Hey all!  I’m deep in the throes of making my husband’s Doctor Who suit.  Just the finishing and bagging the lining is left, plus a little more work on the pants.  Since I don’t have a full project to share, I thought I’d pop in to catch you up on what’s happening on Elizabeth Made This on the video front.  First, here’s my tips for sewing faux leather.

Tips for Sewing Faux Leather

There’s other tips in the video, but firstly, to be successful in sewing faux leather, mostly, just be fearless.  Fear not the faux!  And practice with your scraps and start small!  My first faux leather project was a simple belt.  That belt’s chief design feature is wonky topstitching, but it taught me a lot.

sewing faux leather

Fabric Mart Fabric Haul Oct 2017


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I have yet to buy a bad piece of fabric from Fabric Mart.  Of all of the online stores I’ve bought from, they really seem to most consistently have the best prices for the quality of the goods.  It’s probably good that they don’t have free shipping, or I’d be buying from them a great deal more!

I’ll leave you today with some sneak peeks of my husband’s suit:

Pretty pockets

Oh, the matched pinstripes and that pretty shaped pocket.

While they’re not my best welt pockets, this was #5 in the jacket.  I won’t beat myself up too much either, this being only the second time I’ve made welts from lining fabric.

Tailoring guts

I couldn’t go through all of the work of padstitching without showing all of the work.  I finally get why people get into tailoring.  There’s something truly magical that you get to see as each stitch shapes those lapels.  You think that part of the jacket just sits that way on its own?  No.  Tailoring is careful manipulation of the fabric.

I did most of the undercollar while watching my sons play soccer.  And those custom shoulder pads are fusible fleece + bias cut muslin + love.

The end is in sight!
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6 Comments

  1. Wow! That is really going to be spectacular. Lots of cool details here! I love the pocket pleats and flaps.You’re almost there……

    • It’s done (minus the pants hems…)! The flaps are my favorite detail! A good press and we get to wear it out tomorrow for a Trunk or Treat at my son’s preschool. Hopefully we’ll get some good pics.

  2. Wow, your hubby’s jacket is coming along nicely! You’re right, you shouldn’t be hard on yourself about the welt pockets in lining, you did really good! I’ve never made them yet and would probably have the same outcome! Great work lady!

    • Thanks Myra. It’s all done now! It’s been quite the marathon, and I’m excited to get to share it the next couple days!

  3. Wonderful workmanship. Yes, don’t worry about those welt pockets…they are in the inside anyway.

    • Thanks Tomasa! Menswear is hard! Without all of the froofy bits, precision is the name of the game, and some days there’s no place to hide. You’re right about the insides! I’ll save that perfect welt for another day.

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