You might think that after sewing for 40 years, that everything is easy. You would be so wrong! This skirt took me two full days. So, why did it take two days? Well, one word: PIPING. In all my sewing, I cannot recall using piping. It's clear to me now why. I'll show you why later.
First, let me show you the leather jacket salvage operation.
When I took apart the jacket, I was left with three fairly large pieces- the sleeves, and the back. The front had too much going on with the pockets, facings, etc. The back had it's problems too- it was princess seamed, so It had lots of seams.
Let me take you through the steps.
I still had leftover raw silk from my last dress, and I decided to make my own. To do this, first you have to cut out 1-1/2" strips on the bias.
The pattern called for 8 yards of piping, so I cut 8 strips and pressed them in half. I decided not to insert the cording. I thought that might feel a little weird when sitting, so my piping is flat.
Now comes the tricky part. How to sew the piping in, so that it looks even. The one thing that I had going for me was Wonder Tape. I placed a strip of Wonder Tape 1/4" from the raw edges. Here is what it looks like before you peel off the paper layer. Just peel off the paper, and you have a nice sticky tape to press your fabric to. Sounds easy, right? My first try-too much piping showing. Out comes the ripper. My second try- not enough piping showing. Ripper is getting lots of use.
The next hurdle was the invisible zipper. I don't think that invisible zippers and leather go together at all. The leather is just too thick. The first insertion- zipper wouldn't zip! Ripper again.
This skirt would be sooo long on most people! I am 5 feet 9", and I ended up taking off 3 inches, making a 2 inch hem, and it still is below my knee! I think it might have actually been more attractive shorter, but after how much work I put in that piping, I couldn't bring myself to cut off anymore!