Sew What’s Fabulous – Velvet, Plaid and Leather, Oh My!

Sewing With Sandi

Sew What’s Fabulous – Velvet, Plaid and Leather, Oh My!

Nothing like starting your New Years Resolution late, oh well, even the best plans go down a crooked path.

My goal for 2017 is to post a “Sew What’s Fabulous” blog once a month on a high-fashion outfit inspired by a designer that can be made or a fraction of the cost, fit a “normal” person’s body and look expensive.

The inspiration this month was a post in In Style Magazine showing a Public School $295.  The plaid cut on the bias is so flattering and the leather trim dresses it up.  I found a similar wool plaid and faux leather trim at Fabric Place Basement.  I wanted to have the top long to wear with leggings, so I made the bottom band about 3″, the back is a little longer than the front and there a 4″ slits on the sides for movement.  I used Silhouette Pattern 195 the Sweater Set as a base.


TIP — when trimming an arm hole or neckline, be sure to make your bias binding 3/4″ to 1″ smaller than the opening!  

Bottom binding same size as arm hole

corrected bindings

and don’t forget to stay stitch the neck edge to prevent stretching


You certainly don’t want those wrinkly bindings

This top went up so quick and is super comfy.  Total cost $50!


Now for the skirt which is a DKNY skirt for $598.  I love me some Donna Karan, she has such inspiring designs and velvet is everywhere this winter! While I love the length of this skirt, it’s a little too long for me.  The braided detail is beautiful, perhaps if I was a little younger.  I decided on a simple A-line burgundy velvet, pull on skirt and I knew just where to get my fabric.  I made a velvet dress for my sisters wedding.

Vogue 9103

I disassembled the dress and used the bottom for the velvet skirt.  The fabric is a soft, light weight velvet from New York Elegant Fabrics.  The drawback is for the dress, there is a seam up the front and back, but the skirt is full enough that it is fine.  I would, however, eliminate the front and back seams. I did line the skirt, which gives this velvet a beautiful drape.

When you sew velvet, leather, suede any type of fabric that needs to move smoothly through the machine, I always use a teflon foot, one of favorites is very inexpensive and is available through Amazon. Teflon foot link here!



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