I have been dreaming of making the Paula Pleat skirt in leather since I made the first sketch. But since I don’t have much experience sewing leather, I haven’t got around to actually make it.
Now Pauline from Pauline Alice made this absolutely fabulous snake-skirt in fake leather and I want it even more!
Isn’t it great?
And the best thing is, that Pauline has written a tutorial on how to sew with leather. Here she goes:
Paula Skirt: Tips for sewing leather
The Paula skirt pattern is perfect to be made in real or faux-leather. But before starting, here are a few tips for sewing with leather:
- There is no do-over! You’ll leave permanent holes so be extra careful with your stitches.
- Because of the permanent holes, you can’t use pins. Any kind of clips (paper clip, hair clip…) or tape can be used to keep the pieces aligned.
- No need to finish the seam allowances as leather doesn’t fray! Great!
- Don’t use the iron to open the seam allowances. Topstitching is a good idea.
- Use a new needle. And choose one made specially for leather.
- Use a special foot. You can use either a Teflon foot (with a white non-sticky plate), a roller-foot (with wheels under the plate) or a walking foot.
If you’re like me and don’t have a sewing machine supply shop near by, here are 2 tricks: use Scotch tape on the bottom of a regular foot or place pattern paper between the foot and the leather (see the pictures below for details).
- Use all-purpose polyester thread and a long stitch length for more strength.
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I kept the original length of the pattern. It’s supposed to be an over-the knee skirt but as I’m quite short, mine is more of a midi length.
I kept it like that as I like the contrast between the feminine/retro length and the more modern fabric.
I didn’t hem the skirt (great bonus from leather!).
Thanks Maria for allowing me to use such a great pattern. It’s a great basic that looks amazing in a variety of fabrics, from the traditional cotton to something more modern and trendy like leather. I can’t wait to wear my leather Paula skirt!
I hope these tips will be useful!
Thank you so much Pauline!
You know I love your version – even more than my own!
And here is another pic to show you just how fantastic this skirt is – a winner in every wardrobe. And you know what? The rest of the week, I’m giving you a 15% discount on MariaDenmark Skirt patterns – including this one, the Paula Pleat Skirt (or maybe I should rename it Paulina Pleat Skirt!)!