I think any finished project involving leather pants really needs an exclamation point after it. Don’t you? 😉
So, I bought these from the thrift store for $15. They’re made by GUESS, and I think they may have retailed for somewhere in the $150/$200 range (which makes me feel like I got a good deal).
I wanted to try sewing leather, so my plan was to turn these into a simple clutch or something like that. But they were so soft…and nice…and AWESOME, so I changed my mind. I decided to try to make them fit me, especially considering that leather/stretchy knit pants are currently on trend. This is a good thing, since they were originally so small I could only pull them up to just above my knees. So, I spent some Christmas money and got some wool double knit (I took my cue from The Selfish Seamstress.). It was pricey for me (it doesn’t take much for fabric to seem “pricey” in my world), but man! That stuff is gorgeous!
So, the short version is that I sewed a strip on each side and it worked, but I was sweating it, I’ll tell you. This was definitely borderline between craft fail and success there for awhile. When it comes to fitting clothing, I really don’t know what I’m doing. I cut some extra wide strips of the double knit, sewed elastic into the top, and then sewed the back seams of the side panels. Then, I laid my favorite jeans on top to get an idea of the shape on the sides.
Somehow, what I came up with didn’t seem wide enough, so I extended the shape out 1.5 inches on each side to where I had decided I wanted to sew the double knit waistband section to the pants front. Then, I went for it, leaving the bottoms unfinished so I could try them on before hemming.
They seemed to fit pretty well, so I hemmed the pants and finished sewing the leg seams. I wasn’t sure about the length, which is perfect if you have a bit of a heel, but a little long without one, but after wearing them tonight with some flat shoes, I think they are alright as they are. I still need to fix up the lining inside, but on the whole, I love these pants! They aren’t perfect or even the most flattering pants in the world, but I went for it, it worked well enough to wear, and I have leather pants now! How cool is that?
Here are some finished photos.
And just in case you needed an idea of what to wear when you go OUTSIDE in your leather pants, may I propose this?
Hm, that coat is supposed to be material for another project, but I’m starting to sort of like it as is, so we’ll see. We wouldn’t want to keep things too normal around here, would we? 😉