Thursday, December 8, 2011

DIY leather scales

Repetition, repetition, repetition 
If you want the bold look... 
... repeat. 
Over and over again.

left picture from Outsapop - collage by moi

Inspiration comes from a Jose Castro dress FW 2009.
I don't wear dresses, but I could handle a cardigan!

This is probably the project that was dragged the longest into the HDPP (Half Done Project Pile).
It seriously killed me.

Back to the How-to:

I found at Goodwill a pair of butter soft leather pants brand new, with tag for 15$.

Got them, open all the seams, and draw and cut endless circles in three different sizes.
(approx sequins diameters: large: 2-1/2", medium 1-1/2", small 1-1/16")
And punch a hole in each one.

I also cut two rectangular pieces and sliced every 1/8" until 1/4" to the top to be rolled over the wool-ties and make them into tassels.

Next, get needle and thread and start to sew the circles onto my cardigan.
I started from the bottom going on my way up.
(I covered in leather scales the front and the back, BTW)

...Only to find out that one pair of pants wasn't enough.
Find another pair of soft pants (Ebay, this time), wait for the box to show up at home, and do it all over again.

In case you're curious, yes, you DO get blisters on your hands.
I used a pair of tiny sharp manicure curved scissors to do the cutting, and these are T-I-N-Y!
And they kill your fingers.

And keep sewing: until you can.
Then drop it and let few days go by, because you can't stand that stupid sewing anymore.
And then go back and keep marching, because it's coming out really cool and you can't wait to wear that freaking tie up cardi!!!

End of the story.
It's really finished and I'm going to wear it until it's falling apart. 

xox, d.


  1. Ma e' bellissimo....sara' stato sono certa che sara' un successone...

  2. Wao..its beautiful! I have done an experiment with some leather cuttings & its fun..
    Have you checked my Sweater refashion..?

    Sweater Restyle With Leather
    I hope you will enjoy my idea too :)

  3. Great Work...!!! since I work with leather I understand the blisters and all. A dab of cocunut oil on your hands at night helps

  4. WOW! Just amazing - and I have a few pair of leather pants to cut up in my "fabric" pile. Thanks so much for the idea!

  5. Wow! Super cool!!

  6. It looks great, just be sure to dry clean it. I did something similar to a cardigan and the leather didn't hold up very well during the washing. It became pretty dry and hard and the circles got wobbly. Just to be sure that you can enjoy the result as long as possible.

  7. That looks awesome! I love your blog :) Will have to try out the leather scales!

  8. AMAZING!!! Well worth all those hours of effort - it really is spectacular! One of your best yet! (and that's saying something!)

  9. Two words for you: Project Runway. Girl you are a creative mastermind... I would bet you would win! I am not kidding... xo

  10. beautiful, love this project

  11. A-mazing. I can't believe you hand cut every one.

  12. this piece of card is just awesome..... can't really picture myself doing that though.... You took forever... means I would never come to an end....

  13. You've got awesome skills...LOVE this!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks for sharing :D

    Visiting via Feature Friday at Blissful & Domestic linky party,
    ~Smiles, Suzanne in NW Illinois

  14. absolutely amazing1 It came out great! love it! Thanks for linking up and sharing!

  15. I clicked on your project from a linky party but I should've known it was you...always such amazing projects. This one was well worth the blisters, it looks incredible~

  16. Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  17. this reminds me of something proenza schouler did mid 2000s -- love the results you got! it looks amazing ;)

  18. Amazing DYI, I have to tray it ASAP, the result is awesome and it doesn’t seem so hard to do, thank you for the idea! You have a lovely blog and I am a new follower! Hope you will like my blog and follow back!

    Pop Culture&Fashion Magic

  19. i love this cardigan and all the more this blog entry! I understand how it is to get stuck with that one DIY project that's taking forever to finish. But you really did a wonderful job!

    by the way, just recently discovered your site and i love every bit of it. i'm a new fan!


    1. Thank you Billie!!! Some projects take forever and you just keep questioning whether it's worth it, right? Well, it was worth it!!! I'm checking your blog in a second, welcome here!!!


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