I know I’ve mentioned it before, but it bears repeating: I buy 99% of my fabrics off the bargain table ($2.95/yd!!) at my local fabric store. So some days when I go, I find only crappy fabric, and some days I find amazing fabric. One lucky day, I found this beautiful piece of brown stretch leather fabric hidden under a stack of ugly purple glitter taffeta. After much thought, I decided to make a pair for leather pants/leggings. I used this Burda pattern but for the life of me, I can’t find it. My sewing room has appeared to have eaten it. I did make a bunch of changed to the pattern when I used it:
-I tapered the legs a ton, they were not nearly tight enough.
-I added scoop pockets. You can follow the tutorial to the Knit Mini and it will show you exactly how to do it.
-I added butt pockets as well as a 5th pocket.
-I riveted all the corners to give it that jean feel
One thing I wish I had done was drop the waist band 1-2″. They are just too high. But by the time I realized that, I had already done all the pockets, so I wasn’t going to take them all apart. Oh well, next time.
To do the butt pockets
-On a piece of notebook paper, trace the pockets off your favorite pair of jeans
-Add 0.5” seam allowance all the way around
-Cut 2 from your fabric
-Fold over top edge, top stitch with 2 lines.
-Fold over remaining edges and pin.
-Pin pocket to pants and top stitch with 2 lines.
-Use your bedazzeler to add “rivets”
Some tips for working with stretch leather:
Working with faux leather is hard enough. I know some people will put tape on their presser foot to prevent the fabric from sticking, but that never seemed to work for me. I use the paper trick instead. Simply take strips of notebook paper (computer paper seems to be too thick) and place on top of leather facing and line it up with the edge of your seam. Then stitch through the paper and fabric as usual. I recommend using this trick for if the front of your fabric is facing up or down. Just keep a layer of paper in between the fabric face and the machine and you’ll have a much easier time sewing.
I even used this trick in the case of the butt pockets. I cut out a piece of paper the shape of the pocket and pinned it to the fabric. Then I stitched as normal. It worked great!