Salme flared mini skirt, V8840, and some fabulous leather arm warmers

There isn’t much to say about my Salme flared mini skirt. It is such a simple pattern that I actually feel a little silly about purchasing it. But you know how you feel when you’ve just finished completing a big project, and all you want is a little mindless escapism sewing that will lead to a foolproof outcome.


This skirt is the rom com of the sewing world. It is literally two pattern pieces plus a waistband. I made mine in some lovely wool twill I picked up as a remnant from Tessuti Fabrics. I toyed with the idea of lining it, but as I didn’t have any suitable lining on hand, the decision was made for me. As I write this, I can’t quite remember which size I chose, but it ended up being a fraction too big. Had I not already serged the side seams, I would have taken it in. So instead, I decided to ease the skirt into the waistband somewhat. This worked well enough but I know the skirt will look a little less ‘full’ next time when I fit the size better. I’m still pretty happy with it though as I don’t mind the idea of a little extra wool around my hips when I’m headed for a ‘POLAR VORTEX’!

 
Now this fabulous top is an entirely different story. I purchased some lovely firm black ponte from Tessuti fabrics specifically for this top. This ponte actually reminds me a little of neoprene, although I’m not entirely sure why. Maybe it has a bit of that synthetic look and structure, but obviously it’s thinner with more drape.
 


The top was made using Vogue 8840. I have Nikki to thank from Beaute Jádore for pointing me in the direction of this pattern. She’s made several versions of this pattern herself with her own creative modifications.

I didn’t veer too far from the original pattern. 

  • I made the longer version but shortened it by about 2cm. I wanted it to hang longer over my flared skirt for a drop-waist sort of silhouette (yes, I am a little obsessed!)
  • I topstitched all bar the front and side seams
  • I added an invisible zip centre front instead of the back opening (purely to accommodate the apparently never-ending breastfeeding in my world)

I used scraps (literally!) of leather for the arm panels. They were the leftover pieces from my leather pants. You can see from the photos that I had to piece several small bits of leather together for the arm warmers and even then, I had to use a piece with an imperfection. But that’s nothing compared to the scorch mark from my iron on the back neckline…arghhhh, what was I thinking! Anyway, I am choosing to ignore these issues, and maybe leave my hair out when I wear it!

Now as I was salvaging all my leather scraps and joining them together, I realised that I might just have enough (with a little creative engineering) to make some of Nikki’s leather arm warmers too. She has some instructions on how to do so here, but she also sells them on Etsy.

Mine aren’t made exactly to Nikki’s specifications because I was extreeeeemely short of materials and I was going for a slightly tighter fit on the upper arm.

  • I shortened the leather panels quite a bit (you can see I had to stitch odd strips of leather together just to come close to having a reasonable amount)
  • I would probably widen the leather panels a bit in the upper section next time. My arm warmers are snug, particularly around the elbows (I’m not entirely sure I got the measurements right…it was late at night!).
  • I added cotton ribbing as cuffs. Now I would have preferred my ribbed cuffs to be a little tighter (poor measurement on my behalf) and twice the length (lack of fabric).
  • Instead of wool for the upper arm, I used a ponte knit because that was what I had in my stash. I took about 2″ off the width so it fitted close to my skin.

 

I love the idea of these arm warmers. I don’t think they show up as well with a top already trimmed with leather, but I can see them turning up the heat in an ordinary cropped sleeve jacket or top. And if you are wondering why all these photos are cropped so you can’t see my feet, this is why (all my shoes are en route to Kansas!).

8 thoughts on “Salme flared mini skirt, V8840, and some fabulous leather arm warmers

  1. SewJillian

    Love those last shots revealing the shoes! Cool outfit. My hubby of all people wants to experiment with sewing with leather – maybe a bag… he's creative like that (in a manly way of course!). Any hints on using your machine for leather??

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  2. Debbie Iles

    It's super easy to sew. I used a jeans needle and lengthened the stitch a little. Thinner leather like this tears easily if you go over your stitching too much (if you make a mistake…). I didn't use fusing on this garments, but I did on my leather pants. I was REALLY careful with the iron and temps (due mainly to my inexperience with leather) but I don't think it changed the leather at all, other than make it stronger along the seamlines and less likely to stretch. I couldn't find any absolute rule on what to do about fusing/interfacing leather online. I'm a real beginner with leather, but it is pretty awesome to sew. You should get your hubby to check out the Merchant and Mills website – they sell (from UK unfortunately) some great manly fabrics/oilcloth that would make a great bag with some leather trim…

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  3. sallie oleta barbee

    Ha! Love the shoes! Once again, you've made such cool pieces! I love the touches of leather (I'm a bit obsessed right now too) and pairing the longish shirt with the flared skirt for a drop waist silhouette is pretty brilliant!

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  4. Nikki

    I love the changes you made to the top. The zipper is kinda awesome 🙂 The panels on the arm warmers look really good, not an afterthought at all kuddos!!

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