I love holiday fashion, because it’s a great excuse to wear bling and shine.
It’s stretchy too! They have different weights and different colors. I think their metallics take the cake though.
It’s one of their thicker vegan leathers/pleathers, so it holds up well enough to be a baby shoe upper. It is not as thick as vinyl though. I would compare it to suede almost? It’s a stretchy pleather. Like a cross between vinyl and suede maybe.
Because it is more pliable than leather and vinyl, I lined it with a felt backed costume vinyl. It worked really well at adding enough body and firmness for the shoe. I really could have done the same for the straps, but I liked how this tan colored vinyl (from my stash) looked with the copper and genuine leather brown sole.
My Natalie Jane in her Natty Janes. It never gets old. :)
As for my pencil skirt, I waffled back and forth between whether I should sew the pattern up as is, with a zipper, or if there was enough stretch in the fabric for me to sew up the knit pencil skirt version.
I finally decided on the knit pencil version, since I knew the fabric wouldn’t pleat very well in the back. It also has just enough stretch for the knit pencil to work.
I ended up following the knit pencil remix tutorial but omitted slimming down the pattern. Instead, I cut two front pieces as is, and just tapered in the waist about 1/2 an inch. For the hem, I decided to sew an invisible zig zag stitch on my machine for a clean, but still stretchy finish (on my machine, it’s the stitch right next to the regular invisible stitch, but it zig zags instead of straight stitching). I had to use a press cloth and a warm iron, to help flatten the hem out. I almost wonder if a smaller hem, sewn with a double needle would be just as good.
I decided on a casual, neutral sweater, and some jewel toned tights. The perfect balance between holiday fancy, and something I can still wear to church. I am sure a denim shirt and some boots will work their way into the mix sometime too.
Natalie’s shoes, on the other hand, go with with like…everything. :) She has already worn them a bunch and I just finished sewing them last week!
Girl Charlee is giving away two $20 gift certificates to their site! You can grab some of their new vegan leather, or check out their knits, their twills! (that’s new too), their gorgeous specialty wovens…anything you want!
To add to the giveaway fun, I am also giving away two copies of each of my sewing patterns.
So, TWO winners will each win a prize package which includes:
If you already own my patterns, they would make a great holiday gift….just sayin’ ;).
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Sources: Vegan Leather is from Girl Charlee (of course!) || Black snaps on the Natty Janes are from Jo-Ann || Leather for the sole is from my upcycled leather stash || Girl’s dress in black was sewn using the Five and Ten Designs Dress e-book || Girl’s gold cardigan is from Walmart last year || Women’s gray sweater is from Old Navy || Women’s shoes are from Head Over Heels five years ago || Plum tights are from Kohl’s
Disclaimer: This post was partially sponsored by Girl Charlee, but I honestly and truly love their fabric! :)