Leather Baby Mocassins & Dalton Trousers

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Hi lovelies!

I haven’t sewn a lot lately, being still in post-move (and now almost pre-move) mode but I’ve finally managed to photograph some makes I made almost 2-3 months ago! Anyone else knows these problems?

Well, anyway, I wanted to share one of these makes, a more recent one, that I made without using my sewing machine sitting in my parents’ garden.

My little 1-year-old niece was staying with us and about to start walking by herself. To help with walking attempts we thought about making her some soft, non-slippery shoes. They turned out really nice and she actually loves them! Now, two weeks later, she is walking by herself and even brings mummy her mocassins in the morning for her to put them on.leather baby mocassins bythisblogisnotforyou.com

The Pattern:

It took a while to find a pattern that was simple but not too plain. Eventually we settled for fringed mocassins, the pattern was free and the website includes helpful step-by-step instructions with pictures. You find the download link in the first paragraph of the tutorial.

I cut out one shoe and glued it together using special leather/bookbindung glue. It turned out way too small, so I altered the pattern a bit by adding a bit more seam allowance (using a well-fitting sandal as reference).

leather baby mocassins bythisblogisnotforyou.comConstruction:

The mocassins came together quite easily; the pattern really is straight-forward. It did not have my machine with me and from experience, sewing leather on my machine isn’t fun at all.

The shoes are small and fiddly anyway so I thought handsewing would be best. I really enjoy it anyway, although it’s a bit of a different story with leather.

I used a wooden block, a nail and hammer to make tiny holes along the stitching line which didn’t take too long and really made the whole handsewing process much, much easier.

I added a tiny bit of embellishment by using the hammer and nail to punch some tiny dots into the front fringe, which I think looks quite lovely. leather baby mocassins bythisblogisnotforyou.com

The little munchkin loves her new mocassins (worn here with her pair of Dalton trousers) which makes up for all blisters and sore fingers! I made two pairs of Dalton trousers, which is a lovely pattern from La Maison Victor magazine. I took 30 mins to make each one and they look too cute!

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They are made from cotton and jersey. The trousers consist of just three pattern pieces plus the jersey waistband and cuffs. They look super comfortable!

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I always find it super rewarding to sew for others! If I had more time and money, I might even do it more regularly! 😀

xx

Charlie


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Refashion it! A leather mini skirt

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Hallo meine Lieben! I haven’t blogged a refashion project in a while, so this was long overdue! (If I remember correctly, my initial plan was to blog a refashion once a week. This worked out beautifully, right? Haha.)

When I lost my sewing mojo a couple of weeks ago, refashioning a couple of skirts I bought ages ago really helped to get back behind the sewing machine. These fun little projects don’t take much time, just a little creativity and therefore don’t seem as overwhelming as making a complete garment. So, if you haven’t made anything in a while, I really recommend popping to your next charity shop and getting creative with whatever you find there!

Skirts are the easiest thing to fit and recycle I have found. Just changing the length can have a big impact and improve the whole look. Mini Leather Skirt Refashion by thisblogisnotforyou.comHere’s a view before photos: Mini Leather Skirt Refashion by thisblogisnotforyou.comMini Leather Skirt Refashion by thisblogisnotforyou.com

I’m not sure about the whole midi leather skirt look, at least this one wasn’t working for me! The skirt is vintage, from an old lady that was friends with my mum. My mum gave it too me because she didn’t know what to do with it. It also had a broken zip:Mini Leather Skirt Refashion by thisblogisnotforyou.com

I was really lucky that the skirt fit me perfectly around the waist and hips, so I didn’t have to make too many alterations. I simply shortened the hem and lining, eliminating the kick pleat and a good 30 cm of length.Mini Leather Skirt Refashion by thisblogisnotforyou.comMini Leather Skirt Refashion by thisblogisnotforyou.comMini Leather Skirt Refashion by thisblogisnotforyou.com

I’m in love with the seam lines on the skirt and how they run parallel to the pockets. Yes, it has got pockets!Mini Leather Skirt Refashion by thisblogisnotforyou.comMini Leather Skirt Refashion by thisblogisnotforyou.comMini Leather Skirt Refashion by thisblogisnotforyou.comMini Leather Skirt Refashion by thisblogisnotforyou.com

I never had a leather garment before (except for an 80’s jacket!) and I’m surprised how comfortable it is to wear! I thought it might be really hard to walk and sit in, but it’s as comfy as any other skirt would be.

Oh, and what became of the broken zip? The zip was still working fine, just the pull tab had broken off. I couldn’t be bother to replace the whole thing, so I just added a little silver ring with a scissors charm instead. I love the little sewing-related detail – and it works perfectly. I might use this trick on other zips in the future!
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I recently refashioned two other (more office-style) skirts which I love and wear constantly. Hopefully I get around to taking some photos soon!

Have you recently refashioned something?


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