|Yup, I bribed him to have his photo taken. Obviously.|
|Excuse the state of the garden. We had builders in at the time...|
I went inside and ordered a metre of leather with next day delivery. It's hard to order leather when you can't see and feel it in person, so I didn't want to spend too much, and in my searching I discovered eco/recycled leather from Yorkshire Fabric Shop. It's where (as far as I can work out) they take a load of leather offcuts and mush them all up to make it into new leather fabric. So it's made of real leather, but it's a lot cheaper and you buy it by the metre rather than bits of a hide. It's pretty cool, and even has a bit of the real leather smell still.
I couldn't find a PDF pattern for lederhosen, and ordering a paper pattern would have taken time I didn't have, so I set about creating a pattern. The result it not especially authentic, but it is cute! I started with the Oliver and S Sailboat Pants pattern, because it has a front flap-type construction, similar to that of proper lederhosen. And I'd made it before so I already had it printed out, and knew how it went together.
I did make a good few changes to the pattern- I made the front flap narrower, added some lederhosen-style detailing, added straps, and got rid of things like facings, some seam allowances, and hem allowances where they weren't needed (because leather doesn't fray, so a lot of the edges could be left raw). I cut size 6 for my 5-year-old, because I figured the fabric is pretty heavy and stiff, and I wanted him to have room to move.
|Comfy elasticated waist. Traditional? No. Practical? Yes indeed.|
|You can ride a bike in these!|
|Or hop on one leg. Whatever you want, really.|
So, yes, in case you were wondering... this is indeed Yoda, hand cross stitched onto actual leather. Leather, I tell you!
So how did that work? Pretty simple, actually. I made a grid on the back of the leather by holding a piece of plastic canvas on it and poking through a felt-tip pen to make marks. Then I just treated it more or less as a normal piece of cross stitch, except for using a nice sharp needle to pierce the leather. When I was sewing a stitch from the front I used my grid to see where to pierce, and if I needed to stitch from the front I pre-pierced the spot from the mark on the back, which was a bit time consuming... but worth it. The sharp needle also split the threads in some places but the end result is not too shabby.
I wanted to do some more hand stitching on this, but didn't have time. My fabric arrived on Tuesday and we left for our holiday on Friday, so it's a miracle that these got made at all! I did add some decorative topstitching in green with my machine, which looks cute.
I didn't take my dirndl in the end, so no pics of that being worn in Austria. Sorry! Maybe next year.
Talking of next year, there is a super cute lederhosen pattern in the current Burda magazine (Sept 2015)... I will definitely try to make some for next summer!
And just to finish: these were his Star Wars poses...