DIY Leather Pants inspired by NYFW


As New York Fashion Week comes to and end, my eyes are in love with what came down the runways this year. I love that black and white is still a trend and cobalt blue will be making it’s way into my closet very, very soon. Another must-have item: leather pants. I’ve secretly been eyeing this trend for a while but have been aghast at the outrageous designer prices. And, no, this is not an area where you can skimp on quality… and we all know you get what you pay for. So, I thought I’d take to the interwebs and see what I could find to make a pair on my own.


The inspiration pants are $748!

The BurdaStyle pattern looks like it could have some fit issues in the crotch area, but that could just be their model. Either way a muslim is probably in order here. I chose this pattern, despite the questionable fit because it has a waistband, hip zips, knee seams (better for piecing the hide so you can get more from the single cut), and ankle zips. It’s most like the inspiration pants I love so much.

The leather hide is sold as a solid piece as most leather is. You can’t buy real leather by the yard, rather by the square foot. LeatherNaturally has a great formula for converting square footage to yardage so you’ll know how much you need:

Convert yardage into Leather footage.

Leather is measured in square feet, but fabric is measured in yards.
The following converting factors are used to convert yardage into square feet:
36″ wide fabric: 9
45″ wider fabric: 11
54″ wide fabric: 13

If your pattern calls for 3 yards of 45″ wide fabric, multiply 3×11, then add 15% for cutting loss: 3X11=33sq ft, add 15%  or 5 sq ft:
33 +15%= 38 sq ft of leather.

We use this conversion to figure out how much leather will be needed for any given project such as making a custom skirt.

I truly can’t wait to try to make these. If you’re thinking about making your own I have a few other tips:

  • Use a needle designed just for leather. Schmetz makes one.
  • Mistakes are obvious in leather. You can’t rip seams.
  • Err on the side of caution and make them larger than you normally would. (see above)
  • Use a small-medium stitch length. Smaller stitches will be more likely to rip.
  • Sew a muslin.

Let me know if you are going to give this a whirl. If not, wish me luck in the comments!


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