12/16/2013

It's a Comeback

Faux leather, pleather, vinyl, you know all that is polyurethane is commanding a stronger presence in 2013.  Everyone is buying it, rocking it and sewing it... it's a phenomenal comeback.  My first dabbling with faux leather was a little over a year ago after seeing a Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress.  With that inspiration I created my twist on a wrap dress a/k/a the matrix dress and...



since then made two more items...




It is truly amazing how pleather from the 90s era is taking front & center stage more so this year than last year.  Thinking back, I remember having a silver pleather varsity style jacket, leather pants & fringed high heel boots and no one could tell me I looked like I was about to board a spaceship...lol

 With 2013 coming to an end, I had to add to my lil faux leather collection.  In comes McCalls 6654.


Semi-fitted skirt with elasticized waistband and narrow hem.   I did version C with the 23" length.

If anyone knows me, I love an easy pattern, and this pattern fit the bill.  I wanted a black pleather skirt without all the bells and whistles and after reading so many great reviews I had to give it a try.



The skirt went together effortlessly, including the lining. Serged the side seams, created a casing for the waistband using 1" non-roll elastic, attached the lining and lastly, did edge stitching on the hemline.


Talk about instant gratification.  I paired the skirt with my most recent Simplicity 1849 using a funky fun printed cotton knit.  



My next garment was Maggy London's Butterick 5672


Close-fitting, lined dress with invisible zipper, left dart and left pleats.  I did Vesion B.


This dress started out quite differently, I made a muslin that I was hoping would become wearable. Honestly, I can wear it provided I redo the pleats, but for now its being worn by my other mannequin until I can find the patience to redo the pleats. The neckline is wide enough that a zipper wasn't necessary.


Do you see those crazy pleats...


Refusing to stress over how I went wrong with the skirt pleats, my attention was drawn to the lining pieces. For the above dress, I had decided that the cotton spandex fabric could hold its own without a lining and would wear a full slip under it.  So on to V.2 using the lining pieces plus 2 of the pattern pieces.  What I liked was that the front skirt lining piece did not have those pain in the arse pleats.  The V.2 consisted of 3 lining pieces which are the front skirt lining, bodice lining for the front & back, pattern back skirt and pattern sleeve pieces.  


The fit was perfect once done and then the wheels started turning....mmm.  I can just use the lining pieces to make another dress. In the process of taking a break after making V.2 I took some time to browse the wonderful world of internet.   In the process I came across this site fundamentals of pattern making: Basic Yoke and an idea was borne using the laser cut pleather for the yoke.



I traced off the lining front bodice and created the yoke by cutting 6" down from the shoulder seam. Again, using the black cotton spandex, I serged the yoke to the bodice piece and stitched down the seam allowance. Proceeded with the bust and waist darts, sewed the skirt front to the front bodice and repeated the process for the back.  Serged the side seams and moved on to the sleeves. 



 Initially I'd drafted long sleeves which was part fashion fabric and part laser cut pleather for the rest of the sleeves.  Um yeah.... that wasn't a good look... and cut another set of sleeves.   Much better.



I am coining this my fashion lining dress.  It fits to a tee and perfect for pairing under a jacket.

The jacket is another Convington from Sears.



Well I still have 2 weeks to keep sewing pleather... so until then

Have a Great Week.


32 comments:

Rosie said...

Wow Sheila, you are cranking some great pieces out. Love the pleather and all! The fit is just right - not over done.

MrsSmith said...

Loving it all! Nice dresses and skirts.

Now where can I find some of this fabulous pleather?!

SewRuthie said...

Oh very sharp. I love the dress with the jacket!

Sheila said...

Thank you Rosie.

Sheila said...

Thank you Mrs. Smith. The pleather is from Spandex House
Link:
http://www.spandexhouse.com/products.php?navId=47&navName=Pleather

Sheila said...

Thank you SewRuthie. I love pairing orphan garments with blazers.

Kyle said...

That looks AWESOME! I even have that pattern AND I have pleather so will have to make something similar!!! Rock on!

Pam said...

Using the lining pattern for the dress is a great idea! I love the pleather yoke too.

Sheila said...

Thank you Kyle. Definitely do it and looking forward to yours.

Sheila said...

Thank you Pam. I will be getting a lot of use out of those lining pieces for sure.

alethia said...

OMG, awesome!

musline said...

Wonderful pieces. I have been wanting to make a skirt out of pleat her this season, but was hesitant due to trying to figure out to put a lining in or not. Your thoughts?...Thanks for inspiration


Sheri Lehn said...

could you tell me the pattern you used for the faux leather wrap dress? thanks.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Love, love, love the pleather accent at the neckline of the dress and all of the new pieces. I wondered what you were up to and now I know!

Sheila said...

Thank you Musline. Adding a lining was easy, used a light weight slinky knit. Cut the lining fabric using the skirt pattern pieces. Made a casing and in the process attached the lining while stitching the second row of stitches for the casing. Worked like a charm.

Sheila said...

The faux wrap dress was created from an old rtw dress I took apart and used as a pattern.

Sheila said...

Thank you Carolyn. I am here, just dabbling in my other crafts.

Sheila said...

Thank You Alethia.

velosewer said...

These are great pieces. You only need a simple style that fits to rock pleather. And you do this so well.
Keep at it Sheila!

L said...

Sharp and chic as always. Gotta get some pleather!

Sheila said...

Thank you Maria.

Sheila said...

Thank you L.

toy said...

I love all the looks you did a fabulous job with that dress for sure, lots of work and detail.

Linda said...

Love this dress! The pleather at the neck line looks great. I had issues with the pleats on this pattern and did not finish the project. Using the lining pattern pieces to make this dress was a great idea. Dress looks great with jacket also.

Sheila said...

Thanks Toya.

Sheila said...

Thank you Linda. My issue with the 3 pleats are that they large and exacerbated my stomach pouch. I attempted to make smaller pleats, but they ended up to low on the hip. If I can find the patience, I will unpick them and redo them.

Myra said...

Oh I do love the pleather! Your pieces are FABULOUS! I recently made a simple pleather skirt and want more too! They are great pieces for the Fall and Winter months. Your dress is genius!

Sheila said...

Thank you Myra. I have a cranberry pleather I am thinking of sewing up into a skirt as well.

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Oh, those are all gorgeous! (even the "bad" pleats were hard to see in the dark fabric) You are brilliant with pleather!

Sheila said...

Thanks Dr. Fun.

Pam Erny said...

LOVE these looks!

Sheila said...

Thank you Pam.

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