I'm sure your first thought is: "Erica, it's hot as hell outside? Why leather, sis?" Because you can wear leather and faux leather all year, even in the scorching hot months. Leather is no warmer than denim, in my opinion. Plus, I have no plans to be standing outside, you know! I move from one air conditioned spot to the next. Now, on to this cute dress...
It all started when I saw this cute faux leather dress from a brand called Nanushka. They make the best faux leather pieces. They all look amazing. I'd ordered this Powder Blue Faux Leather from Minerva and I knew it would be perfect in replicating this dress.
I used McCall's 8086 and I made several changes. First, I cut a straight hem that stopped mid-thigh.
I shortened the sleeves and drafted a hidden button placket.
I edge stitched all of my seams. And I drafted a belt.
I added a center back seam and I made a full seat adjustment.
I edge stitched these seams also.
Here are some of my favorite tips for working with leather and faux leather: