I'm going to line the vest and won't be attaching the ruffle (would be a bit tricky with fur hey?). Lincraft (Australian shop) were having a half price fabric sale, so I was able to pick up this lovely soft, mink like fur at half price.
I also bought the lining at Lincraft and it is a toffee brown colour. I will make some notes in the next post about my progress. So far my advice is - get out your vacuums girls! That fur sure does go a long way!