|Simplicity 2192, color-blocked in neutrals with a leather front panel.|
|I have a chunky turquoise necklace that goes perfectly with this top and adds a pop pf color.|
Using leather for only a portion of a garment is a good way to keep your costs low. You have to buy leather by the entire skin, and skins run about $30-$35 apiece, depending on size and skin type. I took my muslin with me to the leather store to make sure I could cut the front bodice from just one skin. Here's how J. Crew combined a little bit of leather and wool jersey to stylish effect.
Want to know one good thing I've found about getting older? I finally can wear neutral colors. I've always thought wearing neutrals made a woman look so chic, but whenever I wore ivory or tan or beige, people would ask me if I was feeling ill. Seriously. Now my skin tone is lighter, as is my hair color (thanks to my colorist), and I'm wearing neutrals like crazy to make up for all the lost years.
Next up: Failure on tap. A shirt I had really high hopes for collapses and dies near the finish line. I'll analyze where I went wrong and you, dear readers, can weigh in with your opinions. Happy sewing!