Well, let's get onto what I have to show you. Last year during Fabricmart's huge leather skins sale, I bought the most delicious lt bubblegum pink lambskin leather that you have ever seen. It sat, and sat, and sat in my stash because I was afraid to cut it. I did not want to mess it up. After studying up on sewing leather, I decided to take the plunge. I wanted to use a simple pattern, so I chose New Look 6327.
I sewed the view that the model is wearing. I cut out the pattern pieces and traced them onto the back of the leather. I held them down using cans of vegetables. Then I cut out the pieces. Then I sat down because I thought I was going to faint--not really, but that was a huge step for me.
I used paper clips instead of pins to hold together the pieces as I sewed. A size 14 leather needle was used. I did not have a teflon foot and did not want to buy one, so I used a tip I read about on patternreview. I put scotch tape on the bottom of my sewing foot to give it a smooth surface. I did not use any special type of thread, just what I had in my sewing box. I took a deep breath and started to sew. It went like clockwork. I never broke a needle--I could not believe it. Let me tell you, this leather is like butter. I saved every little leftover piece I had.
I did not make a muslin (I know that was stupid), but I figured I could just adjust the skirt as I went. Fortunately, it worked out. I did find this skirt to run big. I cut my usual size 12 and had to take it up alot. I probably could have made it two sizes smaller. I was not about to install an invisible zipper in my first attempt at leather, so I just did an exposed zipper.
Here is how I wore it to work today.
olive cardigan - Alloy
ecru blouse - JCrew outlet
leopard belt - Spiegel
brown tights - Banana Republic
tan booties - Go Jane
(please forgive the wrinkles--these pics are after a full day at work-I didn't have time to take pics this morning)
Update: The last post I did was about a dress failure. I just decided to chalk it up to a bad sewing experience and not worry with it anymore. I am going to try and salvage the fabric for something else.