Everything leather and leather-ish is very popular this season. Leather is not only the new black, but the new everything and it's everywhere. And I've been playing with all forms of it. While searching Mood Fabric's index, I discovered this great Donna Karan Black Solid Faux Leather which is a black patent vinyl with a black fleece back and I had to have it!
When I bought it, it said heavy weight, so I wasn't sure what I would make. I just knew that it looked interesting and I bought several yards. When I pulled it from the box, it was indeed pretty heavy. And it had a dull, matte finish. I was just about to feel disappointed... But then as I rubbed my hand across the fabric, there came the glossy shine. So I started mentally planning and perusing my Pinterest boards.
From Pinterest... Super glossy skirts paired with sweaters and sweatshirts for Fall 2013.
So I decided a pencil skirt it would be. I was initially uncertain about the weight of the fabric and whether or not the skirt would look too stiff. But once I started working with the fabric and applying heat to the back side, it became more supple and super glossy. I used my teflon foot and a leather needle with a looser tension setting and a 3.0 mm stitch. While practicing on the fabric, I noticed that shorter, tighter stitches looked like they were cutting into the fabric. I took great caution to make sure I'm wasn't going to cause ripping at the seams.
I used Vogue 8672 (OOP) because I like the princess seams and it was available in my pattern cabinet. Sidenote: Vogue 8603 and 8697 would be great too. Not to mention the fabulous lines of Vogue 1324.
The fabric behaved just fine while I was sewing it on the wrong side. But once I began edge and top stitching, even with the teflon foot it seemed to want to stick a bit. So I had to lengthen my stitch, adjust my presser foot and take my time. And just to zhuzh up the skirt, I added an exposed metal zipper from waist to hem. The skirt is unlined. And I debated on what type of hem to use. I settled upon a machine sewn hem, which I had to pay special care in order for it not to wave.
I'm really pleased with how my fun and trendy skirt turned out. I decided to pair it with a casual faux suede three-quarter sleeve top, my army green utility jacket, a pair of black boots and a yellow bag. I love the different play on textures and a little pop of color.
Wearing: Jacket: Vogue 1762 (OOP) YSL; top: New Look 6083; skirt: Vogue 8672; boots: Justfab.com 'Nikola'; bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim x Target.
Beautiful, Erica! This skirt is so cute with the exposed zipper and your attention to detail is amazing. I love this entire look on you.ReplyDelete
The entire outfit is fabulous. I'm impressed with the job you did on that glossy leather skirt!ReplyDelete
I love your style. I have some while faux leather that has been in my stash for a while. I am going to take the plunge .. Thanks for the inspiration.....ReplyDelete
Thanks Musline and good luck!Delete
Wonderful! You look better in it than the models and the zip is a perfect touch.ReplyDelete
You look fantastic!! Great skirt and great outfit.ReplyDelete
I want one! Love this!ReplyDelete
That skirt is just fabulous! I LOVE the detail in the back...perfect!ReplyDelete
NICE!!! Thanks for sharing the sewing tips :)ReplyDelete
Gorgeous skirt and love the zipper detail.ReplyDelete
Love it Love it Love it. . . When you get done with it hit me up and I'll send you my address. Give it to goodwill. (I'm goodwill)! LOL! I just can't buy another piece of fabric!ReplyDelete
LOL! Thanks Carol, will do!Delete
I'm partial to black gloss because my favourite coat is made of the same material. Great work on your pencil skirt, looks great on you! Deep red is a brilliant choice too if you fancy a 2nd one!ReplyDelete
I have a red one on my Pinterest! Thanks!Delete
Perfect inspiration to outfit application! I love that the waist to hem zip doesn't impact the fit in back either. And the idea that the inside is fleecy is simply wonderful.ReplyDelete
This one is a instant favorite! The fit is super flattering and you nailed the look of inspiration photos. Bravo!ReplyDelete
So bold and beautiful!ReplyDelete
Love the skirt. And I love all your Phillip Lim bags.ReplyDelete
What a chic and modern way to wear leather. The gloss and the detailing are just perfect. This piece can be styled so many ways, though I love what you've done here.ReplyDelete
Great looking skirt! I love the look of the exposed zipper on this.ReplyDelete
Wow, Erica! That skirt is gorgeous. I am so excited that you posted this. I purchased exactly the same fabric from the Mood website, and have really been on the fence about how to handle it and what to do with it. Your tech tips here are gold- I can't tell you how much I appreciate them. Thank you so very much! I shall proceed with confidence. ;-) BTW- you've really been killing it here on the blog for quite a while. Also really loved the lantern sleeve dress!ReplyDelete
Great style! I love the exposed zip down the back.ReplyDelete
Beautiful- As always, very trendy. I have some faux leather in my stash I need to sew up.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the idaes.