Fake it 'till you Make it!
Posted in Product Reviews on Sunday the 16th August 2015 by Crafty Crafter
How often do you go out shopping, see something and think "...I can make that!" Well I had this in a big way the other day. I'm jetting off to a music festival in Budapest this August so I've been searching around for some clothes and accessories to take and on my travels around various shopping outlets I noticed a significant amount of faux leather and suede, often in the strangest places! Bags, yea sure, but leggings? Tank tops? I'm serious! I have to say they look amazing so I wondered how much of this high fashion could we crafty lot make ourselves? Turns out, a fair amount! So here's my run down of how to Fake It 'till you Make It with faux
Let's start with the obvious, a bag. Probably one of the most iconic leather fashion accessories at the moment is a Satchel, which upsets be a little bit because I've wanted one FOREVER and now everyone has one haha. Vogue have a great Satchel Sewing Pattern
which would suit out Fire Retardant Leathercloth Faux Leather
in brown down to the ground. The leathercloth has the structure to carry off such a classic pattern, and the brown gives that perfect vintage touch.
Another classic making a comeback is the 90's mini ruck sack! The 90's revival is hitting some of us in the office pretty hard as this is the first time we've seen fashion we remember first time around (eek!) but it does mean we get to re-live our youth and these tiny bags are softening the blow. Butterick 4583
has the trend down with their "utility bags" and I feel our Wine Vintage Effect Marble Faux Leather
is bob on!
Going slightly more fashion forward, Liz over at Say Yes
has this uber-fashionable fold over clutch
tutorial which is amazing. It's so simple and you could easily whip it up for a night out! I'm also in LOVE with the contrast zip. Divine!
Moving on to clothing, you're really looking at more fashion than utility, so our Soft PVC Faux Leather
is going to be the place to go. I've whipped up a dress in the stuff and it is a-maz-ing to work with. Easing in the sleeves was a dream, and I'd never done sleeves before!
Nicole of The Felted Fox
has a great tutorial to revamp and old sweater using Faux Leather! Her Faux Leather Sweater DIY
is so simple to follow, and I really do love the result! Much better than anything I've spotted off the rack. I love the structure in the shoulders, and because of the nature of the faux leather there's no hemming!
Carrying on with clothing and the no-hemming style is Cotton and Curls
with a great DIY for a Faux Leather A-Line
Skirt. A classic with a twist? Right up my street. I think I'd go a step further and maybe rock out our Navy Blue Soft Faux Leather!
The great thing with faux leather is that it doesn't need hemming so you can really rock the grunge look, or use hole punches
and/or an awl
to create detailing around the hems. If you're not a fan of the unfinished look, you could easily polish it off with a leather bias binding
. I used the brown as a contrast to the burgundy faux leather on the dress I mentioned earlier and it really finished it off.
Whilst we're on the subject of dresses and contrasts, Simplicity has a great pattern in the form of S1314 Top, Trouser Pants & Dresses
which is made for contrasting texture, colour, all sorts. What's also great is it's designed for "leather like fabrics", amongst many others, so you can really go to town with experimentation.
Another big fashion item of late is Leather Leggings. Not trousers, leggings. I know, I'm confused but I have to admit they are very stylish and look more like the jegging trend than anything. Fashion forward as ever, Burda has this covered with their 6855 pattern, Skinny Fit Jeans in 3 Styles
Yet another reason to love the Soft PVC Faux Leather
is that is actually has a bit of stretch to it! Similar to how standard woven fabric has give across the bias, the Faux leather gives and takes when worked, making it really comfy to wear and work with and it's perfect for this Burda Pattern. What's really interesting about it is that the back of view B is designed to be made in a different fabric to the front. A stretch fabric.
Match made in heaven much?
The contrasts on View C would be a great way to use up your scraps from other projects, too.
Now whilst we're on the topic of scraps, there's a lot of accessories to be made from your leather project off cuts. Natasha at Tasha Delrae
has this wonderful tutorial for a No Sew Faux Leather Peplum
which is a great staple to keep your wardrobe up to date. Great for holidays, too, to keep your looks fresh!
Stylish storage solutions are always a winner, and Luisa of Why Don't You Make Me
has a lovely tutorial for DIY Cord Tacos
a neat, stylish and crafty way to stop your headphones or charger wires getting tangled in your bag. Perfect for those about to take on an adventure, or those like me who have a TARDIS of a handbag! Another excuse to personalize with fabric paint
More nifty storage solutions from Autumn at It's Always Autumn
in the form of a DIY Card Holder
. Now she's designed these with trading cards in mind, but I totally have enough store cards and memberships to fill this bad boy and I'm sure I'm not the only one! I also have a deck of Magic the Gathering trading cards soooooo may need to make two!
My all time favourite DIY I've found is for a DIY Leather Lunch Bag
. There are many designer versions of this item, Jil Sander and Michael Kors to name a few, but who really has £460 to spend on these? I certainly don't so this is a true Fake It 'till you Make It make! The best tutorial I've found for one is by Le Fanciulle
. I love the pinking detail on the top!
So what do you think of the Faux Leather Craze? Works for you? Bit O.T.T.? Let us know and be sure to share your makes! Stay tuned for Fake it 'till you Make it! Pt. 2, Suede!
Katie B xo