Shiny, Glossy, Patent-y Pencil Skirt

Vogue 8672: Shiny, Glossy, Patent-y Pencil Skirt | Donna Karan Black Faux Patent Leather from Mood Fabrics
Everything leather and leather-ish is very popular this season. Leather is not only the new black, but the new everything and it’s everywhere. And I’ve been playing with all forms of it. While searching Mood Fabric’s index, I discovered this great Donna Karan Black Solid Faux Leather,¬†which is a black patent vinyl with a black fleece back and I had to have it!
Vogue 8672: Shiny, Glossy, Patent-y Pencil Skirt | Donna Karan Black Faux Patent Leather from Mood Fabrics
When I bought it, it said heavyweight, so I wasn’t sure what I would make. I just knew that it looked interesting and I bought several yards. When I pulled it from the box, it was indeed pretty heavy. And it had a dull, matte finish. I was just about to feel disappointed… But then as I rubbed my hand across the fabric, there came the glossy shine. So I started mentally planning and perusing my Pinterest boards.
Inspiration:

From Pinterest… Super glossy skirts paired with sweaters and sweatshirts for Fall 2013.
Vogue 8672: Shiny, Glossy, Patent-y Pencil Skirt | Donna Karan Black Faux Patent Leather from Mood Fabrics
So I decided a pencil skirt it would be. I was initially uncertain about the weight of the fabric and whether or not the skirt would look too stiff. But once I started working with the fabric and applying heat to the back side, it became more supple and super glossy. I used my teflon foot and a leather needle with a looser tension setting and a 3.0 mm stitch. While practicing on the fabric, I noticed that shorter, tighter stitches looked like they were cutting into the fabric. I took great caution to make sure I’m wasn’t going to cause ripping at the seams.
Vogue 8672: Shiny, Glossy, Patent-y Pencil Skirt | Donna Karan Black Faux Patent Leather from Mood Fabrics
I used Vogue 8672 (OOP) because I like the princess seams and it was available in my pattern cabinet.
Vogue 8672: Shiny, Glossy, Patent-y Pencil Skirt | Donna Karan Black Faux Patent Leather from Mood Fabrics
The fabric behaved just fine while I was sewing it on the wrong side. But once I began edge and top stitching, even with the teflon foot it seemed to want to stick a bit. So I had to lengthen my stitch, adjust my presser foot and take my time. And just to zhuzh-up the skirt, I added an exposed metal zipper from waist to hem. The skirt is unlined. And I debated on what type of hem to use. I settled upon a machine sewn hem, which I had to pay special care in order for it not to wave.
Vogue 8672: Shiny, Glossy, Patent-y Pencil Skirt | Donna Karan Black Faux Patent Leather from Mood Fabrics
I’m really pleased with how my fun and trendy skirt turned out. I decided to pair it with a casual faux suede three-quarter sleeve top, my army green utility jacket, a pair of black boots and a yellow bag. I love the different play on textures and a little pop of color.

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Comments


  • Ginger
    November 19, 2013

    Ooh, this is so cool and fun! Love the way you’ve styled it!

    • Erica B.
      November 19, 2013

      Thanks Ginger!

  • Amanda S.
    November 19, 2013

    Wow! This is deliciously chic and stylish! I LOVE it and want one too!

    • Erica B.
      November 19, 2013

      Thanks Amanda!

  • oonaballoona
    November 19, 2013

    yum. a. LICIOUS.

    • Erica B.
      November 19, 2013

      Thanks Oona!

  • Claire Kennedy
    November 19, 2013

    Va-va-va-voom!!!!

    • Erica B.
      November 19, 2013

      Thanks Claire!

  • Karen
    November 19, 2013

    Fabulous! Your careful, slow stitching worked so well!

    • Erica B.
      November 19, 2013

      Thanks Karen!

  • anne jewell
    November 19, 2013

    right on!–anne

    • Erica B.
      November 19, 2013

      Thanks Anne!

  • Rachel
    November 19, 2013

    Ohhhh! Fabulous!

    • Erica B.
      November 19, 2013

      Thanks Rachel!

  • Amy
    November 19, 2013

    You are always spot-on with the trends. I love reading about your process with this fabric as well. From trend to inspiration to actual construction to final product – a great story! I especially love the tips on working with this type of fabric. Thanks! And, great skirt!

  • Elaine
    November 19, 2013

    This looks so great on you. I think it is interesting to see how different the styles are that the Mood Sewing Network sewists sew. Each seems to know what suits best, and you certainly nailed it with this one.

    • Erica B.
      November 19, 2013

      We are indeed a diverse bunch! That’s what keeps it interesting! Thanks Elaine!

  • Carolyn
    November 19, 2013

    This is great! Love your new skirt and outfit!

    • Erica B.
      November 19, 2013

      Thanks Carolyn!

  • carolyn roemer
    November 19, 2013

    Your patience and creativity must have no bounds. You look very stylish.

  • Erica B.
    November 19, 2013

    LOL! Thanks Carolyn R.

  • Sarah Gunn
    November 19, 2013

    What will you come up with next, Erica? This is so creative and absolutely fabulous!

    • Erica B.
      November 20, 2013

      Thanks Sarah!

  • Nikki
    November 20, 2013

    Very cute Erica I absolutely love this fabric, it looks awesome on you.

    • Erica B.
      November 20, 2013

      Thanks Nikki!

  • MB@YarnUiPhoneApp
    November 20, 2013

    I keep meaning to make something (something!) with faux leather this year, and nothing gets done. But this.skirt? Too unforgettable *not* to make.

  • Lauren
    November 20, 2013

    Whoooaa Erica, this is HOT! Great job!

  • Lori
    November 26, 2013

    Looks fabulous.