Refashion Runway: Leather Sewalongs

Refashion Runway Season Two3

Talk about some team spirit!

Molly sewed along with us again to make a leather vest in support of her local football team.

Here is what she had to say:

“The biggest challenge yet … sewing on leather!!! Needed to learn some
new tricks, and take some risks, but got through it to complete exactly
what I wanted.

Attached are my photos for the vest that I made in support of a local football team.
I couldn’t resist the huge orange leather coat that I came across in a size 18.
Removed the sleeves, and took the sides in to fit. Then, used that stretchy new
seam binding, and bound the armholes in black.


Had already purchased the short
black leather coat to create stripes, but needed a longer coat to make longer
stripes that could go around the entire vest, so I bought the long black coat as


Made stripes out of black posterboard and taped them on for design, then used
those pieces of posterboard as my pattern pieces to cut the leather. Needed to
cover leather with wax paper to sew on the stripes, but that tore away easily.
Finally, was able to make bound buttonholes (surprisingly), with tear-away
stabilizer on top, to help the buttonhole foot travel. Sewed on the buttons from
one of the coats to complete the project.

Ready to root the football team on to victory … forever!!!” -Molly



Way to go, Molly!


Eira, from Hoffi Coffi was a sport to sew along with us again this week, too.



Deanna, from Wedding Dress Blue, created a unique scalloped leather skirt for her daughter this week.




Joelle, from The Eco Wardrobe Warrior made some leather slippers this week.


Thanks for sewing along everyone!!!


On a side note,

(thank you so much for allowing a little “shameless self promotion” again 🙂 )

I’ve been nominated for “The Best Tutorials in Sewing” over at Craftsy, and if you haven’t had a chance to vote for The Renegade Seamstress, you can go here.

Be sure to scroll down and push the submit button after you click on vote.


I’m pretty excited and I’ve got some stiff competition, so I need all the votes I can get!!!

(While you’re over there voting, check out the Best Photography in Sewing and vote for my blogging friend, Sarah, from Good-bye Valentino.)

Thanks so much!!!!

Also, you have until Friday at midnight to cast your vote for your favorite leather refashion. The winner will be announced on Saturday.

So much voting and it’s not even November yet.

Enjoy the rest of your week!


About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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20 Responses to Refashion Runway: Leather Sewalongs

  1. Tami Whitmore says:

    omg I love looking at your post right after I take my children to school. I get me so fired up about sewing and looking at other old outfits in a new way. I will be trying out many of these soon.
    thanks for all the hard work you put into this blog. I love conneting with like minded people.

    • You are so welcome, Tami! I’ve met so many wonderful people from all over the world who love sewing,through this blog.That’s what makes this whole blogging thing such a blast!!! Thank YOU for your nice comments, it makes all the hard work worthwhile when I know you are enjoying it!

  2. eva says:

    Thank you so much…I never even thought about sewing leather, it’s too hard, my machine won’t sew it, blah, blah, blah…now…I am embracing the whole idea, looking for thriftstore items and it is opening a whole new realm for me…this winter of sewing leather is going to be a blast!

  3. ooobop! says:

    Oh wow. Love all these makes. Fabulous inspiration to get my mums old industrial sewing machine serviced. I’m sure it will be brilliant with leather! 🙂

  4. loved the football team vest…
    Not my team …but, I give it a cheer for sure!

  5. I can’t wait to find some leather and use them as accents for a garment that I’m making soon. 🙂 Awesome projects today!

  6. I can’t imagine why they made an orange leather jacket in the first place! But well done on the refashion. I am sure Molly’s fellow fans will love it. Great for Halloween, too I think.
    Sandy in the UK

  7. Ingrid says:

    Molly, I think you need to start youor own blog, boy you can sew well! I have enjoyed all your refashions!

  8. Love all the adventurous sewers joining in!

  9. More and more fun ways to use leather…challenge and inspiration!

  10. Jo H. says:

    I’m so glad the sew-alongs are being included here too; it’s great to see additional ideas and new faces.

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