Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Fashion Fail

Sometimes, I should just quit trying to follow fashion and listen to my inner voice.  Does the leather trend fit my wash and wear lifestyle?  This is the second faux leather fail of the year and I am finished with this trend.

I used a fake vinyl leather with a knit backing for the sleeves and a thermal knit for the body.  I wore it for about 30 minutes before the clamminess of the non-breathable vinyl became unbearable.  I could cut off the sleeves into a short-sleeved T-shirt, but do I need a thermal knit short-sleeved shirt?  It went into the GoodWill bag.

BTW, I used Kwik Sew 2555, a basic non-fitted T-shirt pattern.  The dropped shoulders and looser fit belong to an earlier era.  My measurements place me between a S and a M and I cut a straight size M.  With the stretchy thermal knit, I should have cut a S.

As with most Kwik Sew patterns, this is a well-drafted pattern.  You may need to alter the neck binding length to suit the stretch and recovery of your fabric and check the bicep measurement against your own for comfort.  Those are minor quibbles.

I bought 3 yards of the thermal knit (for a whopping $2.39/yd at Fabrix) so I had plenty for experimentation and one shirt that I plan to wear a lot.  Good foresight.

Have a safe and happy Halloween.  I hope it is not too soggy for the kids to go trick or treating.


  1. You know, I've wondered about this trend. Your top looks nice, but I understand the discomfort of wearing it. Thanks for the report.

    Happy Halloween!

  2. I've wondered about this trend too. It might be workable as a small detail, but I have rather mixed feelings. I can imagine the discomfort.

  3. Thanks for the great review. Faux leather certainly has its place, and maybe for the sleeves on a knit top they are not the best choice.... but it sounds like you got great value with the thermal knit and it doesn't hurt to experiment.

  4. There's a trend?

  5. Oh dear, so sorry to hear about your project! It really is an awesome trendy top. Someone will be happy to get it.

  6. It does LOOK cool. Too bad it feels like wearing a sauna. You get points for trying something different.

  7. Your top looks very magazine eye catcher like, if that make sense. In other words really appealing. Could you possible consider a very lightweight cotton type washable lining. Then as the cold season progresses, you should be able to get some wear out of it. Don't destroy it, it is so sharp.

  8. Thanks for sharing this - even if you deem it a fashion fail! That helps those of us who are just getting back into sewing avoid similar pitfalls - thanks!

    Happy sewing, and good luck with your courses!


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