Wool Houndstooth and Leather Skirt

It’s houndstooth time!

This time each year I get the craving for a houndstooth something. I’ve bought it all throughout the years, but never tire of the crisp design. This year I decided to add a twist to my houndstooth garment.

I began with a wool houndstooth I bought during my first visit to Mood Fabrics in 2011, which I planned to sew using Vogue’s 8750 skirt pattern….

Wool houndstooth fabric from moodfabrics.com.

and ultimately decided to have some fun with both the fabric and the pattern!

My mother recently gave me a $1 thrift store leather skirt, and I thought the houndstooth pattern would nicely combine with leather.

After studying the pattern line drawing, I made a few copies and experimented with different color blocking options before making a decision.

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Following a muslin, I cut the side and back waistbands, along with the back and front side insets from leather. The remaining pieces were cut from the wool houndstooth (seen above).

It came together well but the front houndstooth panel emphasized the abs a bit too much.

Skirt made from Mood Fabrics' houndstooth wool and repurposed leather.

Mild panic set in until I reached a solution by extending the leather across the top of the front panel.

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Here is the end result. Subtle from the front…

Skirt made from Mood Fabrics' houndstooth wool and repurposed leather; Vogue 8750.

Subtle from the back…

Skirt made from Mood Fabrics' houndstooth wool and repurposed leather; Vogue 8750.

and bold from the side!

Skirt made from Mood Fabrics' houndstooth wool and repurposed leather; Vogue 8750.In case you are new to sewing with leather like me, several helpful posts about sewing with leather are available on the Mood Sewciety Blog. I was pleasantly surprised at how easily the fabrics sewed together – even around the curves. The seams were a breeze to sew but hemming was a different story. I hemmed the wool and glued the leather, even along the waistband, for a clean finish and nice result. Editor’s note: Gluing leather to hold hems, facings, seams and more in place is common and accepted practice. Use leather cement or rubber cement.

A longer top tones it down by covering much of the contrast…

Skirt made from Mood Fabrics' houndstooth wool and repurposed leather; Vogue 8750.

…but why would I want to do that?

Skirt made from Mood Fabrics' houndstooth wool and repurposed leather; Vogue 8750.

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Comments


  • Claire Kennedy
    October 17, 2013

    Wow – what a great combo and really really fabulous fashion statement!

    • Sarah Gunn
      October 18, 2013

      Thank you, Claire! Can’t wait to try something like this again :)

  • sheryl
    October 17, 2013

    awesome! i found this pattern awhile back….i may get it now

    • sheryl
      October 17, 2013

      awesome

    • Sarah Gunn
      October 18, 2013

      Thanks, Sheryl! It’s a great pattern :)

  • Amy
    October 17, 2013

    I just love your style! That leather and houndstooth combination is fabulous. I had houndstooth that looked just like that in my stash once, but I gave it away in my first ever blog giveaway. Now I wish I’d kept some of it! I guess I’ll just have to keep my eye on Mood’s new selection of houndstooth!

    • Sarah Gunn
      October 18, 2013

      Thank you so much, Amy! A houndstooth jumper with a leather baby pouch perhaps? ;)

  • Carolyn
    October 17, 2013

    Love this! Love the white & black herringbone and the fact that you recycled a thrift store skirt for your extra leather pieces. This is just awesome!

    • Sarah Gunn
      October 18, 2013

      Thank you, Carolyn! I was ready to mix it up a bit this fall and learned how simple it is to sew on leather :)

  • Erica B.
    October 17, 2013

    I’m loving all things leather this season! And your skirt is fabulous!

    • Sarah Gunn
      October 18, 2013

      Thank you so much, Erica!

  • Linda L
    October 17, 2013

    I love your version of this skirt. I have made this one twice and plan to use faux leather for the next one.

    • Sarah Gunn
      October 18, 2013

      That sound really cute, Linda! Thanks for the comment :)

  • Lori
    October 17, 2013

    This is such a fabulous skirt, great use of the two fabrics for such stylish and trendy garment.

    • Sarah Gunn
      October 18, 2013

      Thanks, Lori! Can’t quit thinking about your leopard coat :)

  • Cissie
    October 18, 2013

    Absolutely fab!! Love the houndstooth and leather. I have some leather in my stash that I’ve been avoiding but you now I think I’ll have to give it a go. Did you use a special foot, like teflon?

    • Sarah Gunn
      October 18, 2013

      Thanks, Cissie! No special anything other than paper under the leather to keep the seam moving along :)

  • Julie Starr
    October 18, 2013

    This is just so inspiring, Sarah. My head is now swimming with ideas for mixing leather with fabrics. Thanks, and as always, you look wonderful!

  • Ginger
    October 19, 2013

    This is so cute! I love it on you!

  • Amanda S.
    October 20, 2013

    So fun and spunky!