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Usually, I complete a project before I put it up on the blog, but indecision and mismanagement of time this week has meant I’m still only halfway through rejigging this little jerkin.

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I bought it for 100 yen (about $1) at a flea market in Tokyo last year. It’s real sheepskin on one side, fabric on the other.

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Typical of garments from flea markets in Japan, it was in pretty much immaculate condition despite being so cheap, although the fabric was perhaps a bit stained from wear. It seems to be a traditional garment, perhaps for a teenage boy? It’s similar to a vest I saw in a museum in Seoul, although I never saw anyone wearing one the entire time I was in Japan. As most traditional Asian garments are, it was pretty much unshaped – no darts, all straight lines, unfitted. Plus, the fronts didn’t meet and I didn’t like the colour of the fabric. So it was really the sheepskin that I wanted to salvage and rework. Having removed the fabric from the vest, I added a strip of fake fur (from my sister’s stash that she was using to make soft toys!) along the hem to create a longer garment and a wide rectangle between the front edges which I slashed down the middle (after I took this photo).

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And that’s where I’ve got to so far. I’m going to try to add sleeves and aim for a patchworky look kind of like some of these jackets I’ve seen on Pinterest… if anyone has fake fur they want to get rid of, let me know!

 

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