Adventures with strange fabric continue. My latest make is a Sew Over It Ultimate Shift Dress in laser cut faux leather bought from Ditto Fabrics. It’s no longer in stock and I’ve struggled to find other online sources. Any suggestions?
I’ve really got my money’s worth out of this pattern! I wouldn’t risk working with faux leather on a new-to-me dress pattern. As you can see in the shine above, any poor fitting or pressing would be immediately obvious. As ever, I can’t stress enough the importance of a press cloth and clapper.
Laser cut faux leather doesn’t leave anything to the imagination, so I underlined the main dress pieces (but not the sleeves) with black stretch lining fabric.
With underlining, you cut out the pattern pieces twice – once in fashion fabric, once in lining – then baste both pieces together before any construction begins. As you construct the dress, you treat both layers as one, as you can see in the dart below.
One other advantage of underlining is that you have a layer to hand stitch to, making my skirt hem stitches invisible from the right side.
For much of this make, I didn’t use pins. When I did indulge in pinning (on the neck facing and sleeve insertions) I was careful to pin inside the seam allowance. No one wants permanent pin marks in their faux leather.
I was surprised at how well this faux leather behaved. I was able to easily gather the sleeve heads, ahead of insertion. And I used the faux leather for my neckline facing pieces (though the holes meant I needed to be careful with the glue on my fusible interfacing).
With this and my gold faux leather, there’s a tiny amount of stretch, which makes this type of fabric ultra comfy to wear. I love my new dress, though suspect I’ll need to be careful of jewellery with pokey out bits or catching myself on door handles.
Have I just found my New Year’s Eve outfit?