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Simplicity 8175

February 25, 2018

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Truth be told, I bought Simplicity 8175 for the long, straight skirt featured in the main photo. I hadn’t even seen view D–the A-line with pockets–until I started working on the Pattern Review wardrobe contest. Last week I decided that I wanted my second bottom for this contest to be a white pleather skirt with flower embellishments. Since my theme for this wardrobe is “feels like winter but looks like spring” or “sprinter”, I thought that the white skirt would look springish, but feel winterish. Since I was going to add leather flowers with rivets, I wanted an A-line skirt. I searched through my pattern stash and found View D. When I realized the skirt also had pockets, that was all she wrote. The pockets on this skirt are amazing.

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I cut a size 12 out of white pleather that I bought from Fabric.com. It’s Telio Perfection Fused Faux Leather. I worked with this stuff before (in black), and I love it. It’s good quality at a reasonable price, and it’s somewhat forgiving. With leather, if you rip a seam out, the needle holes remain. With this skirt, I had to take out some of my topstitching and redo it. After I ripped the stitches. I ironed the pleather with steam (using a pressing cloth) and needle holes almost disappeared.1E0FA8C4-1BB4-48B9-B40F-3EEBCD4D8081

I made size 12 with no modifications. After I hemmed the skirt, I added leather and pleather flower embellishments. The darker flowers are real leather and the lighter ones are the skirt pleather. I cut the flowers using my Accuquilt Rose of Sharon die, and I fastened them to the skirt with rivets.

Here’s a picture of the embellishments in process–before I set the rivets with my trusty hammer.

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Embellishments post hammering:

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It’s been kind of gray and overcast in Boonetowne, and the light is not good. I was in search of good picture-taking lighting and ended up trying a few in our shower under the skylight. So here’s Simplicity 8175 in my shower:

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Since I didn’t want to actually stand in the shower and take pictures, I took the rest of the photos in my sewing room.

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6 Comments
  1. Fun idea! I enjoy reading about your fabric embellishment experiments. Skirt looks cute.

  2. Adorable!

  3. Very cute!! I had been thinking of purchasing this pattern because I loved the idea of the embellishments on the waistband, but I love how you’ve done it too!

    • Never mind; I was actually thinking about a different pattern, not this one…it had a large-ish waistband with button embellishments. But now that you’ve jogged my memory about it, I might buy it 🙂

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