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ahrizel
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Date: 7/11/12 3:20 PM

So I'm sitting with my husband planning a new outfit for the renaissance faire. The vest will be no wale corduroy, and the pattern calls for several yards of trim, which is a good thing it will cover my first attempt at darts:) I'm planning which shop to get the trim in when hubby informs he wants leather trim. What?!? Never mentioned that one before. I did suggest that we use the fake stuff, but he really looked disappointed. Okay, we can get leather, Tandy outlet about an hour away. But can I wash the thing afterwards. It will get dirty and sweaty, no question. So can you wash leather? And any special requirements involved? Thanks, Mary

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Date: 7/11/12 3:23 PM

It's skin. Bring this up when you visit the Tandy store and before you make your purchase.

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Date: 7/11/12 7:57 PM

Oh, fun! What are you making?

My husband is, erm, a sweater.Most of his garb--the doublets, jerkins, tunics, etc--isn't machine washable. That's what shirts are for! To refresh his garb, I throw it in the dryer on high, with a wet (not dripping, but not wrung out, either) towel, and steam it for half an hour or so. It comes out looking very nicely refreshed. One of his favorite pieces is a wool tunic, lined in linen... with beautiful suede binding. I suppose I could wash all of that, but it does so well being steamed in the dryer, I don't need to.

I'm just starting Simplicity 4059 for my FIL. I'm going to make it reversible. One side will be gold and black tapestry, and the other will be a sturdy blue cotton twill... trimmed with the rest of DH's suede binding. I've pre-washed all the fabrics, but that was primarily to avoid the blue twill bleeding when DH's dad sweats! I'll clean the finished garment the same way--steam in the dryer.

Good luck!

ETA: I do sympathize with your dilemma, however, as I'm getting ready to make myself a new linen skirt, with faux suede trim. I know I'll wash the skirt, but I can't decide whether (or how!) to pre-treat the faux suede!


-- Edited on 7/11/12 8:00 PM --

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Date: 7/11/12 11:43 PM

I'm making Butterick 4574, just the pants and vest. Pants are easy, just elastic waist suckers. I just have to make sure the size is correct. It goes to his size, but I may spread it a little for more room. And lengthen it, he's 6'3", but that is simple. The vest is doable, despite my lack of real experience with darts. But I was thinking simple trim, not leather. And the corduroy is black, he is going to roast in it early in the season. Pa Ren Faire is our faire, so the weather is hot in first few weeks. I will ask at Tandy, when we stopped there last time they were quite helpful. And a quick try with my machine last night assured me that it can sew leather without a problem. The Necchi isn't a thing of beauty, but that beast can sew though a lot. As for just steaming, I'm not sure that will work. My hubby is guaranteed to wear some food or drink on the vest, so it will have to wash. I know it may not go in the dryer, but wash it must.
Mary

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Date: 7/12/12 2:47 AM

I'd recommend buying a small piece of leather trim (or use some scraps you already have), sew it to the fabric you'll be using, and washing it and see how well it fares.

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Date: 7/12/12 8:05 AM

I've made that pattern! (Actually, it was the first thing I made for the fellow who's getting the Simplicity 4059 doublet.) But I don't remember it having darts in it. Are they under the trim (they're not in the line drawing)?

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Date: 7/12/12 9:49 AM

Yep, the darts are under the trim. They're in the front and back, but both are covered. Which is good in my case, will hide the funky sewingAs for the suggestion of putting some trim on the fabric we have and washing it, that's a good idea. I got a bag of leather remnants at Tandy and I could sew a piece on the corduroy and try the old wash cycle. Any idea how you'd prep the leather before the wash. I mean, do you prewash it???? I had planned on sewing on leather, but making bags or accessories for our costumes, not clothing.
Mary

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