How amazing is it that I get to showcase my creations to all you frequenters of Minerva Crafts?! This project is a project of firsts for me and I’m hoping that you like what I have here. Before I get started I just want to thank Minerva for allowing me to get involved, I’m so excited to be part of their blogger network.

This month I thought I’d start off simple and make a straightforward pencil skirt. As a pattern drafter, a skirt is very difficult thing to mess up. But of course simple is all well and good but I pride myself in my uniqueness, so although I did create a pencil skirts, what I actually have is an asymmetric monochrome abstract zig-zag looking leather pencil skirt, or asymmetric monochrome skirt, for short.

The Pattern and Fabric

Like every project I start, the drafting and cutting process takes the longest, believe it or not, sewing is actually the easy bit. The final pattern was birthed from a basic skirt block that I drafted. Once the block was manipulated in all the necessary ways, I was left with 8 separate pattern pieces. For just one skirt… Awks.

My chosen fabric for this project was Faux Leather. I’d never worked with leather so this was a new experience for me and I was slightly nervous, because with leather, mistakes are not allowed! Nor are pins, and I basically eat, breathe and sleep with pins. Literally.

Many a times I’ve woken up with a pin embedded somewhere on my being.

To combat the use of pins permanently marking holes in my fabric, I opted to use my piggybank weights to hold the pattern in place while I cut each piece from my leather fabric. To make matters a more lengthy process than what would usually be necessary, I was burdened (woe is me) with cutting all 8 pattern pieces out separately because no two pattern piece was the same.

All I wanted was an asymmetric monochrome abstract zig-zag looking leather pencil skirt and I found instead a jigsaw puzzle in its place. Continuing on with the spirit of no pins, I used Fabric Clips to hold my fabric pieces in place while I stitched them together.

Like I said, this is a project of firsts and this was the first time I successfully used my 8 month old overlocker, badly, may I add, but successfully nonetheless. It’s a very proud moment for me so let’s not rain on my parade by acknowledging the fact that an overlocker isn’t actually needed with leather. Lols.

Putting it All Together

So I now have in front of me 8 individual fabric pieces and a very technical, mathematically astrological diagram telling me where everything needs to go, which actually really saved my life from major confusion. Phew!

Sewing everything together was a breeze. There were some instances where I had to hem first because of the asymmetric nature of the skirt, so the worst part was already out of the way before the real sewing had begun. For stitching everything together I used Extra Strong Thread with a standard size 80 needle, which I also used to top stitch around each seam, questionably neatly.

And to finish off, a 7 inch Metal Zip was sewn in.

Conclusion

For a first-time leather user, I think I did a good job. The faux leather was perfect and my machine was so well behaved, not a single complaint from it, that it was a cathartically stress-free process for me.

The thread did amazing at holding such thick pieces of fabric together, and I can confidently say the skirt didn’t fall apart the moment I put it on. Plus, it makes the top stitching stand out in a very striking way – I love it!

I’d love to know what your thoughts are, so let me know!