While I was at the thrift store the other day I saw a not-so -lovely navy blue leather trench coat.
Isn’t she lovely. I have never sewn with leather before, but the leather on this coat is so beautiful and in great shape. I have been craving a cropped leather jacket and this seemed like the cheapest way to get one. So I came home and ripped it apart with my trusty seam ripper. I had to cut a lot of fabric away from the collar. I added a zipper, and took the sholders in quite a bit. I chopped the sleeves off. Then I topstitched around the whole thing which my machine did NOT like.
I LOVE this jacket, there is something about wearing leather that makes you feel really cool and amazing! I am going to use this as my “allready owned piece” for the pattern review mini wardrobe contest. I did this contest last year and had so much fun! I am going to make the following
- Maxi dress out of a big floral in bold fall colors
- Red kind of skinny corduroy pants made with uncut corduroy (love the stuff it is so soft and almost velvety.
- A lace top, I think with some sort of peplum
- A pencil skirt made out of a camel colored knit
I am giving myself an extra challenge this year and drafting all my patterns. I hope it all goes well, I am almost done with the maxi dress so hopefully I can keep on track.
Before- I started with this lovely nightgown (I think) I found on the Salvation Army 50 cent rack, that’s right folks this is the worst of the worst.
I turned it into this
I used the Square top tutorial from cotton and curls. The only changes I made was to make it about 4 inches longer and a couple of inches narrower. I also put a pleat in the front neckline because I cut the neck a little too wide.
My daughter really likes it, she loves the bright colors and the comfort of the looseness of it. I think it will look really cute with skinny jeans too which teenagers with no hips can wear (stinkin’ teenage girls!)
I really liked doing what I did last week with my quick post so I think I will keep it up. One of the things I don’t like about blogging is that I spend so much time typing the post, I swear sometimes it takes longer to do the post than to sew the clothing 🙂
- Pattern based on this tutorial at Sweet Verbena, only difference is that my fabric was sheer so I lined the whole dress.
- Fabric a semi crinkly semi sheer woven from Joanns
- This dress is a win-win-win, really 10 thumbs up. It is easy, quick and comfortable, I love it.
I have decided to try a new blogging format, I am calling it a quick post. It is pretty much lots of pictures with just a few bullet points. I am doing this to save time, sometimes I feel like it takes me longer to do the post than to sew the clothing :).
- Chevron skirt made for my sister
- upholstery fabric from fabric.com
- self drafted pattern
I love, love, love this skirt! It is a good thing she and I don’t have the same measurements or my selfish side might just keep it :).