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Can You Tailor Fur Coats? February 28, 2020

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Can You Tailor Fur Coats?, New York, New York

Fur coats offer a sense of style, luxury, and warmth unrivaled by other materials. If these garments aren’t sized or shaped properly, however, they can be uncomfortable. Fortunately, with help from a skilled professional, it’s possible to adjust these valuable pieces so that they provide a more precise and easy fit. Here’s how tailoring can help you achieve the best results. 

What Kinds of Alterations Can You Make With a Fur Coat?

Hemline Adjustments 

Longer garments tend to provide a formal silhouette and extra warmth. Shorter hemlines offer a more casual, jacket-like appearance that looks sharp day or night. 

Sleeve Length Changes

In many cases, tailors can remove or add fur to shorten or extend the sleeves. It may even be possible to incorporate new furs, or change the styling of the sleeve to transform the coat’s look.    


If you have a coat with longer fur, it may be possible to shear the fibers. This change will slim down the silhouette to give your garment a fresh look. 

tailoringLining Replacement

The lining of a fur coat can tear or suffer other damage. In these situations, it’s best to have the lining patched or entirely replaced with a new, durable textile.

What Are the Unique Challenges of Tailoring Fur Garments?

Age & Condition

The older and more worn a fur coat is, the more difficult it will be to make alterations. For example, pieces that have degraded may end up shedding too much fur during the restyling process. An expert fur tailor can assess the garment’s state. 

Material Availability

If you want to lengthen the garment, your tailor will need access to extra fur that matches or blends in with the existing material. This can be challenging to source. In some cases, you may need to consider selecting a different, but complementary, shade. 


When you want your fur to fit with precision and style, turn to Wo’s Custom Clothing in New York, NY. Serving customers for over four decades, this Manhattan tailor understands how to alter all types of materials and garment types—including fur coats. For all your other tailoring needs, this shop can also provide suit alteration, leather repair, and wedding dress alterations. Visit their website or call (212) 988-9889 to ask about your garment.

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