Hello friends, hope your week has been a good one. Still ungodly hot and humid here in Virginia and I am keeping to my air conditioned studio for relief.
A while back my sister-in-law, Wendy, gave me a leather skirt she had gotten from a friend. It did not fit her and she thought I might be able to work with it.
|Very slim and very long|
Judging by the slim style and the length, it looks to be from the 80's maybe. I remember that was the style back then. Lots of long skirts and big shoulder pads.
Love the cool detail at the waist. I'm thinking this would be great to incorporate into a large tote...what do you think?
The leather is super soft and pliable and it was very easy to work with.
I have never worked with leather before, so I decided to keep my first project very simple. I used my zippered pouch pattern and created a cool little leather clutch. The beautiful crocheted trim and antique lace was a gift from my dear blog friend Heather of Bebe & Alice on Etsy. Thank you again Heather!
I even reused the skirt lining for my clutch lining...waste not, want not! Reused the zipper also.
I really love how it turned out...so buttery soft. I am really loving the juxtaposition of the worn leather and the sweet feminine lace. Kind of like denim and pearls.
I started playing with the leather and cut out leaves and simple flower shapes. This clutch is a basic fold over style with a leather bow tie for closure. More antique lace from Heather...have I said thank you enough for the beautiful lace???
I was very surprised to find out how easy this old leather was to work with and I have quite a bit to play with yet. I used a special machine needle for leather and also a leather/vinyl presser foot. The only tricky part was keeping the leather layers lined up properly while sewing. Leather is a little slippery and with right side together, I had to be sure to go slower than usual while stitching. Also since the needle leaves tiny holes you really have to be sure of where you want your stitches...no redo unless you like the pinhole look. One of the best things about leather is that the edges do not fray...just pink or cut with a scissor and go...so cool. You don't really have to line these if you don't want to...all the more rustic. Other than that is was fun. I'm thinking of mixing the leather with some vintage fabric. I think that would be awesome and unique. Any ideas from my creative followers??
I hope you enjoyed my little foray into the world of upcycled leather.
Until next time...be kind and stay creative.