I was perusing through Craftstew (a nice resource for various craft ideas) and stumbled upon this picture and instantly had to have one.
The post led to this blog www.cottonandcurls.com/2012/01/faux-fur-week-day-4-boxy-fur-coat-tutorial/ with instructions and pictures on how to make your very own boxy fur coat.
It must have been fate, because I went to the fabric store, and there was a bolt of soft black and gray faux fur on the sale table. That along with some red shantung satin, became my new fur coat!
I like the outcome, and may do another similar style in the future. Feel free to leave comments!