So, I was inspired by this (sort of mod, a little too edgy for me) tee from Zara. I don't normally wear super long short sleeved, loose, open neck tees like this one, but I thought the leather trim idea was a good one--fun and sort of odd juxtaposition between soft tee and edgy leather-ness!
While Google Images searching, I also found this one--perhaps an earlier season Zara?
- Start with a t-shirt. This is an old one from Target that always gets super stretched out when I wear it, so I feel too sloppy in it. Might be perfect for this look, though!
- Get some small pieces of faux leather. It comes in alllll colors at JoAnn, and is often on the clearance shelves--and you need soooo little, it should be very cheap. Cut it into the shapes you want. I had this narrow strip left over from a purse handle, so it was already sort of small--if I'd had raw materials I might have preferred pieces more like 3-4" wide.
- Place the pieces where you want them. I went for shoulder caps, sort of military-inspired, and the front pocket area (covering up an existing tiny pocket, actually!
- Using a leather needle, sew through the faux leather. All the way around on the shoulder pieces, just the bottom 3 sides on the pocket. **Note that faux leather doesn't want to be pinned, so either use some double sticky tape to make it stay or just hold it really well.
- Done!! Wear and feel like a bad a**. Kidding. It does feel sort of edgy, though!!
How cool am I? ;)
See? I told you, sooooooooo easy. Great first or beginning sewing project, and great way to make an old tee more exciting. Have fun!