sewing leather


I’ve been feeling so crafty lately! I used the neckline cutout from the leather backplate I made to practice beveling and dying the leather before committing to the whole piece. I’ve also had a set of leather letter stamps in my tool bag for a while that I was eager to play with. I had no intention of keeping this scrap piece and honestly half assed the stamping and dying. But in the end it actually turned out to be really cute and I grew super fond of it, but had no idea what to use it for. Then the idea struck me to turn it into a belt pouch (you can never have enough belt pouches!) 

 I made the pouch out of a purple brocade and lined it with blue wool, then attached the leather piece by punching holes along the top and hand sewing it together. I’ve added a button and tassel for aesthetics and eventually will add another tie to keep the pouch closed, but nothing can fall out anyway because it’s so deep. I’m actually so pleased with how this turned out, and I feel pretty cutesy having something matching with John.

P.S. Happy New Year lovelies!



A needle case made by me, in leather, wool fabric and linen thread. I have one of this, that I’ve been using for a couple of years now and I very much like it. It’s not an historical accurate design, but it blends in well I think.

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Front and back of my full Labyrinth Masquerade Ball costume.

I did not make the dress itself; I actually bought it to wear to my high school prom (which I ended up not attending) ten years ago. I think this was its destiny all along.
The armor was designed with the dress in mind, to compliment the lines and the beading motifs. I made some alterations to the dress, including cutting out the back to match the armor. I love how the whole look turned out and I’ll probably bring it to Dragon Con next month!


Progress shots!
My late 14th/early 15th century garb to be a squire for @forgedinfoamtemperedlikesteel who’s on the HMB Kraken team at Timeline festival in Victoria, Australia.
I finished all of this well before quest, but I’m only just getting around to posting it now.
Next I’ll be making myself some black hosen, a black wool hood and a more period accurate leather belt using this sexy buckle I bought myself. Can you guess the Kraken team colours…? ;)

Cote made by me. Accessories bought from local sellers.


FFXI Puppetmaster artifact armor boot covers. Made with 4-way stretch pleather from #yayahanfabric at Joanns. Trim at the base of the boot made with faux leather as well as a strap going across the foot. Centerpiece is a polyurethane resin ornament with resin gems that were dyed red with glitter nail polish on the back. Finally across the top is more faux leather with frog closures and flower buttons.


Compression Piped Leather 

(As with all leather, remember to use a teflon presser foot and leather needles.)

1. Stretch spandex around a frame. Stretch only in 1 direction and pull as tightly as possible. Nail securely to frame. Check that frame fits between sewing machine’s presser foot and bobbin case. 

 2. Lay leather in frame and stitch. Distance between stitches determines the size of piping. I used ½" and my pipes are about ¼".

 3. The bulk if the frame will make it impossible for stitches to run the full length and width if the fabric. Remove the fabric from the frame and pull it until it lies flat to do additional seams. I was able to sew about 2/3 of the fabric with a gap in the center from where my frame hit the inner wall of my machine. 

 4. Cut to pattern shape and sew into garment. I recommend basting around the edges before cutting.

anonymous asked:

I found your Cassandra cosplay and it is awesome! I'm planning my own, and I was curious what kinds of fabric you used?

Hi Anon, I am so happy to hear you like it - thanks so much! :)

I used a bunch of different kinds of fabrics - I’m sorry I don’t quite know the exact name for some of them, but I used a lot of faux leather, upholstery fabrics (which often have leather type textures), and some real leather on parts. So mostly going with a ‘leather’ look and luckily there are quite a lot of synthetic fabrics that have the look but can also be unique colours, stretchy and cheaper than real leather.

Here is an image of my fabric swatches for my Cassandra cosplay. I usually cut off a piece of each fabric I buy and carry it around when I shop to check how colours work together. (this isn’t ALL the fabrics I used, some I did use and some I didn’t and some are not in the picture).

I hope that gives you some ideas and good luck with your cosplay! 

How I made Shiroe’s bag

This is how I made Shiroe’s bag for the cosplay I am making for my boyfriend.

I started of deciding the measurements I wanted on the bag. I ended up making it 14x18x27 cm.

I then draw out the pieces for the sides and the bottom on my fabric and cut them out. The fabric I used was a light brown faux leather.

Before sewing the pieces together I made the straps for the short sides of the bag. The color of the straps is different in every reference picture so I ended up making it out of a dark brown faux leather fabric.

I cut out the straps from the fabric and hemmed the sides. I then glued the straps on to the pieces for the bag with fabric glue.

It was then time to sew the four sides together. I pinned and sewed them together and then pinned and sew the bottom part together with the sides.

I now had the base of the bag but it was not as square as I wanted it.

I measured the inside of the bag and cut out pieces of cardboard (I used cereal boxes for this part) and glued the pieces to the inside of the bag. I made the cardboard pieces a bit shorter than the bag so I later would be able to fold the edges down.

I then cut out the part for the lid out of the fabric, made some long straps in dark brown faux leather and glued them on to the lid part.

I sewed the lid on to the bag and glued down the edges of the base.

To make the lid more stiff I glued some cardboard pieces on it as well and glued in the edges.

To open and close the bag I used some velcro.

And this is how it look now.

I still have to make some details that hang from the bag but so far I am happy with the bag itself.


Demigods and talents not attributed to their godly parentage/lineage. (based on little to no real facts)

Percy Jackson - He can garden and cook like no one’s business because he used to watch his mom do those things so he got that from her.

Annabeth Chase - She can dance so well. She could be a professional if she wasn’t so busy becoming the world’s best architect and preventing the world from doom and all that unimportant stuff

Nico Di Angelo - He can speak so many languages. Mainly, because he used to always shadow travel all over the world by mistake so he had to learn a bit.

Thalia Grace - She can sew. You see her leather jacket? Yeah, she made that. That Jacket is one of a fucking kind.

Clarisse La Rue - She is so good with children. You think they’re scared of her? Nah, man she’s a big cuddly teddy bear. (If big cuddly teddy bears were extremely violent) Why else would she be godmother to baby Chuck?


For anyone wondering if you can sew through leather jackets the answer is yes . it does take some time and effort but as long as you have a good pair of needle-nose pliers and a big-ass thimble you’ll be okay.
Good luck with your d.i.y.


This is an excellent video on Turkish Oil Wrestling.

The best that I’ve seen.

It shows Turkish culture, training, championship matches, religious observance, even the sewing of their leather fight pants.

This video shows Turkish Manliness for its Aggression, Moral Virtues, Eros and the constant showing of Respect.

Check it out.



Okay! So here’s a sneak peak of my new early 15th century cote with hand sewn cloth buttons. This kit still has a long way to go, but I wanted to show you my Butterbeer tankard from Hogsmeade!! Not exactly medieval immersive, but I’ve been drinking eeeeverything out of it and I love, love, love it!

Also, I had to get myself a new leather tankard holder for my belt after the one I made got promoted to buckler strap. This one was made by the very talented local blacksmith down at Kryal Castle. –sorry I had to pick the display one, it just had the cutest button!–

anonymous asked:

Hello OvO May I have a scenario with Uta actually thinking about proposing to his s/o? (⌒▽⌒)

of course!

Uta: It was something that had gradually built up; a smile from his partner’s face that would inexplicably put Uta in a much better mood, the feel of their hands against his when they’re absent-mindedly scraping paint off his skin, and the little things they’d point out about his masks, things that Uta didn’t even think of before. They were a truly compatible pair, something Uta hadn’t expected, but it pleased him nonetheless. Hence, the sudden thought that occurred to him one day as he sat hunched over his latest project, sewing soft pieces of leather together with nimble fingers as his partner helped Uta sort some pins into a few boxes. His mind had been lost, somewhere amidst the planning of his new mask and how flattering his partner’s new shirt looked on them, when Uta heard them call his name. He looked up, and then, his partner’s lips were pressing against his, light and quick. They pulled away with a mischevious smirk and flitted over back to the boxes.

Bemused, Uta touched his lips and asked, “What was that for?”

“You just looked so focused,” his partner laughed. “I thought you looked cute and wanted you to know.”

“Oh,” Uta blinked, surprised by the unexpected answer, and felt the corner of his mouth quirk upwards. Fondly, Uta thought, I could spend the rest of my life with them like this, and then, the weight of the words finally hit him.