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    Over at the old WT forum the respected member JAWAX posted a very good tutorial on how to sew and attach a fur ruff to a parka. Did anybody make a copy of that? If so and that member is amenable to sharing here could you please post it.
    Even tho my trip won't happen fur ruffs are sexy and very fashionable and I may as well use that timber wolf and red fox that I bought. I would make the ruffs removable so I could swap them around and I can't get my head around the best way to do this

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    Hey Moondog55, never say never about getting to the Canadian North sometime in your future, yes? You never know which way the wind will blow. I am still rooting for you!

    While I read many interesting posts and marveled at the skills JAWAX displayed, I did not copy his fur ruff tutorial, but....

    Empire Canvas uses / and sells removable fur ruff "kits". I am sure there would be much to learn from the R&D Empire has already done for us.

    https://empirecanvasworks.com/produc...ble-fur-ruffs/

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    • #3
      I'll put it this way Undersky; I won't sell the Arctic clothing and gear yet: just in case.
      Kevin is out of stock and may not be doing a batch this year so I have to sew my own

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      • #4
        I use velcro. I cut the 1" velcro in half lengthwise and use the loop on the hood and the hook on the ruff. Just sew it on each. Seems to work fine and one ruff can work for several jackets. I also like that the velcro adds a bit of stiffness to the edge of the hood.
        Kinguq.

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        • #5
          Is that sewing the Velco directly to the fur strip? Do you use a single line of stitching on the fur or on both sides of the Velcro? Machine sewing or by hand on the fur; I ask as most people seem to use hand stitching when working with these fur strips. I am also working on a warm cappuchin hood and I am thinking about using some fur I have in the stash on that and wondering what's the best way to do it. Click image for larger version

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ID:	2232 The front of this has a double layer of fleece plus a layer of generic polyester batting inserted. Trying to decide on the outer shell fabric at the moment

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          • #6
            Moondog, I picked up this model 1951 hood back in the 80's. New never issued. It has a wolf ruff along with a wire sewn in. I also bought a new parka not sure if 1951 or 1965 model. The hood is wool lined and very warm. Sometimes too warm. The other day it was -15F and it was just fine I bought an extra large parka so it's easy to layer. Are you looking for a hood on your old army parka?

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            • #7
              No Paradise, I have the hood already. It's just that somebody told me to cut off the acrylic fake fur and replace it with wolf or coyote. I was chasing the M-65 hood with the polyester insulation but couldn't find one so the hood I have is wool blanket lined.
              Its probably out of my price range that fur trimmed surplus hood, locally one of those sold for over $100- where the later hoods are only $30-

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              • #8
                The fur strips I bought years ago have a narrow edging of fabric. I sewed a wider strip of canvas to the edging, then sewed the velcro to that. Two rows of stitching. All done by machine.

                Kinguq.

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                • #9
                  Another route I have taken in the past is to make an inner hood of fleece or similar, and sew the ruff to that. The inner hood can be attached inside the outer one with safety pins, or you could use velcro for that too.
                  Kinguq.

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                  • #10
                    The fur in my picture is shaped, ruff strips are straight and I'll have to cut this, generally speaking is 50mm the optimum size for a ruff ? What are the benefits and/or drawbacks to having a wider or narrower ruff???

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                    • #11
                      I finished the hood without using the fur collar as I just couldn't figure out how to do it without cutting the collar into a strip. Quite warm
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                      • #12
                        https://www.boundaryfursewing.com/home

                        These are currently the best ruffs on the market right now. Great examples, they also sell direct.

                        LL

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                        • #13
                          The problem there is that I don't have $500- and even if I did they don't sell outside of the USA.
                          Also I would like to understand how to do it and make my own using the fur I already own

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                          • #14
                            Why not just fasten the fur as is using safety pins? I have done that lots of times in the past when I wanted a temporary ruff. That will give you an idea of whether the piece you have will work. Sometimes shaped fur collars work very well as trim.
                            Kinguq.

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                            • #15
                              I think I'll wait and get myself a scalpel blade and handle and cut the fur collar to the correct shape and then try again. I read the warnings about cutting fur with scissors. If I get this one right I'll feel better about using the wolf collar which cost a lot more money

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