Buttah Leathah

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It was my last sewing class Saturday and I’m going to miss it.  But at least I have some souvenirs.  This is project #3, a leather skirt.  It has ribbed knit side panels (an unworthy nod to Rick Owens), an exposed zipper, and (accidental) irregular hem, hence the slip showeth underneath.  There were definitely some frustrating and frantic moments with my seam ripper, but I am really excited with the result.  My zipper skills and darts (the obstinate puckering!) could use some work.  But now armed with a pattern and basic construction knowledge, I can try my hand at getting better.  Meanwhile, I have a new found love . . . leathah.  Remember Stella from Project Runway?

credits: diy leather skirt, Hugo Boss shirt, Rose Chase Me vest, Spanx tights, Cocobelle sandals

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50 Responses to “Buttah Leathah”

  1. April 29th, 2009 at 6:11 AM

    Summer K. says:

    I especially like the zipper in the back. I dunno if it was intentional or not, but it’s rather bold and rugged, adding to the badass-ness of the leathery-ness.

    Aaaand, I like your wrist tat. I’ve been wanting to get one, but I dunno what I want it to be …

  2. April 29th, 2009 at 8:10 AM

    magda says:

    that skirt!!!i will kill for her;)))kiss

  3. April 29th, 2009 at 8:11 AM

    baska says:

    oh, i wish i knew how to sew such beautiful clothes! love the zip and two fabrics mixed together :)) greetings!

  4. April 29th, 2009 at 9:37 AM

    Brigadeiro says:

    Wow! Can’t believe you made that! Turned out beautifully! New haircut? Looking good 😉

  5. April 29th, 2009 at 10:11 AM

    Lenya Jones says:

    OMG – Love the skirt.

  6. April 29th, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    JGeb says:

    OMG…the skirt is AMAZING!! Can you make me one? hahaha

  7. April 29th, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    D-Lirio says:
  8. April 29th, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Lauren says:

    Practise makes perfect so get sewing!

    You look fab out in the sun, I still love the background of concrete colours though. It is so hard to find anything but greenery where I live! I need to search harder 😀

  9. April 29th, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    -chris says:

    You’ve been JINXED



  10. April 29th, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    Emily says:

    Lol, “leathah.” You gotta love Stella, especially Stella + Blayne! I think the skirt turned out awesome, I remember the creations in some of my sewing classes… not cool lol. I love the knit panels on the side, nice twist!

  11. April 29th, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Marta says:

    That skirt is simply amazing:)… actually, the entire outfit is total perfection.

  12. April 29th, 2009 at 2:10 PM

    candice says:

    you have a very organic style.. much respect


  13. April 29th, 2009 at 3:21 PM

    Diane says:

    Wow, this is an amazing outfit! I love all the greys. That leather skirt you made is so great, I would wear it in a heartbeat!

    I miss Stella and Blayne :(

  14. April 29th, 2009 at 4:06 PM

    janettaylor says:

    So coool darling lady! Simply but really chic! Great mixing!


  15. April 29th, 2009 at 4:34 PM

    froufrouu says:

    Dude, that skirt is amazing. I wish my hems/ sewing/ anything was so neat, and I totally missed the exposed zipper in your chictopia photos!

    Adore your sandals, and is that a tattoo I see on your wrist? Hot!

    – frouu/ nadia

  16. April 29th, 2009 at 4:48 PM

    mazpe says:



  17. April 29th, 2009 at 4:56 PM

    issa says:

    bravo dear!! i’d be so scared to sew leather.. and i’m terrible with zippers…

    did you cut your hair? you look great!

  18. April 29th, 2009 at 5:40 PM

    Punkie says:

    this skirt is great! as the rest of the outfit!

  19. April 29th, 2009 at 7:14 PM

    freeteyme says:

    good job on the skirt! I didn’t even notice the hem until you pointed it out =)

  20. April 29th, 2009 at 7:14 PM

    Aimee says:

    that skirt is hooot

  21. April 29th, 2009 at 7:18 PM

    Akriri Ricky says:

    wow, i love this! very well done 😀
    only just discovered your blog, it’s incredible – you are incredible!!
    gonna add you to my blogroll NOW, hihi

  22. April 29th, 2009 at 7:56 PM

    Insomnia says:

    It’s nice, congrats!

  23. April 30th, 2009 at 1:09 AM

    trang says:

    you are so talented!! love the blog. im definitely adding you to my list.. hope we can exchange links. catch ya around!

  24. April 30th, 2009 at 1:40 AM

    sarah says:

    nice look, very modern!

    my blog macaroni club is doing an amazing giveaway tomorrow that i’d love for you to sign up for! jewelry designer leah sakellarides has made a custom macaroni club necklace which is SO beautiful, and she’s super sweet to be giving one away! please come visit me, and if you like the piece you can sign up for a chance to win it!
    xo…. sarah

  25. April 30th, 2009 at 6:24 AM

    Joanna says:

    I am in awe of your sewing skills. Seriously that is a killer skirt. It looks perfect to me!

  26. April 30th, 2009 at 4:18 PM

    hanako66 says:

    I can’t believe you made that!!! it is so great!

    Stella was so funny.

  27. April 30th, 2009 at 8:21 PM

    twentythirtyforty.net says:

    LOVE IT! Congrats. I am very impressed by your design and sewing skills!

    And adorable new haircut 😉

  28. May 1st, 2009 at 3:10 AM

    fhen says:

    i love the skirt. you are really talented dear :)

  29. May 1st, 2009 at 3:50 AM

    cassie says:

    i love!!!!! and the outdoor shot is awesome..i love the cocobelle!! i finally got mine delivered and they are so comfy

  30. May 1st, 2009 at 3:52 AM

    tanya says:

    wow, the skirt turned out beautifully!!! I love the zipper detail in the back :-)

  31. May 1st, 2009 at 2:07 PM

    Chekka Cuomova says:

    When first I saw the pictures, I was like, “oh that’s an amazing skirt” and then you explain how you made it yourself, I was ‘frustrated’. LOL. you’re so good at sewing! That skirt is amazingly GREAT!! ;D

  32. May 1st, 2009 at 3:43 PM

    t a l i s h a says:

    the zipper detail on ur skirt is genius! do visit my blog :)

  33. May 1st, 2009 at 7:03 PM

    AsianCajuns (Lauren) says:

    I am soooo impressed! That skirt is gorgeous- even with the irregular hem… and you always look like a model in your photos- I mean, Model/Designer of course 😉

  34. May 1st, 2009 at 7:28 PM

    Ziling says:

    i love the skirt its simply amazing! oh & i guess i probably mentioned this before but, you are really photogenic :)

  35. May 1st, 2009 at 10:23 PM

    styleseeking zurich says:

    great job indeed!!!!
    the skirt turned out so well!
    hot hot.

    miji <3

  36. May 1st, 2009 at 10:32 PM

    Styleseeking Zurich says:

    Oh wow I love your skirt, you’re so talented!!

    And also congrats for becoming style icon on Chictopia, you totally deserve it!!

    By the way, we finally got to answer your question, hope you enjoy the post!

    Enjoy your weekend!


  37. May 2nd, 2009 at 6:40 AM

    LaMimi says:

    You did a fantastic job on this skirt! So, you should absolutely try your hand at more projects :)
    Love the new hair btw;)


  38. May 2nd, 2009 at 9:17 AM

    julia says:

    love our skirt and the photos !! =)


  39. May 3rd, 2009 at 9:18 PM

    MJ. says:

    Love the skirt!!! Seriously!!
    I’m currently in love with anything zipped!!


  40. May 4th, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Ashley says:

    You look great, XS! I love the whole outfit, but that skirt is great with the zipper.

  41. May 4th, 2009 at 7:53 PM

    HoneyBunny says:

    Wow! You look great! Love that skirt<3 And the shoes are fab!

  42. May 4th, 2009 at 9:27 PM

    Tashina says:

    It looks great!

  43. May 4th, 2009 at 11:37 PM

    joelyne says:

    that skirt is divine! and i adore those tights! you are gorgeous my dear =)



  44. May 5th, 2009 at 12:27 AM

    cassiopeia says:

    Amazing skirt! You’re so talented 😀

    Thanks for the lovely comment! Xxxc

  45. May 5th, 2009 at 3:53 AM

    J says:

    Good job hun. I’m impressed that you chose to work with leather, it’s such a tough fabric to work with seeing as it doesn’t leave much room for error!! I recall my textiles teacher in highschool warning us that whoever worked with leather had to make sure that each time the needle went through the fabric, it’d leave a mark there permanently!

  46. May 5th, 2009 at 9:31 PM

    kimvee says:

    That skirt is awesome!

  47. May 6th, 2009 at 1:17 AM

    cocorosa says:

    Love Love Love the skirt!!! ohhh hope you make lots and lots of skirts :) :)

  48. May 6th, 2009 at 3:59 AM

    Nora says:

    that leather skirt turned out really good! you did a really great job. and love your sandals too :)

  49. May 6th, 2009 at 3:17 PM

    Carolina Botelho says:

    I LOVE this look! xx

  50. June 9th, 2009 at 2:58 PM

    Stain On My Red Shoest says:

    you have really cool pieces in your wardrobe. i especially like the skirt with that exposed zipper. the vest is unique too.

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