officially adding being in the challenge to my bucket list. So much talent, and so many good ideas are learned. Like turning a fur jacket inside out, using a stuffed animal for fur or a rug. I want to be Beki when I grow up. Feb is my least favorite month of the year but this challenge makes it much better. Just love this year after year. Wish you did it more than once a year. Have you considered a TV show? Maybe refashion runway?

    • Oh my gosh, I’d LOVE to have this turn into a TV show. How much fun would THAT be. So nice to hear that this competition brightens up your winter and your kind comments are surely brightening up the designers’ day, too. Thank you for following along and being so encouraging, it’s a lot of work for everyone to put this together and just knowing you appreciate it makes it all worthwhile. 🙂 Have a wonderful day!

    • Beki says:

      Jan. & Feb. are usually my least favorite months of the year. But this year by participating in the challenges time is flying by! It is SEW much fun.

  15. Holly J Young says:

    So many great entries this week! I think I’ll have to vote more than once this time.

  16. Brandi says:

    😍😍😍😍😍😍 the wedding dress

  17. David says:

    Peggy Latta does it again!
    Her creation brings to mind lovely Julie Christie in Dr. Zhivago!

  18. Karin Penrod says:

    I had a really hard time choosing! Way to go ladies!!!

  19. Mary says:

    Peggy- your coat is so elegant! Love it!!!

  20. Anonymous says:


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  22. Anonymous says:

    Deana’s designs are unbelievable!!! Really thinking outside the box! So incredible!!!

  23. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations to all entrants! Peggy’s creativity and skills are knocking her entries out of the park!

  24. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations to all entrants! Peggy’s creativity and skills are knocking her entries out of the park!

  25. Frog girl says:

    Wonderful work!

  26. Evonn says:

    So cute

  27. Jonelle says:

    You are a wizard Mrs budgell!!

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  29. KLWoodsy says:

    Oh man Peggy and Summer really knocked it out of the park on this one! So brilliant. All of the designs are great but MAN on MAN, these ladies are awesome!!

  30. Paige says:

    Gorgeous- you look stunning in the white fur!

  31. Paige says:

    Your coat is gorgeous~ you look stunning in the white fur!

  32. Janie says:

    Love this faux fur challenge! Peggy, your fur coat is very elegant. Your attention to detail is fabulous. 🥰

  33. Anonymous says:

    Fun week of cozy creations. Really enjoying the process and seeing all the different adventures these artists are having.

  34. It was so hard to vote for just one! Everyone did a fantastic job.

  35. Sandra P. says:

    I am so completely impressed with these entries! Amazing work by all…

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  38. Anonymous says:

    Deana has done it again! Wow! I’m blown away by her designs and detail. 👏🏼🏆

  39. Sam Hull says:

    Love it, Deanna!

  40. Anonymous says:

    !! Amazing job Deana!!

  41. Anonymous says:

    Deana yours is great!!! I love it

  42. Anonymous says:

    Peggy, I’m voting for you Again this week! As many times as possible! My wife loves your faux fur coat!! Happy wife, happy life. 😍

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  45. Anonymous says:

    Deanna!!! You are so amazing! That outfit belongs on a magazine cover

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