After a bunch of head scratching, pattern hacking, self-drafted projects- I decided I needed a straightforward- out of the envelope make. For this project- I went totally auto pilot. I liked the styling of this Cynthia Rowley Simplicity 1314 pattern view so much, I absolutely (shamelessly) copied it- down to the shoes.
Armed with my leftover faux leather and this pattern, I made the exact dress; exactly out of the envelope; in exactly one size; in exactly the same suggested fabric. But there you go- I like it and I’m glad I did.
I think this dress pattern is super flattering and the fit is perfect. I will definitely re-visit it again- perhaps with a more creative mind!
Because I made absolutely no modifications and the pattern is straightforward - all I really need to talk about is the ease of working with faux leather- if you haven’t before- and also give a shout out the fabulous quality of this particularly beautiful faux leather from Emma One Sock.
Can an imitation be better than the real deal? Faux literally means fake or imitation- not super appealing. But, after working with this, I am a faux fan. When I wore this dress last week, a friend asked if it was real leather. Well-I guess that’s the goal.
The only extra step I took was to change my sewing machine needle to a leather needle. Other than that- everything was straight forward. This leather has the tiniest bit of stretch so it works perfectly with the black ponte I paired it with- also from Emma One Sock.
Similar to ponte- the faux leather does not fray and is very stable.
I am typically careful pressing ponte- I (almost) always press on the wrong side- and use a press cloth on the right side. This faux leather is viscose backed- so you can feel safe pressing on the back side. And I used a press cloth on the front with the faux leather- the manufacturer notes you can use a medium heat iron on this fabric.
My other faux leather project this month is this super simple bomber jacket.
This jacket was meant to be fast and easy. The jacket is unlined because the viscose back on this fabric is surprisingly comfortable. And I didn’t need to finish the seams because the simple cut edges on the faux leather are so sharp and clean.
Unlike the easy out-of-the envelope dress- this simple looking bomber is actually a hack of three patterns. I had a jewel neck raglan jacket pattern– but the sleeves were too full- so I fiddled with those and modified a piece from another pattern. Last, I used a collar and facing pattern piece from a traditional bomber pattern. The ribbing gets five stars for really pulling this all together.
The only notable thing I did on this jacket is hand hemming. I didn’t have enough ribbing to finish the bottom of the jacket- like a typical bomber- so I opted for a straight hem. I experimented with topstitching on this fabric but I didn’t like how it looked. So I attached seam binding on the hem for a little extra length- and sewed it up by hand. In the end, I really prefer this straight finish over a ribbed trim finish.