the Penelope Peplum now available in extended sizes! XXS, 2X and 3X


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I’m excited to release the Penelope Peplum in extended sizing today! As you may know, I’m working on extending the sizing of my most popular patterns to fit more women! The Penelope Peplum has 3 new sizes: XXS, 2XL and 3XL, making it the fourth PLUS size pattern available in my shop (Joining the Dreamer, the Icon and the Zippy!).

My good friend here styled this heather beige peplum with pleather jeggings and boots for the winter! I love this look and I especially love how flattering the Penelope Peplum is. It emphasizes your waist and has a flirty silhouette.

The Penelope Peplum + is available in my shop!


oversized faux fur COAT tutorial

My last faux fur post was just too much fun, I couldn’t stop there! I really wanted a white fur coat, fake of course! I was eyeing a real fur coat at an estate sale last summer. I was thinking about it but real fur kinda grosses me out. I love the look of fur in the winter though. And it’s also really warm.

This is instant fancy and as a bonus it is really easy to make! Even with a lining, this coat will only set you back an hour or two. (Plus fur-vaccuuming time.)

DIY oversized faur fur coat
I included a pattern download with this post. It’s a generous fit, so it will accommodate about a S to XL. I used faux fur from Joanns. The funny thing about this coat is that is looks SO fancy, but I spent less than $20 for the whole thing! Maybe even less! I used a lining fabric I already had and that’s all you need!

The tutorial is simple, too! We aren’t setting the sleeves in the round, so it will be EASY and quick!

DIY oversized faur fur coat

DIY faur fur coat

DIY oversized faur fur coat

white faux fur coat

DIY faux fur coat

DIY oversized faur fur coat

lined fur coat with free pattern

I made this bright blue envelope clutch, too! I’ll share the tutorial for it soon. I’m all about easy statement pieces these days I guess. I just love how the cobalt blue looks against the bright white.


DIY envelope clutch

DIY oversized faur fur coat

Fabric/Outfit Sources:
Faux Fur: Joanns
Cobalt Leather Clutch: Tandy Leather (Tutorial coming soon!)
Pants: Forever 21
Shoes: Blowfish

Faux Fur Coat Tutorial//

2 yards faux fur
2 yards lining fabric
printable pattern piece


Print out pattern and tape together as shown below. You’ll have to trim off the excess on the edges of the paper. The pattern will print on 8.5″ by 11″ or A4 paper.



Cut out from fabric: 2 fronts, 1 back (on fold) and 2 sleeves from both the MAIN fabric AND the lining fabric.




Sew the front and back of the coat together at the shoulder seams.


Lay coat with armscye facing you and pin sleeve into armscye. Right sides will be together. Straighten the sleeve and armscye as you go, pin well and sew.




Sew the other sleeve in place also.

Then fold coat over and match the side seams and under sleeve seams.



Repeat this process with the lining.



Turn both lining and outer coat right sides out. Then match them with right sides together. Stuff the sleeves into each other and pin the front, neckline and hem seams.



Stitch around neckline, center front and bottom of the coat. Leave a 5-6″ opening at the bottom back of the coat to turn.


Turn coat through opening and tuck under 1″ of the sleeve hem, catching the lining in it. Topstitch around the sleeves with a matching thread. Machine or hand stitch the 5-6″ opening closed and you’re done!



Now enjoy your fancy, warm coat all winter long!




Don’t Fear the Fabric // Oilcloth + Leather Round-up

Learn to sew confidently with Oilcloth and Leather with this great series from MADE and See Kate Sew! Over 10 simple and useful projects to get you started!

Thanks so much for joining us for Don’t Fear the Fabric: Oilcloth + Leather! I hope you enjoyed all the projects and are feeling more confident about sewing with these two fabrics! Here’s a little round-up of all the posts we did in the last few weeks along with giveaway winners at the end!

Sewing 101// Tips for sewing with leatherHow to Sew with Oilcloth

Sewing 101: 6 Tips for Sewing with Leather
How to Sew with Oilcloth + Mini Project at MADE


Cobalt + Gold Cosmetic Case


Oilcloth Planters at MADE

free skirt pattern

DIY Pleather Circle Skirt



Oilcloth Barstools at MADE


Leather Fringe Cuff Tutorial


Colorful Oilcloth Coasters at MADE

DIY leather pouch
Smashed fabric and leather pouches


No Sew Oilcloth Chain Tutorial


Merry + Bright Banner

Canvas + Leather wall hanging tutorial


The winners of the giveaways are:

Leather Hide Store: Ashley W.

Girl Charlee $25 Gift Cards: Angela & Trudy

If you won, check your email!




Leather and Canvas Wall Hanging Tutorial (with no-sew option!)


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Leather + Canvas Pennant


Today is the last day of Don’t Fear the Fabric: Oilcloth +Leather. Wah! It has been so fun, so thanks for following along!

For this final tutorial, I have an easy wall hanging to share, using canvas and leather scraps. I have two versions of this canvas and leather project, one for the holidays and one for any day. You can use the tiniest pieces of leather for the letters, so it’s a great scrap buster.




Leather and Canvas Wall Hanging Tutorial

-1/2 yard canvas bottomweight
-Leather scraps
-glue gun
-1/2″ dowel
-template (includes “MERRY & BRIGHT” and “FOR LIKE EVER”)



Cut out the canvas and cut each letter from leather.

Fold over 3/8″ on each side and press. Sew or glue down.


At the top, fold over 1 1/2″ and stitch or glue down, creating a casing for the dowel.


Slip the dowel in the casing.


Tie on string and use a dab of glue to keep it in place.


Now glue the letter on and you’re done!






No Sew Canvas and Leather Wall Hanging "Merry & Bright"

Hop over to MADE to see Dana’s oilcloth chain tutorial, great for counting down!





See the rest of the Oilcloth + Leather series:
Sewing 101: 6 Tips for Sewing with Leather
How to Sew with Oilcloth + Mini Project at MADE
Smashed fabric and leather pouches
Colorful Oilcloth Coasters at MADE
DIY Pleather Circle Skirt
Oilcloth Barstools at MADE
Leather Fringe Cuff Tutorial
Oilcloth Planters at MADE
Cobalt + Gold Cosmetic Case

cobalt suede + gold leather cosmetic case tutorial with custom brushes

Don’t Fear the Fabric: Oilcloth + Leather continues today here and at MADE! I have a gift idea for you:


Cobalt and GOLD! Hearts in eyes! I love these two leathers together. The gold is super metallic and nice and thin. The cobalt is a thick suede. Both are from Tandy Leather and I love them together.



Leather Cosmetic Case Tutorial

Materials //

For the cosmetic case:
-colored suede
-shiny gold leather
-10″ zipper
-free pattern download

For the brushes:
-e.l.f. Cosmetics 12 Piece Brush Set
-all-purpose paint
-glossy Mod Podge
-paint brush (not to be confused with the makeup brush ;) )

DIY cosmetic case



Print out your pattern and cut out the pieces from leather. You will have:
-2 Zipper Tab Pieces
-1 Bottom Piece  (Gold)
-1 Below Zipper Piece (Smaller Blue)
-1 Top Piece (Larger Blue)


Trim zipper to fit width of pouch. Measure it up against your “below zipper” piece. Trim off the zipper stop at the bottom of the zipper so you don’t accidentally sew through it. Be sure to not unzip your zipper once you have trimmed the zipper stop off!


This is how you’ll be piecing everything together:


First place zipper tab piece 1/4″ from the edge of your zipper and clip it on. Stitch 3/8″ from end of leather. Then fold the piece over and clip again. Topstitch 1/8″ from zipper fold.


Repeat on the other side.

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Place the zipper face down on the “below zipper” piece and sew it on.


Fold over and press it down with your hands. Use double stick tape to keep the seam allowance in place if you want to. costmetic-case-10

Now sew the other side of the zipper to the “top” piece.


Flip it out and press down with your hands.


Now sew the bottom, or gold piece to the both ends of the blue pieces with right sides together.

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Your case will look like this:


Now trim all the threads and make sure your edges line up. Match the gold seam allowances on the edges and clip it together.



Tuck the strap into the side seam then topstitch both side seams. Backstitch at each end.




And you’re done!

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To make the brushes, paint the white ends with paint. Let it dry and repeat until covered.


Let all the paint dry and coat with a layer of glossy mod podge. This will make them easier to clean.


That’s it!


Now fill it up and you’re ready to give (or keep!) this functional pouch!






Dana has a GIVEAWAY going on today, so head over and enter!



See the rest of the Oilcloth + Leather series:
Sewing 101: 6 Tips for Sewing with Leather
How to Sew with Oilcloth + Mini Project at MADE
Smashed fabric and leather pouches
Colorful Oilcloth Coasters at MADE
DIY Pleather Circle Skirt
Oilcloth Barstools at MADE
Leather Fringe Cuff Tutorial
Oilcloth Planters at MADE