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Sewcation Days 2 & 3 & 4: Flower Power

July 15, 2017

Have you noticed that there seems to be a lot of 3-D flower embellishment on the runway lately???????

Like this skirt by Michael Kors:

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Or this clutch by Marc Jacobs:













This dress by Lela Rose:



Or this Coach purse:


Or this amazing dress and purse by Zac Posen:

I am completely smitten with these flower embellishments and this feeling does not seem to be decreasing over time. In fact, it’s turned in to a saga.

Chapter 1:

Last month I went to the Pattern Review Weekend in NYC, and TBH, it was completely awesome. In the lead-up to this weekend, we were told that there would be a travel accessory contest that would be judged during the weekend itself. I decided to enter–I wanted to make a fanny-pack with some left-over pleather and try to embellish it Zac Posen-style.

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I used Kwik Sew 4165 for my pattern. It’s listed as a “belly bag”–why do I find that so much more disturbing than “fanny pack”? Anyway, I used some left-over black pleather for the base and the flowers and my handy-dandy Accuquilt Go with the Rose of Sharon die to cut a whole lot of flowers.


I fastened the dies to the pack with rivets.



Instead of using webbing for the belt, I used a leather belt band that I bought at JoAnn’s and a swivel clasp with a D ring that I bought on Amazon.


I lined the bag with some polka-dot cotton that I had in my stash. I felt like the polka-dots echoed the rivets. The size of this bag is perfect. It fits my 6-plus phone with room for keys and a small wallet.



Scout loved it and I WON FIFTH PLACE at the Pattern Review Weekend!! That was a big ol’ deal for me. I haven’t won a contest since I won third-place in my seventh grade science fair!


Now you might think that my fanny pack and my fifth-place victory might have sated my desire for the floral embellishment, but you would be wrong.

Chapter 2:

A few weeks ago Charleston Forge (a Boonetowne furniture maker with amazingly beautiful pieces) was having its annual factory sale. I went because I always do, and I came away with a big bag of leather scraps and a piece of brown upholstery fabric. I scored all those pieces for $10!!!

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After my fifth-place, fanny-pack victory, I set my sights on making a jacket with flower embellishments. Then, in the midst of my sewcation I realized that I might just have enough cream leather to make my flower-power jacket. The trick was that I had a lot of oddly-shaped scraps.


As I’ve said before, Jalie 2795 is perfect for scrap-busting. It has a ton of small pieces. I was able to cut Jalie 2795 out of my scraps. I omitted the hood and pockets and used some leftover pleather for the side panels and lower sleeve pieces.

I then used my Accuquilt Go to cut out a ton of black and white flowers. For the black flowers, I used a black leather skirt I bought at Goodwill.


Then I figured out my placement for the flowers on the front and back pieces. I drew horizontal and vertical lines two inches apart. I used this erasable pen for the marking–when ironed, the ink disappears. It’s crazy, but super handy. I made dots where the lines intersected and this is where I made the  rivet holes.

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I went outside to our picnic table and set all the rivets, all 90 of them.



Then I started assembling the jacket. I used these mini-sewing-clips and they are my new favorite thing. Seriously, these things are awesome.



I used ribbed trim (purchased at the Pattern Review Weekend) for the waistband and cuffs. I also changed out the 2795 collar for the 3675 collar. I used rib trim on that as well.






Sorry–not-sorry for all the pictures of this jacket. I seriously love it and can’t believe that it turned out!! If I did it again, I would go up a size or two. The leather doesn’t stretch, but the pleather does so that helps a little. I think I’ll wear this jacket as a work jacket not as an outside jacket–like a blazer, but with way more flower power.


There’s a dog in back of me, doing something semi-bad:







The other thing that I love about this jacket is the cost:

Cream leather: $10

Black leather for flowers: $5

Rib trim: $15

Zipper: $3???–I’m guessing; it was in my stash.

Total: $33

From → Stuff I Made

  1. THIS JACKET!!!!!!!! It’s so cool!!!

  2. Eileensews permalink

    Love it!

  3. Liz permalink

    Amaze balls jacket. That looks like something you’d pay hundreds for in a designer shop.

  4. bronwyndavid permalink


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