My mom and I went on Customer Appreciation Day, which means 50% off boutique items, aka anything with sequins and 20% off everything else. After narrowing down my choices to five dresses (including a Freaky Friday velvet ensemble), I perused the non-clothing section, and what did I find, but my one true muskrat love, a muskrat pelt!?! Now, it was oddly shaped and had no lining, but these things can be fixed. (Side note: I wonder if each section is a little muskrat. I do feel a tinge of guilt for the harming of muskrats, but not so much I could refuse the offer.)
What didn't need fixing was the beautiful coloring, warmth, and softness of the fur.
And the nifty price tag. Remember, 20% off.
As soon as I got back to Memphis, I got to working. I actually purchased a pattern to use, exhibiting my dedication to the muskrat. Furs like this don't come around often, and I wasn't about to ruin it with slapdashery.
It came together quite easily, and I couldn't be happier with it. It was a hit on New Year's Eve, but I could also wear it to school. I feel like I learn a lesson every time I sew, and the lesson of the muskrat vest is darts, darts, DARTS! They make all the difference in the world in the fit of a vest. So go out thrifting, find yourself a muskrat, and put some darts in it!
Happy New Year, Pattiwagoneers!