HELLO, I MADE THESE HIGH-WAISTED FAUX LEATHER (PLEATHER) PANTS. They are the first pair of tailored pants I’ve made for myself in a long time that have given me this much pleasure, and I have big hopes for them. Please don’t let me down, faux leather (pleather) pants.
I pieced together a couple of vintage patterns to get the perfect rise and the perfect cut throughout the leg, and then I spent two complete days sorting out the fit, because sewing pants is very easy, but FITTING PANTS IS A GODDAMN NIGHTMARE.
Especially when you’re working with leather in the color … CAMEL.
Anyway, I sorted it out. If you’re curious, I used Simplicity 4748 (1950’s) for the waist/hip and Simplicity 7019 (1960’s) for the leg. Paper bag pockets are my own.
Dolphin hem is my own.
Moves are my own.
Because it’s fake, this leather is semi-stretchy, and miraculously does not hurt my stomach. Just kidding, everything hurts my stomach. I purchased it to re-cover our dining room chairs, but I changed my mind, of course, so …
You can see a bit of the pockets peeking out from the side, so I lined them in pink grosgrain. Guys, I’m worth it.
And so are these pants. GOODBYE.
P.S. Will look great with my Fringed Sleeve Sweater.
HELLO, I MADE THIS LIFE-CHANGING SATIN JACKET WITH APPLIQUÉD HAND AND SNAKE. I wore it on a plane, in hopes of getting a better seat, and it worked – the guy even gave me a better seat on my RETURN FLIGHT. I’m hopeful it leads to a better life all-around, but let’s face it, owning a jacket that feels you up with a beaded, sequined sparkle hand that’s wearing a giant ruby and emerald bracelet is already living your best life.
I made the jacket using a remnant of midnight silk satin that I’ve been saving for something special, and lined it in a really beautiful, mid-weight striped cotton left over from another project. The pattern is the same as the crocheted lace top, but wider through the hip, and from the waist down it’s backed in horsehair to keep that flare TAUT. I wasn’t even thinking about embellishment when I started this project, UNTIL I WAS THINKING ABOUT IT.
The chain is metal and heavy AF, and it makes me feel part majorette, part 1950’s dog walker. The buttons are black velvet baubles. The snake is a goddamn beaded snake.
It looks pretty great with high-waisted jeans – especially flares – and it’s completely perfect over the poet blouse. And when I finally make myself a maxi dress, it will be pretty great over that too.
The hand is definitely living the better life.
Obviously any time I get invited to “speak” somewhere, I’ll wear this jacket and consider my work half done.
I do not deserve this jacket. GOODBYE.
Wardrobe|Myself items completed:
- Blue velvet top (+ 1 pincushion)
- Green velvet lounge pants
- Cropped poet blouse
- Crocheted lace top
- Crocheted lace skirt
- Madras bustier
- Madras high-waisted short
- Pink granny test panty
- Navy scuba knit top
- Restyled satin bed jacket
- Beaded satin jacket