My experiment in pleather? I decided to stuck with a pattern I knew inside out: the Papercut ensis tee. I originally modified the pattern to have two wedge shaped shoulder sections of pleather, but decided I didn't really know how this stuff would sew up and it could prove to be tricky to ease over the shoulder ..... so I took the easy way. I opted for an as-per-the-instructions back yoke (although I shortened the height of the yoke by a couple of inches). I omitted both the contrasting front yoke and the top part of the sleeves as I didn't want to overdo the pleather: a little accent, not an exclamation.
I was about to say that other than the latter the pattern was by the book, but then I remembered that I added uber cool pleather elbow patches! These were self drafted (ha – I actually traced around an oval I found at our sewing sess and then proceeded to make my sewing friends help me with resizing and pinning said patches onto my already sewed up sleeves). Yep, I added these patches to the sleeves POST sewing it all up. A bright spark of an idea after finishing the top – could I have thought about it when the sleeves were still flat? Nope. Stupid really, as I had to bunch up the sleeve and top-stitch the patch on through the neck opening. I'm not going to lie – this part sucked balls. But I love the finished result. And the resulting patches align perfectly with my elbows!
|Ah the flash is reflecting light in all directions on this - sorry.|
Just a few finer details to mention: I was initially concerned with how my over locker would cope with the pleather, but it tackled it like a boss and had no issues at all. I sewed the patch on using a straight stitch instead of appliquing it as the edges of pleather don't fray. I changed to a size 90/14 universal needle when top stitching the pleather, compared to my 80/12 jersey ball point for top-stitching the knit. I also lengthened my stitch length to 4mm for all my top-stitching as I find this a little neater.
I don't think I have anything else to say about this make. I like the fact that I have some pleather interest from my posterior (ha – I'm studying anatomy at the mo – that's the back view for everyone else), while from the anterior (aka front view) it just looks like a plain ol' boring cream top. Pleather experiment – big tick.
(One final note: big apologies for the over exposed pics - it was a cold but very sunny Canberra day)