This project was made in a hurry for the Project Run and Play Flick’r contest. I didn’t win but that’s Ok. I really like it! I was working on a pink lined and tailored wool coat made from a 1942 pattern for my entry but was uninspired and knew I wouldn’t finish it. I just wasn’t in the mood to finish the coat so I put it on the back burner.
After my experience working on fake fur last week, I decided maybe it wasn’t so bad after all. I have had some small pieces of leather and fake fur I wasn’t sure what to do with and came up with this idea above. The work actually went really quickly as I didn’t have to hem or finish the leather. It was nice outside so I worked outdoors. Since I lined the vest with small strips of suede zig zagged stitches all over it to create a patchwork look.
If they ever cast for a toddler to be in a post-apocalyptic survival movie, maybe I can send this photo in .
Moral of the story:
Leather is easy and fun to work with and it looks very cool. For some reason people are more impressed when you make something out of leather, which is actually one of the easiest materials to work with.
I’m keeping my eye out for leather garments when I go to thrift shops because leather is very expensive to buy in fabric shops and it might be cheaper to buy garments second hand and upcycle them to cut out the leather pattern pieces.