Leather in Cooler Weather

Leather in Cooler Weather

Black Leather Skin
New in Stock


Fine leather is always in fashion…this year it is the headliner!  We recently brought in a supply of fine  Italian leather in black and in brown.  Soft and pliable, this leather will work beautifully for skirts, vests, jackets, trim or part of a textural blocking theme.

The skins are generally 6 sq. feet.  When planning a garment, mark your pattern for additional seaming before cutting. Angular seams can work to piece pant legs or sleeves.  If you prefer rounded seams be sure the curve is slight, not requiring a lot of easing.



We are seeing many dresses with leather center panels.  Combining the leather with a textured wool is attractive and versatile.

Black Leather with Alhambra

For a casual leather look, choose comfortable denim and add a seasonal print to a leather skirt or vest.

Brown leather with Mesa and Navah

Trim coatings at the pocket, neckline or at strategic design lines.

coating and leather
Spectator Boiled wool with brown leather and Brick Jersey











If you want more inspiration for trimming and blocking with leather, visit our Pinterest boards. 

Coat Pattern Leather Trim
Sandra Betzina Vogue 1319

Worried about cleaning leather?  We generally recommend a professional leather cleaning business…usually your dry cleaner can point you in the right direction.  For small spots, try a commercial cleaner or baby wipes.  As with wool coating, a trimmed coat is best freshened by brushing the wool and wiping the leather. The fewer trips to the cleaners, the longer it will last if well cared for.  Here is a video from Martha Stewart you may enjoy watching. 


For more on cleaning and storing leather, read our Handle with Care post in the Savvy Sewers Salon.



Cutting with a sharp rotary cutter works best.  Use weights or tape to hold pattern to skin.

When stitching, avoid pins, using clips or tape instead.

One trick from my mentor’s studio was to use a glue stick to hold the seams together while stitching.  Stitch very slowly to avoid ripping stitches.  Needle holes will show and do not repair.

Fusible interfacing is best as traditional tailoring methods, such as pad stitching do not work on leather.  See our post in The Inside Story in our Savvy Sewer Salon.

Use a Teflon foot to help the leather slide along the throat plate easily when stitching.


Interested in watching the leather tanning process?  This video is interesting and not overly technical.


Working with Faux Leather is easier and less expensive.  The down-side–it isn’t real.  The upside–it looks like it.

Tips for working with faux leather

If you want your garment to have the “look” of leather, add the seaming the same way you would to piece a leather skin.  If not, you can use your faux leather just like any other fabric layout. If there is a backing, use the grainline of the backing.  If not, you can skew your pieces.

We do recommend using weights or tape to hold the pattern. Pins will leave marks.

Use a Teflon foot to help the leather slide along the throat plate easily when stitching.

Whether you choose a genuine leather skin or prefer the synthetic version, we know you will enjoy the possibilities of mixing textures and prints with the smooth elegance of leather.




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