I've used leather quite a lot on my fashion course, but not something so small as a rabbit pelt - I'm glad they are available in plates, at least! Beaver is a nice fur, but not easy to get hold of here in the UK (well... you can import it, but it's expensive). Rabbit fur fits with my collection more, too, unfortunately.
I am also entering a design contest using other fur types - I won't actually be making anything with those furs, but if I'm lucky enough to win, my garment will be made for me. I am still a little shaky on the issue because it regards other fur animals that I don't eat and that I'm not used to using, even though I have spent weeks looking into and deliberating the fur origin; the competition revolves around humanely reared/sourced fur. In any case... I will maybe avoid putting too much of that stuff in my gallery. =/
You can get... sorrrrrt of blue rabbits. You can get a lot of 'blue' furs, but it's a kind of greyish colour really. However, you could just dye them. Orange and purple are popular too. Purple seems a little difficult to design with to me.
It probably would lose some of the 'flow' - it's a lot like this [link] only the spinal 'stripe' is even more distinct. So if I put cut pieces into places, I think the pattern will make it look a bit obvious. Should be okay to alter the pattern a bit though!
They're not wild, these ones - they're farmed, which I knew anyway, but can be assumed so because they were originally grey, and dyed to look wild colour (because apparently it's difficult to get real natural colour pelts to match up with symmetry and true colour in a plate They look authentically natural coloured though). In any case, I eat rabbit, soo..
It's a very lean meat indeed, and I find it has a mildly sweet, gamey flavour. But not gamey as in venison at all. It's like... a mildly gamey chicken, I guess. When I have had it, it is reminiscent of eating chicken wings... mostly because there isn't a lot of flesh on a rabbit and when I cook it, it basically just gets chopped up, bones and all, and eaten off the bone. It's good!
These plates do thankfully come in a fairly regular size... I was just dumb when it came to making my pattern, I guess. It's easily fixed, it's a fairly 'oversized' cut on the garment anyway - it can stand to lose a little! But some hides are very annoying. I have a little Toscana lambskin I've had for a couple of years now and I'm not even sure what to do with it. It's only about the size of a rabbit skin. The Toscana that the leatherman was selling were much bigger. I can't find a colour match for the one I've got. I'm not sure what to do with it now...
I've never used buckskin - what is infuriating about it, and what are you doing with it right now?
It doesn't like to cut in straight lines, and since it's too thick to be sewn, holes need to be punched in it first, which sometimes is more trouble than it's worth. I'm just trying to make a little leather bag D:
It doesn't help that the stuff is so damn expensive. It's like 80$ for a single hide.
I bet you I could sew it with my machine - it can sew through tooling leather. If we could only work out a sensible trade, but it would probably be a fart on with us being in different countries - that and I wouldn't want to mess up your 80$ hide, or get it and discover that I couldn't sew it with the machine after all (though it has stitched two pieces of tooling leather before, and can do 12 layers of denim, 10 layers of army canvas, or (not that I've tried this, but I know the seller certainly did) a tin can...