DIY Leather and Wool

My favorite time of year is fall and winter, not because it’s no longer blazing hot, but because of my two favorite textiles leather and wool.  Wool because it comes in so many varieties like merino, alpaca, the amazing vicuna and many more, as well as  the way it structures a garment.  Leather because it adds edge to pretty much everything from gowns to business suits.   I loved the way my wool top I made here came out and decided to add to the collection.  I used the same pattern I used to make the houndstooth sweater but left out the exaggerated sleeve and simply gave it a longer sleeve with elastic.  I also used the leftover sleeves from this sweater to make the cuff a bit more interesting.  I added a leather mock neck and an exposed leather pull zipper like the one seen here.  The material is 100% medium weight wool.  I made a simple pencil skirt using 100% merino wool for the stretch and a 1 1/2 inch leather band down the side.   The best leather to work with is lambskin which I get here.

Top- DIY using this pattern
Skirt- DIY
Boots- Givenchy now on sale here
Bag- Gucci here
Bangle- AV Max

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23 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    November 1, 2012 / 8:07 pm

    i really like your style and your DIY is very much on point.I bought my crysatlift because of you.Thank you.

    • November 1, 2012 / 8:09 pm

      Thank you so much! you have to let me know how you like the Crystalift.

      Nikki

    • November 1, 2012 / 8:38 pm

      Thank you miss Sing

  2. November 1, 2012 / 8:51 pm

    I am seriously envious of your sewing skills! How long have you been sewing?

    • November 1, 2012 / 9:51 pm

      Trust me, carve out a little time and patience and I'm sure you can make it happen. I've been sewing since May, with my first project being a maxi skirt which I followed the direction of another blogger. I think most people including myself are a bit intimidated by sewing patterns but I find if you look at the patterns as a base design only and create a look as you go it makes the process easier. I never imagined i would love i as much as I do and the more I sew, the more comfortable I get with creativity. I would highly recommend going on Ebay or Craigslist if you don't already have a machine and if you don't already sew and jumping in.

      Nikki

  3. November 1, 2012 / 11:43 pm

    I really dig your looks. I also have butt envy. ( No lesbo)…lol..Keep those great looks coming.

  4. November 2, 2012 / 1:48 am

    LOL thank you Kay

  5. Anonymous
    November 2, 2012 / 1:49 am

    Love love love! you are so talented.

  6. November 2, 2012 / 1:50 am

    Hey Nikki, is the skirt a pattern or did you do it freehand? -Sheryl

    • November 2, 2012 / 2:06 am

      Hey Sheryl,

      It was freehand, I cut it 2 inches short to add the leather piece and the waist is elastic so it was pretty seamless.

  7. Anonymous
    November 2, 2012 / 2:03 am

    Wow I love your style, do you plan to design clothes to sell?

    • November 3, 2012 / 1:05 am

      I've made and sold a few things for people but no real plans 🙂

    • November 3, 2012 / 2:07 pm

      Girl I think you need to let that inner designer out!!!! You have such a great eye. -Sheryl

  8. November 2, 2012 / 1:58 pm

    I'm in complete "ahh" of your fashion style..you are one bad chick;-)

    • November 3, 2012 / 1:05 am

      Thank you Cynthia 🙂

  9. Ade
    November 2, 2012 / 3:52 pm

    i think the Crystalift is working great.I am pregnant right now and with hormonal changes i have some darks spots and also acne and it has finally given me the pregnancy glow at last thanks to you.

    • November 3, 2012 / 1:07 am

      Awww Ade I'm so glad I could share and you like it. It's definitely worth the money and allows you to take care of your skin at home. Congratulations on the pregnancy!

    • November 3, 2012 / 1:08 am

      Thank you so much.

  10. December 22, 2012 / 5:48 pm

    Every outfit is a hit. love the sophistication and classy of this look.

  11. December 23, 2012 / 1:53 am

    Thank you Miranda

  12. Anonymous
    June 18, 2013 / 6:12 pm

    Just discovered your blog today. You so inspire me. And I read you started sewing in May 2012? WOW That insipires me even more. I really love your style. Keep the DIY coming. TKU!

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