I bought some Vegan leather from Girl Charlee to see what I could do with a leather skirt for myself. I don't own one, so I'm not exactly sure how they should fit. I looked online at images to try to figure out what kind of pattern I wanted to work with. I decided that Vogue 1247 would give me some nice seam lines. I made this skirt before in a soft denim, which you can see here. That post was about the time I was really enjoying having hair again! If anyone is wanting to see/know how long it takes hair to grow back in after chemo, my blog definitely gives a good reference. I can remember searching on Google how long does it take hair to grow back in.
Anyway, back to my skirt. I didn't find the fabric too difficult to sew, but I did use my non-stick teflon foot. My machine wouldn't move the fabric without it.
I put in an exposed zipper for the first time. It looks pretty good to me. I don't think I'll do that again--one skirt with an exposed zip is enough for me. I have seen so many on other blogs that they grew on me. I found an online tutorial on Craftsy, which made it fairly easy to do. Honestly, I wasn't sure what type of zipper method would be best for this fabric. If I make this skirt again, I will try an invisible zipper.
I carefully pressed my seams open with a pressing cloth on low heat and then top stitched them down. That went well except for the vertical seam in the back (below the zipper). I had to adjust my presser foot to almost nothing so it would glide easily over the fabric without pushing it too hard, creating little ripples. I even tried putting interfacing there, but that didn't help at all.
One thing that helped greatly was Farbenmix Stylefix double-sided tape. I used this to hold the hem in place, as well as holding the waistband seam together for top stitching. I bought some fabric glue, but it didn't work. Maybe it was the kind I used. I limited how and where I stuck pins.
This is the first time I made the Renfrew with the cowl neck. I've reviewed the Renfrew before and there are tons of reviews out there--it's a great staple pattern to own.
I'm thinking I will wear this to my husband's Christmas party this year.
Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley