I was so excited to find out that there was going to be a leather-themed refashion for Season Two’s Refashion Runway Competition.
I’ve never sewn with leather before, but I was lucky enough to have found a pair of leather pants for 49-cents at Mel Trotter (my favorite local thrift shop), several weeks before even knowing there was going to be a leather theme.
Now, after getting home from the thrift shop, my 14-year-old decided to be helpful and take all of the clothing we had just purchased down to the laundry room and wash them right away for me. (What a sweetheart, right?)
The problem was, he wasn’t aware that you can’t just throw leather clothing in the washer and dryer. (Oops!)
So imagine my surprise when I noticed them in the laundry basket (washed and dried) along with all of the other clothes. 😦
To make myself feel better about the situation, I just told myself they were probably too tight to begin with and that’s probably the reason they were donated in the first place, because somebody else made the same laundering mistake.
I know in the above photos the pants look like they fit just fine, but let’s take a closer look, shall we?
I am not even going to tell you how ridiculously long it took me to get these things on! (It took even longer to take them off.)
I thought it would be cool to refashion them into a cute skirt, kinda like the one I refashioned from a pair of purple sweatpants.
Unfortunately, these pants were so stinking tight, there’s no way the skirt would fit if I used the same technique I did in that refashion.
Now here’s where the FAIL part of this post comes in…
I decided to add a gusset to the front and back of the skirt to loosen it up a bit and make it more wearable, but unfortunately, it didn’t turn out well at all. 😦
I definitely underestimated what a pain sewing leather would be. I even went out and bought sewing machine needles specifically for leather, but the fabric kept bunching up and it looked incredibly weird when I finished sewing the gussets on the front and back of the skirt.
So it’s back to the drawng board for me. I still have a definite image of how I want my skirt to turn out, I just need to figure out how to achieve that. Unfortunately, I’m not going to be able to finish it in time for this week’s Friday post.
My sweet daughter turns 10 on Monday and we are leaving this weekend to celebrate her birthday, my husband’s birthday (which was last Sunday) and my big brother’s birthday (which is this Sunday), with my parents. I’m going to be making 3 different kinds of cakes for the occasion! So I will be busy celebrating (and eating cake) this weekend, but I will definitely post my refashion as soon as I figure out how to remedy it.
If any of you sewing superstars out there have any advice for me, I would love to hear it! 🙂
Have a great weekend!