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Rock the Brocade

Added Nov 30, 2014

by red-lia

Kiryat Bialik, I...






A sweater refashion.
Bought a plain sweater, took the sleeves in, did a high-low hem, and appliqued the brocade motif in faux leather.

Drafted the design on paper and cut it with manicure scissors.
Ironed some fusible interfacing to the faux leather, because it was very thin.
Placed the motifs on the faux leather, realizing I have a problem: the paper pattern pieces cannot be pinned on the faux leather because the pins leave holes! So I attached the paper pieces onto the fabric with some 3M tape, and again cut with manicure scissors. Of course I had to peel the tape afterwards, but it did not leave any mark.
Placed the faux leather motifs on the sweater, one at a time, again securing them with some tape, and sewing manually with tiny running stitches. At first I planned to machine-sew, but it was very fiddly, and the combination of a knit fabric with the slippery faux leather did not work well on my machine, so I decided to sew by hand.

Material Notes

Store bought fine knit sweater, faux leather remnants, fusible interfacing, manicure scissors, needle and thread.




Winter, Fall
Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Evening Wear, Victorian, Vintage

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    Dec 1, 2014, 11.19 AMby tessi

    Your sweater re-fashion is very striking! I imagine that the appliqué was quite time-consuming, but you stuck with it and the result is wonderful!

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      Dec 1, 2014, 02.15 PMby red-lia

      Thank you so much! It took quite some time, but I didn’t do it in one sitting. Just a motif at a time over a week or so.

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    Nov 30, 2014, 01.30 PMby yenny lee


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      Nov 30, 2014, 02.05 PMby red-lia


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    Nov 30, 2014, 12.16 PMby Mary Athey

    You did a smashing job on this, love it x

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      Nov 30, 2014, 02.05 PMby red-lia

      Thank you, I’m blushing…

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    Nov 30, 2014, 11.30 AMby MarineSea

    i like this sweater! very nice!

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      Nov 30, 2014, 02.06 PMby red-lia


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