Janne Robberstad

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The silk-rabbit vest

By spotogspindel | June 9, 2016

The vest is made with a big rabbit-fur vest I bought at a charity-shop. It smelled like an ashtray, so I put a lot of effort into removing the stench. First, I tried my ozone-cabinet, without any effect (Which is the first time!) Then I had it on a hanger in a dry-cleaner plastic bag, taped the top closed, and left it overnight with a bowl of ammonia fuming it down. Still smelled pretty bad, so I had it in a smaller plastic bag in the freezer overnight. Then aired it for another couple of nights… it still smells like an ashtray, to be honest, I can´t believe how stubborn that stink is! But it does smell a bit less, at least, so I decided to go with it.


For the main fabric I chose to use a roll of vintage kinomo-silk I bought on eBay years ago (I have to start using all my treasures, can´t just keep them lying around!) Carefully adjusting the pieces of fabric to the fur-vest. Since the fur is much thicker and therefore stiffer, it is important not to force the silk where it won´t fall naturally, otherwise it will drag. I cut a slit up along both sides of the vest, as the Asian tradition allows for riding. This makes it easier to move in the vest. The side-seams are hand-stitched, the rest is pinned down and sewn with a sewing machine. It is quite broad-shouldered, it gives it a masculine impression. It is hanging on a female bust, but the outfit is uni-sex, and can be worn by both men and women. Everything is size-adjustable, but the pants need a bit of stitching first to alter the size. The vest is shaped a bit at the waist, but not nearly as much as the photo implies. It´s the belts holding it in.

Topics: Costumedesign, redesign, sustainable, textile | No Comments »