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Date: 1/17/14 2:34 PM

Apparently Pantone's color of the year is Radiant Orchid. I have 6 skins of beautiful orchid lambskin leather that I purchased a couple of years ago from Fabric Mart during one of their big leather sales. It has been sitting in my stash. Now that this is such a popular color, I am inspired to make something from it. However, I really don't want to make just a skirt and I definitely don't want to make a jacket because I don't want to deal with setting in sleeves out of leather. I have done that before and thought I would have a nervous breakdown. I am thinking about an orchid leather dress similar to this one:
Now, my leather is not bright pink like that and is not shiny. It is just a pretty matte lambskin in the most perfect orchid color. I have S1666 and am thinking about using pieces B and C. That way I would have the look of a dress but then I could wear it separately as a top or a simple pencil skirt. Part of me wonders how practical a short sleeve leather top would be, but then, really, how practical is orchid leather ? Any opinions?

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Date: 1/17/14 3:02 PM

Setting in sleeves in leather is not that hard as long as you take all the ease out. The question is what would you get the most use out of? I made a motorcycle jacket out of my leather I bought in that same sale and I wear it all the time.

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Date: 1/17/14 3:23 PM

I don't want to sound like I'm pushing you toward a jacket, but don't forget raglan and kimono sleeves.

I love high-waisted skirts out of leather along with bolero jackets. Also, vests.

I think your pattern is cute. I'm always a sucker for a peplum, not sure about those little almost-cap sleeves though.

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Date: 1/17/14 3:31 PM

Ooh, I am so jealous of you - I remember that leather and the sale but couldn't justify a purchase...now I wish I had splurged especially because that has always been a favorite color of mine!

I don't have advice on what to sew but I can't wait to see your finished project.

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Date: 1/17/14 3:42 PM

Burdastyle also has (somewhere on thier website) a peplum top, from over a year ago, and one of the ways they styled it was with a matching pencil skirt to make a 2-piece dress like this. It's been made from almost every fabric imaginable!

I think someone made it out of leather, too, at one point? Oh, here - http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/peplum-top-082012 (Projects are at the bottom. It was faux leather - http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/peplum-top-and-pencil-skirt-from-burdas-august-2012-issue

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Date: 1/17/14 4:18 PM

A purse would be really lovely!

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Date: 1/17/14 5:22 PM

Can you direct me toward a tutorial for removing sleeve ease? That is really the only thing holding me back from a jacket.

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Date: 1/17/14 6:12 PM

I can't but it's a fairly easy proposition. Actually I think it's in Sandra Betzina's fitting book. I've seen it somewhere, but I don't remember exactly where.
There are a couple of ways to do it. First measure the armscye, then measure the sleeve cap. The difference is what you have to remove.
Draw a line across at the biceps line perpendicular to the grainline. Cut off the cap. On each side of the center mark, draw lines down to the biceps line making the same number of lines on each side evenly space. Divide the amount you need to reduce the cap by the number of lines you've drawn. Cut each line just to the biceps line but not through. Overlap each cut the amount you've determined. Tape in place. When you reattach it to the sleeve there will be an open area in the center. Just add paper to fill the open area.
Obviously make a muslin and carefully mark any changes. Make sure that the muslin is perfect, even if you have to make more than one since you really can't fit as you sew except for taking in major fitting seams.

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Date: 1/17/14 7:11 PM

Thank you.

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Date: 1/17/14 7:40 PM

Here is a really great tutorial on removing sleeve ease! Someone just referred to this yesterday--so it was fresh in my mind and I could bring it up again for you!

Removing ease in a sleeve.

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