A Silk Tunic and Faux Leather Leggings for Fall!

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During the cool weather months, leggings are a go to fashion staple for me.
Its a no-brainer because of how easy they pair with ankle boots and tuck into tall boots.  For this occasion, I was looking for a dressier look.  I decided to create a pair of stretch faux leather leggings using this Black Stretch DTY Pleather from Mood Fabrics.com.
For constructing thsese, I found that a ball point needle and a teflon foot worked perfectly.  I used McCall's 6404 leggings pattern, view C.  I tapered the leg down to a 10" opening and used invisible zippers on the outer seam and I added 3" to the length.
Since these leggings are close-fitting like workout tights, I thought they would look best with a tunic.  I decided to go with this Forest Green Silk Double Georgette from Haute Hippie.  It was the perfect fabric for Simplicity 1064.
This tunic gives coverage and also style.  It sewed perfectly from the envelope.  I used a Microtex needle.  I finished all of the seams with French seams and used narrow hems.  It has 1/4" wide elastic at the waist, but I thought that was such a plain look.  So I added an obi style belt.
The drape of the fabric is incredible.  As you can see, the movement is amazing on this breezy day. The fabric has a slight amount of stretch.  Not a lot, but enough to make it comfortable and without risking any stress on the seams.  
As you can see, it's basically see through.  So if you were to use it as dress or such, a lining would definitely be needed.

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30 comments

  1. I would never have looked at that pattern twice, yet you have made it look so stylish!

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  2. Really nice, like it with the vest too!

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  3. I like the faux leather and the tunic; but something seems a bit off - perhaps its the calf seam. However you wear it well. Economy of style did the same pairing yesterday...I may have to invest in a pair of faux leather leggings.

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    1. This is my third time making the leggings pattern. It's all about preference and where one minds one's seams! Thanks Nylse!

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  4. You look fabulous! Love the colour and the belt. Lovely.

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  5. Love this ensemble. The green tunic is gorgeous. Love that color and how the fabric moves.

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  6. FLY. that's all I have to say!

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  7. Now I want faux leather leggings *and* my own personal wind machine for photos...

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  8. Love it...and the way that you styled it...SUPERB!

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  9. Loving the mix of textures and colors and shapes! Stand out outfit! You look great. That green is beautiful! Thanks for posting, I'll see if they have any left of that silk

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  10. You look AMAZING ......nice work!!!!

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  11. Great looking outfit, I love it!

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  12. Erica!!!!! I. Love.This. Everything!!!! *swoon*

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  13. Any sewing tips for the pleather? I had trouble with my stitches not holding, wasn't sure if it was just my machine? or if you could recommend something.

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    1. Never had a problem. I use regular thread, a ball point needle and a Teflon foot.

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  14. You know, if I was flipping thru a pattern book I would have passed the tunic by. But the way you put it together has shown me that a look like this can work for me. Well done! May I ask how tall you are? I'm hoping it will give me an idea of how some of these looks will look on me.

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