Crocodile Embossed Faux Leather Skirt

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As you can tell, I'm having a love affair with faux leather.  I wish I had some place locally to purchase authentic skins -- I like to touch!  If I did, I would sure buy some.  I still may take a chance on ordering.  But for now, I'm working with faux and copying trendy items that I've been fawning over.  

This time I decided to make an elongated crocodile embossed faux leather skirt.  I've been seeing lots of fashions made from skins with exorbitant price tags.  But since I sew, I don't need to take a small business loan out to have something "similar" to the looks I love.  

This time my inspired look was taken from Marc Jacobs and Anne Klein:

Instead of using a pattern, this project is actually an upcycling.  These were faux croc embossed pants that were in my closet.  I re-discovered them a few weeks ago while cleaning my closet it out.  They were headed to the donation pile and I saw that Marc Jacobs skirt in a magazine.  The pants already had the waistband in tact and a side invisible zipper.  All I need to do was rip open the inseams and sew center front and back seams.  I then cut it off to the appropriate length and hemmed it.  
And just like with the prior project, I pressed the seams open using a warm iron and a pressing cloth.

This was another quick project that I could get in for Fall.

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43 comments

  1. Erica- Fabulous! How many items do you tackle every week! You are awesome, and this is a fabulous recycle. You style is so good! I have noticed a beige pair of platform pumps that you have! I have my eye on them now! Keep up the GREAT work and I will keep on being inspired by you.

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  3. I am lov'n this skirt~ the whole outfit is great, but you are rock'n that skirt, wow!
    Oh, and the lady-like faux leather, um-um-um,lol!! Beautiful job!

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  4. This is beautiful Erica!

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  5. This look is beautiful. Great refashion.

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  6. LOL, I'd never had thought of upcyclingpants into a skirt, but it is just brillant.

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  8. Absolutely love this, I could definitely use a skirt like this for fall/winter!

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  9. This is a great refashioning project! I wish I could see the before pants. Congratulations!

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  10. I love this looks its so flattering on you and its so timeless, you look great

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  11. great skirt. I'm also planning a faux leather skirt, but in snakeprint.

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  12. Erica, love this skirt and also loved last week's too. Great way to recycle your trousers to a new life. Like verobirdie commented, I would never have thought of refashioning trousers. Way to go!

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  13. Erica this looks fantastic on you! You have me excited about trying faux leather!

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  14. Love the outfit :D

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  15. I think I would have chickend out at the point where I had to use an iron on faux for fear I might end up with brown glop. Your seams look terrific. Great refashioning!

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  16. Wow, the skirt looks awesome!

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  17. Love that you refashioned a pair of pants into this beautiful skirt!

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  18. Erica - love your style and refashioned skirt!

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  19. Gorgeous... as always. :)

    FWIW, I can find real leather (and fur) at my local native American shop. Yes, they sell cards/tshirts/beads... but the back has *piles* of cow-skin. If you're looking for real, might be worth your while to see if you have such a store around town.

    For sure my local fabric stores don't sell anything like it!

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  20. Any special directions to sew on pleather?

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  21. See the previous post.

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  22. I need an A-lined version of this in my life. You look awesome in this, girl.

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  23. Nailed this one. Beautiful. Love, love the achievable project inspiration.

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  24. Faux materials have come such a long way and have found their own niche, no longer just a "substitute" for real leather. I think the sheen, drape, and texture are amazingly complimentary to the patterns you selected. The fact that it is cruelty free is a major plus too!

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  25. WOW Fabulous! I recently saved some leather jackets that were headed for Goodwill to use to trim a vest or jacket. After seeing your skirt I wish I had leather pants too!

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  26. Very nice job Erica. Those pants will live on for years to come. One question, did you glue or stitch the hem?

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  27. Fabulous and a great example of upcycling. I have some weird textured black mystery fabric I intend to make a pencil skirt from and I must confess I will be shamelessly copying your styling!!

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  28. You look fabulous. Great refashioning!

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  29. What an incredible idea. The skirt looks fantastic on you!!! I have another item to add to my fall list.

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  30. The skirt looks so great and you looks beautiful!
    Hugs,
    Yvonne

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  31. You look AMAZING in that skirt, and I have been meaning to de-lurk to tell you that I loveloveLOVE how you've been wearing your hair! You always look chic and fabulous, but this natural hair look in particular is spectacular on you. Go on, girl!

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  32. You are my twin in leather loving. OMG, Erica, you would go nuts over all the leather and suede you can get here in the Garment District. Let me know if there's a particular color/skin you're looking for and I'll see if I can get you swatches.

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  33. Thanks Lindsay! I will take you up on that. I trust your taste!

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  34. That skirt is amazing!! Love the entire look!

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  35. That skirt looks hot and edgy. I love the necklace too.

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  36. Well done Erica B!

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  37. Wonderful refashioning! That skirt looks amazing.

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  38. good g-d, you make me want to sew. And your hair is lookin good. You look great....

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  39. I haven't been on your blog in several months but I must say that I am loving your hair!!! And the faux leather skirt is haute!!!

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  40. Too chic!! I'm lovin' the natural look on you!

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  41. You, your natural hair, and sewing talent are sooooooo FAB. You go Miss Girlfriend Thing! You are now an adopted Grand Diva.

    granddivasews@blogspot.com

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