When Miriam first showed me this really useful pouch, containing a travel sewing kit I couldn't help but look closer and marvel at the textured decorations she had added to the fabric. Many, many years ago I bought a large leather/suede piece. It is one of the rare things I have not de-stashed over time, along with the very zakka Kokka print I must have purchased when Finn was a baby. I knew right then and there that I needed to finally make a dent in that hide.
The process of sewing the leather went exceptionally well. I used the smoother side of the skin this time but would love to switch to the sueded side next. I made use of the upper feed dog on the BERNINA 780 that let me bypass a large walking foot. I had no stretching or sliding around of the leather pieces, which is nice of course! As far as needles go, a microtex did the trick, for every step.
The pattern instructions are really exceptional, I should have followed them, but I didn't (sigh). Therefore my leather patches are ever so slightly... not matching. I'll survive. I attached the lining as an independent step, to have it a little further than the outside from the teeth of the zipper. I just despise it when things get caught in there, don't you? Next I might try to sew the bottom corners a bit rounded, more to come very soon on this subject. You can get the pattern for the Leather Accent Fold-over Pouch by LBG studio on Indiesew here.
This specific pouch I made as a thank you gift for a great collector of Blythe dolls. She is known in the doll universe as House of Harlow, Harlow is one of her dolls. She organized a meet in Salt Lake City last week and brought us all kinds of clothes to choose from for our own debutantes Blythe's. Her own collection is incredible and it gave me an opportunity to not only hold in my hands a real Blythe but to also look closely at some pretty famous customized dolls. Thanks to her generosity Serafinn is ready for the fall, take a look:
The little camera charm was a gift from another great collector with (in my eyes) just as many marvels as House of Harlow.