March 31, 2011

Channeling my inner rok chick

Now that's a silly little joke only Dutch (speaking) readers can appreciate. Or those who learned my Dutch/English sewing related translation list by hart.
For the rest of you: "rok" is Dutch for "skirt".
And of course, black leather is a classic rock chick look.

Although I have made more than one leather garment and visited a fair share of rock and metal concerts in the past years, I've never been a true rock chick. Nor do I ever expact to become one. (in fact, my boyfriend plays bass guitar and the other members of his new band were even wondering whether I liked their music at all...)

This skirt is made of thin black leather which has been treated to have an interesting matte texture. I bought it as a large and very 80's looking second hand skirt last year (for either 2 or 5 euros, I don't remember which).
I chopped off about 20 cm at the top, re-cut the front and back according to my skirt sloper, partially stitched up the very high back slit, inserted a new zipper and re-sized and re-attached the waistband.
I chose a metal zipper and inserted it the way you would insert a blind zipper. It's a look I like on leather: no visible stitching next to the zipper but metal zipper teeth on display.
Obviously, there is extra material inside at the stitched-up slit so I hope that won't make the skirt misbehave too much. By the way, the hem is at an even length, I'm just posing with a ridiculously arched back in the second picture.

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10 comments:

  1. nice :)
    more chic than chick actually

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  2. You could pull off the rock chick look easily with that outfit - you just need to scruff up your hair a bit and get some bright red lippy :)

    I don't often comment but I do like to read your blog :)

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  3. Hehe, that's so cool!
    Rok, a great pun to keep in mind for the future! I can remember when I was younger the pronunciation of the German word for "father" causing much amusement amongst my schoolmates. As in "Dad, you're the best vater in the world..."

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  4. Thanks for little info on Dutch language my sister will be coming to Amsterdam in about 10 days and will be working there for an year atleast. I hope i can get some of blog friends to help me out with info about living in Amsterdam.

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  5. You've done a great job, looks really chique!

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  6. It looks fabulous! We're leather skirt buddies! :D

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  7. Hi Lauriana, I have an interfacing question for you... did you pre-wash the horsehair canvas used for interfacing your jacket?

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  8. hello!
    I loved your blog!
    also show my stitching on my blog
    I'm following
    Kisses

    http://munamo.blogspot.com/

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