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Sewing: Leather and Knit Tuxedo Skirt Tutorial


This is the last of the pieces I made for Alt Summit. And sadly enough, I’ve barely used my sewing machines for basic mending since mid January. It’s time to get my rear in gear and sew some more! I’ve got a few great ideas for clothes for Penelope and me. Penelope is finally at a point where she’s not destroying her clothes, so I’m excited to start sewing for her again.

Here was the basic vision that I had for the first day of Alt Summit. It was something simple with the letter lover sweatshirt and skinnies (blogged here), but then kicked up a notch for the evening with a blazer and leather skirt.


The outfit pictured below isn’t what I actually wore the evening of the event, but it’s something I’ve been doing a lot lately: mixing neutrals. I’ve been mixing browns and blacks a lot lately. I find that it can be easily done, if browns and blacks are the only “color” introduced into the outfit. It’s much harder to mix neutrals (for me at least) when other colors are introduced into the palette.


Instead of going for a black leather like I had originally sketched out, I went for an oatmeal/white leather. It breaks up the brick pattern nicely and it’s a little more casual.


Constructing this skirt after my last leather skirt was a BREEZE. I didn’t insert any invisible zippers on leather. The fact that it’s mostly ponte knit allows for more wiggle room when moving around.


Between the knit and the yoga waistband, I can wear the skirt lower or higher depending upon how I want the overall look to come across. It’s nice to have flexible, comfortable pieces in the wardrobe.

So I’ve been meaning to write up this post for some time, but the biggest hang-up has been the tutorial. It’s so easy to make your own, I thought I would include a tutorial in the post. Click “read more” below to view the instructions.


Outfit Details:

  • earrings: c/o Ardor
  • necklace: Ann Taylor Loft
  • watch: c/o Feral
  • bracelets: handmade, gift
  • top: Forever 21
  • skirt: handmade
  • shoes: c/o Sole Society




Leather and Knit Tuxedo Skirt Tutorial



  • 1 yard ponte knit (heavy knit with 50-65% 4-way stretch, see here)
  • garment weight leather (see measurements below for amount)
  • bulldog clips, or paper clips
  • large paper
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • measuring tape
  • regular sewing machine
  • universal sewing needle


Style: Teal and Cobalt Duds


I’m going for a monochrome vibe here. I can’t get enough of deep teal and cobalt blue. I think this combo is the new pink and red.

This top is my new favorite, it’s pleated with a peterpan colar and bishop sleeve. If it’s not on my body, it’s in the laundry.

I got these shoes on super sale at Target. They don’t match much in my wardrobe, but they’re darling!

I made this bracelet at CRAFT night. I love the metallic finish. Make one with this tutorial.

Outfit details:

  • top: Forever 21
  • necklace: Ann Taylor Loft
  • pants: Ross
  • shoes: Target
  • Bracelet: handmade

Fish Scale Sequins


I found this top at a clothing swap months ago & wore it for the first time today. I like how it looks, but not how it sounds. It makes a plasticky rustling noise as I move.

  • necklace: gift c/o Cambria Cove BlogHer ’10
  • cardigan: Ann Taylor Loft, gift from mom
  • tank: Forever 21, swapped
  • skinnies: Forever 21, $15
  • shoes: MisC, $23

TOTAL: $38

New Dress Form


I just got a dress form in the mail today. I’m very excited to get started on a project. First up? This amazing number I scored from Savers about 3 years ago. I’ve been meaning to do something cool with it ever since I bought it.

  • scarf: hand-me-down
  • top: Forever 21, $15
  • cardi: ATL, gift from Mom
  • belt: part of an old shirt i bought ages ago
  • jeggings: H&M, $15
  • shoes: thrifted, $5

TOTAL: $35

Pajama Outfit & Crafting up a Storm

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Jill came over today. We’ve been working on some upcoming tutorials. It’s SO much fun. As always.

  • dress: Forever 21, $15
  • sweater: Ann Taylor Loft, gift from mom
  • shoes: thrifted, $3
  • necklace: handmade, $2

TOTAL: $20

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