Emerald Faux Leather Skirt

Faux leather is off the beaten path in Mood.  It’s on the third floor, way in the back, behind all of the scrumptious designer boucles.  The Saturday that I was in Mood NYC, I was back there all alone!  But the treasures, people, the treasures that are in that section are mind-blowing ~ well at least to a fabric junkie like me!  As I was pulling out bolt after bolt, I stumbled upon this goodness…

faux leather skirt

…and I knew right away what it should be!  It was love at first sight, really it was! So Todd helped me get it to the cutting table where a conversation ensued about what the fabric should be called.  Now this was a most interesting conversation that involved Shaft & Superfly, whether the fabric was a vinyl, a leatherette, pleather or a faux leather.  Somehow we even managed to get the 70s drug dealers in there, yeah I think that’s how Shaft & Superfly showed up!

faux leather skirt

I’ve used this pattern before and it’s a pretty easy sew but I did add a degree of difficulty by making it up in the pleather.  It’s Simplicity 5914 and one of my favorite skirt patterns.  At one point I thought about studding the seams but that was just a little tooooo edgy for my day job. Since I primarily sew for my day job, I really want to be able to wear this to work.  So I scaled it back but I really like this!

A few tips for sewing with pleather:

– Only pin the fabric in the side seams because the pins will leave marks in the fabric…and I used them sparingly so that I wouldn’t have any issues.

– You don’t need to finish the seams because the pleather won’t fray.

– Use the proper needle for this project.  I started with a fresh size 90 stretch Schmetz needle

– Use the correct sewing foot.  You can use a Teflon foot to insure that both pieces of fabric move together and don’t drag.  However, in this instance because the fabric was felt backed I used a regular zig zag foot.

– When pressing the pleather, use a good pressing cloth, a lower setting on your iron and a clapper to make sure the seams lay flat.

– I also finger pressed the seams open prior to pressing.  It made getting the curves open and to lay flat easier.

Only press on the wrong side of the fabric

– This skirt is my on trend dream.  Pleather and emerald green are both hot for fall.  I’ve managed to incorporate both in one garment.  If you’re interested in using some pleather, it’s really fun to use for a garment or to incorporate as embellishments, you can find a great selection on Mood online here.

Faux Leather Skirt

I did line the skirt in a heavier rayon lining that I had in my collection because if I left the skirt unlined the felt backing would have caught on my stockings.  Also adding the lining gave the skirt a little heft something else I wanted.  There isn’t a hem on the skirt.  Since the fabric won’t fray, I just left the hemline with a clean cut finish.

Faux Leather Skirt

I’m wearing it kinda conservatively ~ well as conservatively as you can wear a pleather skirt!  It’s for Fashion Fridays at work ~ when the staff dresses down a little and I dress a little fashion forward.  It’s an interesting on trend addition to my wardrobe.

This is how I will wear it out with friends…

Faux Leather Skirt

…or with a cardigan and a tank top…

Faux Leather Skirt

I don’t sew many casual garments but this pleather skirt will probably see more time out and about for social events than at work.  It was a fun sew and something different from what I normally make.

…as always more later!

 

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Comments


  • Erica B
    February 20, 2013

    Ok then Carolyn… that is so jazzy! I love this skirt!

    • Carolyn
      February 21, 2013

      Thanks Erica!

  • Lauren
    February 20, 2013

    This is great! I love that it’s a little different than what you typically see in a pleather skirt – fun color, and not super short and tight.

    • Carolyn
      February 21, 2013

      Okay Lauren, really how would I look in super tight and super short – it would hurt your eyes! *LOL* Thanks for the compliment it is fun and different from my normal.

  • Amy
    February 20, 2013

    What a cute skirt! I love how the green not only plays up the “on-trend” color of the year but also can be worn with a ton of different tops. Great job!

    • Carolyn
      February 21, 2013

      That was my thought Amy when I pulled the bolt out – a two-fer, trendy color & trendy fabric and it does work with a lot of things in my closet.

  • Lori
    February 20, 2013

    Love your pleather skirt, Carolyn. The emerald color is such a trendy color. Also, you depicted in your pictures how versatile this skirt will be.

    • Carolyn
      February 21, 2013

      Thanks Lori!

  • Susan
    February 20, 2013

    WOW, you look great. I never would have guessed pleather would drape that well.

    • Carolyn
      February 21, 2013

      Susan – I was a little surprised too! Pleasantly though!

  • Wendy
    February 20, 2013

    I really like the way you used the leather. Leather skirts always makes me think of too short and too tight, and usually black… I love how this is totally different.

    When it comes to pinning the fabric, a co-worker gave me following tip: use paperclips instead of pins… They hold the fabric together perfectly but don’t make those dreaded holes….

    Congrats on the great skirt!

    • Carolyn
      February 21, 2013

      Wendy – I know a lot of sewists use rotary cutters and pattern weights when cutting out but I’m old school…still using scissors and pins. So my pinning reference was for laying the pattern on the fabric. When I took it to the sewing machine I added a pin or two to hold the seams together but not as many as normal. And I’d heard of the paperclip trick before but thanks for including it for those who hadn’t.

  • Amanda S.
    February 20, 2013

    Very sassy!

    • Carolyn
      February 21, 2013

      Thanks Amanda!

  • Sarah Gunn
    February 20, 2013

    Carolyn – Your vision for this pleather was incredible. This is a super cute skirt!

    • Carolyn
      February 21, 2013

      Thanks Sarah – it is a little different for me, isn’t it?!

  • gMarie
    February 20, 2013

    When I saw the sneak peak I thought it was a beige color. emerald? Lovely! I love the casual looks the best – with the black lace top or that yellow cardigan – I want that. g

    • Carolyn
      February 21, 2013

      Gay – it’s from our favorite skirt pattern…and you know you’ve perfected this pattern. So you should give it a try!

  • oonaballoona
    February 22, 2013

    that’s some quality pleather!!! 🙂 i love how this turned out (especially with that yellow cardi). you’ll have to wear it in and see what todd says!

    • Carolyn
      February 22, 2013

      Only if you go with me! ‘Cause you are part of the reason why that conversation was so interesting!!!

  • LaSandra WIse
    February 24, 2013

    very very cute. i love the color and the shape

  • anne jewell
    February 28, 2013

    i love the skirt–it’s classic but with an edge!

  • Ginger
    March 5, 2013

    Really cool! I like that you used a classic shape for a fabric that’s so super trendy– great choice!