Monday, June 4, 2012

Recycled Leather Ruffle Skirt

One more entry into The Crafterhours Skirt Week 2012 contest. This time, it is something for mama! I am so excited to share this with you!

Recycled Leather Skirt Front
Two solid days of cutting and sewing were rewarded with this little number. 

Recycled Leather Skirt Back Ruffles 
I was tempted to call it the 'Mullet Skirt' because it is "Business up front and party in the back." I love the simple colour blocking in the front and the feminine ruffles at the back.

Hard to believe this is how the skirt began. I have been hoarding saving these two jackets for some time now. At first I was going to make a handbag (or three) but I think they were put to much better use don't you?

When I began the skirt, I just took pieces of the jackets and clipped them to each other with alligator clips on my sewing dummy. I was going to do a sort of peplum detail at the front but I haven't the knowledge or skill set to make it work. I'm glad I didn't push it.

This (the yoke/shoulders of the black jacket)was originally going to be the front, but it had too much of a 'western' look to it.  After it was sewn down I realized two well placed darts would have worked well, but because I didn't do them I was able to reverse the skirt. The points fit perfectly at the back.

I broke three or four needles gathering these ruffles by hand.

So worth it though. I love the ruffle detail!

The last thing I did was peel apart the red leather to get a piece thin enough to cover a button. I sewed it at the top of the invisible zipper fly and snap (I cannot stand a zipper flap that won't stay closed at the very top!)
Business up front.

Party in the back.

♥ I can't wait for Captain Awesome to take me out to dinner in this! Thanks for looking! Wish me luck! ♥



Lotus said...

I think you choice a perfectly fit name for the skirt. Love the design, and the re purposing of leather for fine fashion.

Anji* said...

Your skirt is awesome!! What a cool re-purpose. So many great details, those ruffles are a work of art! (or craft?!)

Anonymous said...

Oh my, this skirt is awesome!
You did an amazing job!!
I wish I could really tell you in better words, how gorgeous I find it!

Anonymous said...

Stopping by from Refashion Co-Op to say well done on an excellent and inspirational make. I particularly love the ruffles!

Vanina said...

wonderful! thank you so much for the inspiration :)

Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick said...

Hi! Stopping in to invite you to join us at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

I hope to see you there!
The Chicken Chick

Lovenicky said...

This skirt is just sooo amazing! Thanks for the inspiration. I have been hoarding a few pieces of thrifted suede skirts and have been too scared to do anything with them. You have given me the courage to work on them now.