Monday, October 1, 2012

DIY: Leather applique and leather sleeves

Hello my friends, I wish you a nice  start of the week. Today's DIY is a sweater applique made from faux leather and leather patches  / sleeves. I wanted to do something on a plain white sweater for a while, but couldn't come up with anything, and last week,  looking for something interesting, found a beautiful drawing of female profile with red lips (loved it!), I thought that this fur bag will go perfect with this outfit, this fur and decor was DIYd also by me, see it here)

This is the image I found.
You will need:
 white sweater
 image maximised to 130% in paintbrush program,  printed in two copies
black,red and white leather or faux leather
Black, red and white threads, and needle
Standard paper size piece of carton
Also for sleeves, two black leather pieces, about 12-13 inches long, the width will depend of the width of the sleeves.

The size of the image should be adjusted accordingly, if the sweater is not as long as mine, lets say a cropped sweater that reaches only the waist, then the image  should not be that big.
1. I cut out all elements from the paper print, put them on the back side of the leather, draw them and cut out the leather.
Put something heavy to hold the paper in place while you draw it onto the leather:

 If you notice, I didn't cut the eyes and lips, where they have white parts (even though my sweater is white), each white part was also cut from the leather.  

2.Put the sweater on and in front of the mirror, put another printed image on the sweater to see
how you want it to be positioned, once you like the way it looks, make a line, like a dotted line with pins, from the top, where the image will start and along  the side, something like this:

Then  this second image has to be pinned onto the sweater, but before this,  the face elements have to be cut through .The second important part -  put the piece of carton under the sweater so the glue doesn't go to the other side of the sweater.
After this, you can start applying just a little bit of the glue in to the CENTER of each leather piece,
don't put it the entire area of each piece,  lether elements  might be bigger than cut outs,  and if you put a glue everywhere, they can be glued to the paper.

First apply a little glue onto the back side of the eye(in the center) and put it in the place of the cut out eye of the attached image to the sweater. Continue like this with all other elements. Why I did it, so the position and the distance between each face element will be correctly applied, like on the original drawing. Once they are secure enough on the sweater, you can slowly and carefully take off the paper image, and apply more glue (if you need it), but all elements will be later sewed anyway.

The third part of the project is to attach small, white parts, for eyes and lips. From the first paper cut image of the eye, cut out those white elements, so it will look like this, you can look through them ;o)

Put the paper template on the top of the leather eye which is already glued to the sweater, like this, and also  put some glue on the back of the white parts and put them inside of each cut out , make sure each white element  has glue. Again I did it this way so each part will also be positioned correctly into the eye and lips, not too far from eye lashes or not too high, just the same way it is on original. After, they glued, you can remove the paper template.

Once that is done, it is time to start sewing the leather to the sweater, I PREFER IT THIS WAY, so when it is time to wash it, I KNOW nothing will come off.

Now to the leather patches or sleeves:
You will need two black leather pieces, long enough, the length is about 12 or 13 inches. Measure the
width of the sleeve of the sweater  lying flat  where  the leather patch reaches its highest point  (which is 12 or 13 inches long), then measure the width in the middle and at the bottom of the sleeve. Then apply those measurements onto the leather and cut it. Then pin each leather piece to the sweater ( each sleeve)  and sew it.

 I later decided to cut the top part at the angle of about 45 degrees, I think it looks better this way. This part was not  sewed to the sweater:

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  1. The sweater looks great! I really love all your DIY projects, they're so creative!--Allison

  2. Beautiful! and the silhouette on the sweater looks a lot like you :)

  3. P.S> ... take off word verification, it's almost impossible to leave a comment ... tried with mine twice ;)

  4. Wow amazing!!! So creative and the result is so cool!Follow each other?

  5. Как красииииво!!! А как стиииильно!!!

  6. Love this idea!

    Check out my oxblood bag *GIVEAWAY!!*

    xo, Christina

  7. LOVE THE SWEATER, really nice! Great DIY!

  8. Love the idea! So simple and chic! Great accessories and photos too!

  9. you have a huuuuge talant!!!

  10. Really nice DIY :) Love it!!!
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  11. здорова!!!

  12. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! What a great idea, the sweater looks fab!

    Of course we can follow each other x

  13. you look great
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  14. I love your top. You did an amazing job!

    - Victoria

  15. You are so talented! I LOVE the sweater. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving me a comment. I would love to follow each other. I am following you on bloglovin.



  17. You did an amazing job with the sweater, I love it!
    now following, hope you can follow back..

  18. Wow! You're so talented dear! This is a wonderful DIY! ^◡^

    P.S. You have a new GFC follower #176.
    We're waiting for you to do the same.

    Thank you! ^◡^

  19. В черно-белом исполнении свитер смотриться очень оригинально,красные акценты хорошо дополняют весь наряд.А Ваша сумка просто незаменима,она подходит ко всему. Прекрасно!!!

  20. You have an amazin talant.Gorgeous DIY!Looks great with that outfit!

  21. wow , girl you are creative for sure
    amazing idea and perfect results .
    plus you got a class sense of style
    am in love with your blog already , BTW thanks for stopping by into my blog to comment of course i would love to follow your blog , and hope same you will do .
    am an official follower now ..


  22. Очень стильно и в то же время вполне офисный вариант.Красиво.

  23. Great style! You have a wonderful talent.Good luck!

  24. this is an amazing diy!
    thanks for sharing it :D

  25. Wow....Amazing DIY project!!

  26. Like that bag.

  27. Интересное черно-белое художественное исполнение.Выглядит весьма оригинально.Лера.

  28. Олечка,я постоянно захожу на твой блог и в восторге от всех твоих работ.А фотографии просто необыкновенные! Вы с мамой молодцы.Алла.Г.

    1. Спасибо Алла, маме передам, она у нас огромный талант, режисер по призванию!

  29. Olga, I'm in love with your blog now!! It's really amazing!!!

    Would you like to follow each other? I would be really happy!

  30. Elegant embellishment and dramatic style.I love your sweater for this style.Debra.

  31. Аппликацией увлекалась,когда были маленькие дети.До себя как-то руки не доходили.Отличная идея.Свитерок получился очень славненький.

  32. An applique work on the white sweater looks really great!

  33. I love iiit!! Thanks to comment on my blog ;)


  34. Gorgeous DIY! Your fashion are great pretty talented.

  35. Оригинально.Хорошо вписались в наряд сумочка и туфли.Особенно сумочка.

  36. THAT is so cute!! I'm totally following you!

  37. nina.pricladova@gmail.comMonday, May 06, 2013

    твоей фантазии нет предела,твори радуй нас.Нина

  38. This is so creative! and looks trendy as well!!


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