Adjusting the Hem

Adjusting the hem is a great way to right size a coat that is just too long. Coats that are full-length can typically only be worn to very formal events, so taking up the hem can make your fur more appropriate for a greater variety of occasions. When you take your coat to an alteration shop, they will use a seam ripper to remove the original hem. With the coat on, you can determine the best length for your body, and your seamstress will pin the coat up to the appropriate length for a new hem. By taking your coat up to mid-thigh or even waist-length you can alter your coat to make it appropriate for a night out on the town or just running errands. Keep in mind that it is easier to take in a coat than to let one out, be careful not to make the hem too short.


When remodeling a coat, most furriers will start by shearing off the top layer of fur, similar to mowing off the top layer of your lawn. Though it may sound odd, this serves to make the coat lighter, and can give the fur a more velvety look. By shearing you can remove a lot of the dead and dingy fibers on the top of the pelt that have worn down from years of wear.

Altering the Sleeves

If the sleeves are too long, or damaged, they can easily be replaced by an experienced furrier. They will use a seam ripper to carefully deconstruct the sleeves, to either replace them or leave them off altogether for a trendy fur vest. Before you throw away those old and damaged sleeves, consider repurposing them as well. The sleeves can always be reconstructed as a belt or other fur accessory.

Changing the Color

If your coat has lost its shine and that beautiful natural color it had originally, consider having the color changed as well. It used to be the case that the only colors available were black, brown, red, or white, the natural colors associated with the pelt fibers. However today, an ample amount of color choices exist to achieve the perfect look for you. The fibers can easily be dyed without any harm to the underlying pelt.