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Shiny dress of leather

Added Jan 15, 2013

by machelefranklin

Paris, France






A tad bit too shiny, actually.
I wanted to make the Burda “Scuba” dress for its simple yet great shape. And I got fooled by all the leathery trend going on at the moment and tried my luck at it.
I used stretchy cotton for the main dress, and stretchy leatherette for the front piece. the dress is also fully lined.

The construction is easy enough, and i like the overall result, except for the shine of the leatherette. This is too much for me. Or maybe it’s the leatherette that looks tacky. I wanted a mat and textured one (croc or ostrich embossed), but couldn’t find a stretchy one, so i chose this plain one. Idea-of-the-year.

So, this dress only got worn on Christmas eve, and I now plan to remove the leatherette part and change it for something more wearable.

More pics and explanations (in french) here

Material Notes

Coton, leatherette, lining


Garment Type

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    Jan 7, 2015, 09.19 PMby cupkate

    Looks fab Also, is that post title a Venus in Furs reference? If yes, good stuff ;-)

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    Jan 21, 2013, 10.30 AMby VivianGrace

    I like it- if you’re still not into the shine of the leatherette, you could always distress/mattify it with a sponge and some paint… or spray it for texture? Just some ideas :)

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    Jan 16, 2013, 08.30 AMby machelefranklin

    Well thank you for your nice comments. I don’t know what to think about this dress now that I get positive comments (here and on a french website) – don’t know if i should remove the leatherette or not….

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    Jan 15, 2013, 10.18 PMby claudinka

    I must say I like the outcome! I would take it ;-)

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    Jan 15, 2013, 08.14 PMby Mary Athey

    I think its gorgeous.on you. I.m actually going to make this one for my friend but i.m doing leatherette.sides and plain jersey everywhere else.x

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