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The Travel Skirt

This unique Travel Skirt pleats up neatly onto its own self belt. It easily rolls up for packing and requires no ironing. The belt is threaded through buttonholes at the top of the skirt. The 12 panel skirt has an 8 button front closure, is fitted at the waist, and gently skims the hips. The topstitched panels create a pleated effect. A very slimming skirt for every figure!

Notions: Eight 1/2" buttons, two hooks and bars
Suggested Fabrics: Light to medium weight cotton, rayon, wool crepe, wool challis or dressweight silk.
Note: Not suitable for stripes or plaids.

Fabric Requirements: (instructions for all sizes included)
Waist Measurement:
S (26.5")
M (29.5")
L (32.5")
115 cm Fabric:
2.5 m
45" Fabric:
2.75 yds.
2.75 yds.
3.25 yds
140 cm Fabric:
54" Fabric:
2.67 yds.
2.67 yds.
2.75 yds.
Interfacing: Two strips 2" wide x 35.75" long for all sizes.
Finished Length: 35.375"
Finished Width at Hem: S (96") M (99") L (102")
For larger sizes, add more panels. Add one extra length of fabric to cut extra panels.

"About a month ago I let you know I was using your Traveling Skirt pattern for a Make it With Wool Contest here in Michigan. I entered in the adult class and made a Vintage Vogue jacket pattern with the skirt. I used Black 100% wool suiting for the skirt and I won the contest. Now I will forward it to the national panel in WI and by the 1st part of January I'll find out if I won the National. If that should happen I will go to the National in Reno NV. Let me tell you, your skirt pattern was the delight of the contest. Every judge looked at the skirt, the construction and the pattern. They all loved the fit. Thank you for the perfect pattern.

All my graditude"

Kimberly Smith
Alma, Michigan

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$12 + $3.50 shipping + $2.02 HST for a total of $17.52




"I have taken this skirt with me half way around the world, pulled it out of the suitcase, put it on, and headed out the door!"

Lee Mackenzie, Batik Butik

Sewing Leather Workshop CD-ROM

Introducing the most comprehensive guide to sewing with leather for home sewers by Vogue Patterns and Threads Magazine contributing expert Kathryn Brenne: “Sewing Leather, a virtual workshop on CD-ROM”.

This CD is just like taking a one-on-one class at Kathryn’s exclusive and usually sold-out leather-sewing workshops at the Academy of Fine Sewing and Design. That's because it's built around over 1.5 hours of tightly edited, video demonstrations divided into 14 easy-to-navigate episodes covering every aspect of sewing with leather, including selecting skins and choosing appropriate patterns, all the basic and advanced construction techniques and tips, and on to polishing up your project. In fact, the CD's even better than a live workshop since you can pause and replay the videos whenever your want, and enjoy larger than life close-ups of everything Kathryn's doing with her hands and her machine. Kathryn demonstrates all of her tools and techniques on this CD, revealing how she fuses interfacing to garment leathers, hammers edges flat, glues and tapes to secure and stabilize leather seams and hems, shapes perfect points, applies hardware and creates a variety of seams and closures, using mostly typical home-sewing devices with just a few specialized and inexpensive leather-specific tools.

Within the 58-page pdf document that contains the videos, there's also an extensive annotated gallery of close-up photos exploring Kathryn's work along with instructive examples from RTW, plus detailed listings of suppliers and sources for all the tools and materials demonstrated, with one-click hot links to relevant web pages if you're connected to the internet while viewing the CD. There's a glossary of leather terminology, information on converting yardage to square feet, care and cleaning instructions for leather garments, a step-by-step guide to inserting fly-front zippers, and plenty of additional tips, all easily printable for use when you're away from your computer. Included on the disc are full-size printable patterns and complete directions for two delicious beginner's projects that require no fitting and very little leather-excellent preparation for more ambitious projects.

It’s easier than ever before for the home sewer to work with leather thanks to modern methods that create a wide range of soft, supple skins that make it easy going for domestic sewing machines.

This valuable leather sewing guide compiles Kathryn’s more than 25 years of leather experience and most importantly the adaptation of regular sewing techniques to ensure successful and professional results that will render friends and colleagues speechless when you say you made it yourself!

Bonus:  A copy of Kathryn's Creative Workshop Vogue Patterns article 'In the Bag' Tips and techniques for stitching the perfect purse (or clutch, or tote...) is included on the CD. 

Here is what is being said about Sewing Leather

Your CD is awesome.  Please do more videos!  You're succinct, no unnecessary, uninformative chatter.  Your every word is relevant, excellent photography, zoom-ins along with details, tips and lists.  The CD is fabulous. Thank you for filling a void in leather sewing info.

Sophann Schleiffer/Scottsdale AZ


Click here to order the Sewing Leather CD for $65 + $3.50 shipping + $8.91 HST for a total of $77.41

Actual shipping charges apply for shipments outside of Canada or the US.

 Easy to follow navigation and instructions
Informative videos with close up instruction
Two free printable patterns
PDF file of Kathryn's
Vogue June 2005 handbag article

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