Zippered faux leather skinnies

I’m not going to lie. This was a slap dash, poorly thought out project. I just suddenly, desperately needed a pair of leather skinnies with feature zippers and I thought I could whip them together using a bit of cheap, novelty fabric.

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I freestyled an existing trouser pattern into a slimmer design. However, I realised along the way that the fabric (faux stretch leather) needed to be very close fitting in order to minimise the sight of ugly wrinkles and creases. I should have started with a leggings pattern, not a pants pattern. I had to narrow the legs further as I went, by inches at a time. It was never going to bode well.

The irony of the matter is also that this faux stretch leather is only slightly stretchy, and in one direction only. It’s like wearing skinny jeans in non-stretch denim. There’s not a lot of give when I bend and stretch. I’m pretty sure I’m going to rip the crotch seam next time I wear them, but I’ll still happily wear them until I do.

The three feature zippers are non functional. I installed them as per this tutorial, however I covered the backs of mine with a soft fabric, rather than add pocket bags.

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In any case, it was a fun make. I needed a frivolous sew after I spent so many hours on my coat, and these pants suited the purpose well. And besides, everyone needs the occasional wadder to keep things real!

 

4 thoughts on “Zippered faux leather skinnies

  1. I love your fun faux pants! I predict that you’ll get a lot of wear out of them in spite of the issues only you know about. I made a faux stretch leather skirt awhile back and was surprised at the wrinkles and lack of stretch as well. Still, I enjoy the heck out of that thing :).

  2. At least you have something to keep those legs warm during your cold weather! I guess the cold doesn’t bother you as much as me when I lived in KS. I miss the shops up your way but I haven’t been brave enough to sew any faux keather, novelty or not!

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