I’m investing more in blue these days and I think indigo leather is a welcomed alternative to denim and black leather for Spring/Summer. With this in mind, I designed an easy leather wrap skirt taking silhouette inspiration from the refined flared skirts Nicolas Ghesquière presented at his première show for Louis Vuitton. For added comfort and design detail I used black exposed elastic.
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When choosing my leather color, I went for a blue that mimics a medium wash denim with a hint of grey. A color that can transition from day to night and through the seasons.
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Tools: About 2 yards of sturdy leather // 1 1/2″ flat elastic with good recovery // 2 metal hooks and bars // rotary cutter // thread // cutting board // metal ruler // paper pattern, download here (based on a size XS with 24-26″ waist and 35″ hip. Feel free to email me for steps to grade the pattern up to a bigger size).
Items needed but not pictured: sewing machine // hand sewing needle // chalk After you download and print your paper pattern, cut it out and lay it out flat on the leather hide with leather side up. This helps you find the best parts of the leather. Once your pattern is laid out (make sure all pieces fit, I only have one of the three pattern pieces laid out in the photo above) use heavy weights, I used coasters here, to keep the pattern flat.
Using chalk (make sure to test the chalk on a corner of the leather to see if it comes off easily), trace your pattern and all the notches. Using your rotary cutter, cut out your pattern. For straight edges use your metal ruler to guide you. Lay the body of your skirt suede side up and place the waistband facing with suede side down. Be sure to leave 3/8″ space at the wearer’s left CF edge. Measure and cut your elastic to the desired length (for XS I cut mine to 14″). I like to use the zig zag stitch to finish the ends of the elastic so it won’t unravel.
Place the elastic at the back edge of the wrap pattern piece and use a tight zig zag stitch to topstitch the elastic. This is a nice decorative detail.
Place the wrap part of the skirt 1/4″ over the wearer’s left side at center front and single needle topstitch 1/8″ away from edge.
Pay attention to the notches, you want to leave space for the elastic to go through. After you attached the wrap part of the skirt, you need to close the center front, only where the white line is drawn. Overlap the wearer’s left side of skirt 1/4″ over the wearer’s right side and single needle topstitch 1/8″ from edge. You can choose to stitch all the way to the hem, but I left it open for a slit.Hand sew metal hooks to elastic. I used a zig zag stitch to secure the elastic before hand sewing on the metal hooks. At this point, I tried the skirt on and marked where the bars should be, how tight I wanted the elastic. Then hand sew the bars on the leather skirt (under the wrap overlay). You might need to use a thimble if your leather is thick.
The best and last step, wear it!