Welcoming Fall with Mustard and Chocolate

Erica Bunker DIY Style for Mood Sewing Network September-2


I love creating separates that can be mixed and matched throughout my wardrobe and worn over and over. I love clothes that I can get great mileage out of, yet has a bit of unique appeal. Like this amazing top.

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This is Vogue 1188. It’s currently out-of-print, but still very much of the moment. Dramatic sleeves are presently trending for this season and these sleeves are definitely bringing the drama.

Vogue 1188 - Erica Bunker DIY Style-7I call it sewing kismet and feel that the sewing goddesses have shone down upon me when a fabric is “sew” perfect for a design. And that’s how I feel about gorgeous Mustard Solid Suiting. I know you’re thinking, “Suiting? How does that work for blouse weight?” Simple, it’s a medium weight crepe!

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Every piece of this top is cut on the bias and this fabric draped in an amazing way. It couldn’t have been more perfect. It cut, sewed and pressed like a dream.And it even tucked into my pants without being too bulky. And as a plus, this is one of the hot colors for Pantone Fall 2016 – Spicy Mustard – 14-0952.

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My DIY jeans are made with one of the most amazing quality of faux fashion leather I’ve come across. I used this Brown Fashion-Weight Faux Leather.

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This fabric is perfect for fashion sewing. It wears like genuine leather and has a look and feel of lambskin, if that gives you any indication of what to expect. I compared it to genuine lambskin in my wardrobe and the only difference – it lacks that leather smell. It’s not vinylish or plasticky like a lot of cheap faux leathers. This is the kind that you find in high-end RTW.

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And like genuine leather, this fabric works with a jean sewing pattern perfectly. I sewed these to be really fitted. Because just as genuine leather, this fabric relaxes with wearing. And I didn’t want any bagging out.

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For cutting, I used a rotary cutter.  I would suggest pattern weights. But if you’re really precise, you can pin within the seam allowances. I sewed these as if I was sewing genuine leather and as I normally would for constructing jeans. I used two sewing machines. One threaded with my normal all-purpose sewing thread and a Microtex needle. I used my walking foot. And the second machine was threaded with topstitching thread (regular thread in the bobbin), a topstitch needle and a teflon foot.

DIY Leather Jeans - Erica Bunker DIY Style-6I serged my seams because I like a clean inside. And most importantly, even though ironing is NOT recommended, I used my iron. I pressed my seams with my teflon foot on my iron and with a pressing cloth. If you choose to press this fabric, be extremely careful to not EVER allow the iron to actually come in contact with the faux leather.

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I added rivets just as I would with any jeans.






  • Teresa Kolander
    September 20, 2016

    WOW!!!! Love the jeans!!!

  • mrsasaves
    September 21, 2016

    You always make great garments. Great colors ideas for the fall season.

  • sallie
    September 21, 2016

    Both of these pieces look so great! Definitely both unique twists on wardrobe staples. I love the sleeve detail on that top!

  • Erica B's DIY Style
    September 21, 2016

    Thanks Sallie!

  • Lori
    September 21, 2016

    Erica, you always create such great garments, these 2 are stunning.

  • Peter
    September 22, 2016

    Love this combo. I have some beautiful black faux leather and I think you’ve inspired me to make some pants with it!

  • Erica Bunker
    September 22, 2016

    Thanks Peter and you should definitely go for it!

  • Michelle
    September 26, 2016

    Those pants are so awesome. Good grief… What an amazing talent you have. Talk about an amazingly versatile outfit. It’s hot here in Tampa but paired with some sandals or wedge miles and that would rock down here.

  • Erica Bunker
    September 30, 2016

    Thanks Michelle!

  • Norma
    October 1, 2016

    Loving it! Bought the blouse pattern several years ago and never used it; I will now! Thanks for sharing this.