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Leather and Roses

Added Jun 22, 2013

by annasalminen2

Vantaa, Finland






I made this dress for me to wear at my friends wedding. I was the made of honor and wanted to wear something special. I had a vision of leather bodice combined with flowing skirt. I tried to find chiffon for the skirt but as the fabric choices are quite limited in stores in Finland I found this beautiful viscose which ended up working wonderfully. The viscose was pretty hard to work with, luckily I have serger/overlock machine to hem it with. The leather for the bodice was originally from very ugly men’s leather jacket. I like the idea of recycling old materials.

I used two patterns as a guideline for the dress, the burda swing dress for the bodice and chiffon maxidress pattern for the skirt (http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/silk-chiffon-maxi-skirt). I had to alter the bodice to fit properly. I made them separately and then sew them together before sewing the zipper on the side.

This is how it turned out. I really loved my dress.

Photo credit for the first photo: Miika Ylhinen

Material Notes

Leather bodice from second hand material. (It was butt-ugly 80’s men’s leather jacket size XL)
The skirt is viscose with cotton lining.




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    May 27, 2014, 05.35 PMby xcocolienx

    so beautiful!!! nice fit. I’m in love with the fabric of that skirt, so incredibly beautiful

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    Jun 25, 2013, 10.19 PMby MandieW

    Molly Ringwald would be proud. This combo is amazing!

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    Jun 23, 2013, 10.00 PMby pony123

    I love this! Really cool and different. Floral print is beautiful.

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      Jun 24, 2013, 12.32 PMby annasalminen2

      Thank you! I love the dress too.

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    Jun 22, 2013, 01.20 PMby Inga 888

    Beautiful dress :) Combination of leather with flowers and long skirt really works!

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      Jun 22, 2013, 08.11 PMby annasalminen2

      Thank you! I also like the combination a lot!

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    Jun 22, 2013, 11.55 AMby claudinka

    Boah, I really really adore that dress! I love the breach of style here (the nice and innocent flowers and the sexy leather ;-) I like leather bodices so much, but am really afraid of sewing with leather, as it’s also expensive. But I’m thinking about using leather from an old jacket, though, that’s a good idea.

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      Jun 22, 2013, 08.21 PMby annasalminen2

      Thank you for your kind words :). The dress was a great mix of rock’n’roll and romance. I really recommend of using recycled leather as it is very expensive to buy as new. The jacked cost me 3,5€ in a second hand store and i still have material left from it to use in another projects. It was a bit of a challenge to arrange the patterns on the jacket pieces but it ended up working well. The bodice has few extra seams on it but I like how it looks. Leather it self was easier to sew than I thought. I just bought leather needles for my old sewing machine. I actually clued (special leather clue) the seam allowances to each other for extra support and left the neckline and arm holes unfinished.

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