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Topic: Leather and Chiffon Cocktail Dress (made from leather coat)  (Read 984 times)
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« on: August 25, 2014 06:58:38 AM »

A couple months ago, I was invited to an independent artists event, which required "cocktail attire". Of course I wanted to make my own dress for this. I had a design/style in mind- a black dress with a leather bodice and a gathered skirt with a sheer overlay. I only had a few days to make the dress so I had to keep it kinda simple. I cut up a used leather coat for my bodice fabric and bought chiffon and some polyester knit for the skirt. Well, I wasn't able to finish it in time! I had to put a zipper in the back and didn't have an invisible zipper foot! D'oh!

But I finally ordered a foot and finished my dress recently. Here it is!

leather chiffon cocktail dress:

This is the leather coat I cut apart:

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French seams on the chiffon:

This was my second time sewing leather. There are a lot of things I know to do differently for next time! Like, I should probably put boning in it! Despite the mistakes, I'm still happy with how it turned out.

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« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2014 07:42:46 AM »

Turned out very well indeed. I must say I would have thought the leather would have enough internal stiffness not to need boning so I would have done the same as you.
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2014 10:04:48 AM »

Oh, it's gorgeous!

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« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2014 03:25:01 PM »

Congratulations! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2014 07:48:11 PM »

Sucks it wasn't done it time, but it is super awesome.

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« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2014 06:46:05 PM »

that's really cool, it makes me think of batman, and I love it

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« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2014 11:28:03 AM »

It is definately Batman-esque. I love it! You look gorgeous Smiley

« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2014 05:21:20 AM »

Thanks so much, everyone!

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