Refashion Runway Sewalong Week Four: Leather

After reading the misadventures of the other refashionistas on Refashion Runway, I am more grateful than ever for my Grandma Mary’s Pfaff 130.  While I struggled with the different drape and handling properties of leather, no needles were broken during the creation of this item of clothing.

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We started with a skirt purchased at the thrift store for $2.50.  I liked the soft texture of the suede and how lightweight it was, but the fit was off on daughter.  The skirt was long and straight.  What we needed was short and curvy.

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Detatch waistband.  Add a few darts. Shorten.  Scallop.  Attach waistband. How hard could that be?

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It was trickier than I anticipated.  For example, you can’t pin leather.  Holes are permanent.  So I used a glue stick for basting.  It worked really well.

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Some of the seams ended up a little crooked.  But, the final piece is  wearable. For only $2.50 and a few hours time, it was a good learning experience. 

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Visit Refashion Runway for more leather inspiration.  Maybe you’ll be inspired to  sew along too.  Next week:  Halloween!